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Ukraine claims full control of its border with Russia

By Carol Morello DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Ukraine announced Friday that it has regained full control of its border with Russia, which the government has set as an important precondition for a unilateral ceasefire in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Russian buildup seen as fighting rages in Ukraine

Russia is resuming its military buildup along the Ukrainian border in an apparent attempt to intimidate its neighbor, NATO's chief said Thursday as Ukrainian government forces unleashed a major offensive against pro-Moscow insurgents.

Denis Pushilin, leader of the insurgent Donetsk People's Republic attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Biden Threatens Russia With Further Sanctions Over Ukraine

By Reuters U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday the U.S. would work with its allies to "impose further costs on Russia" if Moscow failed to use its influence to stop separatist violence in eastern Ukraine. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine as tensions grow

Russia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.

A woman walks past the headquarters of Russia's state-run natural gas giant Gazprom in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 16, ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Russia’s Gazprom to cut gas to Ukraine in a new phase of their conflict

By Michael Birnbaum MOSCOW – Russia said it would cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday, setting the stage for a new phase of the months-long conflict between the two nations. The move came after the two sides failed to agree on a price for natural gas, a vital ingredient in Ukraine's ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Ukraine retakes strategically important city of Mariupol, section of border with Russia

By Carol Morello KIEV, Ukraine – Government troops ousted pro-Russian separatists and raised the national flag over a port city in the east and regained control over a stretch of the border with Russia, Ukrainian officials announced Friday. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Russia Sees Underhanded Sanctions in Bulgaria's Suspension of South Stream

By By Ivan Nechepurenko Bulgaria's decision to suspend construction of the Russia-led South Stream pipeline project on its territory, undermining Russia's efforts to diversify its gas transportation infrastructure to Europe away from Ukraine, is an underhanded economic sanction thrust on Russia by the West, a top Russian diplomat and Russian industry analysts said Monday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia Edging Away From Quantity Over Quality Approach to Construction

By By Alexander Panin Until the demand for cheap and affordable housing is satisfied in Russia, there will be no incentive to use modern materials or advanced technology to improve the quality of the living quarters that are being built for most consumers. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Obama, allies say Russia has chance to rebuild ties with West

By Zachary A. Goldfarb BRUSSELS — President Obama on Thursday said Russia now has a chance to resolve the Ukrainian crisis and rebuild trust with the West but warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country would face harsher sanctions if he fails to take steps to support stability in Ukraine. Read full article ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova Legitimate Winner of Sochi Olympics, Union Says

By Reuters The International Skating Union, or ISU, has dismissed South Korea's complaint over the figure skating judging panel used at the Sochi Games that awarded Russia's Adelina Sotnikova the gold medal ahead of defending Olympic champion Kim Yuna. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Gay Marriage Allowed in Russia (For Brits Only)

By The Moscow Times A new measure will allow British homosexual couples to tie the knot within Russia but mastermind behind Russia's so-called gay propaganda law Vladimir Milonov appeared unfazed, saying he would allow "monkeys and perverts" to be married as long as it did not concern Russians. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia threatens already embattled Ukraine with cutoff of natural gas over unpaid bills

By Michael Birnbaum KIEV, Ukraine — A new front is swiftly opening in the war over embattled Ukraine's future: energy, with Russia threatening to cut off natural gas to the country as early as Tuesday. Russian leaders are prepared to stop crucial gas flows and squeeze their struggling neighbor economically even as Russian ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Russia withdraws thousands of troops from Ukraine border, US officials say

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com US DEFENSE OFFICIALS say that Russia has pulled a large number of forces away from the Ukraine border, a withdrawal that the US has been demanding for weeks and a move that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, calls 'promising.'15 dead after Ukraine military helicopter shot downChechen fighters among ranks of ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Russia has withdrawn most troops from Ukraine border, Hagel says

By Karen DeYoung ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Russia has withdrawn thousands of its troops massed on the border with Ukraine, even as violence escalated inside that country between government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus form Eurasian Economic Union

