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    3 Ukrainian Troops Killed in Fighting with Pro-Russian Rebels
    Aug18

    3 Ukrainian Troops Killed in Fighting with Pro-Russian Rebels

    Three Ukraine troops were killed and six wounded in recent fighting with pro-Russian separatist in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said Thursday. The Ukrainian presidential envoy for the operation in the east, Olexander Motuzyanyk, says during the past 24 hours, separatists have shelled government positions along the 30-kilometer buffer zone...

    How Scared Do Clinton Voters Really Need to Be?
    Aug18

    How Scared Do Clinton Voters Really Need to Be?

    For many Democrats, this week has been a rapture of Republican dysfunction. Just since Sunday, the Trump campaign has been buffeted by scandals involving possible illegal cash payments from a pro-Russian Ukraine government to the campaign’s chair, staff shakeups that have put disgraced FOX News chair Roger Ailes and controversial Breitbart...

    Full-scale Russian invasion possible in Ukraine, President Poroshenko warns
    Aug18

    Full-scale Russian invasion possible in Ukraine, President Poroshenko warns

    The Ukranian president also warns of a possible military draft situation as tensions enflame over the death of three Ukrainian soldiers. …read more Source: Toronto...

    To Russia, With Love
    Aug18

    To Russia, With Love

    I wrote for Politico today about the new revelations about Paul Manafort and the pro-Russia orientation of Trump campaign generally, and cataolgue the resulting bizarre inversions:It is the outsider candidate who has a lobbyist at the heart of his campaign. And not the upstanding sort of lobbyist who merely persuades the Ways and Means Committee...

    Ukraine: No Need For Russian Ambassador As Relations Near Non-Existent
    Aug18

    Ukraine: No Need For Russian Ambassador As Relations Near Non-Existent

    Ukraine has no need for a Russian ambassador at present, so poor are diplomatic ties between the countries, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister. Pavlo Klimkin told Ukrainian broadcaster Channel 5 that Moscow has ceased dialogue with Kiev. “Let us imagine that, theoretically, today or in the coming days a Russian ambassador comes here,”...

    Russia-Ukraine War Update: Putin Full-Scale Invasion Is Possible, Poroshenko Says
    Aug18

    Russia-Ukraine War Update: Putin Full-Scale Invasion Is Possible, Poroshenko Says

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko warned Thursday that a full-scale Russian invasion was possible as tensions again mount between the neighboring nations after increased military activity in Eastern Ukraine and along the border of Crimea. “The probability of escalation of the conflict remains very significant,” Poroshenko said in a...

    New Fighting Flares In Southeastern Ukraine
    Aug18

    New Fighting Flares In Southeastern Ukraine

    Fresh clashes broke out overnight as Ukrainian troops battled Russia-backed separatists in Talakivka, near the city of Mariupol. The fighting was the latest in a recent flare-up of hostilities in the country’s east. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    McKenna: Hillary Clinton’s right wing foreign policy
    Aug18

    McKenna: Hillary Clinton’s right wing foreign policy

    Notwithstanding the U.S. Democratic party’s sop to socialist Bernie Sanders in the crafting of its left-leaning policy platform, the party’s foreign policy is unapologetically right-of-centre. Of course, this is the same Hillary Clinton who voted in favour of a Congressional resolution backing the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2002. Few...

    25 Years Ago: Failed August Coup Changed U.S. Diplomatic Approach Toward Soviet Union
    Aug18

    25 Years Ago: Failed August Coup Changed U.S. Diplomatic Approach Toward Soviet Union

    A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington’s perspective...

    Ukraine could introduce martial law if eastern fighting worsens: President
    Aug18

    Ukraine could introduce martial law if eastern fighting worsens: President

    Earlier on Thursday, the Ukrainian military reported that three servicemen had been killed and six wounded in fighting over the past 24 hours …read more Source: The Globe and...