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    Putin Addresses Rally Marking 1st Anniversary of Crimea Annexation
    Mar18

    Putin Addresses Rally Marking 1st Anniversary of Crimea Annexation

    President Vladimir Putin addressed a rally in Moscow Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, saying that any attempt from abroad to make life difficult for his country is a “futile pursuit.” “Of course, we will overcome, and are overcoming, all the problems and difficulties...

    Russia, Rebel Georgia Region Sign Treaty; West Alarmed
    Mar18

    Russia, Rebel Georgia Region Sign Treaty; West Alarmed

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia’s rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea. Tbilisi described the “alliance and integration” treaty as a “move aimed at annexation” and the...

    Putin’s Latest Crimea Spin Attempts New Narrative
    Mar18

    Putin’s Latest Crimea Spin Attempts New Narrative

    As Russia marks the one-year anniversary of Crimea’s annexation from neighboring Ukraine, the Kremlin is putting forth a new narrative in what analysts say appears to be a further attempt to legitimize its takeover of the peninsula. In a pre-recorded interview for a documentary that premiered earlier this week on state television, Russian...

    Ukraine Rebels Warn They Could Abandon Cease-fire
    Mar18

    Ukraine Rebels Warn They Could Abandon Cease-fire

    Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine threatened Wednesday to abandon a cease-fire following changes to a law granting their regions self-rule. Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky said in a statement that legislation giving areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status has been weakened by the amendments. “We agreed to a...

    Turkey Starts $10B Project to Ship Azeri Gas to Europe
    Mar17

    Turkey Starts $10B Project to Ship Azeri Gas to Europe

    Turkey inaugurated a $10 billion project to pipe Azeri gas to Western markets on Tuesday, forging ahead with a plan that could help Europe reduce its dependence on Russian energy even as Moscow touts its own alternative. The Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) aims to carry 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year by mid-2018 from...

    In Crimea, Euphoria Fades After a Year of Russian Rule
    Mar17

    In Crimea, Euphoria Fades After a Year of Russian Rule

    A year after Russia’s takeover of Crimea sparked a wave of euphoria across the Black Sea peninsula, residents are suffering growing hardship as prices rise and many fear for the future. Russia’s flag is flying across Crimea on the anniversary of what President Vladimir Putin calls the region’s historic “return home” after...

    Kremlin: Crimea Will Not Return to Ukraine
    Mar17

    Kremlin: Crimea Will Not Return to Ukraine

    Russia said on Tuesday it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine, despite warnings by the United States and European Union that they will not drop sanctions over the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation a year ago. “There is no occupation of Crimea. Crimea is a region of the Russian Federation and of course the subject of our regions is not up...

    Fighting Rages Near Donetsk Airport Despite Ukraine Ceasefire
    Mar17

    Fighting Rages Near Donetsk Airport Despite Ukraine Ceasefire

    Heavy machine gun and light artillery fire pounded a district of Donetsk, the biggest city of eastern Ukraine on Monday and pro-Russian rebels said there had been no lull in the fighting since a February ceasefire. The Spartak district, adjacent to the city’s now-flattened airport, is one of several sites in eastern Ukraine to have seen...

    Germany Warily Assumes Greater Global Role
    Mar16

    Germany Warily Assumes Greater Global Role

    Germany has taken the lead in trying to solve the European financial crisis and to stop the war in Ukraine. But is Berlin ready to play a larger international role? VOA’s Jela de Franceschi examines the extent and limits of German power. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Russian Official Dismisses 2018 World Cup Boycott Call
    Mar16

    Russian Official Dismisses 2018 World Cup Boycott Call

    Russia will stage the 2018 soccer World Cup and will host it well, the Russian Football Union’s honorary president told Reuters on Monday, dismissing calls by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for his country’s allies to boycott the event. Vyacheslav Koloskov, a former FIFA vice-president, said attempts to disrupt the tournament...

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