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      Russian warships enter English Channel
      Nov28

      Russian warships enter English Channel

      A flotilla of Russian warships led by a large submarine hunting ship entered the English Channel on Friday (28/11/2014) in what naval officials said were preparations for a regular series of exercises. Russia’s Northern Fleet said in a statement released to the RIA Novosti government news agency that its four vessels were led by the...

      Rebels urge UN to send peacekeepers into east Ukraine
      Nov25

      Rebels urge UN to send peacekeepers into east Ukraine

      Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine called on Tuesday (25/11/2014) for an emergency UN Security Council session that could authorise sending international peacekeepers into the war zone. The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said in a statement it was seeking “the intervention of a peacekeeping force that...

      Ukraine president heckled by relatives of Maidan dead
      Nov21

      Ukraine president heckled by relatives of Maidan dead

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was shouted down by angry relatives of 100 protesters killed in Kiev’s “Euromaidan” revolution at a ceremony on Friday (21/11/2014) to pay tribute to the victims. The relatives, frustrated by Poroshenko’s failure to bring officials of the previous government to justice, shouted, “Who is a hero for...

      US arms supplies to Ukraine ‘would violate accords’
      Nov20

      US arms supplies to Ukraine ‘would violate accords’

      Russia said on Thursday (20/11/2014) the United States would violate international agreements and destabilise the situation if it supplies weapons to Ukrainian forces fighting separatists in the country’s east. A US official suggested on Wednesday that Washington should consider providing weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Ministry...

      International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE
      Nov20

      International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE

      A convoy of international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was shot at by “uniformed personnel” in east Ukraine, the organisation said on Thursday. The OSCE said that a uniformed man on the back of a flat-bed cargo truck fired two shots in the direction of their vehicles as they were driving on...

      Germany to leave door ajar for fracking — draft law
      Nov20

      Germany to leave door ajar for fracking — draft law

      Germany’s government plans to stop short of an outright ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry, according to the latest draft of a law from the environment ministry seen by Reuters. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing to extract gas and oil has transformed the US energy market, boosting...

      Don’t meddle in Russia affairs, Putin tells US envoy
      Nov19

      Don’t meddle in Russia affairs, Putin tells US envoy

      President Vladimir Putin urged Washington’s new envoy Wednesday (19/11/2014) not to interfere in Russia’s affairs as he accepted credentials from US ambassador John Tefft amid raging tensions. “We are ready for practical cooperation with American partners along various directions guided by the principles of respect for each...

      Ukraine rebels fight boredom of war with tanks and guns
      Nov19

      Ukraine rebels fight boredom of war with tanks and guns

      Bored of war and dreaming of peace, pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine pass the time firing off weapons as months of conflict drag on with no resolution in sight. A group from the “Sword Battalion” are outside Ilovaisk, east of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, testing a weapon just given to them by the self-proclaimed separatist Donetsk...

      Russia urges Kiev to talk directly to separatists
      Nov19

      Russia urges Kiev to talk directly to separatists

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (19/11/2014) Ukraine’s leaders must talk directly to separatists in the east of the country and should not treat Moscow as a party to the conflict. Kiev and the West accuse Russia of destabilising Ukraine by providing the rebels with money, arms and reinforcements. The West has...

      NATO sees ‘very serious’ Russian military Ukraine build-up
      Nov18

      NATO sees ‘very serious’ Russian military Ukraine build-up

      Russia has launched a “very serious” military build-up inside Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defence systems, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. Troops, artillery and “very modern” air defence weapons could be seen “both inside of Ukraine and also on the Russian side of the...