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Op-Ed: ‘Russian buildup’ on Ukraine border — Something or nothing

Kiev - A large, very conspicuous Russian troop movement involving about 4000 troops and armour is getting a lot of understandable attention in the Ukraine. The question is whether the buildup means anything at all.

Triple whammy threatens Eurozone Special

New York - Three recent crises — the Greek bailout, the surge of refugees and Russian intervention in Ukraine — have called into question the future of the European Union. All these crises involve boundaries – either building them up or tearing them down.

Op-Ed: How Vladimir Putin outmaneuvered the west

Once again Vladimir Putin has outmaneuvered the West regarding Ukraine. I’m no fan of Putin but his emphasis on strategy rather than tactics seems to be paying off. The USA/Europe seem only use tactical thinking rather than have a clear strategy in mind

Leaders announce ceasefire plan in Ukraine conflict Special

With the announcement of a new ceasefire to begin on February 15, many are questioning if the agreement will bring lasting peace to a region that has seen a steady increase in fighting over the last month.

Putin: 'U.S. hegemony' to blame for Ukraine crisis

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin said over the weekend that the refusal of the United States to accept any challenges to its global domination is a root cause of the current crisis in Ukraine.

United States ponders arming Ukraine

Washington - The United States is considering upping military assistance to Ukraine in a move to aid the country counter pro-Russian separatists based in eastern Ukraine.

As crises at home and abroad loom, Pres. Obama on vacation

Washington - A day after announcing the U.S. would conduct an air war in Iraq, Pres. Barack Obama headed to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for a two-week vacation on the plush upscale island resort.

Op-Ed: Cornering Putin may not be comfortable, but it is necessary

The crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues to unfold, and everyone wonders what is the best tactic to contain Russia and its aggressive leader, President Vladimir Putin. Should the West go on the diplomatic and sanction offensive, or play friendly?

Op-Ed: Putin applauds Ukraine's Poroshenko's stress on dialogue

Kiev - Putin stressed that the Ukraine should begin internal dialogue and claimed that Russia is not a party to the conflict. However, Russia obviously has supported the separatists in the eastern Ukraine.

ISS astronauts prove that politics will not affect them

Political tension may be running high, but friends will be friends, especially if they have a common goal for the whole of humanity. This was the message of a multi national crew of astronauts in the weeks leading up to a joint trip to space.

Op-Ed: Petro Poroshenko the oligarch poised to become Ukraine president

Kiev - There seems little doubt that billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko will become Ukrainian president either after Sunday's election or in a subsequent runoff.

Putin on Obama: Who is he to judge?

Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a laughing crowd that if President Barack Obama wanted to judge him, he should get a job as a courtroom lawyer.

Op-Ed: Why the present sanctions on Russia will not work

An article in the Daily Beast by Meghan O'Sullivan argues that the sanctions in place today stand little chance of altering Putin's behavior in the Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Europe wants Russian petroleum, Russia wants Europe

Kiev - Tuesday, soon after the Obama administration announced more soft sanctions against Russia amounting to a handful of names added to existing blacklists, militants occupied government headquarters in Luhansk, Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Why leftists snub Ukraine

We’ve been besieged by leftist-led protests concerning everything from Darfur to Montsano, yet when it comes to the crisis in Ukraine, nary a placard has been raised from that same instigating contingent supporting the country’s sovereignty.

VICE News' Simon Ostrovsky remains captive in Ukraine

VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky remains in captivity under the order of "People's mayor" Vyacheslav Ponomare in Sloviansk, Eastern Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Hype and propaganda the Donetsk Jewish registration hoax

Donetsk - A leaflet handed out to Jews allegedly from the People's Republic of Donetsk, the name adopted by militants occupying the government administration building in the city of Donetsk demands that Jews "register" with the group.

Russia’s ‘Virtual reality’ stance on Ukraine slammed at UN

New York - On the eve of Thursday’s four-way talks which took place in Geneva, today, Russia again came in for flak at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council held yesterday, both from UN officials and a number of Western Ambassadors.

Chernobyl cap is now casualty of Ukraine crisis

Because of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, work on a permanent containment structure for the Chernobyl Reactor 4 site, due to be finished by 2015, has been halted. This critical work is considered a top priority, not only for Ukraine, but for Europe.

Ukraine's crisis leaves zoo animals struggling to survive

The 114-year old Kharkiv zoo in Ukraine has survived two world wars. With nearly six thousand animals to care for and feed, the zoo, along with several others in the country is now facing a crisis of monumental proportions — how to feed the creatures.

Op-Ed: NATO wants more money spent on millitary

The crisis in Ukraine and the Russian support for annexation of Crimea has provided a golden opportunity for NATO and the US to push for more expenditure on the military.

Pro-Russians declare independence for Ukraine's Donetsk

Kiev - Pro-Russian armed protesters seized government buildings in three eastern cities of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk demanding a referendum to join Moscow, echoing the Crimean takeover by Russia.

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.

Amid troop build up Putin calls Obama to discuss Crimea

Kiev - Amid troop build up and escalating crisis over Russia’s annexation Crimea, President Vladimir Putin called US President Barack Obama Friday to discuss a proposal for resolving Ukrainian crisis.

Op-Ed: Ukraine and the TTIP

Kiev - The Ukraine crisis should be seen in the context of a continued expansion of the EU as former Soviet satellite countries join the EU and NATO as well. However the process is also an extension of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP).

Op-Ed: Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers meet for first time

The Hague - Both the Ukraine and Russia now seem to be moving towards acceptance of some of the realities on the ground in the Ukraine as the foreign ministers of the Ukraine and Russia meet for the first time.

Op-Ed: Is Transnistria the next Crimea?

Tiraspol - The press and pundits seem anxious to predict places that Russia will go next. Will it be eastern Ukraine, or even to Transnistria, which is officially part of the Moldova Republic.

America's natural gas boom could curb the Russian stranglehold

The crisis in Crimea is handing a powerful set of cards on the table, heralding a new diplomatic strategy for Washington.

Op-Ed: Monitors need Crimean government permission to enter Crimea

Simferopol - If OSCE monitors really wanted to enter the Crimea to defuse the situation and observe military movements, their first step would be to get permission from the relevant authorities.

Turkish jets once again intercept Russian surveillance plane

Turkey's Air Force has once again scrambled six of its F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to intercept a Russian IL-20 surveillance plane flying near its Black Sea coastal frontier.
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A picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service in Kiev on March 25, 2015 shows the President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking with the Governor of Dnipropetrovsk region Igor Kolomoisky
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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko registered a company in the British Virgin Islands, according to the "Panama Papers" leak. — Photo shows Petro Poroshenko at a press conference on June 27, 2014, in Brussels.
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Ukraine: Will these zoo animals become victims of the crisis?
Ukraine: Will these zoo animals become victims of the crisis?
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Lorries with a Russian humanitarian convoy approach a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 17, 2014
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