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RIA Novosti: U.S. Could Unveil Intelligence Data on Downed Boeing 777 in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, July 22 (RIA Novosti) – The United States could unveil intelligence assessment on the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine, White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest said Monday. “I’m not in the position to offer a specific intelligence assessment. It’s certainly possible that we may be in the position to do that

Russian Billionaires in ‘Horror’ as Putin Risks Isolation

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Henry Meyer, Irina Reznik, Ilya Arkhipov – July 21, 2014) Russia’s richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions and are too scared of reprisal to say so publicly, billionaires and analysts said. If Putin doesn’t move to end the war in

United States Assessment of the Downing of Flight MH17 and its Aftermath

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Embassy of the United States, Kyiv Ukraine July 19, 2014 We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the border

Russia to Challenge U.S. Sanctions at WTO

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Mark Lammey – July 21, 2014) Russia is planning to complain to the World Trade Organization, or WTO, abou t sanctions imposed by the U.S. over Russia’s perceived failure to help de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, media reports said. The U.S. on Wednesday let rip with its third and

RIA Novosti: US Conclusions on Boeing Crash in Ukraine Resemble Statements on Iraq’s Weapons – Rogozin

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MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin compared Washington’s hasty conclusions on the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crash in Ukraine to its statement on Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction made years ago. “The White House has established the guilty even before the investigation of the Boeing

How will new round of sanctions affect Russia?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexei Lossan, RBTH – July 18, 2014) The U.S. Department of the Treasury has included large Russian companies in its list of sanctions, including the main institute of development VEB (Vnesheconombank), the major oil company Rosneft, and several defense-industrial enterprises. Experts consider these to be the most serious

RIA Novosti: Medvedev Says U.S. Sanctions against Moscow Won’t Bust Russian Economy

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LIPETSK, July 18 (RIA Novosti) – US sanctions imposed on Russia are restraints but will not cripple the country’s economy, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday. “This is a program of limiting our country, or as is accepted to say, restraining [Russia],” Medvedev told students at a metallurgical plant in Lipetsk. “Sanctions won’t cripple

RIA Novosti: West Suspends Fighting Terrorism, Drugs With Russia Over Ukraine

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MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti) The pause in NATO’s collaboration with Russia in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking because of Moscow’s position on the Ukrainian crisis “punishes” primarily the people of the involved territories and points out the shortsighted approach of a range of Western countries, Ilya Rogachev, director of the department of new challenges

‘Isolating Russia’ in the Oil and Gas Sector

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(Gordon M. Hahn – gordon-hahn@sbcglobal.net – Analyst and Advisory Board Member, Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation, Chicago, Ill, geostrategicforecasting.com; Analyst, Rus Strategic Ltd., Prague, Czech Republic; Senior Researcher, Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Akribis Group, San Jose, Calif.) Since the Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March in the wake of the revolutionary takeover in Kiev in February,

Moscow formally approves new U.S. ambassador Tefft

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 10, 2014) The Russian Foreign Ministry has given its approval to American diplomat John Tefft’s appointment as the new ambassador to Russia. According to Russian political scientists, the career foreign service officer is known for his anti-Russian position – so how will his

TRANSCRIPT: [DoD Senate Testimony:] “Security Assistance and Support for Ukraine”

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US Department of Defense “Security Assistance and Support for Ukraine” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony by Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet July 9, 2014 TESTIMONY FOR THE RECORD Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Committee Members: Thank you for inviting me to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which was precipitated by Russia’s occupation

TRANSCRIPT: [Steve Hadley Senate Testimony:] Russia and Ongoing Developments in Ukraine

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Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Statement of Stephen J. Hadley July 9, 2014 Russia and Ongoing Developments in Ukraine It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to appear before the committee this morning. I would like to discuss briefly what Russian President Putin is seeking to achieve by his actions in

TRANSCRIPT: [Zbigniew Brzezinski Senate Testimony:] Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “RUSSIA AND DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE” A Statement by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski Counselor and Trustee Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) July 9, 2014 More than three months have passed since Putin’s triumphalist speech to the Russian Parliament. In it, he exalted in his military seizure of Crimea

