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Russia raises Stalin's ghost amid nostalgia for past glories

Moscow - Law student Mikhail Kosyrev used to have a negative view of Stalin but his attitude has drastically changed in recent years, he said, insisting the wartime tyrant meant well.

Op-Ed: Walter Isaacson on U.S. media and public diplomacy

American writer Walter Isaacson, in a Broadcasting Board of Governors conversation about U.S. public diplomacy and news outreach abroad, did not get web and social media coverage from Voice of America.

UN chief to attend Russian Victory Day despite criticism

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend celebrations in Moscow on Saturday of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, despite criticism from Ukraine and other central European countries.

Two Ukraine soldiers, one rebel killed: Officials

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers and one rebel have been killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, officials said Monday, as both sides traded blame over increasing ceasefire violations.

'We are victors': Russia fetes WWII win despite Western snub

Moscow - Russia is preparing this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany with imperial flair and a military parade viewed as an unapologetic show of force.

Russians embrace Kremlin-backed WWII ribbon

Moscow - Millions of Russians will on May 9 don black-and-orange striped ribbons to mark Soviet victory in World War II, but critics accuse the Kremlin of using them to link wartime glory to current policies.

Ten Russian bikers reach German border ahead of WWII rally

Berlin - Ten pro-Kremlin Russian bikers, part of a larger group on a controversial World War II victory ride through Europe, reached the German border late Sunday, the Bavarian authorities said.

Ukrainian soldier and civilian killed in intensifying clashes

Kiev - A Ukrainian soldier and a civilian were killed in the past 24 hours in Ukraine's separatist-held east amid a marked increase in fighting despite a fragile ceasefire, authorities said Sunday.

Last MH17 crash remains arrive in Netherlands

Den Haag - A flight carrying the last remains of Dutch victims killed in last year's MH17 plane crash in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday. The Dutch air force C-130 plane landed shortly before 4.

Odessa pays tribute to slain pro-Kiev activists and rebels

Odessa - The southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa on Saturday held separate ceremonies paying tribute to both pro-Russian rebels and pro-Kiev militants who perished a year ago in a day of violent clashes.

EU, NATO try to counter Russian propaganda

Brussels - Western powers are getting set to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed too many times for comfort.

Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday appointed a staunchly pro-Western politician as his new defence minister in a move aimed at boosting the country's efforts to join NATO.

Two soldiers, one rebel killed in east Ukraine fighting

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers and one pro-Russian rebel have been killed over the past 24 hours in fighting in the country's war-torn east despite a shaky ceasefire, officials said on Friday.

Kremlin says too early to speak of Ukraine peacekeeping mission

Moscow - Russia said on Friday that it was premature to discuss the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine before a peace deal agreed in February is implemented in full.

Ukraine rebels expel Western NGO members for 'spying'

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels said Thursday they had expelled seven US and European members of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) NGO for "spying" in the eastern Ukrainian territory under their control.

End 'hair-trigger' alert for US, Russian nukes: study

Washington - Former US and Russian commanders have urged their rival governments to scrap "hair-trigger" alerts on nuclear weapons to avoid a potential atomic disaster -- especially in an age of cyber attacks.

Kiev says Putin open to peacekeeping mission in east Ukraine

Kiev - The Ukrainian presidency on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin was open to the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, after the leaders of both countries spoke by phone with their French and German counterparts.

Search of Ukraine MH17 crash site over: Dutch team

Den Haag - Dutch and international investigators have finished recovering human remains and wreckage from the MH17 plane crash site in eastern Ukraine, the mission's head said on Thursday.

Chinese, Russian navies to hold Mediterranean drills: Beijing

Bejing - China and Russia will conduct their first-ever joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea within weeks, Beijing's military said Thursday as it extends its reach and the pair's relationship becomes ever closer.

North Korea's Kim cancels planned visit to Russia: Kremlin

Moscow - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has cancelled his planned visit to Moscow to attend Russia's World War II anniversary celebrations on May 9, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday."He will not come.

Russian MP demands probe over sex shops' use of WWII medal

Moscow - A Russian MP on Wednesday asked prosecutors to investigate a sex shop chain for using a depiction of a World War II medal on price tags for vibrators ahead of next month's 70th victory anniversary.

Russian minister slams Merkel, Hollande WWII parade snub

Moscow - Russia's Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky on Wednesday slammed French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for snubbing Moscow's World War II victory parade, saying the move was "ill-considered"."It surprises me a lot.

Russia loses control of unmanned spacecraft

Moscow - Russia said Wednesday it had lost control of an unmanned spacecraft taking supplies to the International Space Station and it is plunging back to Earth but is likely to burn up in the atmosphere.

'Fascists' or heroes? How WWII history divides Ukraine

L'viv - He fought alongside the Nazis, then against them. He tried to drive the Soviets out of his native Ukraine, and spent 11 years in a prison camp in Russia.What does that make Oles Gumenyuk -- a fascist? Or a hero? It depends on who you ask.

Gazprom net profits drop sevenfold in 2014 on ruble, Ukraine

Moscow - Russia's gas giant Gazprom on Wednesday reported its net profits in 2014 plunged sevenfold over the previous year, weighed down by economic sanctions and the devaluation of the ruble.

Russia removes Navalny-led opposition party from approved list

Moscow - Russia has withdrawn the opposition Progress Party led by arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny from the list of authorised parties, the justice ministry announced on Tuesday.

Russian cargo spacecraft 'hit by glitch'

Moscow - Russian officials said Tuesday an unmanned Progress spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station had suffered a glitch, after a successful launch earlier in the day.

Hunger strike Ukraine pilot 'being transferred' to Russian hospital

Moscow - Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has resumed her hunger strike and is withering away, her lawyer said on Monday, adding that authorities planned to transfer her to a Russian civilian hospital.

Pro-Putin bikers heading for Berlin barred at Polish border

- Ten pro-Kremlin bikers on a controversial ride to Berlin to celebrate Soviet victory in World War II were on Monday denied entry into Poland at the Belarusian border, Polish border guards said.

Ukraine seeks EU help as shelling blazes in east

Kiev - European leaders on Monday resisted Ukraine's demands for peacekeepers to stabilise its war-torn east, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city.
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