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Senate Approves Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia for Meddling
Jun15

Senate Approves Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia for Meddling

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate voted decisively to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging sanctions package that targets key sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals who carried out cyber attacks. Senators on Wednesday passed the bipartisan sanctions legislation 97-2, underscoring broad...

Civilians in Donetsk Threatened by No Access to Drinking Water – UN
Jun14

Civilians in Donetsk Threatened by No Access to Drinking Water – UN

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The well-being of hundreds of thousands of civilians on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk is under threat because of lack of access to drinking water, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said in a statement on Wednesday. “I am deeply concerned for the well-being of some 400,000...

Tillerson to Testify in House as Russia Sanctions Vote Nears
Jun14

Tillerson to Testify in House as Russia Sanctions Vote Nears

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will testify before a House panel as momentum builds on Capitol Hill for a package of new Russia sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Tillerson is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Foreign Affairs Committee, just hours ahead of a vote in the Senate...

Tech: Paul Allen’s rocket-launching plane is the biggest in the world — here is how it stacks up to other great flying machines
Jun14

Tech: Paul Allen’s rocket-launching plane is the biggest in the world — here is how it stacks up to other great flying machines

The Stratolaunch plane is now the biggest in the world. This GIF shows its immense size in comparison to other planes. The Stratolaunch plane is now the biggest in the world. Owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, its 385-foot wingspan bests the next biggest, Ukraine’s Antonov An-225 at 290 feet. The 500,000-pound aircraft is 238 feet...

Mission Complete: What the US Really Had in Mind for Ukraine
Jun14

Mission Complete: What the US Really Had in Mind for Ukraine

On Tuesday, Nikolai Silaev, Senior Researcher at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Research Director for Foreign Policy, and Andrei Sushentsov, the Valdai Club’s Program Director and a managing partner with Foreign Policy presented their report on four possible scenarios for the further development of Ukraine....

‘Industroyer’ virus could bring down power networks, researchers warn
Jun14

‘Industroyer’ virus could bring down power networks, researchers warn

Discovery of new malware shows vulnerability of critical infrastructure, just months after the WannaCry ransomware took out NHS computers Six months on from a hacking attack that caused a blackout in Kiev, Ukraine, security researchers have warned that the malware that was used in the attack would be “easy” to convert to cripple infrastructure in...

Tillerson Warns Against Steps That Cut off Talks with Russia
Jun13

Tillerson Warns Against Steps That Cut off Talks with Russia

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. relationship with Russia is at an all-time low and deteriorating further, yet he cautioned against taking steps that might close off promising avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson...

Over 10,000 Killed, Nearly 24,000 Injured in Ukraine’s Conflict Since 2014 – UN
Jun13

Over 10,000 Killed, Nearly 24,000 Injured in Ukraine’s Conflict Since 2014 – UN

KIEV (Sputnik) – The violence in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donbass has left over 10,000 people killed and nearly 24,000 injured since its outbreak in 2014, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report on Tuesday. “From the start of the conflict in mid-April 2014 up to 15 May 2017, at least...

Russian Investigators Open Case Against Ukraine Lawmaker on Consulate Attack
Jun13

Russian Investigators Open Case Against Ukraine Lawmaker on Consulate Attack

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said “the investigation received sufficient evidence that on March 9, 2016, Parasyuk also enlisted people gathered near the Consulate General to commit an attack on the Russian diplomatic mission.” “In this connection, a criminal case has been instituted against Parasyuk on the grounds of...

Daily Mail Casually Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia
Jun13

Daily Mail Casually Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

“The dramatic incident took place in the port city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula, in south-western Russia”, the story reads. © Photo: Daily Mail screenshot Daily Mail screenshot The dangerous object was identified as the German LMB-type mine probably dropped on the Crimean port city of Sevastopol by the Luftwaffe during its early raids...

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