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    ‘We’re nothing more than bargaining chips’ – what it means to be Ukrainian in wartime
    Jan23

    ‘We’re nothing more than bargaining chips’ – what it means to be Ukrainian in wartime

    The conflict in eastern Ukraine is often framed as a battle between pro-Russian and pro-Kiev forces, but the country’s political, social and ethnic makeup is far more complicated. Ukrainians in six cities told RFE/RL their views on the crisisI think a lot of Ukrainians are thinking about their personal history these days. We’re all...

    Exclusive: U.S. to back new system warning airlines in conflict zones
    Jan23

    Exclusive: U.S. to back new system warning airlines in conflict zones

    TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) – The United States will throw its support behind a proposal by the U.N.’s aviation agency to share information about risks to commercial aircraft over conflict zones after the downing of a Malaysian jet in Ukraine last year, according to a senior U.S. official. …read more Source:...

    Opinion: At least they’re still talking
    Jan22

    Opinion: At least they’re still talking

    Steps toward de-escalation should be taken in eastern Ukraine – that is all that four-way talks in Berlin came up with. An urgently needed move, says DW’s Bernd Johann and points to fresh tensions in Donetsk. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Pro-Russia separatists vow further advances into Ukraine after taking Donetsk airport
    Jan22

    Pro-Russia separatists vow further advances into Ukraine after taking Donetsk airport

    After winning an eight-month seige at Donetsk airport, Russian-backed separatists vow to advance further …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire on the brink of breaking down entirely
    Jan22

    Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire on the brink of breaking down entirely

    A tenuous ceasefire in eastern Ukraine appears on the brink of breaking down entirely, with a Nato official warning that the recent escalation of fighting in some areas surpassed levels of violence seen before the September truce. …read more Source: The...

    Bulgaria’s President Calls for Defence Spending Update to Meet Pledges to NATO
    Jan22

    Bulgaria’s President Calls for Defence Spending Update to Meet Pledges to NATO

    Bulgaria needs to update its defence spending in 2015 to meet its pledge to improve defence capabilities made at NATO’s Wales summit in September, President Rosen Plevneliev said on Thursday. Speaking at a joint news conference in Sofia with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Plevneliev said that Bulgaria has pledged to...

    OSCE: Growing number of refugees moving from Ukraine to Russia
    Jan22

    OSCE: Growing number of refugees moving from Ukraine to Russia

    Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have reported a growing number of refugees moving from Ukraine to Russia …read more Source:...

    NATO, Bulgaria See Islamic State Threat, Black Sea Tensions as Key Challenges
    Jan22

    NATO, Bulgaria See Islamic State Threat, Black Sea Tensions as Key Challenges

    Bulgaria is strongly concerned by the instability in the Middle East and tensions in the Black Sea region and is doing its best to cope with the influx of refugees which could increase, Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Thursday following talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Sofia. The two sides agreed that Bulgaria, being...

    Captured Ukraine troops forced to face angry crowd after Donetsk bus stop shelling
    Jan22

    Captured Ukraine troops forced to face angry crowd after Donetsk bus stop shelling

    Captured Ukrainian servicemen have been taken to the scene of Thursday’s deadly bus stop attack in Donetsk and paraded before an angry crowd, firmly… …read more Source:...

    Donetsk trolleybus explosion blows Ukraine peace negotiations apart
    Jan22

    Donetsk trolleybus explosion blows Ukraine peace negotiations apart

    Russia and Ukraine’s superficial attempts to reconcile in Berlin earlier this week have rapidly come to nothingBarely had the ink dried on another diplomatic attempt to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, when a bloody explosion ripped through a trolleybus in Donetsk, killing 13 people.Foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine had signed a...

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