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    Scribbled note shows Boris Nemtsov was planning report on Russian soldiers in Ukraine
    Mar05

    Scribbled note shows Boris Nemtsov was planning report on Russian soldiers in Ukraine

    A note purported to be in the assassinated leader’s hurried scrawl says 17 Russian paratroopers were killed in fighting in Ukraine. …read more Source: The Sydney Morning...

    EU urges Russia to forget old gas contract with Ukraine
    Mar05

    EU urges Russia to forget old gas contract with Ukraine

    BRUSSELS (AP) ” The European Union is concerned that Russia might want to enforce its old gas contract with Ukraine once their current arrangement runs out, saying it could contravene Moscow’s peace obligations.EU energy chief Maros… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment
    Mar05

    Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

    KURAKHOVE, Ukraine (AP) ” Tears welled up Vera Pavliy’s eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the east Ukraine town of Kurakhove with no money… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Bipartisan House group pressure Obama on Ukraine
    Mar05

    Bipartisan House group pressure Obama on Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) ” House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Democrats and Republicans are stepping up the pressure on the president to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.In… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Ukraine mine blast: Rescuers find bodies
    Mar05

    Ukraine mine blast: Rescuers find bodies

    Rescuers have found 32 bodies of miners in the Zasyadko mine in eastern Ukraine a day after a blast ripped through the shaft, a rebel official says. …read more Source:...

    EU extends asset  freeze on ex-Ukraine leader for a year
    Mar05

    EU extends asset freeze on ex-Ukraine leader for a year

    BRUSSELS (AP) ” The European Union has extended for a year an asset freeze on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others in his administration linked to the misuse of state funds.The EU said in a statement Thursday… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict
    Mar05

    Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) ” Poland’s top security official says that strengthening Ukraine’s army could prevent the conflict from escalating and serve Europe’s interests.Stanislaw Koziej, the head of Poland’s National Security Office,… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

    Russian troops dying in ‘large numbers’ in eastern Ukraine: NATO (AFP)
    Mar05

    Russian troops dying in ‘large numbers’ in eastern Ukraine: NATO (AFP)

    Riga (AFP) – Russian troops are dying in combat in “large numbers” in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting against government forces for a year, a NATO official said Thursday. …read more Source: The West...

    Russia denies US claim of ‘thousands’ of troops in Ukraine (AFP)
    Mar05

    Russia denies US claim of ‘thousands’ of troops in Ukraine (AFP)

    Moscow (AFP) – Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent “thousands” of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. …read more Source: The West...

    Poland’s lawmakers to go through military training
    Mar05

    Poland’s lawmakers to go through military training

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) ” Poland’s Parliament speaker says that the lawmakers will be given a chance to go through military training because “turbulent times” require it.Poles are worried about the conflict in eastern Ukraine that involves… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

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