By Abigail Hauslohner MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin moved Thursday to further bolster his nation's ties to former Soviet republics, as Russia's relationships with the United States and Europe continue to fray over the conflict in Ukraine. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

New Ukrainian President Offers Moscow No Respite in Gas Conflict

By By Alexander Panin A day after winning the Ukrainian presidency, billionaire Petro Poroshenko went on the offensive in his country's gas conflict with Russia, advocating reverse gas supplies from Europe, a cleanup of Ukraine's notoriously dodgy gas sector, and independence from Russia's "energy truncheon" in Kiev. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Lavrov Says Russia Wants Dialogue With Ukraine's Next President Poroshenko

By Reuters Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Russia was ready for dialogue with Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's next president, but warned the Kiev authorities not to step up armed operations against separatists in the east. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Research shows collision created Chelyabinsk asteroid

(Phys.org) —On February 15 2013, an asteroid exploded about 30 kilometers above Chelyabinsk, Russia. The explosion, shared on video around the world, was the Earth's second largest recorded airburst. By analyzing fragments of the meteorite that fell to Earth, Shin Ozawa at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and colleagues determined ...read more

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Russia, China veto UN move to refer Syria to ICC

Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes, prompting angry responses from the proposal's supporters who said the two countries should be ashamed.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Powers speaks after a U.N. Security Council ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Russia-China gas deal signals growing ties between former foes

By Carol J. Williams, Barbara Demick A landmark natural gas deal with China offers Russia an alternative to markets in European countries angered by the Kremlin's stance on Ukraine, and highlights growing ties between the former rivals at a time when they are both at odds with Washington. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Russia-China Gas Deal Signed to Applause - and Skepticism

By By Allison Quinn and Alexander Panin Hours after the long-anticipated signing of a 30-year multi-billion dollar gas deal between Russia and China, analysts poked holes in President Vladimir Putin's touting of the deal as a political triumph. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

White House accuses Russia of anti-U.S. propaganda war in Ukraine

By Paul Richter The Obama administration's dispute with the Kremlin over the unrest in Ukraine has turned to a new controversy: whether heavily armed men in a grainy image are trigger-happy American mercenaries in Ukraine or a police SWAT team in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Russia has warned for... ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Russia Offers Negotiations on Ukraine Gas Price in Return For $2.2Bln Debt Payment

By Reuters Russia is ready to discuss a gas price discount for Ukraine if Kiev pays off more than the $2.2 billion it owed as of April 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday, as both sides seemed to edge toward a potential compromise. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine Fast Facts

Here's some background information about Ukraine, the second-largest European country in area after Russia. It borders Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Russia and the Black Sea in Eastern Europe.

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Russia Stages Largest Victory Day Celebrations in 20 Years

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Tanks rumbled across Red Square and fighter jets screamed overhead on Friday in Russia's biggest Victory Day military parade in years, fueling patriotic fervor as President Vladimir Putin rallies his people over the Ukraine crisis. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia to Prosecute Crimean Tatar Protesters Over Unrest

By By Oleg Sukhov <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Thousands of Crimean Tatars on Saturday responded to news that their spiritual leader had been banned from the peninsula by blocking several highways in a tense standoff with riot police - the first sign that the Muslim ethnic group's discontent with Russian authorities may lead to turmoil. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russia is waging 'real war' againstKiev, Ukraine's prime minister says

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com ARSENIY YATSENYUK reportedly accuses Russia and anti-government protesters of provoking unrest to threaten Ukraine's sovereignty, days after clashes that left at least 42 people dead in the city of Odessa, the majority of whom died in a fire at the city's trade union building, left. Ukraine broadens offensive as military ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Russia says 'last hope' for peace deal nixed after Ukraine launches offensive

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin's spokesman says assault by Ukrainian soldiers, above, against pro-Russian forces in eastern city of Slovyansk that left at least three dead 'effectively destroyed the last hope for the implementation' of the Geneva accord. NATO official says Russia now an adversary | VIDEO: Rumsfeld: US has ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Russia revives May Day parade; violence in Turkey

Russia celebrated May Day with its first joyful parade across Red Square since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, as President Vladimir Putin basked in a surge of patriotism over Crimea's annexation. In Turkey, scores were injured in clashes with police.

