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    Rebels Withdraw Heavy Arms in Eastern Ukraine
    Feb28

    Rebels Withdraw Heavy Arms in Eastern Ukraine

    Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine continued withdrawing tanks and other military vehicles Saturday from the front lines, obeying a cease-fire reached in mid-February. Ukraine said there was a decrease in violence Friday night into Saturday. Ukraine’s military reported its first deaths in three days earlier on Friday. A Ukrainian...

    Nemtsov to RFE/RL: ‘We Must Free Russia From Putin’
    Feb28

    Nemtsov to RFE/RL: ‘We Must Free Russia From Putin’

    Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was looking ahead to a planned opposition rally Sunday that he anticipated would be an important step in a long struggle, though in an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service earlier this month, he portrayed the demonstration as just a first step in a long struggle. “If you think that [authorities]...

    Ukrainian President Condemns Murder of Russian Opposition Leader
    Feb28

    Ukrainian President Condemns Murder of Russian Opposition Leader

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has condemned the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in Moscow Friday after urging people to protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the war in Ukraine. Poroshenko on Saturday called Nemtsov a “bridge” between Ukraine and Russia. Just hours before...

    Russian Opposition Leader Murdered in Moscow
    Feb28

    Russian Opposition Leader Murdered in Moscow

    Major Russian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead Friday night in central Moscow. The Interior Ministry says Nemtsov was shot four times in the back of the head. Police have launched a special operation to hunt down the killer. Nemtsov was scheduled to lead an opposition protest Sunday in Moscow. VOA...

    Poroshenko: Heavy Weapons to Return to Front Lines if Truce Breached
    Feb27

    Poroshenko: Heavy Weapons to Return to Front Lines if Truce Breached

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says his military is ready to return its heavy weapons to the front lines in eastern Ukraine, noting that Russian-backed rebels are still violating a cease-fire deal reached earlier this month. Poroshenko said Friday Ukraine’s army “is ready at any moment to stand up to the enemy.” He also...

    Kerry to Meet With Iranian Negotiators, Russia’s Lavrov
    Feb26

    Kerry to Meet With Iranian Negotiators, Russia’s Lavrov

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian nuclear negotiators in Montreux, Switzerland, next week, a State Department spokeswoman said Thursday. During his trip, Kerry also is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday in Geneva to discuss Ukraine and Syria, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told...

    US Intelligence Chief Says He Backs Arming Ukraine
    Feb26

    US Intelligence Chief Says He Backs Arming Ukraine

    The top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that supplying Ukraine with weapons to fight Moscow-backed separatists would provoke a “negative reaction” from Russia’s president, but that he personally backed the idea of providing “lethal assistance” to Kyiv. Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee,...

    Russia Slams Western Threats of Fresh Sanctions Over Ukraine
    Feb26

    Russia Slams Western Threats of Fresh Sanctions Over Ukraine

    Russia is warning Western countries against imposing more sanctions against Moscow, saying such threats show the West is opposed to following through on a truce for eastern Ukraine. Both the United States and some leaders in Europe have threatened to impose tougher sanctions against Moscow if it does not stop supporting pro-Russian separatists in...

    US General: No Red Line in Ukraine to Trigger NATO Response
    Feb26

    US General: No Red Line in Ukraine to Trigger NATO Response

    The top U.S. general in Europe has indicated there is no red line that Russia can cross that would lead NATO to step in and help Ukraine militarily. “NATO is after all first a political alliance, and then a military alliance,” General Philip Breedlove, head of U.S. European Command, told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon. Some NATO nations now...

    Putin: The ‘Lonely’ Leader Bent on Restoring Russian Power
    Feb25

    Putin: The ‘Lonely’ Leader Bent on Restoring Russian Power

    Despite Russia’s crisis-hit economy, approval ratings for President Vladimir Putin are near record highs. Western sanctions against Moscow have failed to curb Russian interference in Ukraine. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, Putin analysts say the former spy is determined to restore Russia to what he sees as its rightful place in the...

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