TRANSCRIPT: [Treasury Department Senate Testimony:] Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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US Department of the Treasury Testimony of Assistant Secretary Daniel L. Glaser Senate Foreign Relations Committee Russia and Developments in Ukraine Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished Members of this Committee, thank you for inviting me to speak to you again about the Administration’s response to Russia’s occupation and purported

TRANSCRIPT: Russia and Developments in Ukraine; Nuland Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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(US Department of State – July 9, 2014) Testimony of Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC As prepared Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and members of this committee-thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today on the situation in Ukraine and for

TRANSCRIPT: Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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(US Senate Foreign Relations Committee – Washington, DC – July 9, 2014) U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing titled “Russia and Developments in Ukraine.” “This hearing will come to order. We have two distinguished panels today to help

VIDEO: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Russia and Developments in Ukraine”

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Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Russia and Developments in Ukraine” here: foreign.senate.gov/hearings/070914 … or here: businessweek.com/videos/2014-07-09/nuland-glaser-chollet-testify-on-ukraine-pt-dot-1  [note from web producer: C-Span version embedded below]

A Bogeyman In Russia, U.S. Envoy Appears Poised For Moscow Job

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Carl Schreck – July 5, 2014) In Moscow they have called him a regime-change expert, a “diplomatic diversionist” dispatched by Washington to foment unrest in Russia’s neighboring states. And now he appears to be headed to Russia, where Kremlin surrogates warn he may try to do the same. Meet John Tefft, the man who has

U.S., EU Unlikely to Invest in Ukraine’s Gas System, Analysts Say

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – July 5, 2014) Ukraine’s move Friday toward attempting to sell nearly 50 percent in its gas pipeline system to EU and U.S. investors does not mean that Western buyers will rush to take up the offer, as the system’s value depends on a steady supply of Russian

VIDEO: How does the U.S. make the case for its interests in Ukraine? (Interview with Michael McFaul)

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PBS interviews former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul about unfolding events in Ukraine and the U.S. response. They spoke with McFaul at a conference in Colorado. Click here for transcript. Said McFaul: The biggest, obvious point, you know, fork in the road for Ukraine is to end the violence. If Poroshenko or some configuration

Concern in Russia as foreign tourist numbers slump

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Viktor Kuzmin, special to RBTH – July 3, 2014) Tourist operators in Russia have expressed alarm at a substantial drop in the number of foreign visitors coming to the country in 2014. Key figures in the tourist industry speculate that the fall in tourist numbers may be a

RIA Novosti: U.S. sanctions a new kind of offensive weapon – Russia’s Ryabkov

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, July 3, 2014) The US has turned the tool of sanctions into a new kind of offensive weapons. Russia will not get involved in this kind of arms race but has the right to seek ways to protect itself, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said. “It seems that the

RIA Novosti: US Exports to Russia Hit Record Levels in May Despite Sanctions

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MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) – US exports to Russia rose 21 percent and reached a record high of $1.25 billion in May, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an arm of the US Department of Commerce. During the same month, American exports to the EU and China increased by only 2.5 percent and

RIA Novosti: U.S. Advisors Design Strategy for Kiev – Russian Security Council

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MOSCOW, July 2 (RIA Novosti) – Advisors from the United States are actively working in Ukraine and developing Kiev’s strategy, Russian Deputy Security Council Secretary Evgeny Lukyanov told RIA Novosti Wednesday. “We could say without a doubt that we’re not just talking about American mercenaries, but also intensive activities on Ukrainian territory by the so-called

Interfax: Political situation should not affect contacts among Russian, U.S. scientists – Academy of Sciences

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(Interfax – July 2, 2014) The president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Vladimir Fortov, is set to develop the Academy’s cooperation with American scientists regardless of the political situation. “I will do whatever I can to develop our contacts, despite the winds blowing in one direction or another,” Fortov told a press conference

RIA Novosti: USA doesn’t want greater role for EU in Ukraine resolution – Russian diplomat

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(RIA Novosti – July 2, 2014) The USA is not interested in the EU participating more actively in settling the Ukrainian crisis and for this reason, among other things, is pushing Europe towards sanctions against Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin said in an interview to state-controlled rolling news channel Rossiya 24 broadcast on

