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    Ukraine Names Georgia’s Saakashvili as Governor of Black Sea Hotspot
    May31

    Ukraine Names Georgia’s Saakashvili as Governor of Black Sea Hotspot

    Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko has appointed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to be governor of Ukraine’s southern Odessa region, in a surprise move that is certain to raise hackles in Moscow. President Poroshenko made the announcement on Saturday, standing alongside Saakashvili at a ceremony in Odessa, where he described him...

    Steinmeier: Russian Travel Ban Damaging to Ukraine Peace Efforts
    May30

    Steinmeier: Russian Travel Ban Damaging to Ukraine Peace Efforts

    Germany’s foreign minister said Saturday that a Russian travel ban on 89 top European Union officials could damage peace efforts in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters during a visit to Dnipropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized the ban and called on Russia to be more transparent. “I can only say that, apart from...

    Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent
    May29

    Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent

    Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition blogger Alexei Navalny on Thursday slammed President Vladimir Putin’s move to intensify a crackdown on dissenting voices with a law against “undesirable NGOs.” The measure allows Russia’s prosecutor general to ban any foreign or international organizations that are deemed a threat to...

    Russia’s Military Preparations Raise Concerns in Europe, Ukraine
    May29

    Russia’s Military Preparations Raise Concerns in Europe, Ukraine

    Russia this week held surprise, massive military exercises as members of NATO, the western military alliance, took part in its own drills. Military analysts say the military muscle-flexing increases the chances for incidents that could spark a wider conflict. The drills come as the Reuters news agency reports a Russian military build-up on the...

    Putin Classifies Information on Deaths of Russian Troops on ‘Special Missions’
    May28

    Putin Classifies Information on Deaths of Russian Troops on ‘Special Missions’

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared all deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending soldiers to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian rebellion there, amended a decree...

    Biden: US Stands With Ukraine to Fight Russian Aggression
    May27

    Biden: US Stands With Ukraine to Fight Russian Aggression

    The United States will stand by Ukraine to fight Russian aggression, which has become a prominent consideration for European security, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday. Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Biden said that supporting Ukraine is important for the future of the country, for the future of European security...

    US Lawmakers: Russia Incinerating Dead Troops in Ukraine
    May27

    US Lawmakers: Russia Incinerating Dead Troops in Ukraine

    Two U.S. lawmakers say Russia is using mobile crematoriums to hide its military involvement in eastern Ukraine. The charge came in an interview of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) with Bloomberg News, excerpts of which were published Tuesday. The congressmen were part of a fact...

    Russia’s Newest Military Games Coincide With NATO Drills
    May26

    Russia’s Newest Military Games Coincide With NATO Drills

    Russia began a new round of air force exercises Tuesday, coinciding with NATO’s military maneuvers in the Arctic at a time of escalating tensions in the region. 700 units of military equipment, 12,000 Russian troops and up to 250 military jets began the drill on Monday. The same day, 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight...

    Moldovan President: We Prefer EU Orbit to Russia
    May26

    Moldovan President: We Prefer EU Orbit to Russia

    Moldova’s four million citizens would prefer to join the European Union rather than stay in the Russian orbit, its president said Tuesday. President Nicolae Timofti told The Associated Press that Moldovans are reaping economic benefits from closer ties and visa-free travel with the 28-nation EU, but added that Russia’s presence is...

    Putin: Russia Should not Cut Itself off From Foreign Investment
    May26

    Putin: Russia Should not Cut Itself off From Foreign Investment

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the country should not cut itself of from foreign investment and technologies. “We should not, on any account, cut ourselves off” from the kind of foreign investment and technology that can drive economic growth, Putin told a conference of business people. After annexing Ukraine’s...

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