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Ukraine to bar some Russian singers after Kiev chosen to host Eurovision
KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian government said on Friday it would deny entry to certain Russian singers if they were chosen to perform at next year's Eurovision Song Contest, after picking the capital Kiev to host the event.
-1 points by Reuters | Ukraine Crimea Russia Tatars Reuters Crimean Tatars Ukrainians Thomson Reuters
Crimea ‘cannot be given back’ to Ukraine – Czech president
The Crimean peninsula can never be returned to Ukraine, notwithstanding the fact that it was “annexed,” Czech President Milos Zeman said in answering a reader’s question in the Czech newspaper Parlamentni Listy. Read Full Article at
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Russia frees Crimean dissident from psychiatric clinic
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities freed a prominent Crimean dissident from a psychiatric clinic on Wednesday after he was held there for almost a month and subjected to enforced examinations, his lawyer and a colleague said; but he still faces a possible jail sentence.
13 points by Reuters | Crimea Russia Russian Empire Ukraine Reuters Crimean Tatars Tatars Thomson Reuters
Two years after cease-fire weary Ukraine still at war
The gray-bearded officer’s summary of the war in eastern Ukraine is terse with weariness.“We stand in place. We shoot over there, they shoot back from over there,” Mykhailo Gaiduk said. “It’s just burning up time.”The area that Gaiduk calls “over there” is territory controlled by Russia-backed separ...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Ukraine President of Ukraine Kiev Ukrainian language Viktor Yanukovych Donetsk Oblast Crimea Russian language
US expands list of sanctioned Russian firms
The US Department of Commerce is expanding its blacklist of Russian companies and individuals over their alleged links to the Ukrainian conflict. Read Full Article at
96 points by Russia Today | Russia United States Crimea Eastern Europe European Union Black Sea Ukraine Europe
US appoints Iraq War general & ex-CENTCOM chief as Ukraine senior defense adviser
General John Abizaid, former head of the US Central Command, has been appointed senior defense adviser to Ukraine’s top military brass, with the stated goal of bringing it “in line with Western principles and standards.” Read Full Article at
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Ukrainian defense officials face criminal charges in Russia over Donbass genocide
Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases against Ukrainian Defense Ministry and General Staff officials over the genocide of Russian-speakers in the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic. Read Full Article at
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Why Ukraine’s newest Holocaust memorial is so important
Eli Brauner rarely makes it to the Ukrainian city of Lviv. When he does, it’s a painful experience.       
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Russian jet flies within 10 feet of US aircraft
A Russian fighter jet made an "unsafe close-range intercept" of a US aircraft over the Black Sea Wednesday, coming within 10 feet of the American plane.
5626 points by CNN | Russia Ukraine Crimea Black Sea Baltic Sea Russian Navy World War II United States Navy
Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov
MOSCOW — A Ukrainian official said Friday that the killer of renegade Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent, a claim quickly rejected by the Kremlin.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Vladimir Putin Russia Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych Moscow Yulia Tymoshenko Crimea Moscow Kremlin
Killing of Putin critic: Ukraine seeks clues
Ukrainian authorities searched for leads Friday in the killing of a Kremlin critic, shot dead the day before outside a hotel in broad daylight, an act Ukraine's President labeled a "Russian state terrorist act."
113 points by CNN | Russia Vladimir Putin Viktor Yanukovych Boris Yeltsin Ukraine Crimea Viktor Yushchenko Yulia Tymoshenko
Ex-Ukrainian finance minister, originally from Chicago, to oversee Puerto Rico economic crisis
A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances amid a dire economic crisis announced Thursday that it appointed Ukraine's former finance minister as its executive director. The board's chairman said Natalie Jaresko served during a critical time in Ukraine's history from 2014 to 2016...
