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    Lithuanian ‘Elves’ Combat Russian Influence Online
    Dec28

    Lithuanian ‘Elves’ Combat Russian Influence Online

    Elves against trolls—it sounds like something out of “The Lord of the Rings.” But to Ricardas Savukynas, the battle he’s fighting is no fantasy. The 43-year-old business consultant and blogger is part of an informal internet army of Lithuanians trying to counter what they describe as hate speech and pro-Russia propaganda....

    Putin: New Gas Pipeline Will Boost Annexed Crimea’s Economy
    Dec28

    Putin: New Gas Pipeline Will Boost Annexed Crimea’s Economy

    Russia on Tuesday activated a pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Crimea has no land border with Russia, and Moscow has struggled to meet its energy needs, which were previously met by Ukraine. Putin, who...

    McCain, in Estonia, Defends Need for NATO to Deter Russia
    Dec27

    McCain, in Estonia, Defends Need for NATO to Deter Russia

    A leading American senator is telling Baltic state leaders they can count on continued U.S. support from the incoming Donald Trump administration in the event of any Russian aggression. Sen. John McCain, a member of President-elect Trump’s Republican party, also said Tuesday in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, that he does not foresee any...

    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...

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