Thousands of Communists gather in downtown Moscow after the May ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Flash Points: Are new U.S. sanctions on Russia tough enough?

CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the new round of U.S. sanctions targeting Russia and how they might affect the standoff in Eastern Europe. ...read more

Source: CBS News

    

Ukraine mayor shot; US announces new sanctions

The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S. hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.

In this April 12, 2014 photo Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, takes part in a ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

White House defends Russia strategy

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com THE WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS its foreign policy on Russia, as Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, right, says the international sanctions are hurting that country's economy and has Russian citizens losing faith in President Vladimir Putin.Western military observers held in Ukraine speak under armed guard, 1 releasedObama's hashtag diplomacy with ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Obama Says West Must Send Unified Message to Russia

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> President Barack Obama said on Sunday it was necessary to send a message to Russia that its "destabilizing" actions in eastern and southern Ukraine must stop, as the U.S. and its European partners prepared to impose new sanctions on Moscow. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine Prime Minister Says Russia Wants to Start World War Three

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia warned Kiev it would face justice for a "bloody crime" in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Russian rebels a day earlier, while Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia was looking to start another World War. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine Gives Russia 48-Hour Deadline to Explain Military Drills As Tension Mounts

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Ukraine has given Moscow until noon on Saturday to account for its military presence near the southeastern border while Russia demanded that the U.S. force Ukrainian authorities to halt a military operation in the region that has already led to the deaths of up to five rebels. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Flash Points: Why Russia holds most of the cards in the Ukraine crisis

CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the ongoing standoff between Ukraine and Russia and how Russia has defied attempts to defuse the tension. ...read more

Source: CBS News

    

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a media meeting organized by the Russian People's Front in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Russia's President Vladimir Putin ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Russia, China Block UN Sanctions Against Central African Republic

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the U.S. and France to impose UN sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

U.S. Urges Russia to De-Escalate Tensions in Ukraine

By <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone call that Washington will impose more sanctions on Russia if it does not help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, a senior U.S. official said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Crimean Tatar Leader Reportedly Banned from Entering Russia For 5 Years

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> A leading figure in the Crimean Tatar minority has been barred by Russia from returning to the peninsula following its annexation by Moscow, the Tatar community's assembly said on Tuesday. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Is accord a victory for Russia?

For the first time in months, the ever-worsening Ukraine crisis seemed to have taken a surprising turn for the better. A snap meeting in Geneva brought together the foreign ministers of Ukraine, the European Union and the United States with their Russian counterpart, despite earlier threats by the Kremlin not ...read more

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U.S. Says Diplomacy Could Still Solve Ukraine Crisis But New Sanctions Are Ready

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> U.S. President Barack Obama said talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that his country and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation does not improve. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Ukraine deal reached; Russia agrees to de-escalate tensions

The Obama administration will hold off on new sanctions against Russia as part of a deal struck Thursday that calls for Moscow to stand down outlaw militias and take other steps to restore calm to volatile eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian activists gather at a seized police station with a banner reading "Donetsk ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

US military aid to Ukraine to help fend off Russians? Helmets, sleeping bags

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com AS UKRAINE'S GOVERNMENTsays it must prepare to take action against Russia's aggression amid intensified fighting, the US announces it will send helmets, sleeping bags, water purification units and other non-lethal aid. Putin stresses right to use force in Ukraine amid deadly clashes at base EU warns Russia on using gas ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Amid New Violence in Ukraine, Western and Russian Diplomats Escalate Rhetoric

By By Ivan Nechepurenko <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> As pro-Russia militants occupied more government buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, Russia and the West exchanged recriminations about their supposed involvement in the ongoing crisis, which threatens to escalate into more serious violence between militants and Ukrainian forces. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

U.S. Sees Russia's Hand in East Ukraine Unrest

By By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The West is imploring Russia to help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia armed men seized government buildings in multiple towns over the weekend, even as Russia continues to deny involvement in the confrontations. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times