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    Don’t Underestimate NATO, German Minister Says on Baltic Visit
    Apr14

    Don’t Underestimate NATO, German Minister Says on Baltic Visit

    Germany’s defense minister said on Tuesday that nobody should underestimate NATO’s rapid response capacity, which has been ratcheted up in response to worries about Russia’s military ambitions after its actions in Ukraine. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen said in Russia’s neighbor Estonia, whose president fears the...

    Six Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Clashes With Rebels
    Apr14

    Six Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Clashes With Rebels

    Ukraine’s defense minister said six soldiers have been killed in clashes with Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. Andriy Lysenko told reporters Tuesday six soldiers were killed and 12 wounded during a 24-hour period in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. The Associated Press reported the rebels said one of their fighters died and five...

    Russia, Ukraine Agree on Withdrawal of Smaller Caliber Arms
    Apr14

    Russia, Ukraine Agree on Withdrawal of Smaller Caliber Arms

    Russia and Ukraine agreed Monday to call for the pullback of smaller caliber weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine as part of a fresh push to end the region’s yearlong conflict. Foreign ministers from the two countries – meeting with their French and German counterparts in Berlin – also agreed to support international...

    In Ukraine Conflict, Rivals Play Game of Drones
    Apr13

    In Ukraine Conflict, Rivals Play Game of Drones

    In the Ukrainian conflict, both government forces and pro-Russian rebels have relied heavily on drones as a means of enemy surveillance. Adam Bailes reports on a volunteer Ukrainian drone team using a homemade spy plane on a mission into rebel-held Donetsk. …read more Source: Voice of...

    A Photo Essay: Far From Home, the War in Eastern Ukraine
    Apr13

    A Photo Essay: Far From Home, the War in Eastern Ukraine

    Despite the Minsk ceasefire agreement in February of 2015, heavy fighting continues between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, leaving so many people feeling abandoned. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Russia Hits Nordic Defense Pact as ‘Confrontational’
    Apr13

    Russia Hits Nordic Defense Pact as ‘Confrontational’

    Russia has criticized five Nordic nations for signing a joint defense pact, accusing the governments of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden of “confrontational approaches” to regional defense and security issues. Sunday’s Russian Foreign Ministry critique came just days after Nordic leaders, in a formal declaration,...

    Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter
    Apr12

    Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter

    Orthodox Christians around the world are celebrating Easter Sunday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his family observed Orthodox Easter services at Volodymyrsky Cathedral in the capital, Kyiv. Ukrainian Patriarch Filaret prayed for peace and said “we are strongly sure that God will send us a win over the aggressor,” in a...

    Czech President to Skip Victory Day Parade in Moscow
    Apr11

    Czech President to Skip Victory Day Parade in Moscow

    The president of the Czech Republic has decided not to participate in Russia’s traditional Victory Day military parade when he visits Moscow in May. Speaking to reporters Friday, the president’s spokesman, Jiri Ovcacek, said that President Milos Zeman would not attend the parade, which commemorates the end of World War II in Europe....

    Former US Ambassador: Putin Has Not Interest in Resolving Ukraine Conflict
    Apr11

    Former US Ambassador: Putin Has Not Interest in Resolving Ukraine Conflict

    Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tells VOA that Russian President Vladimir Putin has no interest in resolving the conflict in Ukraine because it serves his interest. McFaul said Thursday that Putin likes the open-ended, low grade military confrontation in the former Soviet republic because it works to undermine the government in...

    Ukraine Military, Rebels Accuse Each Other of Increased Attacks
    Apr10

    Ukraine Military, Rebels Accuse Each Other of Increased Attacks

    Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other on Friday of intensifying attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old cease-fire deal. The conflict has reached stalemate in recent weeks with the truce, brokered in the Belarussian capital of Minsk in mid-February, still technically in force though...

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