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CCTV captures cold-blooded murder of former Russian lawmaker in Kiev (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Apparent CCTV footage capturing the moment former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in central Kiev, with his bodyguard injured, has emerged online. Read Full Article at
462 points by Russia Today | Russia Ukraine Soviet Union English-language films Kiev Viktor Yushchenko Kievan Rus' Yulia Tymoshenko
‘Windows were shaking’: Terrifying eyewitness stories as munitions inferno rages in Ukraine (VIDEO)
Powerful explosions forced thousands of people living in the Ukrainian city of Balakleya to abandon their homes on Thursday night as a large ammunition depot went up in flames. Evacuees shared stories of chaos, fear and confusion with RT. Read Full Article at
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Putin critic gunned down in Kiev had feared for his life
A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the murder of Denis Voronenkov, a former member of Russia...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Russia Vladimir Putin Ukraine Moscow Boris Yeltsin Member of Parliament Viktor Yanukovych Prime Minister of Russia
‘What threat did they see in little girl like me?’ Disabled Russian Eurovision singer mocks Kiev ban
Russian singer Yulia Samoylova said she can’t comprehend what scared the Ukrainian authorities so much that they banned her from entering the country for three years. Samoylova said she still hopes to perform at Eurovision in Kiev this May. Read Full Article at
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Large munitions depot up in flames in Ukraine, nearly 20,000 evacuated (VIDEO)
Thousands of people are being evacuated from Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine, as a massive fire has broken out at a munitions depot, which is said to be the largest in the country. There are reports of explosions and shattered windows. Read Full Article at
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Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in central Kiev (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in central Kiev, Ukrainian police have said. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Ukraine Russia Ukrainian language Ukrainians Russian Empire Taras Shevchenko Soviet Union Moscow
Russian senate speaker blames West-induced confrontation for European security crisis
The politics conducted by Western countries after the collapse of the USSR has laid the foundations for the current security crisis in Europe, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko told an OSCE conference. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Ukraine Russia Cold War Europe Tatars Crimea Crimean Tatars Turkic peoples
Former Russian Lawmaker Who Fled to Ukraine Is Shot and Killed
A former Russian lawmaker who fled to Ukraine was gunned down in central Kiev, a killing that Ukraine’s president claimed was “an act of state terrorism” by the Kremlin.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | Russia Ukraine Terrorism Russians Russian Empire Moscow
Ukraine: Putin critic killing is 'Russian state terrorist attack'
A former Russian lawmaker and Kremlin critic who fled to Ukraine last year was shot dead Thursday in Ukraine's capital, and a suspect is custody, officials said.
-1 points by CNN | Alexander Litvinenko Russia Second Chechen War Vladimir Putin Boris Yeltsin Viktor Yanukovych Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko
Putin critic slain in Ukraine feared for his safety: 'It's hard to imagine we will be forgiven'
A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the murder of Denis Voronenkov, a former member of...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Vladimir Putin Russia United Russia Moscow Ukraine Boris Yeltsin Member of Parliament Prime Minister of Russia
No need to include US in Ukraine peace talks, German FM says
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says he sees no need to add the US to the current format of four-way ministerial meetings concerning the Ukraine settlement, noting, however, that close contact with Washington on the matter is “necessary.” Read Full Article at
6 points by Russia Today | Vladimir Putin Leonid Kuchma Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk President of Ukraine Russia Kiev Viktor Yanukovych
Eastern Ukraine ceasefire starts Monday, Russia says
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Saturday that a ceasefire will go into effect for eastern Ukraine on Monday.
85 points by CNN | Vladimir Putin Russia Belarus Boris Yeltsin Ukraine Prime Minister of Russia Ukrainians Russian language
‘NATO should adapt to various challenges like Russia & ISIS’ – alliance’s ex-chief Rasmussen to RT
Russia indeed poses a “challenge” to NATO, but of a different kind than ISIS terrorism, the alliance’s former chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen told RT. He believes NATO should adapt to the various threats but ultimately deal with them from a “position of force.” Read Full Article at
149 points by Russia Today | Russia European Union United States World War II NATO Ukraine Europe Romania
Ukraine’s war-torn Donetsk commemorates 2nd ‘anniversary’ of Minsk agreements (DRONE VIDEO)
Thousands of people have rallied in Donetsk to remind the world about the second anniversary of the Minsk II Protocols, urging Kiev to deliver on its long-overdue obligations and put an end to the bloodshed in the east of Ukraine. Read Full Article at
10 points by Russia Today | Russia Vladimir Putin Kiev Belarus Ukrainian language Ukraine Soviet Union Sergey Lavrov
Moscow's position on E. Ukrainian regions seeking autonomy hasn't changed – Lavrov
President Vladimir Putin's decree legalizing some documents issued by authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk, in the territory of Russia, does not signal any change in Moscow's stance on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Minister has said. Read Full Article at
1058 points by Russia Today | Russia Belarus Kiev Ukrainian language International law Ukraine Soviet Union George W. Bush
Ukraine truce renewed at Munich security conference
Russia, Ukraine and allies agree to ensure peace in eastern Ukraine as Kremlin indirectly recognises breakaway regions.
