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    Belarus: Russia May Be Restoring Border Zones
    Feb03

    Belarus: Russia May Be Restoring Border Zones

    Belarus said Thursday it suspected Russia was trying to restore a formal border zone between the two countries, a move it said flouted agreements on freedom of movement and trade and raised questions about Moscow’s real intent. Belarus spoke out after the publication of three decrees signed by Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s...

    US Condemns Russian Aggression in Eastern Ukraine
    Feb03

    US Condemns Russian Aggression in Eastern Ukraine

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations took a firm stance Thursday against Russian military action in eastern Ukraine, condemning Moscow’s “aggressive actions” and saying U.S. Crimea-related sanctions would remain in place. “I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia,” Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security...

    Two Ukrainian Troops Killed, 10 Wounded in Shelling
    Feb02

    Two Ukrainian Troops Killed, 10 Wounded in Shelling

    Two Ukrainian troops have been killed in the country’s industrial east as government forces and rebels reported shelling on their positions overnight, Ukraine’s government said early Thursday. Ten other troops were wounded as fighting in Ukraine’s industrial heartland entered its fifth day, the Ukrainian government’s press...

    Putin Heads to Hungary, His 1st Trip to EU Since US Election
    Feb02

    Putin Heads to Hungary, His 1st Trip to EU Since US Election

    On his first trip to the European Union since the U.S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday is heading to Hungary, the nation whose leader has cozied up to Moscow despite Russia-West tensions. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a populist dubbed “little Putin” by his opponents, has been critical of the U.S. and...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Plans Vote on NATO Membership, Media Group Says
    Feb02

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Plans Vote on NATO Membership, Media Group Says

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans a referendum on whether Ukraine should join the NATO alliance, given polls that show 54 percent of Ukrainians now favor such a move, Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain reported Thursday. Ukraine and NATO accuse Russia of providing troops and weapons to support separatist rebels in eastern...

    US Flirts With Softer Stance on Russia’s Conduct in Ukraine
    Feb02

    US Flirts With Softer Stance on Russia’s Conduct in Ukraine

    The Trump administration on Wednesday maintained a low-key approach to the latest flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine, where the government accuses Russian-backed forces of stepping up attacks. The restrained tone may reflect the start of a new U.S. approach to dealing with Russia’s cross-border activity, even as top U.S. officials are...

    UNICEF: East Ukraine Fighting Leaves Thousands in Bitter Cold
    Feb01

    UNICEF: East Ukraine Fighting Leaves Thousands in Bitter Cold

    More than 17,000 people in a Ukrainian town are facing temperatures far below freezing with no heating or electricity after fighting destroyed power and water lines, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. Intense shelling around the town of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine on Sunday halted power supply to heating systems as...

    US Sounds Warning Over New Ukraine Clashes, Casualties
    Feb01

    US Sounds Warning Over New Ukraine Clashes, Casualties

    The U.S. State Department is voicing “deep concern” about renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and government troops, saying the fighting near the Russian border has caused dozens of military and civilian casualties. A statement Tuesday said the fighting, which erupted Sunday near the rebel stronghold city of...

    Trump Presidency Thus Far? Russia, for One, Is Pleased
    Jan31

    Trump Presidency Thus Far? Russia, for One, Is Pleased

    Russians have largely greeted Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House with high hopes for a new era of improved relations with the United States. And judging by this week’s reaction, the first telephone call between Presidents Trump and Putin has done nothing to diminish those expectations. In his influential weekly news program...

    EU Condemns Ukraine Clashes
    Jan31

    EU Condemns Ukraine Clashes

    The European Union on Tuesday condemned recent clashes in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and government forces, calling the fighting a “blatant violation” of the Minsk truce. “The intense fighting around Avdiivka in the last few days, involving heavy shelling with proscribed weapons and leading to a considerable number of...

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