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Sanctions Launched to Staunch Russian Involvement in Ukraine

The Obama administration and its European allies have tightened the screws on Russia, using economic sanctions to cut off that nation’s largest banks, oil producers and defense companies from international finance and technology markets.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Company Helps Russia Block Prominent Putin Critic

The U.S. blogging company LiveJournal is showing an error message to users inside Russia who try to read the blog of Alexei Navalny, a prominent politician and critic of the Russian government.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and NATO Allies Signal Support for Ukraine at Wales Summit

In an expected show of solidarity, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other NATO delegates meeting in Wales on Thursday agreed to disagree with Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and readied new sanctions against Russia.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

Is This Really a Good Time for the U.S. to Send Ground Troops to Ukraine?

Next week, the United States will send 200 troops to Ukraine to participate in training exercises. Yes, the same Ukraine engaged in civil war.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Calls Russia’s Activity in Ukraine a ‘Brazen Assault’

Speaking in Estonia two days before huddling with NATO officials in Wales to discuss the simmering conflict with Russia over Ukraine, Barack Obama characterized the crisis as a “moment of testing” for NATO.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Putin and Poroshenko Agree on a ‘Cease-Fire Process’ for East Ukraine

The Kremlin stated Wednesday that although Russia “is not party” to the ongoing battles in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko “coincided significantly” on ways to “settle the conflict” during a morning phone conversation.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pavel Golovkin

Do Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Even Know What They Want From Russia?

Within the same news conference, President Obama declared economic sanctions against Russia a huge success and said Russia had invaded Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Rejects NATO Accusations of Aggression

The Russian president rejected accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, likening the behavior of Ukrainian forces in the conflict to Nazis and threatening to take his standoff with the West into the disputed territory of the Arctic.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Calls for Sanctions Against Countries That Imposed Sanctions Against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to fight economic fire with economic fire after the United States and the European Union brought sanctions against his country last week, and as of Wednesday, his call to action was heeded in the form of sanctions against those same nations.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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A Hot War Is Not Inconceivable

The antagonization of the Russian people and the betrayal of Russian leaders by the United States and NATO Europe could have very dangerous consequences.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Pussy Riot Duo Strikes Back Against Kremlin With Lawsuit

They’re known for their guerrilla tactics and public displays of punk protest, but now two members of the Pussy Riot collective, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are using the tools of the system to their advantage.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Russia Offers 3.9 Million Ruble Bounty for Help Identifying ‘Users of Tor’

Russia’s interior ministry has offered 3.9 million rubles (about $111,000) to anyone who can develop software capable of identifying users of the anonymous Internet browsing platform, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lai Seng Sin

No One, Including Russia, Benefits From MH17 Crash

A barrage of mutual accusations and contradictory accounts has followed the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



MH17 Crash Site, Victims’ Remains Reportedly Under Rebel Control (Updated)

The site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 became even more politically fraught Sunday, when pro-Russian separatists reportedly took custody of the remains of some 200 bodies of crash victims and obstructed emergency workers’ access to the area.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



It Doesn’t Pay to Slaughter Innocents

David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy magazine points to the civilian deaths on a beach in Gaza and airspace over Ukraine to argue that using “the chaos of combat” to achieve complex political ends is futile.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



New Ukraine Leader Promises End to Fighting This Week

Ukraine’s new Western-backed president, Petro Poroshenko, vowed Sunday to halt by the end of the week nearly two months of bloodshed in the separatist east that have threatened the very survival of the ex-Soviet state.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Black Day for Ukraine Military Ahead of Key Vote

Pro-Russian rebels firing mortar shells and grenades killed 17 Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, the blackest day yet for the military and a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions just three days before an election.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Birth of a Eurasian Century

A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass—at the expense of the United States.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



Putin’s Real Use for Ukraine

In a brilliant piece of political science, American journalist Mark Ames explains Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handling of the Ukraine crisis as part of a cynical bid to maintain domestic political power by appealing to the values and attitudes of his country’s provincial “Silent Majority” after losing the support of liberals.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Odessa Violence Flares Anew as Ukrainian PM Blames Deaths on Russia

Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa’s police headquarters Sunday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to “destroy Ukraine.”

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Decries ‘Thugs’ in Ukraine, Russian ‘Provocation’

President Obama told Russia on Sunday that it should cooperate with international observers in Ukraine, not stand by while they were detained by pro-Moscow “thugs.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have “consequences.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Denis Kornilov / Shutterstock.com

Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One

A correspondent of the conservative Le Figaro, Adrien Jaulmes in Donetsk, reports Tuesday that what is taking place in the contested Russia-speaking areas resembles a “Potemkin” war, waged in the press and social media and on wall posters, but that has yet to produce any discernible popular movement.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong support for Kiev’s leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We Are Well Into It’

Negotiations over the Ukraine crisis are beginning in Geneva. Pro-Russian protesters are killed, President Vladimir Putin accuses authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an “abyss,” and NATO outlines plans to reinforce itself in Eastern Europe. Russian scholar Stephen Cohen tells “Democracy Now!” that “ ‘hot war’ is imaginable now” and “something has to be done about it.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Next Step in Ukraine Crisis Is Unknown

The American people don’t want to fight the Russians, and the Russians would be mad to attack NATO forces or the Baltic States. But I am sure there are people in Moscow just like the people in Washington who say “if we don’t follow through—if we don’t ‘stand our ground’—we’ll lose our credibility.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Chocolate King and the Gas Princess

In the midst of unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the threat of a new Russian intervention, the transitional government in Kiev is preparing for the election of a new president on May 25.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Says Russia Waging ‘War’ in Separatist East

Ukraine’s acting president accused Russia on Sunday of waging war in his country’s separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” that left at least two dead.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The U.S., Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether masses of protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk want to be Russian, whether Putin is a dictator and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ step down after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



East Ukraine City Faces Separatist Split

Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE


Putin to Bush: You Call That a Dog?

George W. Bush tells intrepid “Today” show interviewer Jenna Bush Hager that Vladimir Putin, upon meeting Barney, told the American president he had a wimpy dog.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Blames Russian Agents for Deadly Clashes in Kiev

Ukraine’s Western-backed leaders on Thursday blamed Russian agents and the country’s ousted president for organizing two days of bloodshed during February protests that claimed nearly 90 lives.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Fundamentally American Activities

This is about men doing away with those general laws to which they themselves will need recourse in their day of adversity, how moderation became mistaken for cowardice, extremism for courage, and how words lost their meaning.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to ‘Play Ball’ With the West?

For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Sean Gallup

What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Causes Controversy With ‘Wipe Out Russians’ Leak

Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was plunged into fresh controversy Tuesday after Russian television broadcast a tape where she is heard urging the “wiping out” of Russians over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



Congress Locked in Ukraine Aid Standoff

The Senate and House appear headed for a standoff over competing bills to authorize sanctions on Russia and provide aid to Ukraine, potentially prolonging Congress’ inaction over the two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE


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