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    Putin’s Approval Rating Rises to 86% Despite Slumping Economy
    Feb26

    Putin’s Approval Rating Rises to 86% Despite Slumping Economy

    Russian President Vladimir Putin saw his approval ratings tick up to 86% even as the economy reels from Western sanctions and falling oil prices. Levada Center, a Moscow-based pollster, released a poll Thursday showing Putin’s approval ratings increased one percentage point from a month earlier. Putin’s approval numbers have soared...

    Ukraine, separatists say they are pulling back heavy weapons
    Feb26

    Ukraine, separatists say they are pulling back heavy weapons

    Ukrainian defense officials and leaders of the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine announced Thursday that they were moving tanks and other heavy weaponry away from the front lines in a belated effort to abide by the conditions of a European-brokered peace agreement. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons
    Feb26

    Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons

    Pullback was supposed to have started more than a week ago under a peace deal agreed upon earlier this month by the leaders of Russia and Ukraine. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Brussels Eyes the Caspian Sea
    Feb26

    Brussels Eyes the Caspian Sea

    Worries about its over-reliance on Russian gas are pushing the EU to find new suppliers, and this week the bloc launched a charm offensive on gas-producing Caspian states. The FT reports: “I think that Europe has really got tired of each summer having a discussion of how to make it through the next winter. The world’s biggest economy should...

    Gazprom ‘Ready’ To Divide Ukraine Gas Bills; EU Plans Talks
    Feb26

    Gazprom ‘Ready’ To Divide Ukraine Gas Bills; EU Plans Talks

    Russian gas giant Gazprom says it is willing to discuss alterations to the current gas agreement with Kyiv but also warns time is running out for Ukraine to order further shipments. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    China Has More Submarines Than the U.S., Says Admiral
    Feb26

    China Has More Submarines Than the U.S., Says Admiral

    China’s submarines now outnumber the U.S. fleet after an ambitious shift in strategy, according to a U.S. Admiral. According to Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, who serves as the deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, China is in the process of building “fairly amazing submarines” and does so in such quantity that...

    Cyprus Agrees Deal to Let Russian Navy Use Ports
    Feb26

    Cyprus Agrees Deal to Let Russian Navy Use Ports

    European governments are facing the prospect of a Russian beachhead in the Mediterranean after Cyprus confirmed they have agreed a deal to allow the Russian navy access to Cypriot ports, in the latest agreement struck between the two countries. Initial reports of a similar deal earlier this month prompted concern among Western experts, as the...

    A Year of War Completely Destroyed the Donetsk Airport
    Feb26

    A Year of War Completely Destroyed the Donetsk Airport

    In Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport has been reduced from a modern transportation hub to piles of scorched rubble in less than a year of warfare. As recently as last May, the airport was still operating and in good condition, though international flights had slowed due to the growing unrest. On May 26,...

    Russia’s military exercises are way bigger than NATO’s
    Feb26

    Russia’s military exercises are way bigger than NATO’s

    If military strength and ability was determined solely by the number of soldiers participating in military exercises, Russia would be able to steamroll through NATO without much of a second thought. Since 2013, Russia has launched a number of military exercises with troop numbers regularly surpassing the 100,000 personnel mark. In comparison, the...

    Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind
    Feb26

    Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind

    Dubai (AFP) – Roger Federer’s bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting with the new wunderkind of tennis.It took only 20 minutes on Thursday for the 17-time Grand Slam champion to win the first set 6-1 against Richard Gasquet, whereupon the...