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    Ugly turn in geopolitics: Ukraine bars Russia’s top singer from Eurovision finals in Kiev
    Mar23

    Ugly turn in geopolitics: Ukraine bars Russia’s top singer from Eurovision finals in Kiev

    LONDON — Ukraine has barred Russia’s contender in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest from entering the country for three years, effectively banning her from the final in Kiev next month. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said Wednesday that Yulia Samoylova had been banned for breaking Ukrainian law. “The Security Service of Ukraine has...

    Execution on sidewalk of witness against ex-Ukraine PM bears ‘obvious signature of Russian special services’
    Mar23

    Execution on sidewalk of witness against ex-Ukraine PM bears ‘obvious signature of Russian special services’

    A former Russian lawmaker who fled Moscow for Ukraine and likened life under President Vladimir Putin to Nazi Germany was shot dead in Kiev. Denis Voronenkov, 45, was killed Thursday at 11:40 a.m. near the Premier Palace hotel in the center of Ukraine’s capital, local police said. His bodyguard, who was injured in the shooting, wounded the...

    Leonid Bershidsky: Chrystia Freeland’s dismissal of her family’s Nazi connection is only helping Russia’s propagandists
    Mar13

    Leonid Bershidsky: Chrystia Freeland’s dismissal of her family’s Nazi connection is only helping Russia’s propagandists

    Last week, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland opened a can of worms by dismissing references to her family’s World War II history as Russian disinformation. That wasn’t entirely true, and in the current climate, history is politics. Freeland was banned from entering Russia for her fiercely pro-Ukraine stand. When she became...

    The Canadian military will extend its training mission supporting Ukraine’s troops
    Mar06

    The Canadian military will extend its training mission supporting Ukraine’s troops

    The Canadian military is continuing its training mission in Ukraine. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will make the announcement Monday afternoon. The mission was set to expire on March 31 but it was expected that Canada would continue on with the deployment. The mission, dubbed Operation UNIFIER,...

    Under fire again by those questioning his ties to Russia, Trump appears to waver on ISIL deal
    Mar04

    Under fire again by those questioning his ties to Russia, Trump appears to waver on ISIL deal

    WASHINGTON — Facing a new wave of questions about his ties to Russia, President Donald Trump is telling advisers and allies that he may shelve —at least temporarily — his plan to pursue a deal with Moscow on the Islamic State group and other national security matters, according to administration officials and Western diplomats. In conversations...

    Kremlin denies knowledge of Ukrainian peace plan drafted by Trump’s personal lawyer
    Feb20

    Kremlin denies knowledge of Ukrainian peace plan drafted by Trump’s personal lawyer

    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...

    Canadian troops prepare to leave for Ukraine despite uncertainty over mission
    Feb15

    Canadian troops prepare to leave for Ukraine despite uncertainty over mission

    OTTAWA — Some 200 soldiers from Edmonton are preparing to deploy to Ukraine — though with everyone waiting to see whether the mission there will be extended, exactly how long they will be staying is anyone’s guess. Canada, Britain and the United States have had military trainers in Ukraine since the summer of 2015, after Russia annexed...

    Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebel chiefs are being assassinated in elaborate ambushes — but on whose orders?
    Feb09

    Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebel chiefs are being assassinated in elaborate ambushes — but on whose orders?

    MOSCOW — All died far from the front lines in circumstances unrelated to military action. They died in elaborate ambushes, car bomb attacks and, in one case, a booby-trapped elevator. The latest died Wednesday in an explosion in his office. The staccato of about half a dozen assassinations of commanders in the Russian-backed separatist army in...

    Pro-Russian rebel leader assassinated in eastern Ukraine when rocket fired into his office
    Feb08

    Pro-Russian rebel leader assassinated in eastern Ukraine when rocket fired into his office

    MOSCOW — A prominent pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion in his office, his associates said on Wednesday. The rebels’ Donetsk News Agency said Mikhail Tolstykh, better known under his nom de guerre Givi, died early Wednesday morning in what it described as a terrorist attack. The agency said 35-year...

    Matthew Fisher: The situation in Ukraine tests the limits of Trump’s friendship with Putin
    Feb08

    Matthew Fisher: The situation in Ukraine tests the limits of Trump’s friendship with Putin

    Within hours of a telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin on January 28, separatist and government forces in eastern Ukraine were hurling thousands of rounds of deadly artillery at each other. The on-again, off-again civil war in Ukraine is now in its third winter. The dubious prize being fought over...

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