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Push to save ceasefire as Kiev threatens to scrape truce

International efforts to save Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire are set to intensify Wednesday as Kiev threatens to scrap the truce after pro-Russian rebels downed an army helicopter. Nine servicemen were killed when the Mi-8 helicopter was brought down Tuesday, underscoring the limited control both Russia and senior rebel leaders seem to…

Ukraine insurgents agree to ceasefire as Obama warns Putin of new sanctions

Ukraine’s pro-Russian insurgents have agreed to a temporary ceasefire and talks with the new Western-backed president, as US President Barack Obama warned Russia it risks fresh sanctions over its support for the separatists. The surprise ceasefire announcement from the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic came a day after…

NATO reports new Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

NATO on Thursday reported another build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine as its new president put in place key pieces of his pro-Western government and embraced an EU trade pact that has been bitterly fought by the Kremlin. Ukraine’s parliament unanimously confirmed as foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin — a charismatic…

Obama unveils $1 billion security plan for eastern Europe

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $1 billion US security plan for eastern Europe aimed at allaying fears over a resurgent Kremlin and the escalating pro-Russian uprising in ex-Soviet Ukraine. Obama launched a major tour of Europe in Warsaw where he will attend celebrations of the 25th anniversary of…

West warn Russia of ‘consequences’ for disrupting Ukrainian election

France and Germany Saturday threatened Russia with “consequences” if Moscow disrupts Ukrainian presidential elections this month, stepping up diplomatic pressure on the eve of “illegal” referendums the West fears will split the country apart. In a joint statement, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also urged Ukraine’s…

Moscow says ‘absurd’ to conduct Ukraine elections amid violence

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said it would be absurd to conduct snap polls in Ukraine amid the raging violence, saying the Kremlin no longer had any influence over rebels in the country's east. "We do not understand what elections in……

Obama imposes sanctions on Putin’s aides and others over Crimean separation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians on Monday blamed for Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s order freezes any assets in the United States and bans travel into the country of 11 people…

Christian leader Franklin Graham praises Putin as better than Obama on LGBT issues

Evangelist Franklin Graham is the latest conservative to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on LGBT people. Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started by his father, credited Putin in the March issue of his group’s Decision magazine with protecting children from gay “propaganda” by…

Bill O’Reilly rips Obama: Abe Lincoln would never do a ‘Funny or Die’ video

Could the president sitting down to record a comedy website video harm national security? Bill O’Reilly thinks it could. The Fox News host blasted President Barack Obama’s mock interview recorded two weeks ago with comedian Zach Galifianakis to help promote enrollment by young Americans in health insurance plans mandated by…

Crimea asks to join Russia, plans referendum

Pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to examine a request for their region to join the Russian Federation, which will be put to a referendum on March 16. "The parliament of Crimea has adopted a motion for……

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