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    Ukraine troops retreat as Debaltseve rail hub falls to Russia-backed rebels after weeks of fierce fighting
    Feb18

    Ukraine troops retreat as Debaltseve rail hub falls to Russia-backed rebels after weeks of fierce fighting

    One soldier spoke of heavy government losses, while another said they had not been able to get food for days because of the rebel shelling …read more Source: Vancouver...

    Ukraine troops retreat as Debaltseve rail hub falls to Russia-backed rebels after weeks of fierce fighting
    Feb18

    Ukraine troops retreat as Debaltseve rail hub falls to Russia-backed rebels after weeks of fierce fighting

    Vasily Maximov / AFP / Getty ImagesPro-Russian rebels warm themselves by a fire during a break between fighting near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve on Tuesday. ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — After weeks of fierce, relentless fighting, the embattled rail hub of Debaltseve fell to rebel forces Wednesday in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian president...

    An EU (and NATO) member just bolstered Putin’s push to re-draw the European gas map
    Feb18

    An EU (and NATO) member just bolstered Putin’s push to re-draw the European gas map

    Last month, Russia announced that it will shift all its natural gas flows to Europe via Turkey, instead of Ukraine, in an effort to counter its decreasing influence over the European gas market. “Our European partners have been informed of this and now their task is to create the necessary gas transport infrastructure from the Greek and...

    Video: Ukrainian troops retreat as key hub falls to pro-Russia rebels
    Feb18

    Video: Ukrainian troops retreat as key hub falls to pro-Russia rebels

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine – After weeks of fierce, relentless fighting, the embattled rail hub of Debaltseve fell to rebel forces Wednesday in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the Russia-backed separatists reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. Associated Press reporters saw several...

    Ukrainian forces quit besieged town after rebel assault
    Feb18

    Ukrainian forces quit besieged town after rebel assault

    KIEV – Some Ukrainian forces began to pull out of a town under siege by Russian-backed separatists on Wednesday as renewed fighting threatened to wreck an international deal aimed at ending the conflict. …read more Source: The Peace River Record...

    Embattled Debaltseve falls to Ukraine rebels; troops retreat
    Feb18

    Embattled Debaltseve falls to Ukraine rebels; troops retreat

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. …read more...

    Debaltseve falls to rebels, Ukrainian president announces troop retreat
    Feb18

    Debaltseve falls to rebels, Ukrainian president announces troop retreat

    After weeks of fierce, relentless fighting, the embattled rail hub of Debaltseve fell to rebel forces Wednesday in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the Russia-backed separatists reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. …read more Source: CTV...

    Ukrainian troops begin leaving embattled transport hub
    Feb18

    Ukrainian troops begin leaving embattled transport hub

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — Hundreds of exhausted Ukrainian forces staged a chaotic retreat Wednesday from a strategic town besieged by pro-Russian rebels, marking a major defeat for the government and bringing uncertain consequences to efforts at ending the 10-month-old conflict.Read full article >> …read more Source: The Washington...

    Germany condemns separatist advance on Debaltseve
    Feb18

    Germany condemns separatist advance on Debaltseve

    BERLIN – The German government has condemned pro-Russian rebels’ advance on the Ukrainian town of Debaltseve and denounced it as “a massive violation” of a cease-fire that came into effect at the weekend. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Wednesday that the onslaught on Debaltseve places “serious strain on...

    Embattled Debaltseve falls to Ukraine rebels; troops retreat
    Feb18

    Embattled Debaltseve falls to Ukraine rebels; troops retreat

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine – After weeks of fierce, relentless fighting, the embattled rail hub of Debaltseve fell to rebel forces Wednesday in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the Russia-backed separatists reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. Associated Press reporters saw several...