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    Ukraine’s new concept paper on security and defense reform
    Apr29

    Ukraine’s new concept paper on security and defense reform

    On March 16, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko approved the “Concept for the Development of the Security and Defense Sector” (President.gov.ua, March 16). The document lays out the “Western” vision for Ukraine’s security and defense sector reform and specifies the goals for this process. The concept paper also shows that security sector...

    Former SS Auschwitz Guard Apologizes at Trial in Germany
    Apr29

    Former SS Auschwitz Guard Apologizes at Trial in Germany

    DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it. Reinhold Hanning told the...

    Finnish report highlights Russian threat of NATO membership
    Apr29

    Finnish report highlights Russian threat of NATO membership

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland could expect “harsh” reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden, an expert panel told the Finnish government on Friday. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned of a “military-technical” response if its “neutral neighbors” became...

    Ukraine Far-Right Group Defaces KGB Monument
    Apr29

    Ukraine Far-Right Group Defaces KGB Monument

    Activists from the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists defaced a Soviet-era monument dedicated to KGB officers in Kyiv. Members of the far-right group tried but failed to chisel off the nose of one face on April 28. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russia’s Lavrov Warns Sweden Against NATO Membership
    Apr29

    Russia’s Lavrov Warns Sweden Against NATO Membership

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that Russia will implement new military measures in its northern territories should Sweden opt to join NATO. Currently, Sweden is an EU member but has chosen not to be a NATO member, opting to instead retain its policy of military non-alliance that it pursued during the Cold War. The crisis in...

    The Morning Vertical, April 29, 2016
    Apr29

    The Morning Vertical, April 29, 2016

    Your daily roundup. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
    Apr29

    UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began

    Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday. …read more Source: WAVE 3...

    French National Assembly Votes to Lift Russian Sanctions
    Apr29

    French National Assembly Votes to Lift Russian Sanctions

    French parliamentarians approved a resolution not to renew sanctions on Russia, put in place after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Sanctions must be renewed by consent of the EU’s 28 members before the end of July and have so far been extended for two years. Countries with close economic ties to Russia, such as Hungary and...

    The Former Soviet Union’s Growing Penchant for Expelling Foreign Journalists
    Apr29

    The Former Soviet Union’s Growing Penchant for Expelling Foreign Journalists

    Image: Savik Shuster, a TV talkshow host in Ukraine, began a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest the government’s decision to revoke his work permit. Shuster says the move is politically motivated. By Aleksandrit (CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikipedia) Journalist Savik Shuster knows what it’s like to get expelled from a former Soviet country for his...

    U.N. Says 9,333 People Have Been Killed Since Ukraine Conflict Began
    Apr29

    U.N. Says 9,333 People Have Been Killed Since Ukraine Conflict Began

    (UNITED NATIONS) — Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council that the total number of casualties now stands at 30,729 including 9,333 people...