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    AP Interview: NATO head says Ukraine ceasefire top priority
    Feb06

    AP Interview: NATO head says Ukraine ceasefire top priority

    Stoltenberg noted that a previous cease-fire agreement “was undermined and violated by the separatists,” and said observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe would have to be allowed access needed to monitor the implementation of any new agreement. “[…] I will reiterate the importance that Russia...

    Russia Charges Nuclear Scientist and Alleged Informant With Treason
    Feb06

    Russia Charges Nuclear Scientist and Alleged Informant With Treason

    Russia’s special services have announced the arrests of two men alleged to have passed state secrets to the West in as many days on charges of high treason, Russian news agency Interfax reported today. On Wednesday, Vladimir Golubev, a former employee of the Russian Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, was arrested and charged with high treason...

    AP Interview: NATO head says Ukraine ceasefire top priority
    Feb06

    AP Interview: NATO head says Ukraine ceasefire top priority

    MUNICH (AP) — The head of NATO said Friday his top priority is supporting French and German efforts to bring about a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but if a truce is negotiated it must be monitored so the Russian-backed separatists don’t use it to regroup and rearm. Speaking to The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Munich Security...

    Ukraine troops, rebels halt fire to allow evacuation of besieged town
    Feb06

    Ukraine troops, rebels halt fire to allow evacuation of besieged town

    Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russia separatists halted fire briefly Friday to allow evacuation of hundreds of civilians trapped by fierce fighting over a strategic railway hub in the town of Debaltseve as European leaders took their latest peace initiative to Moscow. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda
    Feb06

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The war in Afghanistan is in NATO’s rearview mirror. For the first time in 13 years, the conflict was not on the meeting agenda as the alliance’s defense ministers gathered in Brussels Thursday. Instead NATO members focused on the latest military conflicts facing the alliance — the threat of Islamic extremists flowing...

    Merkel, Hollande Push for Ukraine Peace
    Feb06

    Merkel, Hollande Push for Ukraine Peace

    A ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen more than 5,000 people killed. It’s a moment of brief respite after days of escalating violence. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French...

    Russian Military Practices Helicopter Drills Near Ukrainian Border
    Feb06

    Russian Military Practices Helicopter Drills Near Ukrainian Border

    Russian Air Force personnel practiced precise shooting drills on Thursday (February 5) as part of a two-week training exercise in the Southern Military District of Russia that abuts Ukraine. Air Force pilots were joined by army helicopter teams as well. Pilots loaded rockets into Mi-28N “Night Hunter” and Mi-8AMTSh...

    Russia Flexes Muscles as Ukraine Talks Begin in Moscow
    Feb06

    Russia Flexes Muscles as Ukraine Talks Begin in Moscow

    Russian air force helicopters practice ‘precision’ shooting drills near the Ukrainian border. It’s part of a two-week training exercise in an area that abuts eastern Ukraine, now nine months into an armed rebellion by pro-Russian separatists. The show of military strength, comes amid intensified diplomatic efforts to end the...

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda
    Feb06

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda

    First time in 13 years: NATO members at a meeting that started Thursday have focused instead on the latest military conflicts facing the alliance — the threat of Islamic extremists flowing out of North Africa and the Russian-backed separatists battling Ukraine’s government forces along the country’s eastern border. …read more...

    Former NATO chief says Putin’s true goal is to return to position of ‘great power’ and Europe isn’t ready to fight back
    Feb06

    Former NATO chief says Putin’s true goal is to return to position of ‘great power’ and Europe isn’t ready to fight back

    President Vladimir Putin has dangerous ambitions beyond Ukraine and aims to test Western resolve in the Baltic states, the former head of NATO has warned. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former secretary-general of the Atlantic alliance, said the Kremlin’s true goal was to shatter NATO solidarity and reassert Russian dominance over Eastern...