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    Hawkish Putin says West has tried to destabilize Russia for years
    Dec04

    Hawkish Putin says West has tried to destabilize Russia for years

    KIEV, Ukraine – A hawkish Vladimir Putin capped off a tumultuous year in Moscow on Thursday with his annual state of the nation address, during which he defended Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the country’s bullish foreign policy, saying it is needed to ensure its survival. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March...

    Rolling Blackouts Expanded In Ukraine
    Dec04

    Rolling Blackouts Expanded In Ukraine

    Ukraine officials say rolling two-hour blackouts that began in some towns Monday are being expanded. Ukraine Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchishin said Wednesday a technical fault forced operations at the Zaporizka nuclear plant to shut down Friday. Concerns were raised earlier when Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke of a nuclear power plant...

    U.S. calls on Russia to calm turbulence in Ukraine
    Dec04

    U.S. calls on Russia to calm turbulence in Ukraine

    BASEL, Switzerland – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could rebuild its relations with the West “if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters” on its border with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists are fighting with Kyiv forces. Kerry spoke at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

    Hundreds of Ukrainian Jews receive aid packages in Lugansk’s synagogue
    Dec04

    Hundreds of Ukrainian Jews receive aid packages in Lugansk’s synagogue

    DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (JTA) — Several hundred Jews braved sub-freezing temperatures to receive aid packages at the synagogue of the besieged city of Lugansk. The distribution of basic necessities on Wednesday by administrators from the east Ukrainian city’s Jewish community drew approximately 300 recipients, who stood in line for over an...

    Putin insists Crimea is historically part of Russia
    Dec04

    Putin insists Crimea is historically part of Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea last March and implied that the “strategically important” peninsula will remain part of Russia “from now and forever.” …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Kerry, Saying Russians Died in Ukraine, Urges Moscow to Carry Out Peace Accord
    Dec04

    Kerry, Saying Russians Died in Ukraine, Urges Moscow to Carry Out Peace Accord

    Russia has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that it has ordered its own forces into Ukraine or that its military has suffered significant casualties there. …read more Source: The New York...

    Vladimir Putin state of the union defends aggression in Ukraine
    Dec04

    Vladimir Putin state of the union defends aggression in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy, saying the actions are necessary for his country’s survival. …read more Source:...

    US calls on Russia to calm turbulence in Ukraine
    Dec04

    US calls on Russia to calm turbulence in Ukraine

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could rebuild its relations with the West “if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters” on its border with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists are fighting with Kiev forces. …read more Source: U.S....

    Putin: Crimea Is Russia’s Jerusalem
    Dec04

    Putin: Crimea Is Russia’s Jerusalem

    Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Crimea had a sacred meaning for Russia, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for Jews and Muslims, during his state of the nation speech on December 4. Putin also said Western sanctions were a response to Russia’s growing strength, not it’s stance on the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)...

    Russia’s Fifth Column
    Dec04

    Russia’s Fifth Column

    Once a year, beneath the neo-Gothic spires of the Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russian diplomats from around the world gather to receive their President’s orders. The summit this year took place in July, a few months after Russia had invaded and annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The address from President Vladimir Putin laid...