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Fallon tells Trump: Freedom cannot be traded in Ukraine

Ben Farmer, defence correspondent 20 JANUARY 2017 • 12:01AM Britain will stand alongside Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia because freedom cannot be “traded”, the Defence Secretary has said, amid fears Donald Trump may scale back support to Kiev in a deal with Moscow. Sir Michael Fallon announced new British military training to Ukrainian forces battling Russian-backed…

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Fake: Volyn And Vinnytsia Could Secede From Ukraine

Regional autonomy and local separatism are favorite topics of the Russian disinformation machine. The latest example of this theme is a story disseminated by Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian media claiming that Volyn’, a northwestern Ukrainian region and Vinnytsia, President Poroshenko’s home town want to secede from Ukraine. The source for this fake story is a…

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Strong Dollar Crushing Russia’s Gazprom

Just when you thought the oil markets couldn’t make Gazprom any worse, a disappointing third quarter earnings report on Friday is likely to pull the rug out further for Russia’s energy giant. Gazprom is due to release its third quarter results tomorrow, January 15. And they are expected to be weak thanks to the slide…

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Ukraine, Latvia urge Trudeau government to press Trump on Russia

  OTTAWA—Two of Russia’s nervous neighbours are urging the Trudeau Liberals to use Canada’s close relationship with the U.S. to encourage the incoming Trump administration not to become too cosy with the Kremlin. The ambassadors of Ukraine and Latvia tell The Canadian Press that Canada’s historic friendship and alliance with the world’s only superpower puts…

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Obama signs defense bill, enabling help for Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law the National Defense Authorizations Act (NDAA), 2017 authorizing up to USD 350 million to be made available for security assistance to Ukraine, UNIAN reports with references to Ukraine’s Embassy to the United States. Read also: US Congress passes Ukraine Freedom Support Act bill This amount includes lethal defensive assistance,…

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The West Abandoned Ukraine to Its Own Detriment

In 2014, Russian-backed rebels took over eastern Ukraine and Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea. But the West paved the way for Moscow to advance on its former Soviet states well before then. In 1994, Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal under the Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances in hopes that America would protect it from Russian…

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Paul Niland: Living up to Budapest

The failure of the Budapest Memorandum is a very serious matter that the incoming administration of Donald Trump and his team, notably Rex Tillerson, top pick for the Secretary of State position, and others like future White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, should pay heed to. The commitments the United States and United Kingdom…

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Countering Russian Build-up in Crimea, U.S. Helps Ukraine Rebuild Its Navy

Ukraine is refitting and expanding its naval fleet, including repairing its flagship, the frigate “Hetman Sahaydachnyy”, to counter a Russian military build-up in the annexed territory of Crimea, the commander of the Ukrainian navy says. The upgrade will be helped by $30 million worth of U.S. aid, part of a $500 million package from Washington…

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Hackers Release More E-Mails They Say Tie Putin Aide To Ukraine Crisis

KYIV — Ukrainian hackers claim to have broken into a second e-mail account linked to Vladislav Surkov, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, releasing documents they say add to mounting evidence of the Kremlin meddling in Kyiv’s affairs. The new e-mails were obtained by RFE/RL from the hackers in advance of their public…

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