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Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area

Moscow - Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defence minister said on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: NATO will not allow another Crimea stealth caper

Moscow - NATO is warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that his “hybrid war” strategy has become transparent, and will result in intervention if he seeks to pull off another Crimean caper.

JP Morgan the victim of an 8-week long cyber attack

New York - This summer's hackers discovered a way into the servers of mega-bank JP Morgan Chase, exposing the backdoor vulnerability to access copious amounts of customer and company data.

Putin dismisses new sanctions even as Russian ruble sinks

Moscow - Fresh EU and US sanctions on Friday dragged the ruble to a new low, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed them off and accused the West of using Ukraine as a political pawn.

Historic ruling against Russian Federation

A landmark ruling against the Russian Federation in favor of the once largest oil and gas company, Yukos Oil Company, is not sufficient for shareholders asking for more, and maybe rightfully so.

Op-Ed: New sanctions against Russia going ahead despite cease-fire

Brussels - The European Union decided on Friday to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow, which could cripple development of new Russian energy sources, despite a shaky cease-fire in the Ukraine.

Estonia fury as Russia charges 'abducted' policeman with spying

Moscow - An Estonian policeman detained by Russian security services has been charged with espionage in a case that has sent tensions soaring between Moscow and its small NATO-member neighbour.

Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over the Ukraine crisis.

Malaysia calls for new MH17 search for victims' remains

Moscow - Malaysia's defence minister on Wednesday called for experts to carry out a final search at the crash site of downed flight MH17 in east Ukraine to recover any remains left behind before winter hits.

If Scotland independence recognised, Crimea wants the same

Moscow - Crimea's Kremlin-loyal leader on Wednesday said that if the world recognises an independent Scotland, then it should also offer similar recognition to the Black Sea peninsula which has joined Russia.

Ukraine 'bears full responsibility' for MH17 crash, Russia says

Moscow - Russia's defence minister on Wednesday told his Malaysian counterpart that Ukraine bore full responsibility for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash that left 298 dead.

Op-Ed: Tide turns against Putin in Black Sea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prevent Ukraine from edging too close to the West is having the opposite effect.

Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

Because of gullibility of officials in charge of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA), the Obama Administration is helping President Putin win disinformation and propaganda war over Ukraine with some of VOA's reports and programs.

Putin says Russia committed to Ukraine peace process: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Moscow remains committed to helping find a peaceful resolution to the fighting in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Ukraine rebels deny they had weapons to shoot down MH17

Moscow - Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine said on Tuesday they did not have the capability to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, after Dutch investigators said it was hit by numerous "high-energy objects".

Russia hopes talks on east Ukraine status to start 'quickly': Lavrov

Moscow - Russia said on Tuesday it hoped that talks on the status of eastern Ukraine would start shortly between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

Op-Ed: Malaysian Airliner investigation says plane shot down

Amsterdamsche Veld I - The Dutch government has released a report on its investigation of the downing of a Malaysian Airliner, at a cost of 298 lives, though it admits the presence of Russian-backed forces has prevented experts from determining exactly what happened.

Op-Ed: Russian government threatens more self-inflicted wounds

Moscow - The Russian government has begun using the latest fashionable military terms to describe how it will react to more sanctions. Bottom line: it is threatening more self-inflicted damage.

Russia could restrict airspace in sanctions battle: PM

Moscow - Russia will retaliate against a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine and may block flights through its airspace, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview published on Monday.

Op-Ed: Reports Ukraine cease-fire near collapse

Moscow - Multiple report of fighting in the Ukraine suggested a cease-fire dictated under Moscow’s terms appeared near collapse. Shelling was reported by both sides.
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