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NATO general warns of further Russian aggression

NATO general warns of further Russian aggression

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — U.S. and Ukrainian officials warned Sunday that Russia may be poised to expand its territorial conquest into eastern Ukraine and beyond, with a senior NATO official saying that Moscow might even order its troops to cross Ukraine to reach Moldova. The warnings came as Russia was finalizing its takeover of Ukrainian military bases in Crimea, the peninsula… Read more →

New Ukraine province in play as ethnic Russians push new secession referendum

New Ukraine province in play as ethnic Russians push new secession referendum

KHERSON, UKRAINE –  As Ukraine appears to have all but conceded Crimea to Moscow, Ukranians in Kherson, the province just north of the peninsula, are believed to be pushing a secession vote of their own in what a local leader angrily denounced as “treason.” The province has a huge Russian speaking population, and a vote – particularly with politicking from… Read more →

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

(Reuters) - Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian. Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions… Read more →

Ted Cruz: Obama Needs to Stop 'Agonizing' Over International Law, Realize Putin Wants to Reassemble the Soviet Union

Ted Cruz: Obama Needs to Stop ‘Agonizing’ Over International Law, Realize Putin Wants to Reassemble the Soviet Union

In his most aggressive criticisms on the subject to day, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said President Obama should stop “agonizing over what our respective legal teams think” and wake up to the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a quest to reassemble the Soviet Union. “Today his sights are set on Ukraine, but if he continues undeterred tomorrow… Read more →

Chancellor Merkel outlines German position ahead of EU summit on Crimea

Chancellor Merkel outlines German position ahead of EU summit on Crimea

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany supports tighter EU sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. This came ahead of an EU summit in Brussels to discuss the bloc’s collective response. Chancellor Merkel used her speech to the Bundestag on Thursday to tell lawmakers that her government supported plans to step up sanctions on Moscow as a result of… Read more →

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

…Will Conflict Split Ukraine? Indeed, the conflict could ultimately split Ukraine — with the east turning to Moscow and the west to the European Union. If that were to happen, it’s possible the new government in Kiev would lose the part of the country that is most important economically because the coal mines and the steelmaking plants of the east… Read more →

Russian forces storm Ukraine base in Crimea, U.S. sees 'dark path' to isolation

Russian forces storm Ukraine base in Crimea, U.S. sees ‘dark path’ to isolation

(Reuters) – The United States warned Moscow it was on a “dark path” to isolation on Wednesday after Russian troops backed by unarmed volunteers stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol and raised their flag. The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, with the United States… Read more →

Ukraine PM: Conflict With Russia Entering 'Military Stage'

Ukraine PM: Conflict With Russia Entering ‘Military Stage’

Ukraine’s Western-backed prime minister said on Tuesday that his country’s conflict with Russia was entering a “military stage” following claims by Kiev that one of its officers was shot and wounded in Crimea. “The conflict is shifting from a political to a military stage,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency government meeting. “Russian soldiers have started shooting at Ukrainian… Read more →

To deter Putin, “a clear message needs to be sent that an attack will cost the aggressor dearly.”

To deter Putin, “a clear message needs to be sent that an attack will cost the aggressor dearly.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to “invade eastern Ukraine” after occupying the country’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, Estonia said. Russia warned that Ukraine’s government has lost control of the country today, fueling concern the Kremlin may extend a military intervention as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for it to halt a takeover of the disputed province. Events in Ukraine “clearly… Read more →

UN warns Ukraine harming Syria peace efforts

Ukraine’s troubles are damaging international efforts to bring about peace in Syria. That’s according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who says there’s a chance of huge disaster if attention is diverted from the Syrian conflict.