Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Ukraine announces economic blockade of rebel-held territory

MOSCOW — Ukraine on Wednesday announced a transport blockade of rebel-held areas that is likely to cause serious economic disruption and could threaten a precarious cease-fire in the east of the country. “It will be in place until the occupiers return stolen Ukrainian industry to Ukrainian jurisdiction,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the country’s national…

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Key U.S. Senate committee leaders say Russia sanctions must remain

By Patricia Zengerle | WASHINGTON The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee both said on Wednesday that sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in Ukraine must not be lifted without drastic changes by Russia. Senator Mike Crapo, the panel’s Republican chairman, said reducing sanctions could encourage Moscow to continue aggressive…

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Ottawa backs war-torn Ukraine, extends mission by two years

The Trudeau government is extending a Canadian Armed Forces deployment in war-ravaged Ukraine by two years, a move that Moscow decried as a counterproductive “military venture” it predicted will hinder chances for peace. The renewed training mission comes as the war in eastern Ukraine between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists has escalated, killing more soldiers and…

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Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian banks

MOSCOW — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an order Thursday imposing sanctions on Russian-owned banks in Kiev’s latest protest against Russian support for separatists in the east of the country. The move will stop Ukrainian affiliates of three Russian financial institutions from moving capital abroad, according to a statement on the Ukraine presidency website. Poroshenko…

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Ukraine’s fight against fake news goes global

KIEV, Ukraine — When “little green men” invaded Crimea in the spring of 2014, Russian media went into overdrive, smearing Ukraine’s Euro-revolution as a “fascist coup d’état.” A group of professors and students struck back and unwittingly made history that spring when they launched StopFake.org, the first site to directly tackle and refute Russian propaganda….

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Moscow Seeking to Seize Mariupol to Gain Land Corridor to Crimea

Staunton, VA, March 14, 2017 – Although most observers recognize that Moscow is treating the Minsk Accords as a dead letter, few of them have focused on a more serious aspect of the Kremlin’s current policy in Ukraine: its effort to seize Mariupol and thus gain a land corridor to Russian-occupied Crimea, Leonid Polyakov says.  The…

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Russia Deploys Warfare Complex In Crimea

Russian military has deployed Murmansk-BN electronic warfare complex in the annexed Crimea to monitor all the NATO ships in the Mediterranean. This is reported by Crimea.Realities online media outlet. Murmansk-BN is a coastal electronic warfare complex, which conducts radio reconnaissance, intercepts the enemy signals and suppresses them along the entire short-wave range at the distances…

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Paul Manafort’s Black Ledger Payments

Recently the black ledger payments for Paul Manafort were translated from Ukrainian language to English. This Black ledger document shows the over 13 million dollars that were paid to Paul Manafort for his work with the Russian “Party of Regions” and Viktor Yanukovych from 2007 through 2012. Manafort cooperated with the Party of Regions for almost…

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Ukraine ‘Blockaders’ Try to Cut Off Rail Traffic From Rebel Areas

KIEV, Ukraine — The scene, captured on video Tuesday, appears like something post-apocalyptic, right down to the decrepit-looking freight train in the background. Unidentified men carrying clubs attack a group of men who seem to have commandeered the freight train, and a fight ensues with sticks, hurled stones and a buzzing chain saw. The defenders…

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