22 points by Al Jazeera English | Russia Vladimir Putin Belarus Ukrainians Russians Russian language Ukraine Kiev
MH17 crash: Russia ready to help Netherlands decode 'most detailed' raw radar data
Moscow has offered its assistance in decoding radar data it previously shared with the Dutch commission investigating the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine. The material was provided "raw" to the investigators ensuring it's "most detailed." Read Full Article at
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Pentagon: Russian actions a test of Trump administration
Some Pentagon officials believe Russia is testing President Donald Trump with aggressive moves across the globe.
7422 points by CNN | Russia Barack Obama NATO President of the United States United States United States Department of Defense Ukraine Vladimir Putin
Powers push for ceasefire, weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine from Monday
MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine.
-2 points by Reuters | Russia Reuters Sergey Lavrov Thomson Reuters Ukrainians Ukraine Kiev Russian language
‘From predictable position of force?’ NATO’s chief tells Russia’s FM there’s ‘room for dialogue’
The NATO chief says the alliance is ready to reestablish political dialogue with Moscow from a “predictable position,” which the Russian FM, during their meeting in Germany, quickly deciphered as a “position of force” for those unfamiliar with diplomatic parlance. Read Full Article at
11 points by Russia Today | Norway Ukraine United States Vladimir Putin Russia Jens Stoltenberg Sergey Lavrov Romania
Is latest Russian provocation bluster, or genuine peril?
There's a Russian spy ship off the coast of Connecticut. Crammed with eavesdropping equipment, the Viktor Leonov has loitered in these waters before, but its current visit is the latest in a string of provocations.
284 points by CNN | Vladimir Putin Russia NATO Boris Yeltsin Nuclear weapon Moscow President of Russia Ukraine
Russia, Belarus mean trouble in the Union State
"The sooner we all start speaking Russian, the faster we shall build communism." — Former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Many in the West don't realize that after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia and Belarus, its smaller neighbor to the west, set up their own mini-political combination, dubbed the ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Russia Belarus Soviet Union Moscow Nikita Khrushchev Ukraine World War II Poland
‘Vicious circle’: Moscow warns NATO Black Sea buildup & increased spending may lead to new Cold War
Moscow will take “all necessary measures” to protect its national interests in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to NATO has said, warning the alliance risks ushering in a vicious new Cold War with its significant spending and military build up in the region. Read Full Article at
13 points by Russia Today | Russia NATO Cold War Vladimir Putin Ukraine World War II Soviet Union Romania
NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea
BRUSSELS — NATO defense ministers have decided to beef up the military alliance's naval presence in the Black Sea in response to an increasingly aggressive Russia.Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that NATO will hold more war games and training in the strategically important sea, which borders allies Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, but also Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.Russia's naval fleet based at Sevastopol in Crimea has been a major concern for NATO.
-2 points by Boston Herald | NATO United States Joint Chiefs of Staff United States Department of Defense Atlantic Ocean Russia Black Sea Ukraine
Lavrov, Tillerson to talk ‘pragmatic & constructive cooperation’ at upcoming 1st meeting
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to meet his US counterpart Rex Tillerson at a G20 summit in Germany on Thursday. Their first meeting since Tillerson became secretary of state comes as a possible Russia-US rapprochement is in the spotlight. Read Full Article at
860 points by Russia Today | Russia Russian language Ukraine United States Russian Empire President of the United States Soviet Union United States Department of State
Flynn episode ‘darkens the cloud’ of Russia that hangs over Trump administration
The ouster of the national security adviser brings more intensity to questions about president and his affinity for Moscow.
