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    Cease-Fire Period Begins In Ukraine
    Feb15

    Cease-Fire Period Begins In Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The cease-fire period for the fighting in Ukraine has begun, but there are no immediate indications of whether either side in the conflict that has killed more than 5,300 people is observing it. Under an agreement struck last week, both Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels were to hold their fire as of one...

    Merkel, Hollande consult with Putin ahead of cease-fire
    Feb15

    Merkel, Hollande consult with Putin ahead of cease-fire

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the German and French leaders have spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and have stressed that a planned cease-fire in Ukraine must be adhered to fully by all involved. The government said in a statement late Saturday that Putin pointed to commitments made by the pro-Russian separatists in eastern...

    Germany’s Merkel, France’s Hollande speak with Putin, stress all must stick to Ukraine truce
    Feb15

    Germany’s Merkel, France’s Hollande speak with Putin, stress all must stick to Ukraine truce

    The German government says the German and French leaders have spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and have stressed that a planned cease-fire in Ukraine must be adhered to fully by all involved. …read more Source: FOX...

    Shelling continues as Ukraine cease-fire deadline approaches
    Feb15

    Shelling continues as Ukraine cease-fire deadline approaches

    No let up in shelling by Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists near the key government-held railway hub of Debaltseve …read more Source:...

    Deadly attacks continue in eastern Ukraine in hours before cease-fire
    Feb15

    Deadly attacks continue in eastern Ukraine in hours before cease-fire

    Lethal shelling continued to rock towns in war-torn eastern Ukraine late Saturday, as the hours ticked down toward a Sunday cease-fire. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Obama talks cease-fire with leaders of Ukraine, Germany
    Feb15

    Obama talks cease-fire with leaders of Ukraine, Germany

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama has spoken with the leaders of Ukraine and Germany as fighting continued between Ukrainian… …read more Source:...

    Hungary and Russia: The Viktor and Vladimir show
    Feb14

    Hungary and Russia: The Viktor and Vladimir show

    “Jatszoter” (playground) proclaims HVG, a magazine, above a graphic of Hungary as a seesaw. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is at one end, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the other. It is a fitting image, given that Mr Putin is due in Budapest on February 17th, two weeks after Mrs Merkel. His visit will mostly be about...

    Sweden pitches plan for better Nordic defence cooperation in wake of Russian actions in Ukraine
    Feb14

    Sweden pitches plan for better Nordic defence cooperation in wake of Russian actions in Ukraine

    Against a backdrop of increasing security tensions sparked by Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Sweden has won universal Nordic backing for its plan to elevate cross-border defence cooperation to match the actual long-term threats in the region, writes my Defense News colleague Gerard O’Dwyer. Here is more of what Gerard O’Dwyer...

    Polish Presidential Candidate Vows Better Ties With Russia
    Feb14

    Polish Presidential Candidate Vows Better Ties With Russia

    OZAROW MAZOWIECKI, Poland—The presidential candidate for Poland’s main left-wing party on Saturday criticized what she called the Polish government’s antagonistic attitude to Russia, saying she would be willing to speak directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Magdalena Ogorek told a convention of the Democratic Left Alliance...

    Ukraine fighting ticks up ahead of cease-fire deadline
    Feb14

    Ukraine fighting ticks up ahead of cease-fire deadline

    Fighting continued hours before a cease-fire was to take effect. …read more Source: USA...