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    FP’s Situation Report: Pentagon walks back Mosul plans; Russia plays petro-politics with Europe; U.S. calls for South Sudan sanctions in writing; and much more from around the world.
    Feb25

    FP’s Situation Report: Pentagon walks back Mosul plans; Russia plays petro-politics with Europe; U.S. calls for South Sudan sanctions in writing; and much more from around the world.

    By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Pentagon tries to walk back plans to retake Mosul. Last week DoD unexpectedly released key details on its efforts to retake the Iraqi city from the Islamic State. U.S. officials apparently failed to check in with their Iraqi counterparts, FP’s Kate Brannen reports. Meanwhile, former Iraqi Prime...

    Susan Rice Laughs Uncontrollably When Charlie Rose Mentions Ukraine’s ‘Humiliating’ Retreat
    Feb25

    Susan Rice Laughs Uncontrollably When Charlie Rose Mentions Ukraine’s ‘Humiliating’ Retreat

    …read more Source: The Washington Free...

    Ukraine’s Central Bank Bans Foreign Currency Purchases
    Feb25

    Ukraine’s Central Bank Bans Foreign Currency Purchases

    Ukraine’s central bank has tightened capital controls further by temporarily banning banks from buying foreign currency for their clients in a bid to stem a sharp drop in the hryvnia’s value. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Moscow lied ‘to my face,’ John Kerry says as Russia’s state-controlled energy behemoth threatens to cut of Ukraine
    Feb25

    Moscow lied ‘to my face,’ John Kerry says as Russia’s state-controlled energy behemoth threatens to cut of Ukraine

    MOSCOW — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Moscow of lying “to my face” Tuesday as Russia warned that Ukraine could run out of natural gas within two because of a dispute over payments. The warning by Alexey B. Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, the state-controlled Russian energy behemoth, illustrated how the hostilities between...

    Ukrainian POWs dig out bodies of comrades killed at airport
    Feb25

    Ukrainian POWs dig out bodies of comrades killed at airport

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian troops held captive in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began digging through the rubble Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in a bitter battle for the city’s airport. Associated Press journalists saw at least four bodies being carried out of … …read...

    John Kerry: Russia ‘lies … to my face’ about military mission against Ukraine
    Feb25

    John Kerry: Russia ‘lies … to my face’ about military mission against Ukraine

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia has been engaging in a “propaganda” campaign — the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Cold War days — about its military mission against Ukraine and outright lying to the United States. “Russia has engaged in a rather remarkable period of the … …read more Source: The...

    British blogger raises awkward questions on Russia’s role in Ukraine
    Feb25

    British blogger raises awkward questions on Russia’s role in Ukraine

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was not an unusual evening for war blogger Eliot Higgins. As he was rocking his infant son to… …read more Source:...

    ‘How Ukraine can beat Vladimir Putin’
    Feb25

    ‘How Ukraine can beat Vladimir Putin’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted that the Minsk II ceasefire agreement from February 12 is the road to “a final settlement” of the conflict in Ukraine — and although the truce is shaky, Ukraine and the West have a strong interest in seeing it hold. …read more Source:...

    Kremlin Sought Annexation of Crimea Before Ukrainian Government’s Collapse, Russian Paper Says
    Feb25

    Kremlin Sought Annexation of Crimea Before Ukrainian Government’s Collapse, Russian Paper Says

    Novaya Gazeta said that Moscow had concluded by February 2014, before President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine resigned, that Russia would have an opportunity to seize the territory. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine Goes Its First Day In Weeks Without Troops Killed
    Feb25

    Ukraine Goes Its First Day In Weeks Without Troops Killed

    By Natalia Zinets and Anton Zverev KIEV/MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A long-awaited truce took hold at last in east Ukraine on Wednesday, with the army reporting no combat fatalities for the first time in weeks, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading. The Ukrainian...