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      History becomes a weapon in Russia-West rift over Ukraine
      Jun09

      History becomes a weapon in Russia-West rift over Ukraine

      History has become a weapon in Russia’s battle with the West over Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin looks increasingly to the past to whip up patriotism and rally support. Last month’s lavish commemorations of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, several declarations by Putin and new history textbooks have all presented what...

      Seven Ukrainian troops killed when truck hits mine near rebel-held Donetsk
      Jun09

      Seven Ukrainian troops killed when truck hits mine near rebel-held Donetsk

      At least seven Ukranian soldiers died on Monday when their truck hit a mine not far from a town where a recent flareup in fighting with pro-Russian insurgents has imperilled the fate of a four-month truce. Military spokesman Yevgen Silkin blamed the incident on the rebels, saying: “The roads in this area are mined by […] The post Seven Ukrainian...

      G-7 chiefs kick off Alpine summit by taking tough stance toward Russia, rule out ‘Grexit’
      Jun08

      G-7 chiefs kick off Alpine summit by taking tough stance toward Russia, rule out ‘Grexit’

      Group of Seven leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine. The Ukraine conflict and a long-running debt standoff between Greece and its European partners dominated the first […]...

      Merkel toasts Obama with suds, folksy oompah Bavaria welcome
      Jun08

      Merkel toasts Obama with suds, folksy oompah Bavaria welcome

      With a “Bavarian breakfast” of soft pretzels, oompah music and frothy beer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel treated U.S. President Barack Obama to a folksy welcome Sunday to drive home the enduring strength of trans-Atlantic ties. As fighting in Ukraine flares and Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to exploit any cracks in the united Western...

      Mine blast sinks Ukraine patrol boat near Mariupol; one dead; skipper missing
      Jun08

      Mine blast sinks Ukraine patrol boat near Mariupol; one dead; skipper missing

      One Ukrainian coast guard member was killed, five were injured and their commander remained unaccounted for Sunday after their cutter hit a mine planted in the bay of the strategic eastern port of Mariupol, officials said. A spokesman for the interior ministry told Ukrainian television that one of the injured men had died in a […] The post Mine...

      U.N. seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares
      Jun06

      U.N. seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

      The United Nations on Friday urged Ukraine’s warring parties to respect their increasingly shaky cease-fire as they accused each other of jeopardizing the truce. Speaking as the European Union prepared to strengthen its sanctions on Russia for its role in the conflict, U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman warned the Security Council meeting...

      Warring sides in tense east Ukraine faceoff after fierce firefight
      Jun05

      Warring sides in tense east Ukraine faceoff after fierce firefight

      Separatist and government troops in east Ukraine stood nervously poised hundreds of meters apart Thursday in the wake of bloody battle that has threatened to demolish what remains of the brittle cease-fire there. Underscoring anxieties in the Ukrainian capital, President Petro Poroshenko warned of a possible large-scale offensive by separatist...

      Fierce fighting erupts in east Ukraine, testing truce to breaking point
      Jun04

      Fierce fighting erupts in east Ukraine, testing truce to breaking point

      A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war. Rebels in the city of Donetsk reported 15 dead between civilians and combatants in territory under their control. The Ukrainian Interior […]...

      Sink or sell? Russia standoff sees France saddled with two unused, unwanted warships
      Jun03

      Sink or sell? Russia standoff sees France saddled with two unused, unwanted warships

      For sale: two French-built helicopter carriers, tested by Russians. Buy now for only 1.2 billion euros. Shipping extra. Tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine have blocked a deal in which Moscow was to buy the ships, leaving Paris trying to negotiate a face-saving compromise and work out what to do with two unwanted […] The post Sink...

      Russian SAM maker says jetliner was shot down by Ukrainian missile
      Jun02

      Russian SAM maker says jetliner was shot down by Ukrainian missile

      The Russian maker of the Buk air defense missile system says it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile, which isn’t in service with the Russian military but is in Ukrainian arsenals. Mikhail Malyshevsky, an adviser to the director general of the state-controlled Almaz-Antei consortium,...