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    US and Allies Discuss New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine: John Kerry
    Feb21

    US and Allies Discuss New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine: John Kerry

    The United States and its allies are discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday… …read more Source:...

    Ukraine prisoner swap under way on front line
    Feb21

    Ukraine prisoner swap under way on front line

    February 22, 2015 1:38 AMZHOLOBOK, Ukraine (AFP) – Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday began exchanging scores of prisoners each had taken, AFP journalists present in the front-line town where the swap was occurring reported. …read more Source: The Straits...

    Obama to weigh next steps on Ukraine 'in next few days' – Kerry
    Feb21

    Obama to weigh next steps on Ukraine 'in next few days' – Kerry

    LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will evaluate the next steps in dealing with the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the coming days, including arming Ukrainian forces and sanctions against Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. …read more Source: The...

    Kerry says considering extra sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
    Feb21

    Kerry says considering extra sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday the United States and its allies were not prepared to play games with Russia and are discussing additional sanctions against Moscow over its role in eastern Ukraine, undermining a European-brokered truce. “Russia has engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process over these last days,” Kerry...

    Pro-Russia rebel build-up near port city alarms Ukraine military
    Feb21

    Pro-Russia rebel build-up near port city alarms Ukraine military

    KIEV/SAKHANKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists are building up forces and weapons in Ukraine’s south east and the Ukrainian military said on Saturday it was braced for the possibility of a rebel attack on the port city of Mariupol. …read more Source: The...

    ‘179 soldiers killed’ in Ukraine battle; rebels ready prisoner swap
    Feb21

    ‘179 soldiers killed’ in Ukraine battle; rebels ready prisoner swap

    LUGANSK (AFP) – An adviser to Ukraines president said Kiev lost 179 troops in a month-long battle for the town of Debaltseve, while pro-Russian rebels readied a prisoner swap Saturday as part of a battered ceasefire.The death toll for Debaltseve — which the rebels overran on Wednesday in defiance of the UN-backed truce — was...

    Merkel and pope discuss Ukraine at Vatican meeting
    Feb21

    Merkel and pope discuss Ukraine at Vatican meeting

    VATICAN CITY (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to the Vatican Saturday met with Pope Francis and discussed efforts to end the bloody conflict in Ukraine.Merkel, who played a key role in negotiating the latest ceasefire, had a private audience with the pope where the two underlined their commitment to reaching a peaceful...

    40,000 attend Moscow pro-Putin rally
    Feb21

    40,000 attend Moscow pro-Putin rally

    February 21, 2015 11:26 PMMOSCOW (AFP) – Tens of thousands of strongman Vladimir Putin’s supporters rallied Saturday near the Kremlin walls, a year after protests in neighbouring Ukraine led to the fall of its pro-Russian president. …read more Source: The Straits...

    Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine
    Feb21

    Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine

    MOSCOW – When Alexander was due to finish his year of mandatory military service in October, his commander told him he had no choice: He had to sign a contract to extend his stay in the army and head to southern Russia for troop exercises. The 20-year-old… …read more Source:...

    US and allies discuss new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine – Kerry
    Feb21

    US and allies discuss new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine – Kerry

    The United States and its allies are discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. …read more Source: Channel...

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