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    NATO, Russia conducting military exercises around Estonia, stoking fears that the Baltic state is next on Kremlin’s list
    Feb26

    NATO, Russia conducting military exercises around Estonia, stoking fears that the Baltic state is next on Kremlin’s list

    Russian and NATO troops took part in rival exercises either side of the Estonian border Wednesday, highlighting fears that the Baltic state could be the next target of the Kremlin’s territorial ambitions. NATO forces put on a show of strength within yards of Estonia’s Russian border, with armoured personnel carriers, tanks and 1,300...

    Vladimir Putin’s approval rating soars to 86 percent: ‘That figure is made up,’ critic says
    Feb26

    Vladimir Putin’s approval rating soars to 86 percent: ‘That figure is made up,’ critic says

    Russia President Vladimir Putin seems very popular, according to poll numbers, despite a tanked economy and a growing isolation over Ukraine — but that’s because the numbers are fudged, a political analyst said. Mr. Putin’s latest Levada-Center poll numbers indicate he’s favored by 86 percent of Russians, up from 85 …...

    Kindergarten kids with ‘AK-47s’ cause outrage in Russia
    Feb26

    Kindergarten kids with ‘AK-47s’ cause outrage in Russia

    Moscow (AFP) – Pictures of young Russian children posing with mock AK-47 rifles and other weapons at a kindergarten have provoked a storm of controversy, but some defended them as patriotic education.Pictures making the rounds online show boys and girls around five or six years-old posing for cameras with mock-ups of AK-47 assault rifles, a...

    Moscow, Kiev locked into another gas dispute – who pays rebels’ bills (+video)
    Feb26

    Moscow, Kiev locked into another gas dispute – who pays rebels’ bills (+video)

    Russia is threatening to turn off the taps, claiming that Kiev needs to pay for the gas that Russia’s Gazprom is directing to rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Europe’s own gas supplies could be affected if a shutdown occurs. …read more Source: Christian Science...

    Ukraine Starts Withdrawing Heavy Weapons From Front Lines
    Feb26

    Ukraine Starts Withdrawing Heavy Weapons From Front Lines

    Ukraine’s military says the withdrawal of 100-millimeter guns “is the first step” in a process that will be monitored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation.» E-Mail This …read more Source:...

    Ukraine will now start actually pulling back heavy weapons as required by cease-fire agreement, military says
    Feb26

    Ukraine will now start actually pulling back heavy weapons as required by cease-fire agreement, military says

    KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military said it would start pulling back its heavy weapons Thursday from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the event of an attack by rebel forces, however. It...

    Russia Could Cut Off Gas To Ukraine By ‘End Of Week’
    Feb26

    Russia Could Cut Off Gas To Ukraine By ‘End Of Week’

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia could cut off supplies to neighboring Ukraine by the end of the week if it does not get further payments from the country, a spokesman for the gas company Gazprom said Thursday. Sergei Kupriyanov said in televised remarks that “if no new funds are received from Kiev, then naturally we cannot continue delivering gas to...

    ‘Germany Is Out of the Danger Business’
    Feb26

    ‘Germany Is Out of the Danger Business’

    These words were spoken to me by the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, John Kornblum, in an interview I had with him in his office in Pariser Platz in Berlin which he had set up following his ambassadorship. Ambassador Kornblum went on to say that Germany was in a state of “spiritual paralysis.” But this interview was some years...

    Ukraine Begins Artillery Withdrawal, Recognizing Truce Is Holding
    Feb26

    Ukraine Begins Artillery Withdrawal, Recognizing Truce Is Holding

    By Peter Graff KIEV, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine announced on Thursday that it would begin withdrawing artillery from the front line with separatist rebels in the east, a move that amounts to recognition that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 is holding at last. The pro-Russian rebels have already been pulling back heavy weapons...

    The Situation in Ukraine Is …
    Feb26

    The Situation in Ukraine Is …

    … “getting worse every day” and Western efforts to deter Russian intervention are having little effect … …read more Source: The Weekly...