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    Former Soviet Bloc nations fear Vladimir Putin assembling new USSR
    Sep05

    Former Soviet Bloc nations fear Vladimir Putin assembling new USSR

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s maneuvers in eastern Ukraine — and repeated statements about protecting Russian-speaking citizens wherever they live — are raising concerns that the former KGB officer is aiming to assemble a new Russian empire from the remnants of the old Soviet Union. “Putin’s real plan is …...

    Ukraine, pro-Russia Rebels Voice Hope on a Peace Deal
    Sep05

    Ukraine, pro-Russia Rebels Voice Hope on a Peace Deal

    NEWPORT, Wales—Ukraine’s government and rebels voiced hope Thursday that they were within reach of a peace deal that could spell a quick end to bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, even as NATO leaders and Ukraine’s president agreed that Russia should be punished for its role in the insurgency. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he...

    Russian troops attack positions near key port in eastern Ukraine
    Sep05

    Russian troops attack positions near key port in eastern Ukraine

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Hopes for a rumored truce were shattered Thursday in this strategic eastern port as Russian troops attacked Ukrainian positions near the city with heavy artillery and missile fire, a Ukrainian militia leader said. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Ukraine leader: ‘Careful optimism’ on possible ceasefire
    Sep05

    Ukraine leader: ‘Careful optimism’ on possible ceasefire

    Pulling Ukraine closer than ever militarily to NATO, the embattled nation’s president affirmed Thursday his desire to combat “Russian aggression” while expressing cautious optimism that peace, even if it’s temporary, could soon be in reach. …read more Source:...

    Ukraine Truce Talks Due To Start
    Sep05

    Ukraine Truce Talks Due To Start

    Talks on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine are set to take place, with officials from Kyiv and the pro-Russian rebels along with envoys from Russia and the OSCE due to meet in Minsk. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    NATO to sanction Russia as Ukraine heads into peace talks
    Sep05

    NATO to sanction Russia as Ukraine heads into peace talks

    Newport (United Kingdom) (AFP) – NATO leaders are expected to announce a raft of fresh sanctions against Russia on Friday over its actions in Ukraine, although hopes remain that a ceasefire can be forged at peace talks in Minsk on the same day.The leaders are heading into the second and final day of a NATO summit in Newport, Wales that has...

    Obama, NATO Allies Prepare New Sanctions on Russia
    Sep05

    Obama, NATO Allies Prepare New Sanctions on Russia

    U.S. officials say Russia faces new sanctions for continuing to support rebels fighting government forces in Ukraine. The crisis has been the center of discussions at a NATO summit in Wales, as President Barack Obama and other leaders prepare Friday to announce their next step in dealing with Russia. With fighting continuing in eastern Ukraine,...

    How NATO members plan to reinvent the alliance
    Sep05

    How NATO members plan to reinvent the alliance

    In a bid to end a struggle with Russia over Ukraine and to halt the spread of brutal Islamist terror, NATO members are vowing to reinvent the military alliance …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol
    Sep05

    Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol

    Strong explosions rocked the outskirts of the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Thursday as Kiev’s forces battled pro-Moscow rebels. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace
    Sep05

    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

    Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades. Each option comes with a sour pill, as there is no magic solution. But such is the reality of trying to find a peaceful resolution to a bloody...