McDonald’s to Open for First Time in 30 Russian Cities

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com - July 2, 2014) McDonald’s plans to open 70 restaurants in 30 Russian cities by the end of this year, significantly expanding its reach into cities that were never home to the fast food empire before, McDonald’s development director in Russia told ITAR-Tass on Tuesday. “We’ll have restaurants in Siberia, in the

Interfax: USA must respect Russian interests for better relations – ambassador

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(Interfax – July 1, 2014) The United States must respect Russia’s interests if there is to be any possibility of an improvement in Russian-American diplomatic relations during the Obama administration’s tenure, Russia’s ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak has said, privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax reported on 1 July. “I think all the possibilities exist for

RBTH: U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Dmitry Agnin, special to RBTH – July 1, 2014) The United States has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for approval to John Tefft’s appointment as the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow. Experts polled by RBTH believe that Tefft’s appointment has already been approved in principle, although it is

Putin lambasts West as violence escalates in Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris in Moscow – July 2, 2014) Russian President Vladimir Putin lambasted the West in a speech to assembled diplomats call on July 1, although he stopped short of making new military threats against Ukraine as Kyiv resumed its antiterrorism operation in the east of the country. The

Washington Asks Moscow to Approve John Tefft as new U.S. Ambassador

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – July 1, 2014) Washington has requested Moscow’s formal approval of its appointment of John Tefft as U.S. ambassador to Russia, a source in the Foreign Ministry told The Moscow Times on Monday. Tefft served as ambassador to both Ukraine and Georgia in the past decade, and as

Russians Suffer from Three Misconceptions about Western Sanctions over Ukraine, Analyst Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, June 27, 2014) Russians must recognize that sanctions are “the new economic and political reality” in which they live and overcome three widespread and government-promoted misconceptions about such sanctions if the country is going to be able to cope with them as well as possible, according to

White House Wants $1 Billion War Funding to Help ‘Friends’ Like Ukraine

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – June 27, 2014) The White House has submitted to Congress a 2015 military funding request that includes $1 billion to support NATO allies in Europe in response to Russia’s interference in Ukraine. The money is part of a total $65.8 billion Overseas Contingency Operations request that U.S.

U.S. Business Groups to Run Ads Attacking Fresh Russia Sanctions

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – June 26, 2014) Two main business lobbies in the U.S. plan to publicly challenge White House foreign policy regarding Russia by taking out advertisements in the nation’s top three newspapers to warn that imposing additional sanctions against Moscow will only harm U.S interests. The U.S. Chamber of

Interfax: U.S. attempts to create some parallel law for itself, its allies – Pushkov

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MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) – While accusing Russia of violating international law, the United States attempts to create some parallel law for itself and its allies accessible only to chosen ones, Russian State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov said. “It appears to me that the attempt to accuse us of violating international law

NEWSLINK: Ukraine’s Ancient Hatreds

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["Ukraine's Ancient Hatreds" - The National Interest - Nikolas K. Gvosdev - June 25, 2014] The National Interest examines the Western response to the crisis in Ukraine, as well as various historical contexts for Russia, Ukraine and the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced a “triune people/one people” concept disputed by outsiders, even as it impacts Kremlin policy.

NEWSLINK: How Obama Is Driving Russia and China Together

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["How Obama Is Driving Russia and China Together" - The National Interest - Dimitri K. Simes - June 24, 2014] The National Interest examines President Barack Obama’s handling of the Ukraine crisis in the light of historical experience: President Barack Obama likes to say that America and the world have progressed beyond the unpleasantness of the nineteenth century and,

Russian Banks to Help U.S. Tax Service After New FATCA Law Passed

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – June 23, 2014) The State Duma on Friday passed legislation allowing Russian banks to pass information on their U.S. clients to the U.S. tax service, as demanded by FATCA, a law that drags banks around the world into the U.S. fight against tax evasion. But lawmakers were not keen to

RIA Novosti: Russia to Contest West’s Unilateral Economic Sanctions in WTO

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 20 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow intends to refer the issue of unilateral economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the West to the World Trade Organization, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday. “When the United States imposed on Russia sanctions that create negative consequences for foreign trade, we decided to challenge them

