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    Two Ukrainian Prisoners Freed in Warring East
    Dec27

    Two Ukrainian Prisoners Freed in Warring East

    Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have released two women they had held prisoner as suspected spies. The release of Anzhelika Presnyakova and Olga Svorak took place Tuesday morning in Donetsk, one of two regions where Russia-backed rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces since April 2014. The war has killed more than 9,600 people. Svorak, a...

    Signatory to USSR’s Collapse Rejects Gorbachev, Putin Criticism
    Dec26

    Signatory to USSR’s Collapse Rejects Gorbachev, Putin Criticism

    The man who hosted the meeting that ended the Soviet Union is proud to say he was first to sign the declaration, known as the Belavezha Accords, followed by Russia’s Boris Yeltsin and Ukraine’s Leonid Kravchuk. “I did not think about it when I was signing, but when I studied the ‘Yugoslavia variant,’ I am pretty convinced...

    Russia Declares Day of Mourning After Plane Crash
    Dec26

    Russia Declares Day of Mourning After Plane Crash

    Russian officials declared Monday a national day of mourning and said they are investigating every possible cause, including a terror attack, for the crash of a Russian military passenger plane that apparently killed all 92 people on board. Early Monday, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Sunday’s crash was likely caused by pilot...

    Skeptics Doubt Ukraine Hack, Its Link to DNC Cyberattack
    Dec24

    Skeptics Doubt Ukraine Hack, Its Link to DNC Cyberattack

    Malware used to hack Democratic National Committee servers during the 2016 elections was also used to hack an artillery-targeting app in Ukraine, and might have caused Ukrainian military losses to pro-Russian forces, according to a report released this week by CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity company. “Ukraine’s artillery men were targeted by...

    Putin Touts Syria Peace, Pokes US Democrats
    Dec23

    Putin Touts Syria Peace, Pokes US Democrats

    In his annual end-of-year press conference Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin devoted a lot of time to economic issues, as the country struggles to get back to growth after shrinking the past two years because of low oil prices and economic sanctions over its actions in Ukraine. He said the Russian economy is gradually recovering and...

    2 more Ukrainian Troops Killed in Eastern Ukraine
    Dec23

    2 more Ukrainian Troops Killed in Eastern Ukraine

    At least two Ukrainian troops have been killed and three injured in the past 24 hours in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian official said Friday. Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops has killed more than 9,600 people since the conflict began in April 2014. A 2015 cease-fire deal did not...

    Santa Summit Cheer Can’t Hide Finland’s Unease about Russia
    Dec22

    Santa Summit Cheer Can’t Hide Finland’s Unease about Russia

    Santa and Father Frost, not tanks and troops, have met up at the busiest border crossing between Russia and Finland. But despite the jovial ho-ho-hos in the annual show of seasonal goodwill and neighborly friendship, there lies an increasing disquiet in the Nordic nation. Finland shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia and is...

    Putin: Russian Military Stronger Than Anyone’s
    Dec22

    Putin: Russian Military Stronger Than Anyone’s

    Russia’s military is now stronger that any possible foe, President Vladimir Putin told an annual end-of-year meeting with the defense ministry on Thursday. “We can say with certainty: we are stronger now than any potential aggressor,” he told the meeting. “Anyone!” Tensions between Russia and the West escalated after...

    Report: Malware Used Against Ukraine Similar to DNC Hack
    Dec22

    Report: Malware Used Against Ukraine Similar to DNC Hack

    A hacking group linked to the Russian government and high-profile cyberattacks against Democrats during the U.S. presidential election likely used a malware implant on Android devices to track and target Ukrainian artillery units from late 2014 through 2016, according to a report released Thursday. The malware was able to retrieve communications...

    US-supplied Drones Prove Disappointing in Ukraine Conflict
    Dec22

    US-supplied Drones Prove Disappointing in Ukraine Conflict

    Millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied drones that Kyiv had hoped would help in its war against Russian-backed separatists have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking, Ukrainian officials say. The 72 Raven RQ-11B Analog mini-drones were so disappointing following their arrival this summer that Natan Chazin, an adviser to...

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