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Heritage Foundation says frack your backyard to thwart Russia

Now here’s an Onion-worthy headline from The Heritage Foundation, topping a press release issued just a few hours ago: “How America’s Shale Revolution Could Loosen Russia’s Grip on Europe.” We’re dragging The Onion into this because the……

Oil CEO to Congress: Fight Russia by lifting 40-year ban on U.S. crude exports

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lifting the 40-year ban on U.S. crude exports is the fastest way the American drilling boom could be used to bolster energy security in Europe and Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, the CEO of the biggest operator in North Dakota’s vast oil…

Putin shrugs off U.S. sanctions on top aides but holds off on reprisals

President Vladimir Putin on Friday made light of the latest US sanctions against his aides over the Ukraine crisis, saying Moscow would hold off on reciprocal punitive measures. “You know, both in the first case — the American sanctions — and in the second case — the introduction of a…

Anti-LGBT, pro-Putin propagandist: Russia could turn U.S. into ‘radioactive dust’

Vladimir Putin’s chief propagandist warned Sunday on state-run media that Russia could destroy the United States with nuclear weapons. Dmitry Kiselyov posed in front of a mushroom cloud graphic during his weekly program on the Rossiya 1 news channel to boast that Russia was the only country in the world…

Ukranian Prime Minister to Russia: ‘This is our land. We will not give an inch of it.’

Ukraine PM says will not give ‘an inch’ of land to Russia (via AFP) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday vowed Ukraine would not give “an inch” of its territory to Russia, at a rally of thousands of people in Kiev in honour of 19th-century national hero Taras Shevchenko.…

Russia test-fires ICBM as West raises pressure over Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbor Ukraine. The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly…

Turkey scrambles jets after Russian plane flies near its Black Sea coast

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish Air Force scrambled eight F-16 fighter jets after a Russian surveillance plane flew parallel along its Black Sea coast, the military said on Tuesday, amid increased tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine. The incident occurred on Monday and the Russian plane remained in…

Ukraine mobilizes following Putin’s ‘declaration of war’

By Natalia Zinets and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. “This is…

Taking on Russia would be ‘David vs. Goliath’ fight for Ukraine

Ukraine would face David-and-Goliath battle against Russia (via AFP) Ukraine has placed its army on full combat alert, but with ageing equipment and limited personnel, it has remained cautiously defensive in the face of an incursion by Russian forces. Since the Russian parliament gave the green light on Saturday for……

Ukraine mobilizes army as West warns Russia

Ukraine warned Sunday it was on the brink of disaster and called up all military reservists after Russia's threat to invade its neighbour drew a sharp rebuke from the United States and NATO. The dramatic escalation in what threatens to blow up into……

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