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    Ukraine rebel says residential areas used as cover
    Dec04

    Ukraine rebel says residential areas used as cover

    Alexander Khodakovskiy, commander of the Vostok battalion, a rebel unit, speaks in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Balint Szlanko) …read more Source: The Bismarck...

    Putin Speech Offers Few Reforms for Russian Economic Woes
    Dec04

    Putin Speech Offers Few Reforms for Russian Economic Woes

    MOSCOW—Russia will defend its geopolitical interests, President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday as he promised economic reforms to pull his country back from the brink of recession. But Putin’s patriotic bluster and vague promises did little to assuage real fears that Western sanctions, plummeting oil prices and a collapsing ruble are...

    Why Putin says Crimea is Russia’s ‘Temple Mount’
    Dec04

    Why Putin says Crimea is Russia’s ‘Temple Mount’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a lot of immediate concerns on his mind. He’s coping with an epic economic double whammy: the toll of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its power play in Ukraine this year and the precipitous fall of the Russian ruble, hit by a decline in global oil prices. But, as […] …read more Source: The...

    Bulgaria Claims Pain From EU Sanctions on Russia
    Dec04

    Bulgaria Claims Pain From EU Sanctions on Russia

    Bulgaria’s economy is being badly hurt by European Union economic sanctions against Russia, its prime minister said on Thursday. EU member states such as Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia, which are heavily dependent on Russian energy, have only reluctantly gone along with the sanctions, imposed over Russia’s annexation of...

    Ukraine rebel: Residential areas used as cover
    Dec04

    Ukraine rebel: Residential areas used as cover

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A top separatist commander in eastern Ukraine admitted Thursday that rebels have mounted rocket attacks against government troops from within residential areas but says the practice is being halted. …read more Source: U.S....

    Obama To Announce Defense Secretary Pick Friday
    Dec04

    Obama To Announce Defense Secretary Pick Friday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to announce his pick Friday to lead the Pentagon amid the threat from Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the White House said. White House press secretary Josh Earnest would not say whom Obama has selected, but administration officials have said former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is...

    Georgia Is Still Haunted by 2008 Russian Invasion
    Dec04

    Georgia Is Still Haunted by 2008 Russian Invasion

    Georgia’s response to the Ukraine crisis has been less strident than some of Russia’s other neighbours. In part this is because many Georgians view the 2008 Russo-Georgian war as the first expression of renewed Russian expansionism, which makes them wary of taking too provocative a position. Nonetheless, the Ukrainian crisis has had...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin Asserts Right to Crimea in Ukraine
    Dec04

    Russian President Vladimir Putin Asserts Right to Crimea in Ukraine

    In a national address, the Russian president said his country had a right to Crimea. …read more Source: U.S....

    Kerry, Lavrov Trade Barbs on Ukraine
    Dec04

    Kerry, Lavrov Trade Barbs on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov exchanged sharp comments on Ukraine at an international meeting in Basel, Switzerland. Secretary Kerry put the blame for the Ukraine crisis squarely on Russia, with his Russian counterpart sitting nearby. Kerry on Thursday accused Russia of providing weapons and other...

    Ukraine Steps Up Fight Against ‘Communists’
    Dec04

    Ukraine Steps Up Fight Against ‘Communists’

    Ukraine’s parliament tabled a bill banning “communist”, “Nazi” and “anti-Ukrainian” ideology on Wednesday, as Kiev has undertaken several projects billed as the “de-communisation” of Ukraine, amidst mounting concern about the state of the freedom of speech in the country. No explanation of the bill’s practical implementation has been...