Interfax : Russian patriarch appeals to Putin, Poroshenko over Ukraine conflict

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(Interfax – July 27, 2015) Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia Kirill has written letters to the presidents of Russia and Ukraine expressing deep concern over events in eastern Ukraine, privately-owned Interfax news agency reported on 27 July. “Reaching the peace agreements in Minsk put the escalation of the conflict on hold and inspired hope for a full ceasefire between the […]

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VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Conversation: The Standoff Between Russia and the West Over Ukraine

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(Stratfor.com – June 23, 2015) Conversation: The Standoff Between Russia and the West Over Ukraine is republished with permission of Stratfor; article also appeared at stratfor.com/video/conversation-standoff-between-russia-and-west-over-ukraine. Transcript follows below video. Video Transcript Lauren Goodrich: Hello, my name is Lauren Goodrich, and I’m the senior Eurasia analyst here at Stratfor. I’m joined by Sim Tack, our military analyst, and today we’re going to […]

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NEWSLINK New York Times: Dutch Foreign Minister Reports Progress in Inquiry Into Downing of Malaysian Jetliner

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NATO officials have said Russian-backed Ukrainian insurgents firing a Russian-made missile were responsible for downing the jetliner on July 17. Russia has blamed Ukrainian forces and denied responsibility in the disaster, which caused shock around the world and played a role in the worsening of relations between Russia and the West over the past year. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/world/europe/progress-reported-in-malaysian-plane-shootdown-inquiry.html

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NEWSLINK The National Interest: Europe’s Nightmare: Ukraine’s Massive Meltdown. “Above all, what Ukraine needs today is for the West to lean hard on Kiev in support of economic and political reform.”

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The Minsk II accord is not a peace deal. It is a cease-fire agreement, and a fragile one at that. Beyond suspending large-scale hostilities, pulling back heavy weapons and exchanging prisoners of war, Minsk can hardly be implemented.   http://nationalinterest.org/feature/europes-nightmare-ukraines-massive-meltdown-12597

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Moscow Times: Poll: Russian Volunteer Fighters in Ukraine Enjoy Broad Support at Home

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Peter Spinella – March 23, 2015) Only 7 percent of the survey’s 1,600 respondents said they personally know someone who has gone to fight in east Ukraine as a volunteer. Sixty-five percent of Russians are supportive of their countrymen who are volunteering to fight alongside the rebels of eastern Ukraine, a recent survey by state pollster […]

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Interfax: Ukrainian army claims to have only heavy infantry arms left on frontline

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KYIV. March 10 (Interfax) – The Ukrainian army is threatening to bring back all artillery guns withdrawn earlier if the militia mounts an offense on its positions. “Our frontline units still have heavy infantry weapons which can stop an offensive of heavy armaments so that they are not endangered. If the militia moves forward, all the artillery guns will be […]

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RIA Novosti: NATO should encourage Ukraine to talk to rebels – Russian envoy

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(RIA Novosti – Brussels, November 5, 2014) NATO should be encouraging Kiev to engage in dialogue with Donbass representatives in order to demonstrate commitment to stabilization in Ukraine, permanent representative of the Russian Federation at the alliance Aleksandr Grushko has told RIA Novosti. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday [4 November] that NATO members had recently “observed Russian troops’ […]

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