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    Derek Fraser: Putin’s unfinished business in Ukraine
    Feb21

    Derek Fraser: Putin’s unfinished business in Ukraine

    While it may appear that Vladimir Putin has emerged on top from the negotiations on the latest ceasefire in Ukraine, the durability of the ceasefire, if it comes into effect following the end of the current combats around Debaltseve, may depend more on what Putin has not yet achieved. Putin’s primary aim in launching the conflict with...

    Ukraine, rebels trade fire, accusations despite truce
    Feb21

    Ukraine, rebels trade fire, accusations despite truce

    KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government and the separatist rebels blamed each other Friday for violating a fragile cease-fire dozens of times, sparking fears of wider hostilities in war-torn eastern Ukraine. The government claims, which followed the rebel seizure of the key rail hub of Debaltseve, raised the question of whether weeks of...

    Ukraine: Moscow Was Behind 2014 Deaths Of Protesters In Kiev
    Feb21

    Ukraine: Moscow Was Behind 2014 Deaths Of Protesters In Kiev

    President Viktor Poroshenko, speaking on the one-year anniversary of a bloody day of protests leading up to his predecessor’s ouster, accuses the Kremlin of organizing snipers who killed dozens.» E-Mail This …read more Source:...

    Biden: Russia can’t hide behind claims separatists solely behind Ukraine attacks
    Feb21

    Biden: Russia can’t hide behind claims separatists solely behind Ukraine attacks

    Vice-President Joe Biden says Russia can’t keep hiding behind the “false claim” that separatists are solely responsible for recent military operations in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Global...

    Ukraine: Rebels still attacking despite alleged cease-fire
    Feb21

    Ukraine: Rebels still attacking despite alleged cease-fire

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels fired on Ukrainian positions nearly 50 times in the past 24 hours and Russia is sending more tanks into Ukraine despite a cease-fire that was supposed to take effect five days ago, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Friday. The report, which came a day … …read more Source: The Washington...

    Russia cut to ‘junk’ by Moody’s (RSX)
    Feb21

    Russia cut to ‘junk’ by Moody’s (RSX)

    Moody’s has cut its rating on Russia to “junk,” and says Russia’s economy is headed for a “deep” recession in 2015. In a release late Friday, the ratings agency downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating to Ba1/Not Prime (NP) from Baa3/Prime-3 (P-3). The rating outlook is negative. For Moody’s, any...

    As ravaged Ukraine town regains peace, fear of war remains
    Feb20

    As ravaged Ukraine town regains peace, fear of war remains

    Almost every building was gravely damaged, nearly every window smashed in this Ukrainian town left unrecognizable by months of relentless shelling. Children played in the rubble where their homes once stood, while… …read more Source: WAVE 3...

    Biden phones Ukraine amid new Russia tensions
    Feb20

    Biden phones Ukraine amid new Russia tensions

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday after a rebel offensive this week threatened increased violence between Russia and Ukraine.Biden strongly condemned the Russian-backed offensive earlier… …read more Source: The...

    Linguists link English, Hindi to single ancestor language spoken 6,500 years ago
    Feb20

    Linguists link English, Hindi to single ancestor language spoken 6,500 years ago

    New research suggests that Indo-European languages emerged from a single common ancestor language spoken on the Russian steppes more than 5,500 years ago. Photo by Johan Klovsjö/Flickr Linguists have traced the roots of English, Hindi, Greek and all Indo-European languages to a common ancestor tongue first spoken on the Russian steppes as much as...

    Canadian jets destroyed Islamic State bomb factory last week: military
    Feb20

    Canadian jets destroyed Islamic State bomb factory last week: military

    OTTAWA – The military says Canadian CF-18 fighter jets conducted a single attack in Iraq last week, leading a coalition strike that destroyed a factory making improvised explosive devices.Navy Capt. Paul Forget says the attack last week was a success.He says coalition air attacks and Iraqi ground efforts continue to degrade the operational...