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    EU Summit Courts Former Soviet States Amidst Simmering Ukraine Conflict
    May20

    EU Summit Courts Former Soviet States Amidst Simmering Ukraine Conflict

    Six former Soviet bloc countries will attend the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Summit that opens Thursday in Latvia’s capital, Riga. The meeting comes amid high tensions between Europe and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and what that may mean for the future of the region. Henry Ridgwell reports from London. …read...

    Ukraine Conflict Simmers as EU Courts Former Soviet States
    May20

    Ukraine Conflict Simmers as EU Courts Former Soviet States

    Six former Soviet bloc countries will attend Thursday the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia. The meeting comes amid high tensions between Europe and Russia over the future of the region. Communicating through translators, soldiers from the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade train Ukrainian national guardsmen in...

    Skopje Protests Underscore Balkan Tensions
    May20

    Skopje Protests Underscore Balkan Tensions

    Protest marches on consecutive days in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, brought tens of thousands of people into the streets this week, some to call for the government’s resignation and others to show their support. The flare-up of political strife is in part related to the frustrations of all the Balkan states at the long timeframe for...

    Poroshenko: Ukraine in ‘Real War’ With Russia
    May20

    Poroshenko: Ukraine in ‘Real War’ With Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine is in a “real war” with Russia, not just pro-Russia separatists. In an interview with the BBC, Poroshenko warned that he believes Russia is preparing a military offensive for which Ukrainians must be ready. He said Ukraine must not give Russia “any tiny chance for...

    To Russia’s Annoyance, US Hones Ukrainians’ Fighting Skills
    May19

    To Russia’s Annoyance, US Hones Ukrainians’ Fighting Skills

    Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults, all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. Dotted around the vast, wooded Yavoriv military training area in western Ukraine, soldiers of the U.S. 173rd...

    NATO Chief Meets Russia’s Lavrov, Urges Ukraine Withdrawal
    May19

    NATO Chief Meets Russia’s Lavrov, Urges Ukraine Withdrawal

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Russia’s foreign minister met Tuesday for the first time in three months, and Stoltenberg said he restated the “very strong NATO position” against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Speaking later to journalists, Stoltenberg said he called on the...

    US Official: Ukraine Cease-fire Being Violated ‘Daily’
    May18

    US Official: Ukraine Cease-fire Being Violated ‘Daily’

    A senior U.S. diplomat says a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine “is being violated on a daily basis.” U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland made the statement Monday after talks in Moscow with Russian officials. Nuland said the violations of the Western-brokered deal agreed to in February in Minsk...

    Ukraine: Three More Soldiers Killed in Fighting with Pro-Russian Separatists
    May17

    Ukraine: Three More Soldiers Killed in Fighting with Pro-Russian Separatists

    Ukraine says three of its soldiers were killed and 17 wounded in new fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as a cease-fire in the region continues to unravel. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said two of the deaths occurred from a mortar attack near the town of Svitlodarsk, northeast of the rebel stronghold of...

    Russia Wants Cash From France if Mistral Deal Is Voided
    May15

    Russia Wants Cash From France if Mistral Deal Is Voided

    Russia wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in compensation for canceling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, a Russian source close to the negotiations said Friday. French President Francois Holland has come under pressure from his Western allies not to deliver the Mistrals because of Russia’s role in...

    Russia-US Dialogue Elevated, But Ukraine Tensions Remain
    May15

    Russia-US Dialogue Elevated, But Ukraine Tensions Remain

    Political analysts agree the four-hour meeting this week between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin was a step up in contact between the two countries. Despite tensions over Ukraine, the two sides hold regular discussions, including president-to-president phone calls and numerous meetings between their top...

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