Monthly Archives: September 2016

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MH17 Investigators: Missile That Hit Jet Was Brought From Russia

The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was fired from a Russian launcher in an area of Ukraine controlled by pro-Moscow rebels, a Dutch-led team of investigators and prosecutors concluded Wednesday. The surface-to-air missile hit the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur killing 298 people in July 2014, breaking it apart…

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Russian Economy Takes Hit From Putin’s Grip

As President Vladimir Putin further tightens his grip on power after dubious elections that gave his party an absolute majority, Russia is sliding into protracted stagnation. The Economics Ministry has adjusted downward its forecast through 2019 and Russia is now expected to underperform the global economy even more than previously anticipated. That is the background against which Putin’s continued…

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Clinton’s rebuke to Trump as she tells Ukraine’s embattled leader she would defend its borders if she wins

Hillary Clinton promised Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko Monday that she would stand with the country against ‘Russian aggression.’ The Ukrainian leader and Clinton had an ‘in-depth discussion of the crisis’ in the country, her campaign said after their meeting, during which they talked also about ‘Russia’s broader attempts to weaken Europe and destabilize its periphery.’ A…

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Pro-Russian militant leader from Eastern Ukraine shot dead near Moscow

The leader of pro-Russian organization and militant unit fighting against Ukrainian forces in Donbas Evgeniy Zhilin and his colleague were shot in a restaurant “Veterok” in the elite village of Gorki-2 in the Odintsovo district, Moscow region, Russia. Unknown killer shot two men and escaped from the scene, TSNreports referring to Russian state and private…

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EU Court Upholds Sanctions on Former Ukraine Leader

The European Union’s second highest court has upheld the bloc’s sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych,his son Oleksandr, and one of his top aides, Andriy Kluiyev. The three men are on a list of Ukrainians from Mr. Yanukovych’s time in office who the EU accuses of misappropriating state funds. Their assets were frozen by…

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Debunking the myth of vulnerable Russians in eastern Ukraine

Freedom Square is decorated with blue and yellow Ukrainian flags. Up front, where the statue of Lenin once loomed majestically over the vast area, an excavator is digging holes for new flowers and trees. From the speakers of a hotel, you can hear Russian advertising for the “Radio Chanson” station. This is Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest…

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Ukraine Rebel Leader Announces Unilateral Truce

The separatist leader in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has announced a unilateral cease-fire starting at midnight on Wednesday. In a recorded statement aired on Russian television Tuesday, Alexander Zakharchenko said he had ordered rebel troops to cease fire and urged Ukraine to do the same. He accused Kyiv of a “lack of willingness to solve…

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Russian elections declared “impossible” in Ukraine – even in Embassies

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform the Russian Federation that no Russian elections will be held in Ukraine,Ukrinform reports. Press secretary of Ukrainian leader Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter: “The President instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform Moscow about the impossibility of holding Russian elections on the territory of Ukraine”. Read…

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Putin isn’t so ‘strong’ anymore when you look at Russia’s economy

Donald Trump thinks that Vladimir Putin is a “strong” leader, but that strength hasn’t done much good for Russia ‘s economy. “The man has very strong control over a country,” Trump said Wednesday of Putin, adding that the Russian president has “been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.” Trump’s running…

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