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Investigators Conclude Flight MH-17 Shot Down By Missile Brought Into Ukraine From Russia

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A new report concludes that Malaysia Air Flight 17 was brought down by a missile brought into Ukraine from Russia.

President Obama Likely To Leave World In As Bad A Shape As He Found It, If Not Worse

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President Obama came to office inheriting the legacy of one unnecessary war, and another that had faded from memory. He will leave office with Iraq and Syria in crisis, Europe uneasy, Yemen and Libya unstable breeding grounds for terrorism, and China doing whatever it is they’re doing.

Malaysian Air Flight 17 Inquiry Finds Plane Most Likely Taken Down By Russian Missile

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A Dutch inquiry has largely confirmed what was widely believed about the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

Vladimir Putin Decrees That Russian Military Deaths Are Now A State Secret

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If a Russian solider dies, it’s now a secret thanks to a new decree signed by the Russian President.

Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

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Disturbing developments on the part of the Ukrainian government.

Marco Rubio’s Supposed Expertise On Foreign Policy Leaves Much To Be Desired

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Marco Rubio is often described as one of the GOP’s leaders on foreign policy, but a close look reveals a decided lack of substance.

Minsk Talks Result In Ukrainian Cease Fire Agreement

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A cease fire deal in Ukraine, but a long term settlement will require compromises from both Moscow and Kiev.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

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Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

German Public Backs Sanctions Against Russia Even If They Hurt Germany

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A new poll finds that a majority of Germans support sanctions against Russia, even if those sanctions end up hurting the German economy.

Merkel Lashes Out Against Russia In Post G-20 Remarks

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Vladimir Putin’s latest actions seems to have exhausted Germany’s patience.

Putin Makes Waves At G-20 Summit Over Ukraine, Reportedly Leaving Early

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Vladimir Putin’s reception at the G-20 Summit in Australia has been less than warm thanks to recent events in Ukraine.

Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine Again, NATO Says

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The Ukraine crisis, which never really went away, is back,

Darth Vader Running For Parliament In Ukraine

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Among the candidates in today’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine is a Dark Lord of the Sith: One candidate in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to […]

Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

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A major escalation.

Russia’s Sanctions Against The West Are Hurting Russians More Than The West

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Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against the West are  is having an impact on the average Russian’s food budget: Russia’s embargo on imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week. Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital’s major supermarkets have […]

NATO: “High Probability” Russia Will Invade Ukraine

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The rebels in eastern Ukraine continue to suffer setbacks, and Russia is massing troops on the border again.

Ukrainian Forces Reportedly Have Rebels In Donetsk Surrounded

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End game? Or the potential spark of a wider war?

Russia Imposes Sanctions Of Its Own

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In response to the multiple rounds of sanctions that the West has imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Russia has banned the importation of a broad range of Western food and agricultural products: MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of […]

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

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The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

Ukraine Is A Test For Europe. Does It Have The Will To Even Make The Effort To Pass?

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What the West does in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is largely up to Europe, not the United States.

Initial Flight 17 Investigation Finds Evidence Consistent With Missile Strike

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No surprises so far.

World War One And Ukraine

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History matters.

Russia Getting Ready To Escalate In Ukraine?

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Things are getting serious in eastern Ukraine.

Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

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If you live in Russia, you’re getting a different version of the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Russians Really, Really Like Vladimir Putin, And That Makes Ending The Ukraine Crisis Harder

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Vladimir Putin has become immensely popular in Russia again, and its not hard to figure out why.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

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Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

Why Were Commercial Jets Flying Over Eastern Ukraine To Begin With?

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Basically, the answer is that nobody really thought there was much of a risk that a plane could be shot down.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

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Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

Vladmir Putin Looks To Be Throwing The ‘Pro-Russian’ Ukrainian Separatists Under The Bus

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In the end, the separatists in eastern Ukraine have always been expendable as far as Vladimir Putin is concerned.

Ukrainians Score Big Victory Over Separatists

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Ukrainian forces have recaptured the city of Slovyansk from pro-Russian separatists.

Heavy Fighting Returns To Eastern Ukraine

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The cease fire called by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is officially over: MOSCOW — Heavy fighting resumed in eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, including artillery shelling around the rebel-controlled city of Slovyansk, shortly after President Petro O. Poroshenko declared an end to a 10-day cease-fire and ordered government forces to renew their effort to squash the […]

Ukraine Signs Trade Deal With Europe

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the trade deal with Europe that his predecessor rejected, setting off a series of protests that led to him being deposed as well as a crisis in eastern Ukraine that continues to unfold: BRUSSELS — Seven months after Ukraine’s former president Viktor F. Yanukovych rejected a sweeping trade deal […]

Is The Next Crimea In Northern Kazakhstan?

