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    British government in quandary over future military operations | Richard Norton-Taylor
    Feb10

    British government in quandary over future military operations | Richard Norton-Taylor

    MPs call for special forces but warn of legal constraints on their activitiesFormer SAS soldiers talk about their past “kill list” in IraqAttention seems to shift abruptly in Britain’s national security circles, from Vladimir Putin’s designs on Ukraine to the extreme jihadists committing atrocities in Syria and Iraq.As pictures of...

    Devastation in Ukraine ahead of Minsk summit – in pictures
    Feb10

    Devastation in Ukraine ahead of Minsk summit – in pictures

    Fighting continued in eastern Ukraine as both sides tried to make gains ahead of a possible deal in Minsk, Belarus, which is being billed as a last chance to prevent the conflict escalating further. Kramatorsk, well inside Kiev-controlled territory, was hit with rockets as Ukrainian forces staged an offensive around the key port city of Mariupol...

    UK government defends role in Ukraine-Russia crisis
    Feb10

    UK government defends role in Ukraine-Russia crisis

    Foreign secretary Philip Hammond says Germany is best placed to hold peace negotiations with KremlinThe British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has defended the government against accusations that it has taken a back seat in negotiations with Russia to find a solution to the crisis in Ukraine.He told MPs in the Commons the government’s...

    Rockets hit residential area in Kramatorsk, Ukraine – video
    Feb10

    Rockets hit residential area in Kramatorsk, Ukraine – video

    Amateur footage purports to show a rocket strike on the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. The video, shot from the window of a nearby house, shows a series of explosions in the distance. Rocket strikes hit Ukraine’s military headquarters and a nearby residential area in Kramatorsk on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian president Petro...

    Leaders set for Minsk talks on Ukraine ceasefire
    Feb10

    Leaders set for Minsk talks on Ukraine ceasefire

    Fighting continues in Kramatorsk and Mariupol before summit billed as last chance to prevent conflict from spiralling out of controlRussian, Ukrainian, German and French officials as well as separatist leaders and officials from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe are locked in talks in Minsk trying to smooth the way for a...

    Ukraine: draft dodgers face jail as Kiev struggles to find new fighters
    Feb10

    Ukraine: draft dodgers face jail as Kiev struggles to find new fighters

    Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba, arrested after refusing to fight in video addressed to Petro Poroshenko, is among many weary of conflict that has killed 5,000Ruslan Kotsaba posted a video addressed to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko last week in which he said he would rather go to prison for five years for draft dodging than fight pro-Russia...

    Obama backs off Ukraine military option but backs German diplomatic effort
    Feb09

    Obama backs off Ukraine military option but backs German diplomatic effort

    US president sidesteps issue of sending arms to Ukraine during joint news conference with Angela Merkel on how to counter Russian aggressionBarack Obama has thrown his support behind German diplomatic efforts to contain Russia in Ukraine, hinting that military alternatives under consideration by the White House remain largely symbolic and fraught...

    The west must talk to Vladimir Putin about Ukraine | Letters
    Feb09

    The west must talk to Vladimir Putin about Ukraine | Letters

    I have no love for modern capitalist Russia, or for Vladimir Putin, but there are always two sides to a conflict. Regrettably, the Guardian gives credence mainly to the anti-Putin version. In that narrative, the Russian leader is alleged to have violated Ukraine’s sovereignty, though no hard evidence is offered. For those who support...

    Ukrainian government forces fire rockets at separatist targets near Debaltseve – video
    Feb09

    Ukrainian government forces fire rockets at separatist targets near Debaltseve – video

    Ukrainian government forces fire Grad multiple rocket launchers at pro-Russian separatist targets near the eastern town of Debaltseve. Hundreds of people have fled Debaltseve since intense fighting began in the area. In nearby Donetsk, civilians despair as an apartment building is set on fire from what residents say is government shelling....

    Merkel and Obama consider Ukraine strategy at White House meeting – live
    Feb09

    Merkel and Obama consider Ukraine strategy at White House meeting – live

    German chancellor and president to discuss urgent Ukraine crisisCounter-terrorism and Iran nuclear negotiations also up for discussionSustained fighting in Ukraine has heightened international fears 11.01am ETHello and welcome to our live blog coverage of a joint news conference at the White House with German chancellor Angela Merkel and...

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