U.S. Space Industry Takes First Step Toward Ending Dependence on Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – June 18, 2014) United Launch Alliance, or ULA, the leviathan of the U.S. Space launch industry, has answered a congressional call to end the U.S.’s dependence on Russian space technology for launches of military and intelligence satellites by signing development contracts with multiple domestic firms to develop a

RIA Novosti: Senior Russian MP calls for dissociation from USA on human rights issue

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(RIA Novosti – June 17, 2014) Head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov believes that it is time for Russia to admit a total divergence of opinions with the USA about the meaning of human rights, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 17 June. “It is time to record our

Interfax: Russian official hopes Ukraine crisis will not end security cooperation with USA

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(Interfax – June 17, 2014) First deputy director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Sergey Smirnov, has expressed hope that the events in Ukraine will not disrupt cooperation between the Russian and US security services, privately-owned news agency Interfax reported on 17 June. “We have always been cooperating, though sometimes, when some events are taking

Interfax: NASA wishes to carry on ISS cooperation after 2020 – newspaper

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MOSCOW. June 16 (Interfax) – The United States hopes to carry on the International Space Station (ISS) cooperation project with Russia after 2020, Izvestia wrote on Monday, quoting NASA ISS Flight Program Manager Sean Fuller. Fuller told the newspapers the partners had built a remarkable orbital laboratory and hoped to continue using it after 2020

34th Annual U.S. – RUSSIA FORUM 2014: Advancing a Constructive Agenda for U.S. – Russia Relations

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Subject: Washington DC: 34th Annual U.S. – RUSSIA FORUM 2014 Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 From: Edward Lozansky <lozansky@gmail.com> 34th Annual U.S. – RUSSIA FORUM 2014 Advancing a Constructive Agenda for U.S. – Russia Relations June 16 – 17, 2014 Washington, DC The current crisis in Ukraine, which many see as the beginning of a

“We assess that separatists in eastern Ukraine have acquired heavy weapons and military equipment from Russia, including Russian tanks and multiple rocket launchers.”

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US Department of State June 13, 2014 State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf: “We assess that separatists in eastern Ukraine have acquired heavy weapons and military equipment from Russia, including Russian tanks and multiple rocket launchers.”

Russia Beyond the Headlines: War ‘lost’ for Kiev; U.S. aid to beef up Ukraine’s borders

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Press Digest: Darya Lyubinskaya, special to RBTH – June 10, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media, featuring cautious optimism for a military de-escalation in Ukraine’s east, analysis of the effectiveness of Kiev’s military campaign, and news of a $48 million pledge from the U.S.

RIA Novosti: Analysis: U.S. Refuses to Consider Kiev’s Responsibility for Atrocities Against Civilians

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WASHINGTON, June 10 (RIA Novosti) – It isn’t too surprising that the US refuses to even look into the fact that the government in Kiev is responsible for committing atrocities against civilians in eastern Ukraine, said Michael Hughes, a Washington D.C.-based journalist and foreign policy analyst. “The administration and State Department continue to redefine reality

RIA Novosti: Kerry Demands Poroshenko Prove Russia’s Involvement in East Ukraine Events

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MOSCOW, June 5 (RIA Novosti) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko prove that Russia is involved in the independence movement in the eastern regions of Ukraine, according to The New York Times. During a meeting in Poland on Wednesday, Kerry asked the newly elected president to provide evidence

Moscow Times: Putin to Take Center Stage Among Western Leaders in Normandy

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – June 5, 2014) As diplomatic tensions reached a boiling point over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin was rejected in March as host of the Group of Eight summit in Sochi, while his country was excluded altogether from the group of leading industrialized nations. But Putin’s

Leaders Start Two Days of Ukraine Diplomacy With Putin

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – James G. Neuger, Thomas Penny, Kateryna Choursina – June 5, 2014) The U.S. and its allies embarked on two days of contacts with Russian leaders in a bid to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, giving the Kremlin another chance to cut support to pro-Moscow rebels seeking to break up the country.

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