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Russian Military Attache Detained in Ukraine over ‘Spying’

Russian Military Attache Detained in Ukraine over ‘Spying’

May 01, – Ukraine ordered the expulsion of Russia’s military attaché, saying it had caught him “red-handed” receiving classified information on the country’s cooperation with NATO during an armed uprising Kiev says is directed from Moscow. The Foreign Ministry said on Thursday the diplomat had been detained a day earlier and declared persona non grata. […]

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Ukraine: Despite sanctions pro-Russians seize second provincial capital, clash with police

Ukraine: Despite sanctions pro-Russians seize second provincial capital, clash with police

Apr 29, – Hundreds of pro-Moscow separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine’s provincial capitals on Tuesday and fired on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt despite new Western sanctions on Russia. New U.S. and EU sanctions packages, announced with fanfare, were seen as so mild that […]

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U.S. sanctions target Putin allies as Ukraine violence continues

U.S. sanctions target Putin allies as Ukraine violence continues

Apr 29, – The United States imposed new sanctions on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, prompting Moscow to denounce “Cold War” tactics amid more violence in eastern Ukraine. The move to ban visas and freeze assets of the likes of Putin’s friend Igor Sechin, head of oil giant Rosneft, also drew fire […]

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German neo-Nazis hold concerts, celebrate Hitler’s 125th birthday in France

German neo-Nazis hold concerts, celebrate Hitler’s 125th birthday in France

Apr 29, – German neo-Nazis, hamstrung by tough laws back home, are increasingly organising bashes across the French border, including a recent commemoration of Adolf Hitler’s 125th birth anniversary. Facing intense media scrutiny in Germany and a slew of tough legislation, many neo-Nazis have turned to surrounding countries to stage concerts and other events, including […]

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Ukraine mayor shot, US and EU announce new sanctions against Russia

Ukraine mayor shot, US and EU announce new sanctions against Russia

Apr 28, – The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Armed insurgents tacitly backed by Moscow are seeking more autonomy in the region — possibly even independence […]

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Top Obama adviser says new sanctions will hit Putin’s inner circle

Top Obama adviser says new sanctions will hit Putin’s inner circle

Apr 27, – New penalties expected this week against Moscow for its actions against Ukraine will include steps against high-technology exports to the Russian defense industry and the companies controlled by those closest to President Vladimir Putin, a White House aide said Sunday. Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said the U.S. and its allies […]

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Netherlands turns orange for first ever ‘King’s Day’ replaces “Queen’s Day”

Netherlands turns orange for first ever ‘King’s Day’ replaces “Queen’s Day”

Apr 27, – The Dutch donned orange-colored outfits and celebrated their first ever “King’s Day” on Saturday — a national holiday held in honor of the Netherlands’ newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. The festival, which will last until the early hours of Sunday, features open-air markets and concerts around the country. With sunny weather […]

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1 killed, 6 injured after ‘Blast’ causes partial building collapse in Vienna

1 killed, 6 injured after ‘Blast’ causes partial building collapse in Vienna

Apr 26, – A residential building in Austria’s capital partially collapsed after an apparent explosion Saturday, killing one person and leaving another missing, officials said. Five others were injured. Witnesses heard a dull thud before the top two floors of the building collapsed, raining debris onto the street in Vienna’s 15th district shortly after 10 […]

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Ukraine crisis: Russia’s Lavrov says Kiev will face justice for ‘bloody crime’

Ukraine crisis: Russia’s Lavrov says Kiev will face justice for ‘bloody crime’

Apr 25, – Russia warned Kiev on Friday that it would face justice for a “bloody crime” in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Russian rebels a day earlier, while Washington said Moscow was running out of time to defuse the crisis before facing further sanctions. “They (Kiev) are waging a war […]

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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Putin warns of consequences

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Putin warns of consequences

Apr 24, – Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country’s tumultuous east. The Ukrainian move, which killed at least two people, brought new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who […]

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