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  • 21 Apr 2014 7:02 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine on Monday of violating an accord reached in Geneva last week aimed at averting a wider conflict between the two neighbors. "Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfill, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement," he said. Lavrov also told a news conference that a deadly gunfight early on Sunday near the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, which is controlled by pro-Russian separatists, was a crime and showed Kiev did not want to control "extremists". "The authorities are doing nothing, not even lifting a finger, to address the causes behind this deep internal crisis in Ukraine," he said.    YahooNews. Read More 
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:58 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin approved on Monday legal amendments to make it simpler for Russian speakers in the former Soviet Union to acquire Russian citizenship, the Kremlin said on Monday. The changes follow Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and tension in the largely Russian-speaking east of Ukraine.     YahooNews.  Read More.  
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:56 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    The US Department of State has declared that Washington will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but such declarations, important as they are, need to be given real content to ensure that no part of the government, intentionally or otherwise, takes steps that undermine that policy. In short, what is needed now is a new non-recognition policy. That is all the more important now given continuing Russian meddling in Ukraine and elsewhere in the former Soviet space.    Window on Eurasia.   Read More
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:54 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    The Russian Central Bank said on Monday it has barred several Ukrainian banks from working in the Moscow-annexed Crimea peninsula as they "failed to fulfill their obligations to creditors". The central bank says that it has banned Privatbank, Vseukrainsky Aktsionerny Bank, Bank Kyivska Rus and Imexbank from working in Crimea.   YahooNews. Read More 
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:52 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    President Obama heads to Asia this week with the goal of making clear to allies that he's serious about the United States sharpening its focus on the region. The eight-day trip undefined which Obama will begin after a brief stop Tuesday in Washington state to meet with the families and first responders affected by last month's deadly mudslide undefined will take him to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Each of those countries is embroiled in territorial disputes with China over islands and waters in the South and East China Seas.   USA Today.  Read More

  • 21 Apr 2014 6:50 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    The Ukrainian government provided these photographs last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna. Ukraine says the photographs document that the armed men who have taken over government buildings in eastern Ukraine are Russian combatants. The State Department, which has also alleged Russian interference, says that the Ukrainian evidence is convincing.   The New York Times. Read More 
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:48 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    The Ukrainian authorities may have suspended anti-terrorist operations over Easter, but there is no let-up in violence and aggression from the pro-Russian militants in east Ukraine. In Slovyansk there have been reports of attacks on Roma and threats against Ukrainian-speakers.  It’s not safe there for journalists either, while the prominent stand in countering the so-called separatists by Ihor Kolomoisky, now Governor of Dnipropetrovsk has also aroused anti-Semitic diatribes from Russia’s fans.    Human Rights in Ukraine. Read More 
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:46 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Aleksandr Dugin, the Eurasianist leader who enjoys enormous influence in the Kremlin, says that countries adjoining the Russian Federation “can preserve their territorial integrity only by maintaining good relations with Russia” and that those who cross Moscow can have no such expectations. In an interview published in “Yerkramas,” a newspaper directed at the Armenian community in the Russian Federation, Dugin reiterated and then extended comments he made after Azerbaijan voted at the United Nations in the support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.   Window on Eurasia.  Read More
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:44 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    In a demonstration of principled toughness, Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars and a member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, has very publicly returned to his homeland  after declaring that he remains a Ukrainian citizen and that some in Moscow are thinking about a new deportation of his people. Cemilev arrived in Akmesjit (Simeropil) from Kyiv Friday night. With him were Refat Chubarov, the chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, and Omer Kyrymly, the deputy chairman of that body.  They were detained by border guards of the Russian occupation forces for 40 minutes but then allowed to proceed.   Window on Eurasia.  Read More
  • 21 Apr 2014 6:40 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Just before the most important religious holiday of the year for both Ukrainians and Russians, the Orthodox Christian Easter celebration on Sunday, pro-Russian militant groups have paused what had been the daily expansion of their territory in eastern Ukraine. They have turned instead to consolidating political power over areas already under their control. In a string of midsize mining and industrial towns that form the core of the area under pro-Russian militant control, centered on the town of Slovyansk, pressure mounted on dissenters and the media in ways that are commonplace in Russia but had not been in Ukraine until now.    The New York Times. Read More 
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