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    The Guardian view on the ceasefire for east Ukraine
    Sep05

    The Guardian view on the ceasefire for east Ukraine

    Is the agreement reached in Minsk the beginning of peace or just of a new phase of the conflict?President Putin could not have contrived it better if he had tried. Perhaps he did. In any case, on the very day the leaders of Nato countries were writing up their communiques and final statements in Wales, it looked as if the five-month-old war in...

    Ukraine crisis: Estonian security officer abducted on border
    Sep05

    Ukraine crisis: Estonian security officer abducted on border

    An Estonian security officer was abducted and taken into Russia at gunpoint, during an operation to stop an illegal crossing on the border today, Tallinn’s Internal Security Service said. …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine ceasefire holds so far as Poroshenko orders halt at dusk
    Sep05

    Ukraine ceasefire holds so far as Poroshenko orders halt at dusk

    Obama is ‘hopeful’ but with other Nato leaders expresses scepticism over longer term success of the truceA tentative ceasefire is holding in eastern Ukraine tonight after Kiev agreed a truce with separatist rebels that included a pullback of weapons and the release of prisoners; it held out the best hope so far for an end to a...

    Ceasefire takes hold in eastern Ukraine
    Sep05

    Ceasefire takes hold in eastern Ukraine

    The ceasefire between government and pro-Russian separatist forces has taken hold in eastern Ukraine. Western leaders have expressed skepticism that the temporary truce will lead to a long-term peace plan. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Ukraine truce represents a triumph for Putin
    Sep05

    Ukraine truce represents a triumph for Putin

    Analysis: If the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are left in rebel hands, then Vladimir Putin’s effort to freeze the conflict on his terms will be nearing success …read more Source: The...

    Poroshenko calls for long ceasefire to allow time for talks
    Sep05

    Poroshenko calls for long ceasefire to allow time for talks

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk that should end the fighting in east Ukraine. He said it… …read more Source:...

    David Cameron: Russia’s actions in Ukraine are ‘indefensible and wrong’
    Sep05

    David Cameron: Russia’s actions in Ukraine are ‘indefensible and wrong’

    David Cameron has cautiously welcomed a ceasefire in Ukraine but insisted that new sanctions against Russia would still go ahead until a proper peace plan is put in place …read more Source: The...

    Estonian security officer abducted on border with Russia
    Sep05

    Estonian security officer abducted on border with Russia

    Security service says officer captured and taken to Russia at gunpoint while working to prevent cross-border criminal activityAn Estonian security officer has been abducted during an operation to stop an illegal crossing on the Russian border and taken at gunpoint across to Russia, Estonia’s internal security service has...

    Putin walks a tightrope as evidence mounts of Russians dying in Ukraine | Natalia Antonova
    Sep05

    Putin walks a tightrope as evidence mounts of Russians dying in Ukraine | Natalia Antonova

    Vladimir Putin cannot appear weak, but the public wont stand for full-scale conflict. So the stalemate continuesHatred is not a tame beast. Once unleashed, it can be surprisingly hard to coax it back into its pen even for a popular leader such as Vladimir Putin. The stunning reversal of the fortunes of the Ukrainian army in rebel-held regions in...

    NATO adds spearhead force, cyber defence to its European arsenal
    Sep05

    NATO adds spearhead force, cyber defence to its European arsenal

    NATO approved wide-ranging plans on Friday to boost its defences in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine that the US-led alliance will shield them from any attack. …read more Source: France...

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