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    Ukraine’s first casualty-free day in seven months ‘shows sanctions are working’
    Dec12

    Ukraine’s first casualty-free day in seven months ‘shows sanctions are working’

    President Petro Poroshenko says milestone is proof the west’s diplomatic pressure and sanctions against Russia are bearing fruitThe president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said in Sydney on Friday that the war-torn east of his country had just had its first day without military or civilian casualties in seven months.He told the Lowy...

    Ukraine President Says ‘Real Ceasefire’ Being Upheld
    Dec12

    Ukraine President Says ‘Real Ceasefire’ Being Upheld

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asserted a “real ceasefire” which entered into force on Tuesday is now being observed.While on an official visit to Australia, Poroshenko asserted a truce had been registered “for the first time in seven months in Ukraine.””You cannot imagine how important this is to me. This...

    Ukrainian president slams India over Crimean leader visit
    Dec12

    Ukrainian president slams India over Crimean leader visit

    SYDNEY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at India on Friday over a visit by the leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, who accompanied President Vladimir Putin’s annual summit delegation this week. …read more Source:...

    Accusations fly around Russia’s Baltic deployments as tensions escalate
    Dec11

    Accusations fly around Russia’s Baltic deployments as tensions escalate

    Reports of increased military activity raises alarm for border states as diplomatic relations between Russia and Nato worsenThe Polish defence minister has called Russia’s naval and air force activity around the Baltic Sea this week unprecedented, marking a further escalation of tensions in the region.Tomasz Siemoniak said that although...

    The Guardian view on the freedom of the internet: it’s under attack around the world | Editorial
    Dec11

    The Guardian view on the freedom of the internet: it’s under attack around the world | Editorial

    The net is a powerful weapon, and governments don’t want it in the hands of their criticsThe internet is not a culture in itself. It has no values and works indifferently either for or against freedom and democracy. But however it is employed, it works powerfully. So it has become an arena in which struggles over power and ideas are fought...

    In Donetsk, desperation sets in
    Dec11

    In Donetsk, desperation sets in

    The people in the mining region of Dunbas in eastern Ukraine are growing weary of the promises made by pro-Russian separatists who control the area. Their trust in the Kyiv government, however, is also in short supply. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Four MH17 victims still unidentified, all are Dutch
    Dec11

    Four MH17 victims still unidentified, all are Dutch

    Just four of the 298 people on board Malaysian Airways flight MH17, brought down by a missile over eastern Ukraine… …read more Source:...

    Czech PM rejects Zeman´s idea of Finlandisation of Ukraine policy
    Dec11

    Czech PM rejects Zeman´s idea of Finlandisation of Ukraine policy

    Prague – Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka rejected the proposal for the Finlandisation of Ukrainian foreign policy, or its subordination to the interests of Russia, made by President Milos Zeman… …read more Source: České...

    Kirby: Serbia-US military cooperation is very good
    Dec11

    Kirby: Serbia-US military cooperation is very good

    BELGRADE – US Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby hosted a reception on Wednesday for the Serbian Armed Forces members who had attended …read more Source:...

    Russia and Ukraine: Putin’s people
    Dec11

    Russia and Ukraine: Putin’s people

    Watching from below A GOVERNMENT television channel dubbed Vladimir Putin’s latest state of the nation address “A Message from Above”. Dmitry Kiselev, Mr Putin’s chief propagandist, even likened it to speeches by Roosevelt, Churchill and De Gaulle.Mr Putin’s sermon had both messianic and defensive overtones. He called Crimea a...

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