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    E. Ukraine Cease-fire Breach Traps Thousands of Civilians
    Feb17

    E. Ukraine Cease-fire Breach Traps Thousands of Civilians

    The U.N. human rights office says it is very alarmed by reports thousands of civilians are trapped in the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve. The agency says pitched battles between pro-Russian rebels and government forces continue despite the recently declared cease-fire. The U.N. human rights office says it has not managed to get reliable...

    Ukraine truce unravels as battle rages, arms pullback stalls
    Feb17

    Ukraine truce unravels as battle rages, arms pullback stalls

    Pro-Russian rebels and government forces fought street-to-street in a strategic town in east Ukraine on Tuesday and refused to pull back their heavy guns, all but scuppering hopes that a European-brokered peace deal will end months of conflict. …read more Source: The Toronto...

    Days into truce, fighting rages on at Ukrainian rail junction
    Feb17

    Days into truce, fighting rages on at Ukrainian rail junction

    Ukrainian troops and separatists battled for control of the strategic railway junction of Debeltseve on Tuesday, with each side blaming the other for violating a weekend cease-fire meant to end 10 months of combat in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Born Without Arms, Woman Draws With Her Feet
    Feb17

    Born Without Arms, Woman Draws With Her Feet

    LESNOVKA, Crimea—Marina Khodiy, 21, learned to draw early in childhood like most children. The only difference was that she had to do it with her toes, since she was born without arms. She also learned to use her feet to work on a computer and even to tap out text messages on her cell phone. With her dexterous feet, she can drink a cup of tea and...

    Ukraine says some soldiers taken prisoner in Debaltseve
    Feb17

    Ukraine says some soldiers taken prisoner in Debaltseve

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    Ukraine’s military is facing a make or break moment in a crucial besieged city
    Feb17

    Ukraine’s military is facing a make or break moment in a crucial besieged city

    A city critical to the Ukrainian military may have fallen to Russian-backed separatists, despite the existence of a ceasefire in the country. And it could get ugly. Citing claims made by the separatists to the Associated Press, The Guardian has reported that the Ukrainian city of Debaltseve has fallen to the rebels. If the claims are true,...

    Ukraine slams separatist rebels for violating truce after town seized
    Feb17

    Ukraine slams separatist rebels for violating truce after town seized

    LUHANSKE, Ukraine – The Ukrainian defence ministry says a group of its soldiers has been ambushed and taken prisoner in the town that is the epicenter of fighting with separatists. However, the ministry on Tuesday denied rebel claims that they have seized control of Debaltseve where Ukrainian forces have been under siege. The ministry said street...

    Russian Prosecutors Demand 10 Years for Kremlin Critic
    Feb17

    Russian Prosecutors Demand 10 Years for Kremlin Critic

    Russian prosecutors called on Tuesday for Kremlin critic and protest leader Alexei Navalny be jailed for 10 years as they appealed against a suspended sentence he received last year in a theft case, arguing it was “too soft.” Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted last year of stealing 30 million rubles — nearly $500,000 at the...

    Battle persists for Ukraine railway hub, despite peace deal
    Feb17

    Battle persists for Ukraine railway hub, despite peace deal

    LUHANSKE, Ukraine – Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists persisted Monday around a strategic town in eastern Ukraine — fighting that threatens to dash a cease-fire deal brokered by European leaders last week. Under the cease-fire agreement negotiated by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia,...

    Ukraine cease-fire largely holding, Debaltseve still tense
    Feb17

    Ukraine cease-fire largely holding, Debaltseve still tense

    LUHANSKE, Ukraine – A cease-fire that went into effect Sunday in eastern Ukraine appeared largely to be holding, although continued fighting over a bitterly contested railway hub is threatening to upend the delicate settlement. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, who last week brokered a deal to try to end the conflict that has...