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U.S. accuses Russia of sending tanks and rocket launchers to Ukrainian rebels

US accuses Russia of sending tanks, rocket launchers to Ukraine rebels (via AFP) The United States accused Russia of sending tanks and rocket launchers to pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine as Kiev’s resurgent forces hoisted the national flag over a strategic rebel-held port amid fears of possible Russian gas cuts. Moscow…

Ukraine and Russia launch critical negotiations on gas cuts and separatists

Ukraine, Russia launch crisis talks on gas, insurgency (via AFP) Ukraine embarked on delicate diplomatic negotiations with Russia on Monday aimed at averting a debilitating gas cut and ending a bloody separatist insurgency by the end of the week. The meetings in Brussels and Kiev are the first challenges for…

New Russian anti-smoking law alarms tobacco industry

Tough new anti-smoking legislation that comes into force on Sunday in Russia has dismayed cigarette companies as they face the prospect of declining sales and tighter regulation of their industry. Russia was once seen as a key emerging market for the tobacco industry with its high number of heavy smokers…

U.S. threatens to ‘bleed’ Russia if it disrupts Ukraine vote

The United States warned Russia on Thursday of stepped-up Western sanctions to make its economy "bleed" if it disrupts a crucial presidential election in Ukraine just 10 days away. Ukraine's interim leaders are battling to keep the country together……

French foreign minister defends sale of warships to Russia

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius defended in Washington the sale of two warships to Russia, despite US opposition — while leaving open the door to re-examine the contract in October. Per a 2011 agreement worth $1.2 billion, France is to deliver two Mistral warships — an advanced helicopter assault ship…

Hollande says sale of French warships to Russia still on ‘for now’

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia would continue "for now" despite the West's worsening relations with Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. "The contract was signed in 2011, it is being carried out……

Russia test-fires ‘several’ ballistic missiles

Russia on Thursday test-launched several ballistic missiles during planned exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin, news reports said, as a crisis raged in neighbouring Ukraine. The Russian military fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from its northern test site in Plesetsk, as well as “several” shorter-range missiles from its submarines…

Russian diplomat: Pussy Riot activists are sexually frustrated and ‘need a good f*ck’

A diplomat at the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. downplayed protest rockers Pussy Riot’s demonstrations and complained about “Russia haters” and support for LGBT rights in emails sent to an American counterpart, according to Buzzfeed reporter Rosie Gray. “Generally, I am of the opinion that those p*ssies are simply not…

PM claims Russia trying ‘to destroy Ukraine’ as pro-Russian protestors assault Ukranian police headquarters

Odessa violence flares anew as PM blames deaths on Russia (via AFP) 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”. The unrest in the southern…

Russia celebrates Soviet victory in World War II by denouncing Ukranian ‘fascists’

Russia adopts war-time rhetoric in showdown with Ukraine (via AFP) Russian official rhetoric has increasingly compared events in Ukraine to the darkest crimes of Nazi Germany, ahead of next week’s anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II. Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, Russian television and officials……

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