Friday, July 18
(Undated) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a ceasefire by pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in the wake of Thursday's Malaysian Airlines disaster. Putin made the request today at a meeting with Russian Orthodox Church leaders. He said "it is with great concern and sadness that we are watching what is happening in eastern Ukraine. It's awful, it's a tragedy." Putin added that he wants to see direct talks between the opposing sides established as soon as possible.