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    Spain arrests eight nationals for fighting with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine
    Feb27

    Spain arrests eight nationals for fighting with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine

    ‘Their activities compromise Spain’s peace or independence’Operation said to be first in Europe against foreign fighters in UkrainePolice have arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe.Officers detained the...

    Ukrainian military pulls back heavy weaponry from eastern front
    Feb26

    Ukrainian military pulls back heavy weaponry from eastern front

    Withdrawl of artillery and creation of buffer zone is second step after ceasefire in 12-point agreement agreed in truce talksKiev’s forces have begun pulling back heavy weapons from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine, marking a step forward for the troubled peace plan agreed in Minsk this month.Army command said on Thursday that it would...

    Ukraine to start withdrawing heavy weapons from frontline
    Feb26

    Ukraine to start withdrawing heavy weapons from frontline

    Move was required under ceasefire deal, and defence ministry says it reserves right to revise plan in event of attack by rebel forcesUkraine’s military has said it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the frontline of its conflict with Russian-backed separatists as required under a ceasefire agreement.The defence ministry said it...

    Why Moscow’s anti-Maidan protesters are putting on elaborate pretence
    Feb26

    Why Moscow’s anti-Maidan protesters are putting on elaborate pretence

    Analysis: if enough B-list celebrities gather in one place and shout ‘fire!’ ordinary Russians will start to believe they are at risk, says Allison QuinnAs tens of thousands of people gathered in central Moscow for an “anti-Maidan” rally recently, the Russian public was being asked to swallow an unsavoury pill: apparently the country is in...

    The Guardian view on British military trainers in Ukraine: a strong signal | Editorial
    Feb25

    The Guardian view on British military trainers in Ukraine: a strong signal | Editorial

    David Cameron’s move is a gesture, which will not change the balance of force – but it is a gesture of solidarity for a country under assault by Russia“If you let aggression go unchecked, you only store up graver problems for the future.” So said David Cameron, urging a robust international response to Russian military adventures, not in...

    Mariupol, next in the sights of pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine
    Feb25

    Mariupol, next in the sights of pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine

    Ukrainian forces build second line of defence around major port and industrial centre as reports circulate of rebel buildup of fighters and weaponry in areaA plume of smoke rose above the horizon as a group of Ukrainian soldiers dug trenches near the village of Berdyansk outside Mariupol, seemingly oblivious to the mortar fire going off like...

    Sending UK advisers to Ukraine will not lead to mission creep, Fallon tells MPs
    Feb25

    Sending UK advisers to Ukraine will not lead to mission creep, Fallon tells MPs

    Defence secretary says Britain will not deploy combat troops to Ukraine, following surprise announcement of deployment of miliary trainersMichael Fallon, the defence secretary, has sought to assure MPs that the surprise deployment of UK military trainers to Ukraine will not lead to mission creep, insisting: “We are not deploying combat troops to...

    Russia defends Minsk ceasefire deal while France warns of further sanctions – video
    Feb25

    Russia defends Minsk ceasefire deal while France warns of further sanctions – video

    Russia is concerned that those outside Ukraine and in Kiev want a peace deal in the east of the country to fail, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says on Wednesday. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, says Moscow willl face more EU sanctions if pro-Russia rebels attack Ukraine’s government-held port of Mariupol, which he points out...

    UK military training in Ukraine: symbolic move that risks Russian ire
    Feb24

    UK military training in Ukraine: symbolic move that risks Russian ire

    Increased western involvement could be used by Moscow to escalate its role and portray it to Russians as resistance to Nato advancesBritain’s decision to dip its toe into the Ukraine crisis is hardly likely to have a decisive impact on the outgunned and struggling Ukrainian army, but it serves the symbolic purpose of taking a stake in the...

    Vladimir Putin effigy burned in northern Ukraine – video
    Feb24

    Vladimir Putin effigy burned in northern Ukraine – video

    Residents in the northern Ukrainian city of Sumy burn an effigy of Russian president Vladimir Putin as part of the Orthodox Lent festival. A crudely constructed figure, with Putin’s face and a pig’s snout, is burned on a pile of tyres. An effigy is traditionally burnt at the conclusion of Lent, to mark the end of winter. Residents say...

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