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Germany beefing up tank battalions as Ukrainian tensions persist

Berlin - Germany is to beef up its army by bringing back into service 100 tanks that were mothballed following the end of the Cold War. The move comes as tensions remain high in Eastern Europe concerning perceived Russian involvement in Ukraine.

Bar Russia from hosting 2018 soccer World Cup — UK Deputy PM

London - The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has called for Russia to be stripped of its scheduled hosting of the 2018 World Cup soccer finals.

MH17: Demands for investigators to have 'unfettered access'

Donetsk - Forty-eight hours after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 over Ukraine, the US State Department described as “unacceptable” accident investigators not being given full access to the crash site and bodies of crash victims having been remove

Hunt begins for the executioners of Flight MH17

Kiev - As Heads of State worldwide paid tribute to the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot out of the sky over Ukraine, Thursday, the search began to track down those responsible for the worst terror attack on an aircraft in Europe in over 25 years.

Putin denounces U.S. foreign policy at BRICS Latin America summit

Brazilia - Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized American foreign policy when quizzed by journalists at a press conference in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.

Ukrainian crisis: 423 dead, heading for humanitarian crisis — UN

New York - A UN official estimates that since the crisis in Ukraine began more than two months ago, 423 people have lost their lives in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Absent Putin still looms large over Brussels G7 summit

Brussels - Leaders of the G7 group of industrialized nations meeting at a summit in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, are expected to put further pressure on Russia to act over the Ukrainian crisis.

U.S. call for NATO to buy French-built warships destined for Russia

Brussels - Three American Congressmen have called on NATO to buy or rent two advanced warships currently being built for Russia at a shipyard in western France.

Who's who in Ukraine's presidential election

Kiev - Ukrainians vote for a new president this weekend when voting opens Sunday, May 25. The election comes amidst escalating violence involving local pro-Russia militias and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country, close to the border with Russia.

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.

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.

Op-Ed: Overwhelming majority for joining Russia in Crimea referendum

Simferopol - While the final results are not yet in well more than ninety percent of those who voted in the Crimean referendum chose to join Russia rather than remain in the Ukraine with greater autonomy, the other choice.

Op-Ed: Ukraine claims Russia behind sniper fire against Maidan protests

Kiev - Since the leak of a discussion between Estonian foreign minister Paet and the EU policy chief Cathy Ashton, the Russians and others have cited the material to argue that members of the present coalition government were responsible for hiring the snipers.

Op-Ed: The Republic of Crimea has separated from Ukraine

Kiev - The Ukrainian government is engaging in legal moves that are unenforceable. The government in Crimea, that the Ukraine refuses to recognize is in control of its own police and security forces backed up by Russian troops based in Crimea.

Op-Ed: Crimean referendum moved up from May 25th to March 30th

Sevastopol - Articles on the Ukrainian crisis often gloss over or even ignore key aspects of the relationship of the Republic of Crimea to the Ukraine.

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The French Navy s assault ship Mistral towers above the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll during naval e...
The French Navy's assault ship Mistral towers above the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll during naval exercises giving an idea of the scale of the Mistral class assault ships France is supplying to Russia under a controversial defence contract.
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