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    Amnesty International Report Chronicles ‘Catastrophic’ Year
    Feb25

    Amnesty International Report Chronicles ‘Catastrophic’ Year

    The year 2014 was a “catastrophic” one for millions of people around the world, a human rights watchdog group said Wednesday. Amnesty International released its annual report accusing world governments of failing to protect civilians from violence by states and armed groups, and calling the global response “shameful and...

    Russia Lays Groundwork for New Gas Pipeline in Europe
    Feb25

    Russia Lays Groundwork for New Gas Pipeline in Europe

    Thwarted in one attempt to build a gas pipeline to southeast Europe, the Kremlin is working with a small circle of allies to lay the groundwork for an alternative that would help it maintain leverage in its rivalry with the West. Russia last year aborted South Stream, a $40 billion pipeline that was to have passed under the Black Sea and via...

    Report: Kremlin Was Eying Ukraine Prior to Yanukovych Ouster
    Feb24

    Report: Kremlin Was Eying Ukraine Prior to Yanukovych Ouster

    A Russian newspaper has published what it says is a strategy document calling for Russia to annex Crimea and absorb other parts of Ukraine that was presented to Kremlin leaders in early February 2014, shortly before Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was forced from power. The independent weekly Novaya Gazeta posted an...

    Ukraine Rebels Say Weapons Pullback Under Way
    Feb24

    Ukraine Rebels Say Weapons Pullback Under Way

    Rebels in war-torn eastern Ukraine said they have begun pulling back heavy weapons from the frontlines, as required by an internationally brokered cease-fire. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Lithuania to Reinstate Limited Conscription
    Feb24

    Lithuania to Reinstate Limited Conscription

    Lithuania said Tuesday it would reinstate limited conscription later this year as a precautionary measure, given a new geopolitical situation. “The current geopolitical environment requires us to enhance and accelerate army recruitment,” said a statement by President Dalia Grybauskaite’s office issued after an emergency meeting...

    European Leaders to Discuss Shaky Ukraine Cease-fire
    Feb24

    European Leaders to Discuss Shaky Ukraine Cease-fire

    The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France meet Tuesday to discuss the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine that has lessened but failed to stop hostilities between Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists. The truce, which was supposed to begin February 15, is failing to hold in critical, strategic points, according to the Organization for...

    Rebels Celebrate Victory Over Ukrainian Forces at Debaltseve
    Feb24

    Rebels Celebrate Victory Over Ukrainian Forces at Debaltseve

    Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine celebrated their victory over Ukrainian forces at Debaltseve Monday with parades and a huge rally in the nearby city of Donetsk. The festivities in the Russian-speaking city came as the Kyiv government asked the United Nations Security Council to deploy peacekeepers to the war-torn region. The Donetsk rally...

    Russia Pushes Patriotic Ringtones for Putin
    Feb23

    Russia Pushes Patriotic Ringtones for Putin

    Russia is kicking off a national campaign to ramp up morale ahead of Victory Day, that allows citizens to download patriotic war songs for free ringtones and express their national pride with their mobile devices. The drive comes as Russia suffers a recession spurred by low oil prices and sanctions imposed by the West for the conflict in Ukraine,...

    Bulgaria Key Battleground in US-Russia Energy War
    Feb23

    Bulgaria Key Battleground in US-Russia Energy War

    As the U.S. wages a high-profile campaign against Russia over Ukraine, it is also battling Kremlin-dominance on another front – energy in Eastern Europe. NATO member Bulgaria, which relies on Russia for 85 percent of its natural gas and all its nuclear fuel, is on the frontline of this confrontation. “For Russia, energy has always been a...

    German Doctors Assess Jailed Ukraine Pilot on Hunger Strike
    Feb23

    German Doctors Assess Jailed Ukraine Pilot on Hunger Strike

    German doctors have been allowed to visit Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months in a Russian jail, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. Savchenko, 33, was captured by pro-Russian forces and handed over eight months ago to Russia, where she was imprisoned on charges of...

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