8307 points by The Washington Post | Russia George W. Bush Donald Trump President of the United States Ukraine Bill Clinton Russian language Miss Universe
Trump: Crimea was 'taken' by Russia
US President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the previous Obama administration, suggesting it was "too soft" on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.
8701 points by CNN | Russia Ukraine Vladimir Putin Russian language Ukrainians Soviet Union Russian Empire Crimea
Russia: The problem Trump can't escape
The first month of a US presidency is usually one of optimism -- a fresh face with a clean slate appoints a cabinet and maps out a vision for the next four years.
4213 points by CNN | Russia Vladimir Putin Ukraine Moscow United States Black Sea Moscow Kremlin Boris Yeltsin
FIFA allows ‘neo-Nazi linked’ Zozulya to return to Ukrainian team
Striker Roman Zozulya has been cleared by FIFA to return to Ukrainian club Dnipro, where he started the season. The decision follows protests by fans of Spanish team Rayo Vallecano which led to Zozulya’s proposed transfer to Real Betis falling through. Read Full Article at
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Russia defiant: 'We're not returning our territory' to Ukraine
Russia's Foreign Ministry has indicated that it intends to keep Crimea and not return it to Ukraine because it considers it to be part of Russia.
6948 points by CNN | Russia Vladimir Putin United States World War II United Nations Security Council Ukraine Boris Yeltsin Soviet Union
Opinion: Will Flynn's resignation force Trump's hand on Russia?
Of all the diplomatic clouds hanging over President Donald Trump's White House, the darkest and most malevolent is Russia. Yet since he came to office, the gaping hole in Trump's foreign policy pronouncements has been on exactly this subject.
96 points by CNN | Russia President of the United States United States Ukraine Moscow George W. Bush NATO United States Secretary of State
Missile deployment, fly-bys and spy ship raise US concerns
Moscow has deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation, a senior military official told CNN Tuesday.
32923 points by CNN | Russia Ukraine Black Sea Moscow Caspian Sea Soviet Union World War II Russian Air Force
Real target? What resignation means for Russia
The abrupt resignation of Michael Flynn, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, has sent shockwaves through American politics.
845 points by CNN | Vladimir Putin Russia United States NATO Ukraine Boris Yeltsin Nuclear weapon 2014 Winter Olympics
Trump expects Russia to ‘return Crimea' – White House
US President Donald Trump has been tough on Russia and expects Moscow to “return” the Crimea peninsula to Ukraine, the White House spokesman told reporters. Read Full Article at
12742 points by Russia Today | United States Russia President of the United States United Nations Security Council Ukraine Crimea Washington D.C. James Madison
‘Irrefutable evidence Kiev used WMDs’ against E. Ukraine civilians – Russian investigators
The Russian Investigative Committee says it has received rock-solid proof that Kiev’s armed forces have been using weapons of mass destruction against civilians in eastern Ukraine. Read Full Article at
3166 points by Russia Today | World War II Nuclear weapon Armed forces Russia United States War Military history Ukraine
Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Ugly’
Director Rechinsky interlaces the central story of a car crash victim with family scenes that ensure audiences realize just how horrible life can get.
102 points by Variety | Ukraine Traffic collision Austria
Berlinale: VMI Acquires World War II Movie ‘Hatred’ (EXCLUSIVE)
VMI Worldwide has picked up worldwide sales rights on Polish director Wojciech Smarzowski’s World War II epic “Hatred” (Wolyn), which is being screened for buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market. The film, written and directed by Smarzowski, is loosely based around a battle that took place between 1943 and 1944 in Poland. The story begins... Read more »
18 points by Variety | Ukraine World War II Poland Ukrainians Russia Soviet Union Russian language Ukrainian language
NATO offers unanimous support for Ukraine amid renewed violence
Eric DuVallFeb. 9 (UPI) -- All 28 NATO states pledged their support for Ukraine in the face of renewed violence by Russian-backed separatists in the worst fighting in the region in years.
281 points by UPI | Ukraine United States NATO Viktor Yushchenko Yulia Tymoshenko Russia Viktor Yanukovych President of Ukraine