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    Georgia, Ukraine and the spirit of Helsinki | Letters
    Feb27

    Georgia, Ukraine and the spirit of Helsinki | Letters

    Your editorial (26 February) states that “the Kremlin’s war over Georgia’s separatist region of South Ossetia” used “defence of Russian minorities as a pretext to negate the sovereignty and the integrity of an independent state”.Not so. The Russian military came to the help of South Ossetia, a small and otherwise defenceless nation...

    Ukraine: Reports of fresh casualties put truce under strain
    Feb27

    Ukraine: Reports of fresh casualties put truce under strain

    Reports suggest three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in fighting in the east of the country on Friday (February 27). It is unclear whether there… …read more Source:...

    Spanish combatants detained for ‘joining Ukraine rebels’
    Feb27

    Spanish combatants detained for ‘joining Ukraine rebels’

    Police on Friday arrested eight Spaniards who they said had returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, sources close to the investigation said. …read more Source: France...

    Poroshenko calls weapons withdrawal “trial run” for peace plan
    Feb27

    Poroshenko calls weapons withdrawal “trial run” for peace plan

    Ukraine is pulling back heavy weapons from the front line to test if a peace plan with Russian-backed separatists can work, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.”This is just a trial run and the beginning of the implementation of the peace plan that… …read more Source:...

    No reform, no reconstruction: oligarch Firtash’s grim view of post-Yanukovich Ukraine
    Feb27

    No reform, no reconstruction: oligarch Firtash’s grim view of post-Yanukovich Ukraine

    He is one of the richest and most controversial of Ukrainian businessmen. Billionaire “Dmytro… …read more Source:...

    Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin, says West should ‘abandon zero-sum mentality’
    Feb27

    Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin, says West should ‘abandon zero-sum mentality’

    China has voiced its support for Russia over its handling of the Ukraine crisis, with prominent diplomat Qu Xing calling on the West to “abandon its zero-sum mentality”. …read more Source: The...

    Spain arrests eight nationals for fighting with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine
    Feb27

    Spain arrests eight nationals for fighting with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine

    ‘Their activities compromise Spain’s peace or independence’Operation said to be first in Europe against foreign fighters in UkrainePolice have arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe.Officers detained the...

    Deaths in Ukraine Shake Fragile Ceasefire
    Feb27

    Deaths in Ukraine Shake Fragile Ceasefire

    A withdrawal of heavy weaponry from Ukraine’s front line come as Russia threatens to cut off the gas supply by Tuesday. …read more Source: Sky...

    Ukraine crisis: Mariupol asks, are we next?
    Feb27

    Ukraine crisis: Mariupol asks, are we next?

    Anxious Mariupol fearful of pro-Russian rebel attack …read more Source:...

    Spain arrests eight accused of joining pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine
    Feb27

    Spain arrests eight accused of joining pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

    MADRID (Reuters) – Spain on Friday arrested eight citizens who recently returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, the first such arrest in the European Union of foreign citizens involved in the conflict, the Interior Ministry said. …read more Source:...

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