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    Life after Ukraine: the ‘invisible’ Russian fighters struggling to return to normal
    Feb29

    Life after Ukraine: the ‘invisible’ Russian fighters struggling to return to normal

    Volunteers say they’ve been left to cope with the physical and psychological scars without any state support. Meduza reportsRussian volunteers returning home after fighting alongside separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have not received any support from the state, despite many suffering from ongoing physical and psychological...

    MH17 report identifies Russian soldiers suspected of downing plane in Ukraine
    Feb24

    MH17 report identifies Russian soldiers suspected of downing plane in Ukraine

    Investigative team says it can link Russian soldiers to missile thought to have downed Malaysia Airlines flight in 2014A British-led online investigative team says it has identified Russian soldiers linked to a surface-to-air missile suspected of downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine in 2014.The Bellingcat report paints a picture of up...

    Spy mania 2.0: the rise in ‘crimes against the state’ in Russia
    Feb24

    Spy mania 2.0: the rise in ‘crimes against the state’ in Russia

    Growing number accused of high treason suggests return to the suspicion of the 1990s. Meduza reportsIn the years preceding the war in eastern Ukraine, just a handful of people had been charged and jailed for high treason in Russia. But with more than 20 cases of “crimes against the state” pursued in the last year alone, it seems spy mania has...

    Ukraine’s Eurovision entry is song about Russian repression – video
    Feb22

    Ukraine’s Eurovision entry is song about Russian repression – video

    Ukraine votes for a song about Stalin’s wartime deportation of the Tartars to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision. Dressed in Tatar traditional dress, singer Jamala, who herself belongs to the Muslim Tartar minority of Crimea, sang about her great grandmother who was deported with her children to central Asia. Photograph:...

    Ukraine’s Eurovision entry takes aim at Russian oppression
    Feb22

    Ukraine’s Eurovision entry takes aim at Russian oppression

    Ukrainians have chosen a Crimean Tatar singer and her song 1944, about the mass deportation of Tatars under Josef Stalin, to represent the nationUkrainians have chosen a Crimean Tatar singer and her song about the mass deportation of Tatars under Josef Stalin as the country’s entry for this year’s Eurovision song contest.Susana...

    Putin’s Syria campaign has drawn US focus back to Europe, says Polish official
    Feb19

    Putin’s Syria campaign has drawn US focus back to Europe, says Polish official

    Adviser to the Polish president says US realises ‘pivot to Asia’ was a mistake as he urged west to be alert to Russian expansionVladimir Putin’s new geopolitical ambitions have led the US to realise it made a strategic mistake turning away from Europe and making a pivot to Asia, the foreign affairs adviser to the Polish president has...

    Ukrainian government survives no-confidence vote amid infighting
    Feb17

    Ukrainian government survives no-confidence vote amid infighting

    Motion falls short of the 226 votes required to oust the cabinet, as President Petro Poroshenko calls on PM to resignThe Ukrainian government survived a no-confidence vote, despite severe criticism from a majority of MPs.The vote reflected political tensions amid economic problems that have eroded public support for the cabinet of prime minister...

    The Guardian view on Ukraine’s crisis: take the long view | Editorial
    Feb16

    The Guardian view on Ukraine’s crisis: take the long view | Editorial

    Economic and political instability in Kiev is getting worse and Russia is poised to take advantage. But that’s no reason for doing nothing. On the contraryThat Ukraine’s path towards something approximating to liberal democracy would be winding and difficult was always obvious. That its 40 million people have shown a lot of resilience...

    Russian exports of Vodka and liquor hit decade low
    Feb16

    Russian exports of Vodka and liquor hit decade low

    Alcohol market research attributes 42% drop in exports in 2015 to economic plight and western sanctionsRussia’s vodka and liquor exports slumped last year largely due to political tensions with the west and Ukraine. According to the Centre for the Study of Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets, Russian exports of the products fell by 42% to...

    John Kerry condemns Russia’s ‘repeated aggression’ in Syria and Ukraine
    Feb13

    John Kerry condemns Russia’s ‘repeated aggression’ in Syria and Ukraine

    ‘Vast majority of Russia’s attacks have been against legitimate opposition’Russia must abide by Ukraine deal or continue to face sanctions, says KerryJohn Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of “repeated aggression” in both places. Related: Syrian opposition greets news of...

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