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    EU toughens sanctions against Russia
    Sep13

    EU toughens sanctions against Russia

    The European Union tightened sanctions on Russia on Friday over its role in the Ukrainian conflict, restricting access to financing for top Russian banks, defense and energy firms and freezing the assets of senior politicians and rebel leaders. …read more Source: New York Daily...

    Second Russian Aid Convoy Reaches Ukrainian Border
    Sep13

    Second Russian Aid Convoy Reaches Ukrainian Border

    The first 35 vehicles in a second Russian aid convoy headed to areas in separatist-held eastern Ukraine have cleared the Russian customs checkpoint. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine, rebels trade 67 prisoners in peace deal
    Sep13

    Ukraine, rebels trade 67 prisoners in peace deal

    In the dead of night, Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebel forces on Friday exchanged 67 prisoners who had been captured during fighting in eastern Ukraine, part of a cease-fire deal that has struggled to succeed. The transfer, including Russian citizens who served as insurgents, took place outside the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk under...

    U.S., European Union target Russian energy sector with new sanctions
    Sep13

    U.S., European Union target Russian energy sector with new sanctions

    In a marked escalation of their sanctions campaign against Russia, the United States and the European Union hit the Kremlin on Friday with new penalties for its actions in Ukraine, targeting favored financial, energy and defense businesses. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    The Saturday Profile: Detained, Beaten and Tortured by Separatists in Donetsk Ordeal
    Sep13

    The Saturday Profile: Detained, Beaten and Tortured by Separatists in Donetsk Ordeal

    Alexandr, 49, who lives in Donetsk, the capital city of Ukraine’s separatist movement, was eventually taken to a hospital when abductors realized they might have the wrong man. …read more Source: The New York...

    Scotland’s Democratic Revolution
    Sep13

    Scotland’s Democratic Revolution

    These are grim times for liberal democracy. Ukrainians ousted their pro-Russian president after months of demonstrations in February, only to see their country dismembered by Moscow’s first major military intervention in Eastern Europe since the Prague Spring in 1968. In July, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, emulating Russia’s...

    Putin says he is considering retaliation
    Sep13

    Putin says he is considering retaliation

    Russian President Putin calls new Western sanctions “strange,” warns of fresh retaliation and accuses West of disrupting peace process in Ukraine. Video provided by Reuters …read more Source: USA...

    US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire
    Sep13

    US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia’s ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the restrictions on Russia’s …...

    Ukraine president: no military solution to conflict with Russia
    Sep12

    Ukraine president: no military solution to conflict with Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that there was no military solution to his country’s conflict with Russia and that Ukraine needed European economic and political support to help avoid an escalation. …read more Source: FOX...

    Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports
    Sep12

    Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

    Moscow (AFP) – The first 35 vehicles in a second Russian aid convoy heading for rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine have crossed the border, Russian news agencies reported late Friday.”Russian customs officers and border guards completed processing the first group of trucks… Now all 35 trucks have left the border crossing point...