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U.S. refuses to recognize ‘illegal’ Donetsk referendum to secede from Ukraine

The United States said Monday it does not recognize the “illegal referendum” held over the weekend in east Ukraine that called for the region to break away from Kiev. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the vote organized by pro-Russian elements in Donetsk and Lugansk “was an attempt to create…

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…

Casualties as fighting breaks out in Ukraine port city of Mariupol

Fighting broke out Friday in Ukraine’s southeastern port city of Mariupol, causing casualties, according to reports by Ukrainian and Russian media. An online Ukrainian news website, Insider, said eight pro-Russian militants had been killed. Russia’s Interfax news agency said Ukrainian troops used large calibre weapons as they tried to take…

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…

Ukraine vows to expand anti-Russian offensive in wake of Friday’s violence

Ukraine expands offensive against pro-Russians (via AFP) Ukraine vowed on Sunday to broaden its operation against pro-Russian rebels as the crisis-hit country observed a second day of mourning after violence that left more than 50 people dead. National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy said…  …

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……

Solar and global politics: Why Ukraine and Qatar are critical

Solar may be a small portion of energy production globally but the importance in geo-politics continues to grow. All energy usage may be local, when a homeowner plugs in their cell phone charge into……

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……

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…  …

Obama criticizes Russian ‘provocation’ in Ukraine, behavior of pro-Russian ‘thugs’

Obama decries ‘thugs’ in Ukraine, Russian ‘provocation’ (via AFP) US President Barack Obama told Russia Sunday it should cooperate with international observers in Ukraine, not stand by while they were detained by pro-Moscow “thugs.” Obama also made his first public comments on new international sanctions due to come…  …

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