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    Artillery rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk despite truce (AFP)
    Mar22

    Artillery rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk despite truce (AFP)

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Artillery fire rocked the outskirts of the rebel-held east Ukraine city of Donetsk on Sunday in the latest clashes to rattle an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev. …read more Source: The West...

    In Ukraine, some Russians take up arms against Putin (AFP)
    Mar22

    In Ukraine, some Russians take up arms against Putin (AFP)

    Odessa (Ukraine) (AFP) – When Andrei Krasilnikov hugged his wife good-bye last week and climbed onto a bus to take him back to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, his motive was typical of those fighting for Kiev — to defend his family and future from what he perceives as Russian aggression. …read more Source: The West...

    Artillery fire breaks out in east Ukraine (AFP)
    Mar22

    Artillery fire breaks out in east Ukraine (AFP)

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Intensive artillery fire broke out Sunday near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, apparently breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, an AFP reporter said. …read more Source: The West...

    US air defense troops train fast deployment in Poland
    Mar21

    US air defense troops train fast deployment in Poland

    SOCHACZEW, Poland (AP) ” U.S. air defense troops are training rapid deployment of Patriot missile launchers in Poland amid concerns that the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government forces in Ukraine is threatening the… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Three killed as clashes rumble on in east Ukraine (AFP)
    Mar21

    Three killed as clashes rumble on in east Ukraine (AFP)

    Kiev (AFP) – Two Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian were killed in the country’s rebel-held east as clashes rattled an official truce aimed at ending nearly a year of fighting, Kiev and separatists said Saturday. …read more Source: The West...

    Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel attacks, says Kiev
    Mar21

    Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel attacks, says Kiev

    Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed in attacks by Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite an agreed ceasefire, the Kiev military said. …read more Source: The Sydney Morning...

    Confidence in Ukraine’s cease-fire hurt by arms violations
    Mar21

    Confidence in Ukraine’s cease-fire hurt by arms violations

    NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) ” With cameras and clipboards in hands, teams of blue-jacketed international observers drive around the muddy countryside of eastern Ukraine looking for rocket launchers and artillery.Their task is… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Georgians hit by fallout from trouble in Russia, Ukraine
    Mar21

    Georgians hit by fallout from trouble in Russia, Ukraine

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) ” For Mariam Matiashvili, Georgia’s crumbling tourist trade is a health risk.The 64-year-old woman spends much of her meager pension of 150 lari ($68) a month on medicine and has long lived off selling cheap… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Russia Ukraine EU Hold Gas Talks
    Mar21

    Russia Ukraine EU Hold Gas Talks

    BRUSSELS — Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union have held talks in Brussels on gas supplies. The Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers, Aleksandr Novak and Volodymyr … …read more Source: Big News...

    Journalists Say Press Freedom Has Suffered in Crimea
    Mar21

    Journalists Say Press Freedom Has Suffered in Crimea

    The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is alarmed by the media environment in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine one year ago. The New York-based global watchdog group … …read more Source: Big News...

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