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    Ukrainian ‘cease-fire’ — Day Two: Rebels ambush troops, demand surrender in Debaltseve
    Feb17

    Ukrainian ‘cease-fire’ — Day Two: Rebels ambush troops, demand surrender in Debaltseve

    LUHANSKE, Ukraine — Several Ukrainian government soldiers have been ambushed and taken prisoners in Debaltseve, the defence ministry said Tuesday, but denied rebel claims that they have seized control of the key transportation hub. The ministry said street fighting continued in Debaltseve, which has been the epicentre of fighting in the past two...

    Fighting ruins Ukraine truce in Debaltseve
    Feb17

    Fighting ruins Ukraine truce in Debaltseve

    Ed AdamczykDEBALTSEVE , Ukraine, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Intense fighting in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Tuesday stands in contrast to general respect for a cease-fire arranged last week. …read more Source: United Press...

    Ukraine Rebels Ignore Ceasefire
    Feb17

    Ukraine Rebels Ignore Ceasefire

    Despite a ceasefire that went into effect Sunday, separatists in the Ukrainian region of Debaltseve continue to shell soldiers in an attempt to gain control of an important rail hub. Here are photos and video documenting recent activity in the area. …read more Source: The Daily...

    Ukraine Military In Dire Situation As Rebels Close In On Debaltseve
    Feb17

    Ukraine Military In Dire Situation As Rebels Close In On Debaltseve

    Ukrainian government troops trapped in the strategic city of Debaltseve are facing an increasingly dire situation as pro-Russian rebels advance on the city, despite a ceasefire n effect since the weekend. Yuriy Sinkovsky, the deputy commander of Ukraine’s 40th Battalion, told an Ukrainian news source that the situation is “critical...

    Ukraine rebels claim key city as pullback deadline passes
    Feb17

    Ukraine rebels claim key city as pullback deadline passes

    Both sides indicated Monday that they would begin the pullout only after the other party does so. …read more Source: USA...

    Despite Ukraine Cease-Fire, Battle for Railroad Town Continues
    Feb17

    Despite Ukraine Cease-Fire, Battle for Railroad Town Continues

    Both the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed militants said that their soldiers were engaging in pitched street battles in Debaltseve. …read more Source: The New York...

    Why Putin — and Some of His Female Fans — Go Shirtless
    Feb17

    Why Putin — and Some of His Female Fans — Go Shirtless

    Putin subdues a Siberian tiger! Putin flies a jet fighter! Putin defeats opponents in martial arts! Putin fishes and rides horseback — shirtless! As Russian President Vladimir Putin consolidated power during his first three terms in office, the media regularly painted him as a macho superhero. The purpose of these displays is to represent...

    Ukraine fighting rages on amid conflicting claims and no ceasefire
    Feb17

    Ukraine fighting rages on amid conflicting claims and no ceasefire

    Several Ukrainian government soldiers have been ambushed and taken prisoners in Debaltseve, the defence ministry says, but it denies rebel claims that they have seized control of the key transportation hub. …read more Source:...

    Kelly McParland: Hold the praise for Angela Merkel until she actually succeeds at something
    Feb17

    Kelly McParland: Hold the praise for Angela Merkel until she actually succeeds at something

    There’s a bit of a boom on for Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. The German press has been all worked up over the central role she’s played in trying to corral Russian President Vladimir Putin while simultaneously working to contain the fallout of the recent Greek election. Bild called her “The World Chancellor.”Britain’s...

    Joseph Nye just delivered the most complete, cogent analysis of the Russian ‘threat’ we’ve heard this year
    Feb17

    Joseph Nye just delivered the most complete, cogent analysis of the Russian ‘threat’ we’ve heard this year

    Joseph S. Nye, the Harvard professor who coined the phrase “soft power,” appeared on Radio 4 last night and in just 30 seconds delivered the most complete, cogent analysis of Putin’s Russia we’ve heard this year. The context, before you listen to the clip, is that Europe currently feels as if it’s in thrall to...