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    Putin reveals secret deal to annex Ukraine
    Mar09

    Putin reveals secret deal to annex Ukraine

    Vladimir Putin said that he met with security officials in February to make plans for saving Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk
    Mar09

    Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

    Over the weekend in Ukraine’s breakaway republic of Donetsk, self-proclaimed authorities celebrated International Women’s Day by holding a beauty pageant. The contestants were all female soldiers fighting with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Presenting portraits of themselves, and modeling in both dresses and military fatigues,...

    German minister hopes Moldova stays committed to Europe
    Mar09

    German minister hopes Moldova stays committed to Europe

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister said Monday that he hopes Moldova will stay on its pro-European path after the former Soviet republic elected a government backed by a Communist party. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany wouldn’t “withdraw any offer” to Moldova, but said “it is Moldova’s turn to react.”...

    ‘Russian Occupier’ Parody Brings ‘Pain, Hatred’
    Mar09

    ‘Russian Occupier’ Parody Brings ‘Pain, Hatred’

    “All I do is bring pain and hatred, and now I’m coming to you!” warns a parody of a recent viral video glorifying the role of the Russian occupier. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Who killed Nemtsov? Radical Islamist link called into question
    Mar09

    Who killed Nemtsov? Radical Islamist link called into question

    KIEV, Ukraine — Was Boris Nemtsov gunned down footsteps from the Kremlin by radical Islamists because of his support for Charlie Hebdo? That is message that the Kremlin is pushing. But Ilya Yashin, a close friend of Nemtsov and the co-leader of his liberal opposition party, says the suggestion he was killed by Chechen Islamists is...

    Calls Grow in Germany to Reverse Cuts to Army
    Mar09

    Calls Grow in Germany to Reverse Cuts to Army

    As the Ukraine crisis sharpens the focus on defense across Europe, Germany is stopping junking good military equipment and is rethinking its decadeslong focus on a smaller, cheaper army. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    How a fog of war, blowing from Moscow, clouded the truth in Crimea
    Mar09

    How a fog of war, blowing from Moscow, clouded the truth in Crimea

    A year ago, the Russians denied its troops had moved beyond their bases in Crimea; now, Putin boasts about Russia’s intervention. What will Moscow be saying a year from now about eastern Ukraine? …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Video: Ukraine's female rebel fighters swap uniforms for evening gowns
    Mar09

    Video: Ukraine's female rebel fighters swap uniforms for evening gowns

    Female fighters from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic swap military uniforms for evening gowns to mark International Women’s Day …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Putin Recounts How He Gave Orders to ‘Save’ Yanukovych, ‘Return’ Crimea
    Mar09

    Putin Recounts How He Gave Orders to ‘Save’ Yanukovych, ‘Return’ Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says he ordered security officials in February 2014 to make plans to “save the life” of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s then-president, and to start planning for Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In a trailer aired Sunday on state television channel Rossiya-1 for an upcoming documentary, Putin...

    Putin describes meeting to take Crimea before referendum
    Mar09

    Putin describes meeting to take Crimea before referendum

    Associated Press read more …read more Source: CNS...