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    Russia Creates Aerospace Forces by Merging Military Branches
    Aug03

    Russia Creates Aerospace Forces by Merging Military Branches

    Russia has merged several branches of its military into the Aerospace Forces – a reorganization aimed at enhancing coordination and efficiency, officials said Monday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the decision offers “the optimal way of improving the system of the nation’s aerospace defense.” The new branch will...

    Ex-PM Azarov, in Moscow, Proclaims ‘Salvation Committee’ for Ukraine
    Aug03

    Ex-PM Azarov, in Moscow, Proclaims ‘Salvation Committee’ for Ukraine

    Former Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov has announced the formation of a “Ukraine Salvation Committee,” calling for “total regime change” through early elections and vowing to “restore order in our home.” Azarov, who was former president Viktor Yanukovych’s prime minister until the latter was...

    IMF Says Western Sanctions Could Cut 9% off Russia’s GDP
    Aug03

    IMF Says Western Sanctions Could Cut 9% off Russia’s GDP

    Sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis could end up costing Russia 9 percent of its gross domestic product, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. Russia’s economy is showing signs of stabilization after slumping under pressure from Western financial sanctions and Russian counter-measures. Low international prices for its oil...

    Athletics Roiled by Reports of Mass Doping
    Aug03

    Athletics Roiled by Reports of Mass Doping

    The world of international track and field was reeling Sunday after reports that 146 medals at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes with suspicious blood test results. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Sunday it was “very alarmed” by the reports in two European media outlets. German...

    Ukraine Calls on Russia to Negotiate End to War in East
    Aug02

    Ukraine Calls on Russia to Negotiate End to War in East

    Ukraine’s foreign minister is calling on Russia to come to “real negotiations” about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine’s war-torn east which will require fair elections that are internationally monitored. Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with The Associated Press that Russian military and special forces are “in full command”...

    Russian Trial of Ukraine’s Pilot Reflects Tangled Conflict
    Jul31

    Russian Trial of Ukraine’s Pilot Reflects Tangled Conflict

    A court in southwestern Russia has adjourned a preliminary hearing against captured Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to decide on her lawyers’ request to move the trial to Moscow. Prosecutors accuse the Ukrainian woman of causing the deaths of two Russian journalists in east Ukraine last year. They allege she acted as an aerial spotter to...

    Widow’s Lawyer: Moscow Has Tried to Block Litvinenko Inquiry
    Jul31

    Widow’s Lawyer: Moscow Has Tried to Block Litvinenko Inquiry

    A lawyer for the widow of Alexander Litvinenko insisted on Friday that the former KGB agent was murdered at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said Russian authorities have repeatedly tried to obstruct an inquiry into the death. Ben Emmerson said Moscow has attempted “to frustrate and manipulate” the investigation by...

    US Adds to Russian, Ukrainian Sanctions
    Jul31

    US Adds to Russian, Ukrainian Sanctions

    The United States imposed further Russia- and Ukraine-related sanctions on Thursday, adding associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators and former Ukrainian officials to its list of those it is penalizing in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...

    Poland’s Future President Wants More NATO Presence
    Jul31

    Poland’s Future President Wants More NATO Presence

    Polish President-elect Andrzej Duda, who takes office next week, says his priority is to have NATO troops and armaments permanently placed in Poland as a safety guarantee. The comments made Wednesday night to state TVP television suggest he will continue Poland’s current pro-Western policy and ties within NATO, especially in the face of the...

    Ukraine: Mysterious ‘Roaming Tank’ Reportedly Takes Aim at Smugglers
    Jul30

    Ukraine: Mysterious ‘Roaming Tank’ Reportedly Takes Aim at Smugglers

    Ukraine’s TV, print media and vibrant Facebook community are abuzz with reports a “roaming tank” is on the loose, destroying the vehicles of those involved in smuggling goods from the country’s mainland into the eastern regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists. There is even a hashtag devoted to the mystery tank –#блуждающийтанк;...

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