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    Eastern Ukraine Shelling Kills Government Troops
    Jan09

    Eastern Ukraine Shelling Kills Government Troops

    Ukraine’s military says four its soldiers have been killed and eight wounded as a result of shelling by Russia-backed separatists over the past 24 hours. Military spokesman Andrei Lysenko said Friday that the rebels had fired rockets and mortars at government forces more than 30 times during that period. He linked the upsurge in shelling to...

    Merkel: Sanctions on Russia Stay Until Fighting Stops in Ukraine
    Jan08

    Merkel: Sanctions on Russia Stay Until Fighting Stops in Ukraine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia for supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine could be lifted only if a cease-fire agreement between Kyiv and the rebels was fully implemented. Speaking in Berlin at a joint news conference with visiting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk,...

    Facing Shrinking Budgets, Pentagon Moves to Cut European Bases
    Jan08

    Facing Shrinking Budgets, Pentagon Moves to Cut European Bases

    Facing tight budgets and a shrinking military, the Pentagon said on Thursday it was ending operations at an air base in Britain and handing it and 14 other sites in Europe back to their home governments in a move projected to save $500 million annually. The Pentagon said it would divest RAF Mildenhall northeast of London, home to tanker,...

    Ruble’s Problems Spread to Other Ex-Soviet Currencies
    Jan07

    Ruble’s Problems Spread to Other Ex-Soviet Currencies

    Falling energy prices and the plunge in the Russian ruble are hitting currencies across the former Soviet states, with Belarus and Turkmenistan having already devalued this week and markets betting that Kazakhstan will follow soon. Countries of the former Soviet Union have had their own currencies for two decades, but many still depend on Russia,...

    Pro-Russian Group Claims Cyber Attack on German Government Websites
    Jan07

    Pro-Russian Group Claims Cyber Attack on German Government Websites

    German government websites, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s page, were hacked on Wednesday in a cyber attack claimed by a group demanding that Berlin sever official ties with the Ukrainian government. The attack, against which counter-measures were taken, had left the sites periodically inaccessible since 10 a.m. (0900 GMT), her...

    Separatist Attacks Kill 3 Ukrainian Servicemen
    Jan07

    Separatist Attacks Kill 3 Ukrainian Servicemen

    Ukraine said three of its soldiers have been killed in attacks by Russia-backed separatists over the last 24 hours, in the latest flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine since a cease-fire agreement was signed in September. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters in Kyiv on Wednesday that one of the troops was killed by a...

    Orthodox Christian World Celebrates Christmas
    Jan07

    Orthodox Christian World Celebrates Christmas

    Worshippers across the Orthodox Christian world have begun Christmas celebrations, with clergy in Bethlehem, Cairo, Moscow, Kyiv and other Eastern Christian communities commemorating the biblical birth of Jesus. In Bethlehem, which braced for a rare snowstorm, Syria’s Orthodox archbishop joined his Greek and Coptic Orthodox counterparts for...

    HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine on Civilian Casualties
    Jan06

    HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine on Civilian Casualties

    A U.S.-based human rights group is calling on Germany to press Ukraine’s prime minister to ensure Ukrainian forces take all precautions to minimize harm to civilians in their fight against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. Human Rights Watch released a statement Tuesday saying German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as head of...

    France Calls for Lifting Russia Sanctions if Progress on Ukraine
    Jan05

    France Calls for Lifting Russia Sanctions if Progress on Ukraine

    French President Francois Hollande is calling for sanctions on Russia to be lifted if there is progress in Ukraine. During a two-hour radio interview, Hollande said sanctions imposed by Europe and the United States had not only hit Russia hard, but were also hurting the European economy. But there must be no new sanctions – and those in...

    Ukraine Reports First Military Death of 2015
    Jan02

    Ukraine Reports First Military Death of 2015

    Ukraine on Friday reported its first military death of 2015 in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, saying a soldier had been killed and five others wounded in attacks by the rebels. “In the past 24 hours one Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and another five have been injured because of provocative actions [by separatists],”...

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