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Russia-Backed Rebels Take Over Factories, Mines in Ukraine
Mar01

Russia-Backed Rebels Take Over Factories, Mines in Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russian-backed rebels are taking over scores of factories and mines in eastern Ukraine, many of them belonging to a tycoon whose foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a war-battered population. The moves announced Wednesday by the rebels came after a weeks of blockade of the east by Ukrainian nationalists and...

Trump recommits to U.S. allies but says they must pay ‘fair share’
Mar01

Trump recommits to U.S. allies but says they must pay ‘fair share’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed support for the United States’ longstanding security alliances around the world but insisted that friends and partners from Europe to the Middle East to the Pacific must “pay their fair share of the cost.” In his first nationally televised speech to Congress since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump...

US Condemns Attacks on Special Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine
Feb26

US Condemns Attacks on Special Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The United States on Sunday condemned an attack on special monitoring missions in eastern Ukraine and called on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire under the Minsk agreements. ‎”We condemn Friday’s targeting of OSCE special monitoring mission (SMM) monitors and the seizure of a...

Ukrainian Lawmaker Visits Rebel East, Urges Prisoner Release
Feb25

Ukrainian Lawmaker Visits Rebel East, Urges Prisoner Release

MOSCOW – A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine. Nadiya Savchenko, a pilot who spent two years in a Russian prison before her release last year, visited a prison in the rebel-held city of Makiivka. Savchenko said on Facebook that her goal is to help free...

OSCE Head: Ukraine Ceasefire ‘Doesn’t Look Too Good’
Feb22

OSCE Head: Ukraine Ceasefire ‘Doesn’t Look Too Good’

UNITED NATIONS – The head of the OSCE said on Tuesday that a ceasefire in Ukraine was not looking “too good” and confirmation of the agreed removal of heavy artillery would have to wait until at least Wednesday. “It looks like activities are continuing. I don’t have a last-minute confirmation, but it doesn’t look too...

Trump lawyer denies NY Times claim he gave Ukrainian plan to White House
Feb22

Trump lawyer denies NY Times claim he gave Ukrainian plan to White House

By Bill Hoffmann From Newsmax Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, told Newsmax on Monday that a New York Times article claiming he delivered a “sealed proposal” from a Ukrainian lawmaker to Trump’s national security adviser is a “fake news” story written as part of the newspaper’s ongoing plot to...

Ukrainian MP Plans to Travel to Washington to Push Peace Plan
Feb21

Ukrainian MP Plans to Travel to Washington to Push Peace Plan

KIEV – A Ukrainian lawmaker who proposed an alternative plan for peace with Russian-backed separatists to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration told reporters on Tuesday he plans to travel to Washington to present the proposal publicly. On Monday, the New York Times reported that Andriy Artemenko had sent a proposal to associates of...

Trump’s new national security adviser a soldier-scholar
Feb21

Trump’s new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S. government for “lies” that led to the Vietnam War. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster would remain on active military duty while leading the National Security Council, White...

Russia’s ambassador to United Nations dies in NYC at 64
Feb21

Russia’s ambassador to United Nations dies in NYC at 64

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent and personable voice for his country’s interests as he sparred with his Western counterparts, died suddenly after falling ill Monday in his office at the mission. Vitaly Churkin, 64, was taken to a hospital in New York, where he died, Russia’s deputy...

Kremlin: Trump Associates’ Peace Plan for Ukraine ‘absurd’
Feb20

Kremlin: Trump Associates’ Peace Plan for Ukraine ‘absurd’

WASHINGTON – The Kremlin said Monday that the Russian government does not know anything about a Ukraine peace plan crafted by an opposition Ukrainian lawmaker and two of President Donald Trump’s associates. Russia President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, shrugged off the plan that the lawmaker in Ukraine reportedly tried...

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