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While the world watches Ukraine, Central Asia could also be an area where Russia may seek to expand its territory.

U.S. Accuses Russia Of Arming Separatists

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The Obama Administration is accusing the Russians of continuing the arm pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine despite previous claims by Moscow that they were not doing so: WASHINGTON — On a day that the Ukrainian government announced .a unilateral cease-fire in its battle with separatists in the country’s east, the Obama administration raised the stakes […]

Rumors Of A Ukrainian Cease Fire

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The Presidents of Russia and Ukraine are apparently talking about a cease fire in Eastern Ukraine: MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, discussed a possible ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the deaths of two Russian journalists there in a late night telephone conversation, the Kremlin said. The conversation “touched on […]

Most Russian Troops Have Left Area Near Ukrainian Border

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A potentially positive sign in the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe: SINGAPORE — Russia has withdrawn most of its troops from the Ukrainian border, Pentagon officials said, but cautioned that some seven battalions, amounting to several thousand men, remain. Speaking to reporters aboard his flight to a regional security conference in Singapore, Defense Secretary Chuck […]

Ukrainian Rebels Down Helicopter, Killing 14 Soldiers

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Pro-Russian separatist rebels have downed a Ukrainian military helicopter as fighting in the east continues to flare in the wake of Sunday’s election: DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a military helicopter on Thursday morning, killing a Ukrainian general and 13 other soldiers, as the conflict in the country continued to heat […]

What Next For Ukraine?

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They’ve got a new President, but there’s still much to do.

Ukrainian Billionaire Petro Poroshenko Wins Presidential Election

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Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian billionaire who has come to be known as the ‘Chocolate King’ due to the fact that he made most of his money selling candy, has apparently won the Ukrainian Presidential election by a wide enough margin to avoid a runoff: KIEV, Ukraine — With their country caught in a fierce tug-of-war […]

Ukrainians Head To The Polls, Except In The East

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Ukrainians are voting today in the first national elections since the pro-Russian Government of former President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled amid public protests that filled the streets of Kiev and others cities, but a large part of the country may not be voting at all: KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian voters streamed to the polls on Sunday […]

Putin Says He’ll Respect Results Of Ukraine Elections

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On Sunday, Ukrainians will go to the polls in the first national elections since the popular uprising that led to the downfall of the Russian-leaning regime in Kiev, and Vladimir Putin says he’ll respect whatever results come from the election: ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Addressing an economic forum haunted by the prospect of more sanctions […]

Is “Finlandization” an Option?

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Is “Finlandization” a viable option for Ukraine?

Acquiring Crimea Vastly Increased Russia’s Potential Oil & Gas Reserves

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Not surprisingly, Russia’s acquisition of Crimea comes with quite a potential bonanza in natural resources.

From Der Spiegel

I do not know when the last time I saw a more masterful job of rationalization than occurs in this article from Der Spiegel with the alarming title “War in Europe?”, about the crisis in Ukraine. Here’s a sample: Prominent German political scientist Herfried Münkler uses his theories of “heroic” and “postheroic” societies to describe […]

You and Whose Army?

The editors of the Wall Street Journal continue to beat the war drum against Russia: Standard & Poor’s last week downgraded Russian debt to near-junk status, as capital flight picks up. A recession seems likely this year after slow growth in 2013. Sanctions against the Putin circle have their uses, but sanctions on the entire […]

Putin Refusing To Talk To Obama About Ukraine

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It appears what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

Aegis Jammed?

As you may be aware, the Aegis Combat System is a combined computer and radar system used for the guidance of weapons on board several different classes of U. S. naval vessels as well as those of several other countries, e.g. Japan, Spain, Norway. There’s an interesting but unverified report coming from Russian Radio that […]

The State Department’s Ridiculous Hashtag Diplomacy

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For reasons that probably seemed good when they talked it over at a strategy meeting, the State Department’s press office decided to take to Twitter: As Russian troops amass along the Ukraine border and take over military facilities in the Crimea region, the United States has distanced itself from any boots-on-the-ground intervention. The U.S. won’t […]

U.S. Troops Headed To Poland, Baltic States

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In what is quite obviously intended as a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United States is sending troops to Eastern Europe: The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff. About 150 […]

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