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    Ukraine truce in peril; Germany’s Merkel urges more sanctions
    Nov05

    Ukraine truce in peril; Germany’s Merkel urges more sanctions

    EU should consider expanding list of Russian-linked individuals under sanctions to punish those responsible for “illegitimate” elections, Merkel says. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Shell kills young footballers in crumbling Ukraine ceasefire
    Nov05

    Shell kills young footballers in crumbling Ukraine ceasefire

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine’s tattered ceasefire came under new strain Wednesday as shelling killed two teenagers playing football in rebel-held Donetsk and President Petro Poroshenko said he was deploying reinforcements to face a threatened separatist offensive.In another sign of Ukraine’s ever more permanent looking...

    Poland unveils its new national defense strategy
    Nov05

    Poland unveils its new national defense strategy

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Wednesday signed into law a new national defense strategy aimed at addressing threats to regional security caused by two factors: the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s “intensifying policy of confrontation.”… …read more Source: Associated...

    Russian Activists Battle Extremism Charges After Promoting Regional Autonomy
    Nov05

    Russian Activists Battle Extremism Charges After Promoting Regional Autonomy

    Three Russian activists are facing lengthy jail terms after promoting broader autonomy for their region. One is in detention pending trial for extremism, the others have fled to Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ceasefire fails and preparations for war begin
    Nov05

    Ceasefire fails and preparations for war begin

    The shelling of Mariupol, a city on the front lines of the war in eastern Ukraine, resumed in earnest at the end of October, just as the country had finished electing a new parliament. It has not let up since. “Day and night, they have been bombing from two directions,” says Vasyl Arbuzov, an adviser to the local authorities in Mariupol,...

    Former Aide Says Putin Has No Strategic Plans
    Nov05

    Former Aide Says Putin Has No Strategic Plans

    At times during the past year Russian President Vladimir Putin has appeared to make somewhat sudden changes in policy as he has confronted the West over Ukraine and Russia’s influence in Eastern Europe. Earlier this year, for example, he publicly insisted the uniformed troops who began taking control of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in...

    Voices: East Germans wary of helping Ukraine
    Nov05

    Voices: East Germans wary of helping Ukraine

    Germans support sanctions on Russia but fear Ukraine conflict will lead to war. …read more Source: USA...

    Ukraine Peace Plan in Tatters, ‘Frozen Conflict’ Takes Shape
    Nov05

    Ukraine Peace Plan in Tatters, ‘Frozen Conflict’ Takes Shape

    KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Kiev said on Wednesday it would halt payment of state funds in areas controlled by pro-Moscow rebels, as both sides hardened positions in what is rapidly becoming a “frozen conflict”: a long-term stalemate that the West believes is Russia’s aim. A day after the rebels held inauguration...

    Ukraine to halt subsidies to rebel-held areas
    Nov05

    Ukraine to halt subsidies to rebel-held areas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister announced Wednesday — a move that could worsen t… …read more Source: The Bismarck...

    Now We Know Why Russia Has Been Building Up Its Gold Reserves
    Nov05

    Now We Know Why Russia Has Been Building Up Its Gold Reserves

    Since September 2012 Russia has been quietly building up its gold reserves, hitting 1,149.8 tonnes last month — it’s highest level since 1993. In the process the country has overtaken both Switzerland and China on its way to amassing the sixth largest gold reserve pile in the world. This was part of a sensible strategy to diversify its...