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Putin’s ‘New Russia’ takes shape in eastern Ukraine

Fielding questions during a live phone-in last month, President Vladimir Putin described regions of eastern and southern Ukraine as a “New Russia” that could one day return to Moscow’s control. Now that vision is taking shape. Russia’s widely condemned annexation of Crimea in March and Putin’s increasing rhetoric about protecting…

Pro-Russian forces seize control of eastern Ukranian television station

Pro-Russian militants take over TV station in Ukraine’s Donetsk (via AFP) Dozens of pro-Kremlin militants seized the regional television station in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday, an AFP journalist at the scene said. The insurgents, wearing camouflage uniforms and armed with baseball bats, were occupying the…  …

Manhunt for ex-Ukrainian President Yanukovych reaches his birthplace

A thin wisp of smoke rises from a chimney in the barricaded residential complex of deposed president Viktor Yanukovych in the eastern city of Donetsk, but Ukraine’s most famous fugitive is nowhere to be seen. The mystery of the former president’s whereabouts has gripped the nation since he fled the…

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