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    Putin awards medals to active Russian military after their return from Donbas war
    Nov17

    Putin awards medals to active Russian military after their return from Donbas war

    A journalist investigation provides a significant amount of evidence that proves direct participation of Russia`s 61st Separate Naval Infantry Brigade in the Ukrainian conflict near Luhansk in the summer and fall of 2014. About dozen of servicemen were identified during the journalist investigation`s OSINT efforts, many of whom were awarded...

    European leaders, NATO caution Trump on warming relations with Russia
    Nov17

    European leaders, NATO caution Trump on warming relations with Russia

    European and NATO defense officials cautioned President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday about his warming relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that they welcome dialogue but that the United States should not abandon its allies in a bid for improved ties with Moscow, according to The Washington Post. The warnings came hours...

    Prosecutor General readies to announce suspicion against Yanukovych of complicity in kidnapping of assistant of Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church
    Nov17

    Prosecutor General readies to announce suspicion against Yanukovych of complicity in kidnapping of assistant of Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

    Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko Wednesday said his office had prepared a suspicion notice against ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, claiming he set up a kidnapping of Archbishop Oleksandr Drabinko, the assistant of Metropolitan Volodymyr of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, in order to put pressure on the top cleric...

    Canadian diplomat quietly visited Russia for talks on Syria, Ukraine
    Nov17

    Canadian diplomat quietly visited Russia for talks on Syria, Ukraine

    Although Canada is taking a tough line with Russia in public, a senior Canadian diplomat quietly visited Moscow for talks on Ukraine and Syria earlier this month, prompting opposition concerns Ottawa might move to ease its sanctions, according to Canada`s Globe and Mail. Mark Gwozdecky, the foreign ministry`s political director, met Russian...

    European leaders, Obama to discuss Russia sanctions in Berlin
    Nov17

    European leaders, Obama to discuss Russia sanctions in Berlin

    European leaders and President Barack Obama on Friday will discuss extending sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, and possible new sanctions for its bombing in Syria, sources familiar with the plans said, according to Reuters. The meeting in Berlin, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and including the leaders of...

    Johnny Depp supports Oleh Sentsov illegally imprisoned in Russia
    Nov17

    Johnny Depp supports Oleh Sentsov illegally imprisoned in Russia

    The ”Imprisoned for Art” campaign enlists Peter Gabriel, Johnny Depp, Pussy Riot`s Nadya Tolokonnikova, Edward Sharpe`s Alex Ebert, Tom Morello and Ana Tijoux to advocate on behalf of artists imprisoned around the world for freedom of expression, The Voice Project reports. Each artist is paired with a currently imprisoned counterpart, whose...

    Mariupol sector remains epicenter of Russian attacks in Donbas
    Nov16

    Mariupol sector remains epicenter of Russian attacks in Donbas

    Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 37 times in the past 24 hours, most of the attacks focused on the Mariupol sector, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. View map in full size In the Mariupol sector, the enemy used 152mm artillery systems to shell...

    A Trump administration thaw with Russia is “unacceptable” – McCain
    Nov16

    A Trump administration thaw with Russia is “unacceptable” – McCain

    Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent his first shot across the bow of President-elect Donald Trump`s national security plans Tuesday, saying that any attempt to ”reset” relations with Russia is unacceptable, according to The Washington Post. ”With the U.S. presidential transition underway, Vladi­mir Putin...

    Putin removes Russia from agreement on International Criminal Court
    Nov16

    Putin removes Russia from agreement on International Criminal Court

    Russia will withdraw from the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to an order signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has agreed to accept this proposal by the Ministry of Justice of Russia, which is coordinated with other departments and the Supreme Court, and instructed to notify the UN...

    UN panel condemns rights abuses in Crimea, calls for monitoring
    Nov16

    UN panel condemns rights abuses in Crimea, calls for monitoring

    A United Nations panel has condemned human rights abuses in Crimea and pressed Russia to allow UN monitors to visit the Ukrainian territory it annexed in 2014, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). The UN General Assembly`s human rights committee, in its first action on Crimea, adopted a resolution drafted by Ukraine and backed...

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