Monthly Archives: September 2016

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US agrees to help enhance Ukrainian forces, dispatches adviser

The United States and Ukraine on Thursday agreed to cooperate on defence technology and improve Ukraine’s forces in a move aimed at boosting Ukrainian defence and enhancing U.S. assistance, the Pentagon said. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also named naming a senior U.S. adviser to oversee the effort. Carter and Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak…

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Isolated Russian Outpost Withers Under Confrontation With West

The Baltic Sea outpost of Kaliningrad was once touted as Russia’s future Hong Kong: separated from the mainland, with a special status that would allow it to thrive through trade. But for Igor Pleshkov, who employs 300 workers in a cement factory in this region of 1 million people wedged between EU members Lithuania and…

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EU to extend sanctions for six months over violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty

The European Union’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has decided to extend for another six months, the sanctions imposed on 146 individuals and 37 companies in response to the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Brussels. “COREPER has confirmed the Council’s intention to prolong by six…

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VLADIMIR PUTIN BACKTRACKS ON UKRAINE DESPITE G20 CHARM OFFENSIVE

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he will likely “have to meet” again with Ukraine’s president for peace talks, despite pulling out of “senseless” negotiations last month. Putin said he and the leaders of France and Germany—Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel—discussed Ukraine over the weekend, when he was urged to return to negotiations with…

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Kyiv’s building of influential Ukrainian private broadcaster set on fire

he building of Inter TV channel, one of the most influential national Ukrainian private broadcasters, was set on fire in central Kyiv, on Sunday, September 4, Ukrainian media report. On September 4th, Ukrainian activists staged a rally in front of the Inter building. They chanted Inter Is Kremlin’s Agent, set up tents and set fire to tires. When the…

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EU support to Ukraine is already immense and will continue

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini says that after peace is restored in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, the EU will use its economic support in “a more visible way to encourage political talks.” “We decided to focus our continued support also on…

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The West can’t let Putin decide Ukraine’s future

Last week’s celebrations of 25 years of independence in Ukraine were bittersweet. Domestic problems aside, fighting escalated in eastern Ukraine with Moscow-controlled separatist rebels, Crimea remained firmly in Russia’s grip as the Kremlin increased its military presence there, Russian forces massed on Ukraine’s border and the Putin government provocatively accusing the Kiev government of seeking…

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Tensions Heightened: Ukraine takes on Russia

It was March 2014 when the Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by Russia. Since then, tensions have mounted – arguably reaching new heights mid-August, when Russia accused Ukraine of a terrorist attack in Crimea. Ukraine’s Defence Ministry dismissed the allegations as “nothing more than an attempt to justify the redeployment and aggressive actions” of…

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Putin’s Military Is Playing the Long Game in Ukraine

All August, Russia has been announcing new drills and military movements near the Ukrainian border. In Ukraine, the intensity of fighting has picked up over the summer and scaled up even further this past month, with daily shootouts and artillery duels. Between the fighting and large-scale maneuvers, Ukraine-watchers have grown awfully nervous. Unfortunately, Western commentary…

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