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    OSCE: Russian recognition of Donetsk/Luhansk People`s Republic passports undermines Ukraine peace efforts
    Feb20

    OSCE: Russian recognition of Donetsk/Luhansk People`s Republic passports undermines Ukraine peace efforts

    Russia`s decision to recognize identification documents issued by separatists in eastern Ukraine will hurt the chances for a ceasefire to take hold, the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) told RFE/RL on February 19. The abrupt Russian move is also a setback for efforts to end the war that has killed more than...

    Russia behind attempted Montenegro coup – Montenegrin prosecutor
    Feb20

    Russia behind attempted Montenegro coup – Montenegrin prosecutor

    Moscow orchestrated an attempted coup during Montenegro`s October 16 election in a bid to stop the country from joining NATO, a Montenegrin prosecutor said Sunday evening, according to POLITICO. ”So far we have had evidence that Russian nationalist structures were behind [the plot], but now also that Russian state bodies were involved at a...

    A back-channel plan for Ukraine and Russia, courtesy of Trump associates – The New York Times
    Feb20

    A back-channel plan for Ukraine and Russia, courtesy of Trump associates – The New York Times

    A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia, The New York Times reported. According to The New York Times, Andrii V. Artemenko, the Ukrainian lawmaker, who sees himself as a Trump-style leader of a...

    Kyiv police free five detained protesters after Sunday clashes
    Feb20

    Kyiv police free five detained protesters after Sunday clashes

    OUN Battalion chief Mykola Kokhanivsky detained during Sunday clashes in Kyiv between police and protesters against trade with Russian militants in Donbas has been released from Kyiv`s Desniansky district police station, according to 112.ua. ”Mykola has been released,” Verkhovna Rada member from the Radical Party Andriy Lozovyi wrote on Facebook,...

    U.S., Russia top list of global arms exporters
    Feb20

    U.S., Russia top list of global arms exporters

    The United States and Russia were the top arms exporters over the past five years, with demand in the Middle East and Asia fueling an increase in global transfers, a Swedish-based research institute says, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on February 20 the...

    Oil prices flatline as U.S. drilling counters OPEC output cuts
    Feb20

    Oil prices flatline as U.S. drilling counters OPEC output cuts

    Oil prices held steady on Monday as investors gauged whether an increase in U.S. drilling rigs and record stockpiles would undermine efforts by producers to cut output and bring the market into balance, according to Reuters. Brent futures LCOc1 were down 5 cents at $55.75 a barrel at 0245 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 was...

    New attack in Donbas – water, power supply halted as over 300 shells in Avdiyivka
    Feb20

    New attack in Donbas – water, power supply halted as over 300 shells in Avdiyivka

    A Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman has announced Russia`s hybrid military forces continue shelling Ukrainian positions along the entire contact line, and new escalation has been reported near the Ukrainian-controlled town of Avdiyivka as Ukrainian troops deployed outside it come under attack. View map in full size ”Enemy troops enjoyed the...

    U.S. Embassy in Ukraine: Russian recognition of ”Donetsk/ Luhansk People`s Republic” passports inconsistent with Minsk agreement
    Feb19

    U.S. Embassy in Ukraine: Russian recognition of ”Donetsk/ Luhansk People`s Republic” passports inconsistent with Minsk agreement

    The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv says that the recognition by Russia of passports issued by the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine – the so-called Donetsk People`s Republic (”DPR”) and Luhansk People`s Republic (”LPR”) – is inconsistent with the Minsk peace process. ”Russian recognition of documents from separatist `republics` [is] troubling...

    Trump must punish Russia for election interference – Senator Graham
    Feb19

    Trump must punish Russia for election interference – Senator Graham

    A senior U.S. Republican senator on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow interfered in the election that brought him to power, according to ABC News. U.S. intelligence officials have told Trump that Moscow tried to influence voters by hacking Democratic emails and trolling social media...

    Russia watches U.S. reassure allies, and it`s disappointed – Bloomberg
    Feb19

    Russia watches U.S. reassure allies, and it`s disappointed – Bloomberg

    Shortly after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged to ”hold Russia to account” while looking for common ground in a speech to European allies, a hawkish Russian legislator reached out to shake his hand as he passed through a crowded hotel corridor, according to Bloomberg. ”Mr. Vice President, I am from Moscow and we hope we will reach those...

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