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    Ukraine ceasefire fragile after weapons withdrawal stalemate
    Feb17

    Ukraine ceasefire fragile after weapons withdrawal stalemate

    Pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian army have so far refused to withdraw their heavy weapons despite a peace accord signed last week. The ceasefire has been strained as fighting continued in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Ukraine sides stall arms pullout
    Feb17

    Ukraine sides stall arms pullout

    Ukrainian government and rebel forces fail to meet a deadline to start withdrawing heavy weapons, the second phase of last week’s ceasefire agreement. …read more Source:...

    [Ticker] Russia threatens ‘response’ to latest EU sanctions
    Feb17

    [Ticker] Russia threatens ‘response’ to latest EU sanctions

    The Russian foreign ministry has said it will give an “appropriate response” to a new EU blacklist over the Ukraine crisis. It called the measures “inconsistent and illogical” due to the new Minsk ceasefire deal. But EU and US leaders on Tuesday voiced dismay over ongoing attacks by Russia-controlled fighters. …read...

    [Ticker] UK ex-spy chief: Ukraine frozen conflict may be best option
    Feb17

    [Ticker] UK ex-spy chief: Ukraine frozen conflict may be best option

    British ex-MI6 head John Sawers said in a speech in King’s College London if the West arms Ukraine it could see Russia “go further than us” leading to “tens of thousands” of deaths in Ukraine. He added a frozen conflict in east Ukraine may be “the least bad attainable outcome.” …read more Source:...

    Ukraine weapons withdrawal in doubt amid fighting
    Feb16

    Ukraine weapons withdrawal in doubt amid fighting

    A ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was strained Monday by reports of fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists, and both sides questioned a demand to withdraw heavy weapons under a peace plan agreed last week.No heavy weapons were withdrawn… …read more Source:...

    Locals brace for Ukraine troops to take back Vuhlehirsk
    Feb16

    Locals brace for Ukraine troops to take back Vuhlehirsk

    Ten kilometers from Debaltseve lies the small town of Vuhlehirsk captured by rebels earlier this month. Local residents now believe the Ukrainian… …read more Source:...

    Ukraine army and Russian-backed separatists refuse to withdraw heavy weapons
    Feb16

    Ukraine army and Russian-backed separatists refuse to withdraw heavy weapons

    Fighting may have slowed in eastern Ukraine but hopes of a ceasefire fully implemented hang by a thread …read more Source: The...

    EU breaks taboo on ‘Russian forces in Ukraine’
    Feb16

    EU breaks taboo on ‘Russian forces in Ukraine’

    The EU has – for the first time in an official text – referred to Russian forces being active in east Ukraine. …read more Source:...

    Poland Embarks on Massive Spending to Overhaul Military Hardware  
    Feb16

    Poland Embarks on Massive Spending to Overhaul Military Hardware  

    NATO member Poland, bordering conflict-torn Ukraine, has earmarked a whopping EUR 33.6 B in spending to modernise its armed forces. The plans will bring Poland in line with NATO’s recommended defense spending target of 2% of gross domestic product, AFP said on Monday. The planned overhaul over a decade calls for the purchase of new military...

    West must learn to live with Putin, former MI6 head warns
    Feb16

    West must learn to live with Putin, former MI6 head warns

    Sir John Sawers says provoking the Russian president risks deepening the security crisis facing EuropeSir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has warned against stepping up pressure on Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, over Ukraine and said any change in power in the Kremlin “may well be for the worse”.The west would have to learn to live...

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