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    Russia’s answer to Sinatra added to new EU sanctions list
    Feb16

    Russia’s answer to Sinatra added to new EU sanctions list

    Sanctions slapped on 19 individuals and nine organisations including popular singer Joseph Kobzon, Russian military leaders and Ukrainian separatistsThe EU has sent a tough message to President Vladimir Putin that it intends to keep up the pressure over Ukraine by slapping sanctions on three senior Russian military leaders, prominent Ukrainian...

    First day of Ukraine ceasefire deal still sees fighting
    Feb15

    First day of Ukraine ceasefire deal still sees fighting

    Kiev and breakaway republics say ceasefire mostly being observed, but mortar fire is heard east of Luhansk on highway to DebaltseveThe fighting in east Ukraine dropped in intensity on Sunday, but the first day of a ceasefire deal still saw fighting, especially around the contested town of Debaltseve.The deal to end the conflict, which has killed...

    Residents of eastern Ukraine divided over chances of ceasefire holding – video
    Feb15

    Residents of eastern Ukraine divided over chances of ceasefire holding – video

    Civilians in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk had mixed feelings on Sunday after a ceasefire came into effect at midnight. Although residents went about their day without the sound of artillery fire, some weren’t optimistic about the chances that peace would last. Despite quiet in Donetsk, steady shelling resumed on Sunday morning in...

    Ukraine points towards the start of a tumultuous new era in world politics | Dmitri Trenin
    Feb15

    Ukraine points towards the start of a tumultuous new era in world politics | Dmitri Trenin

    As Vladimir Putin achieves his minimal goal in Minsk, Russia is isolated from Europe and the US but spreading its reach to new alliancesAfter the ceasefire negotiated in Minsk, a peace settlement in eastern Ukraine remains distant. Most of the points in the agreement, including Ukraine’s constitutional reform and the resumption of...

    How Angela Merkel became Europe’s undisputed leader | Franziska Augstein
    Feb15

    How Angela Merkel became Europe’s undisputed leader | Franziska Augstein

    The German chancellor has done well over Ukraine. But she owes a lot to othersLast week, German chancellor Angela Merkel was not dubbed the “most powerful woman in the world”. Time magazine had done that a few years ago. Now, gender specifics are cast aside, as she claims the position of the European continent’s “most powerful political...

    The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels – in pictures
    Feb15

    The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels – in pictures

    Ahead of the midnight ceasefire, the Ukrainian military and Russia-backed separatists maintained their positions in towns across the disputed territory … …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine: a British MSF surgeon’s view
    Feb14

    Ukraine: a British MSF surgeon’s view

    ‘People go shopping and an hour later they’re without their legs,’ says Michael Roesch, who arrived in Gorlovka six days agoThe main operating theatres on the sixth floor are no longer functioning because they’re too dangerous with all the shelling. There’s one working operating theatre on the ground floor. Every day they...

    Fears for Ukraine’s ceasefire as clashes with Russia-backed rebels intensify
    Feb14

    Fears for Ukraine’s ceasefire as clashes with Russia-backed rebels intensify

    Neither side seems to expect an end to the conflict, and both were trying to shore up their positions before the deadlineFighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebel militias in the east of the country intensified on Saturday as fears grew for the durability of a ceasefire agreement that was due to take effect at midnight on...

    Is Mr Cameron the most parochial PM ever? | Nick Cohen
    Feb14

    Is Mr Cameron the most parochial PM ever? | Nick Cohen

    Whether it’s Ukraine or the European Union, this country has no coherent strategyFrom the moment he took office, commentators said that David Cameron “looked like a prime minister”. However deferential their assumption that old Etonians were born to rule, they were right to concentrate on appearances. Cameron speaks his lines and plays his...

    Twenty photographs of the week
    Feb14

    Twenty photographs of the week

    The ceasefire in Ukraine, Ivory Coast winning the Africa Cup of Nations, drought in Brazil – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week … …read more Source: The...

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