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    Russian militants attacked Ukraine positions in all sectors in December 29
    Dec30

    Russian militants attacked Ukraine positions in all sectors in December 29

    Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 25 times from 00:00 to 17:00 on Thursday, December 29, according to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. View map in full size In the Mariupol sector, the militants fired mortars on the town of Krasnohorivka, as well as rocket-propelled grenades...

    U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, gives 72 hours to leave country – Reuters
    Dec29

    U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, gives 72 hours to leave country – Reuters

    The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, according to Reuters. The Russian diplomats would have 72 hours to leave the United States, the official said. Access to...

    “Liquidate Ukraine… main part should go to Russia, 5 western regions – to Poland” –  former official of Russian Presidential Administration
    Dec29

    “Liquidate Ukraine… main part should go to Russia, 5 western regions – to Poland” – former official of Russian Presidential Administration

    Mikhail Khazin, an economist, a former official in the Russian Presidential Administration, and a member of an experts commission of the Moscow Patriarchate, outlines what he believes Moscow would want if the West acknowledged that Ukraine is in Russia`s sphere of influence. Once Ukraine is acknowledged as part of Russia`s sphere of influence,...

    Ukrainians Ivanchuk, Muzychuk win 2016 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships
    Dec29

    Ukrainians Ivanchuk, Muzychuk win 2016 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships

    Ukrainian players Vasyl Ivanchuk and Anna Muzychuk have won the 2016 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships in Doha, Qatar. The 2016 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships started with 106 players in the Open tournament, including 87 GMs, and 34 players in the Women tournament (including 13 GMs) competing for the prestigious titles and $200,000 (for...

    Lithuanian special unit will combat Kremlin trolls online
    Dec29

    Lithuanian special unit will combat Kremlin trolls online

    Elves against trolls sounds more than just something out of The Lord of the Rings to Lithuania`s 43-year-old business consultant and blogger Ricardas Savukynas as the battle he`s fighting is no fantasy. The man is part of an informal internet army of Lithuanians trying to counter what they describe as hate speech and pro-Russia propaganda, The...

    Russia brought criminal charges against its citizen for reposting video condemning Russia`s war against Ukraine
    Dec29

    Russia brought criminal charges against its citizen for reposting video condemning Russia`s war against Ukraine

    Russia`s Investigative Committee has brought criminal charges against Roman Grishin for merely reposting a video clip back in 2014, according to Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. The investigators claim that the clip, a biting attack on Russia`s excuses for its aggression against Ukraine, contains utterances that fall under Russia`s...

    Cameron lined up as contender to be next NATO Secretary General
    Dec29

    Cameron lined up as contender to be next NATO Secretary General

    David Cameron is being lined up as a contender to be the next secretary general of NATO, according to the Daily Mail. A NATO source said Britain is in a strong position as it `has weight as militarily the largest and most significant` country in the alliance besides the U.S. Following the Brexit vote Britain has pledged to play a greater role in...

    Russia weaker than West but Putin has significant advantages – Edward Lucas
    Dec29

    Russia weaker than West but Putin has significant advantages – Edward Lucas

    In terms of figures, Russia is much weaker than the West. However, Vladimir Putin has some serious advantages, which may well prove decisive, a British journalist and publicist Edward Lucas wrote for Tyzhden. According to him, the decisive Russian president is ready for the economic problems that may arise as a result of his actions, and he is...

    Iraqi forces resume fight for Mosul
    Dec29

    Iraqi forces resume fight for Mosul

    Iraqi security forces started a new push into Mosul on Thursday in an attempt to recapture the city held captive by the self-styled ”Islamic State” (IS) since June 2014. Government troops pushed into several southeastern districts of the city in an effort to bring eastern Mosul under their control, according to Deutsche Welle. ”The second phase...

    Number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia increases – Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Dec29

    Number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia increases – Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia has increased to 17 people over the year, despite the fact that six Ukrainians have been released, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. “Though six prisoners have returned to Ukraine, their total number has not decreased but increased: now we have...

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