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    East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat
    Apr08

    East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat

    In the villages around the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine troops are continuing to exchange fire, with both sides accusing the other of using heavy artillery and tanks. The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council has said that pro-Russian rebels are increasing their combat readiness in...

    When the Going Gets Tough, Russia Turns to China
    Apr08

    When the Going Gets Tough, Russia Turns to China

    Russian state-owned energy firm Rosneft has seen better days. Oil prices are down 50 percent from last year, the ruble is tumbling, and, as Reuters reports, Western sanctions are denying it access to much-needed capital, financing, and technologies it needs to exploit new projects and unconventional reserves: State-controlled Rosneft has...

    Misery, Tuberculosis in Prisons of War-Torn East Ukraine
    Apr08

    Misery, Tuberculosis in Prisons of War-Torn East Ukraine

    ZHDANIVKA, Ukraine—The colony of cats living on the grounds of the Zhdanivka penitentiary disappeared when battles in east Ukraine peaked. Talk in the prison is that inmates ate them when food deliveries stopped. Medical supplies have also been in short supply, threatening the lives of nearly 400 prisoners who need treatment. The principal...

    US general: Russian long-range bombers are ‘messaging’ the US with provocative flights
    Apr08

    US general: Russian long-range bombers are ‘messaging’ the US with provocative flights

    Russia is using its long-range bomber fleet to “message” the US about Moscow’s international military capabilities, the US general in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said. Defense News reports Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters on April 7 that Russian long-range bombers are increasingly flying close...

    UN paid Russian air charters hundreds of millions while Putin invaded Ukraine
    Apr08

    UN paid Russian air charters hundreds of millions while Putin invaded Ukraine

    In the 14 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and sent proxy fighters to invade eastern Ukraine, Russian companies have won more than $212 million in United Nations contracts to ferry troops, supplies and equipment — on peacekeeping missions. …read more Source: FOX...

    Mystery of Ukraine’s Richest Man and a Series of Unlikely Suicides
    Apr08

    Mystery of Ukraine’s Richest Man and a Series of Unlikely Suicides

    Rain lashes the ninth-floor balcony from which Ukrainian prosecutor Sergei Melnychuk was thrown to his death. On the concrete below, his portrait and a few candles in glass jars form a meagre memorial. Wind off the Black Sea has dashed one jar to the ground, the shattered glass a grim reminder of his body after the fall. Ukraine’s war with...

    Nigeria’s Military Woes
    Apr08

    Nigeria’s Military Woes

    Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to “spare no effort” to defeat Boko Haram. To do so, he must get the military in order and ready to lead the fight against the Islamist threat. Reuters reports: […I]t has been Chad’s battle-hardened troops, and not Nigeria’s, that have led in the offensive, expelling Boko Haram from...

    Ukraine Challenges Oligarchs’ Grip on Energy Companies
    Apr08

    Ukraine Challenges Oligarchs’ Grip on Energy Companies

    Ukraine’s judicial authorities launched actions on Tuesday challenging tenders that gave big businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich in a new move by the government to curb the influence of the so-called oligarchs. …read more Source:...

    Two Soldiers, One Rebel Reported Killed In East Ukraine
    Apr08

    Two Soldiers, One Rebel Reported Killed In East Ukraine

    Two Ukrainian soldiers and a pro-Russian separatist have been reported killed in the country’s east. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    TSO’s Ukraine flap worsens as pianist filling in for Valentina Lisitsa quits
    Apr08

    TSO’s Ukraine flap worsens as pianist filling in for Valentina Lisitsa quits

    There is a new twist in the saga that is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s handling of controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa. Now, the scheduled performances in which she was replaced earlier this week have been cancelled entirely — and her replacement partially blames the “mob-like behavior of her devotees.” “In light of this week’s...