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    Cease-fire in Ukraine threatened as fighting breaks out in east
    Sep08

    Cease-fire in Ukraine threatened as fighting breaks out in east

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine struggled to maintain a tenuous cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels after a series of repeated breaches Sunday, even as the government here faced the equally daunting task of selling the peace plan to the nation. Read full article >> …read more Source: The Washington...

    Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire is in trouble, as shelling occurs near Mariupol
    Sep08

    Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire is in trouble, as shelling occurs near Mariupol

    MOSCOW — Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire appeared to be in danger late Saturday, slightly more than 24 hours after it took hold, as witnesses reported renewed fighting near the key government-held city of Mariupol. Read full article >> …read more Source: The Washington...

    Islamic State militants want to fight Putin
    Sep08

    Islamic State militants want to fight Putin

    Here’s a slightly new geopolitical wrinkle. Earlier this week, the Islamic State issued a video challenging a powerful global leader. But this time, it was not President Obama or one of his counterparts in Europe. It was Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the video, fighters pose atop Russian military equipment, including a fighter jet,...

    Visiting East, Ukraine Leader Vows to Not Cede Any Territory
    Sep08

    Visiting East, Ukraine Leader Vows to Not Cede Any Territory

    President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine visited the port city of Mariupol during a fragile truce with pro-Russian separatists and pledged not give up any land. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine’s President Visits Frontline City Amid ‘Shaky’ Ceasefire
    Sep08

    Ukraine’s President Visits Frontline City Amid ‘Shaky’ Ceasefire

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the eastern port of Mariupol on Monday and promised to deal a ‘crushing defeat’ to pro-Russian rebels massed on the edge of town if they tried to advance in violation of a ceasefire agreement. “I have ordered (the military) to secure the defense of Mariupol with howitzers, multiple...

    EU delays signing off on new Russia sanctions
    Sep08

    EU delays signing off on new Russia sanctions

    Some governments want to discuss how to suspend the sanctions if a Ukraine cease-fire holds, diplomats say. …read more Source:...

    Police Detain Crimean Blogger, Critic Of Annexation
    Sep08

    Police Detain Crimean Blogger, Critic Of Annexation

    Police in Crimea have briefly detained a well-known blogger who has strongly criticized Russia’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance
    Sep08

    Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance

    The footage of President Obama strolling through the ancient ruins at Stonehenge was an apt bookend to the meeting of NATO, a Cold War relic that should have been abolished after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. But while hundreds of protesters marched through the streets calling for NATO to be dissolved — “From Iraq to...

    Indonesia, America and China’s Nine-Dash Line
    Sep08

    Indonesia, America and China’s Nine-Dash Line

    Jakarta–When the history of the early part of the 21st century is written, one of the great heroes of the People’s Republic of China might turn out to be an anonymous map-maker from the late 1940s whose work is helping to drive increasingly dangerous confrontations today between China and its neighbors across the South China Sea. The...

    Eric Morse: Why NATO didn’t arm Ukraine
    Sep08

    Eric Morse: Why NATO didn’t arm Ukraine

    On Sunday, as the latest alleged ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine was showing signs of unravelling, an aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that five NATO countries would provide weapons to Ukraine. Heaven knows why he said it but within hours, four countries had denied it. That raises a question that was already floating to the top...