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    Ukraine cease-fire deadline provokes last-gasp battle
    Feb14

    Ukraine cease-fire deadline provokes last-gasp battle

    Russian-backed separatists mounted a vicious assault Friday in eastern Ukraine ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline, pummeling a strategic railway hub with wave upon wave of shelling in a last-minute grab for territory. At least 26 people were killed across the region. …read more Source: CTV...

    Fitch cuts Ukraine credit rating deeper in junk
    Feb14

    Fitch cuts Ukraine credit rating deeper in junk

    Washington (AFP) – Fitch downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating a notch deeper in junk territory on Friday, saying the conflict-hit country appeared likely to default.The rating firm lowered Ukraine to “CC” from “CCC”, saying that the new International Monetary Fund aid program announced Thursday would be...

    National Post View: A dubious ceasefire in Ukraine
    Feb14

    National Post View: A dubious ceasefire in Ukraine

    The fatal flaw in the agreement to end the fighting in Ukraine is not hard to spot. To succeed, it depends heavily on the good faith and goodwill of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has amply demonstrated he can’t be trusted on either count. The ideal solution to the clash between Ukraine forces and Russian-backed rebels would have...

    Russia Earthquake: Official Says There was None Near Border with Ukraine, Belarus
    Feb14

    Russia Earthquake: Official Says There was None Near Border with Ukraine, Belarus

    The U.S. Geological Survey on Friday retracted a post that said there was 6.8-magnitude earthquake near the Russia-Ukraine border. Reuters reported: “USGS Geophysicist Paul Caruso said the agency’s sensors mislocated an earthquake that was taking place elsewhere. “The Russia earthquake appeared on the USGS website while a series of strong...

    Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev’s Biggest Headache
    Feb14

    Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev’s Biggest Headache

    Introducing “lethal defensive weapons” into the Ukraine conflict seems the right thing to do. It confirms the visceral Western feeling that Russia — the country where, “they make no pretense of loving liberty” as Lincoln once put it — only respects force. American policy makers in particular are pushing for...

    Full Episode:  GMA 02/13/15: Fans Lining Up to See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
    Feb13

    Full Episode: GMA 02/13/15: Fans Lining Up to See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    Possible Ukraine Ceasefire Underway; 25 People Propose in Epic Live ‘GMA’ Surprise …read more Source: ABC...

    ‘Don’t make me laugh’: Ukraine rebels mock impending truce
    Feb13

    ‘Don’t make me laugh’: Ukraine rebels mock impending truce

    Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels fight fiercely for control of a strategic railway junction despite a new peace deal brokered by Germany and France. …read more Source:...

    Obama administration warily eyes Ukraine-Russia cease-fire while mulling arms support
    Feb13

    Obama administration warily eyes Ukraine-Russia cease-fire while mulling arms support

    The Obama administration said Friday that it is still weighing whether to provide U.S. weapons to Ukraine’s military and that the success or failure of a delicate peace deal reached this week to end the nation’s conflict with Russia-backed separatists will affect the calculus of the decision. Administration officials said …...

    Shipping, Russia and reality TV : Arctic week in review
    Feb13

    Shipping, Russia and reality TV : Arctic week in review

    Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from across the North On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week: – New guidelines on polar shipping focus on better crew training training for operating in cold and remote areas – Controversy surrounds...

    US says Russia violating ‘spirit’ of Ukraine peace deal
    Feb13

    US says Russia violating ‘spirit’ of Ukraine peace deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration on Friday accused Russia and pro-Russian separatists of violating “the spirit” of a peace deal for Ukraine with weapons shipments and intensified fighting before a ceasefire takes effect this weekend. The allegations came as fierce fighting surged in eastern Ukraine as the separatists...