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    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...

    Russia Conducts Massive Arctic Military Drills
    Mar16

    Russia Conducts Massive Arctic Military Drills

    The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military maneuvers in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine. The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines, and 110 aircraft are intended to check the...

    EU Voices Concern at Military Build-up in Crimea
    Mar16

    EU Voices Concern at Military Build-up in Crimea

    The European Union said on Monday it would stick to its policy of not recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and voiced concern over what it said was a military build-up and deteriorating human rights situation there. “The European Union does not recognize and continues to condemn this act of violation of international law,” EU foreign...

    Putin: Russia Prepared Raising Nuclear Readiness Over Crimea
    Mar15

    Putin: Russia Prepared Raising Nuclear Readiness Over Crimea

    Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year’s tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine’s president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday. Putin’s comments, in a documentary being shown on state TV, highlight the extent to which alarm spread in...

    German Paper: Ukraine President to Urge More Russia Sanctions
    Mar15

    German Paper: Ukraine President to Urge More Russia Sanctions

    Ukraine’s president accused Russian-backed separatists in the east of failing to respect a cease-fire with Ukrainian troops and called for further sanctions on Russia in comments to a German newspaper to be published on Monday. Attacks have become less frequent since the latest cease-fire came into force in mid-February, but both sides...

    Poroshenko, Biden Call On Separatists to Abide by Pact
    Mar15

    Poroshenko, Biden Call On Separatists to Abide by Pact

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have called for Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to fully implement Minsk peace agreements. In a telephone conversation Saturday, Biden and Poroshenko discussed the European Union-mediated agreements, reached in the Belarussian capital in February and in September...

    EU Unlikely to Extend Russia Sanctions Next Week
    Mar13

    EU Unlikely to Extend Russia Sanctions Next Week

    European Union leaders are unlikely to reach agreement at next week’s summit to prolong economic sanctions on Russia that expire in July, a senior EU official said Friday. New sanctions on Russia also are off the table because EU governments want to give a chance to a fragile cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. But some of the EU’s 28...

    Rights Group Warns Ukraine Travel Restrictions Impede Health Care
    Mar13

    Rights Group Warns Ukraine Travel Restrictions Impede Health Care

    The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch says travel restrictions imposed by the government of Ukraine have contributed to serious delays in delivery of medical care in rebel-controlled areas of the east. The group released a statement Friday saying it bases its assertion on 10 days of phone and in-person interviews with medical personnel and...

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