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    EU drops sanctions on Yanukovich's Ukraine security chief
    Mar06

    EU drops sanctions on Yanukovich's Ukraine security chief

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has dropped sanctions imposed last year on the head of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s security service, according to a legal notice published on Friday. …read more Source: The...

    U.S. not decided yet on Ukraine national guard training – official
    Mar06

    U.S. not decided yet on Ukraine national guard training – official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has not yet made a final decision on whether to move ahead with previously announced training of Ukrainian national guard troops battling Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east, a U.S. military official said on Friday. …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine pulls back rocket launchers from frontline
    Mar06

    Ukraine pulls back rocket launchers from frontline

    ARTEMIVSK (AFP) – Kiev said Friday it had withdrawn all its Uragan multiple rocket launchers from the main conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, in compliance with a ceasefire agreement with pro-Russian rebels.Two of the imposing Uragan (Hurricane) rocket launchers — equipped with 16 launch tubes for 220mm rockets — were being...

    Kremlin critic Navalny freed from latest prison stint
    Mar06

    Kremlin critic Navalny freed from latest prison stint

    MOSCOW – Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Friday vowed to keep up his fight against President Vladimir Putin as he was released from his latest jail term, a two-week stint for organising an illegal gathering.The charismatic opposition leader also said he would pay a visit to the cemetery where outspoken activist Boris Nemtsov was buried...

    Russia’s exclusion from Swift a last resort ‘nuclear weapon’: Polish, British ministers
    Mar06

    Russia’s exclusion from Swift a last resort ‘nuclear weapon’: Polish, British ministers

    WARSAW – Excluding Russia from the Swift banking system would be a measure of last resort if the crisis in Ukraine escalates, the British and Polish foreign ministers said Friday.”When it comes to sanctions, Swift is the nuclear weapon. It is the last resort and we are all aware of that,” Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz...

    Oil prices rise before US jobs data
    Mar06

    Oil prices rise before US jobs data

    LONDON (AFP) – Oil prices rose on Friday as dealers awaited US jobs data and focused on increasing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in April added 14 cents to $50.90 a barrel.Brent North Sea crude for April gained 56 cents to stand at $61.04 a barrel around midday in London.Investors...

    EU drops sanctions on Yanukovich’s security chief
    Mar06

    EU drops sanctions on Yanukovich’s security chief

    The European Union has dropped sanctions imposed last year on the head of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s security service, according to a legal notice published on Friday. …read more Source: Channel...

    EU drops sanctions on Yanukovich's security chief
    Mar06

    EU drops sanctions on Yanukovich's security chief

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has dropped sanctions imposed last year on the head of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s security service, according to a legal notice published on Friday. …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine declares heavy weapons pullback from front line
    Mar06

    Ukraine declares heavy weapons pullback from front line

    A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher is transported towards near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine. (Source: AP Photo) Ukrainian military officials say government forces are withdrawing heavy rocket launchers from the front line with Russian-backed separatists in accordance with last month’s cease-fire accord. Military spokesman Col. Andriy...

    Putin takes 10% salary cut in crisis-hit Russia
    Mar06

    Putin takes 10% salary cut in crisis-hit Russia

    MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday he was cutting his salary by 10 percent as well as the earnings of several top government officials, as the countrys economy reels from the collapse of the ruble.The salaries of Putin, his Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and the president of the...

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