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  • 20 Aug 2014 1:08 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Will Russia plunge into chaos and darkness after President Vladimir Putin leaves? While it's understandable that propaganda-brainwashed Russians might truly think so, it comes as a surprise when U.S. analysts repeat the same idea. "Knowing the weakness of the liberal opposition and the strength of Putin's security apparatus, it's hard not to fear that his replacement will make us long for the days of his thuggishly predictable unpredictability," warns Julia Ioffe on The New Republic. "If the U.S. gets rid of Putin they will have no ability to control what happens next," threatens Mark Adomanis on Forbes.   The Moscow Times.   Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:44 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Ukrainian forces pushed deeper into territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, fighting street battles in the besieged city of Luhansk and pressuring the outer defenses of Donetsk in a further blow to the separatists’ crumbling virtual state. While continuing its offensive, the Ukrainian government said it saw a chance for a peaceful settlement after an announcement that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would meet next Tuesday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko, and European Union leaders in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.   The New York Times.   Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:40 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Bulgaria has again halted work on the Russia-led pipeline project South Stream. Bulgaria's Minister of Economy and Energy, Vassil Shtonov, suspended work on the 930km-pipeline until it conforms to European Union law. South Stream will stretch across the Black Sea to southern and central Europe, providing another gas transit route for Russia's Gazprom. But the EU is worried about the gas producer also owning a pipe network. Bulgaria stopped work on South Stream in June after tensions in Ukraine.   BBC.  Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:34 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The conflict in eastern Ukraine is entering a critical stage. An all-out war between Russia and Ukraine cannot be ruled out anymore, writes DW's Ingo Mannteufel. The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are in negotiations about a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine - but without any results so far. Meanwhile, fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk is becoming more intense. But now, a meeting between Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Minsk has been announced. The conflict has arrived at a crossroads: Over the next few days, it will likely be decided whether the de-facto Russian-Ukrainian war turns into an official war between the two nations.   DW.  Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:30 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    How much does the average Westerner really know about Ukraine? Andriy Pryimachenko, a 24-year-old director and filmmaker interested in gauging Ukraine's image abroad, looked to Hollywood for an answer.  "To promote Ukraine in the West, you need to know first of all what the West thinks about Ukraine," said Pryimachenko, a Kyiv native. "Looking at how Ukraine was portrayed in American films and TV shows seemed like a very effective way of doing that."    RFE/RL.  Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:16 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Ruslana - Appeal to All Ukrainians in the USA | #IndependenceDayUkraine 2014. YouTube. Read More 

  • 20 Aug 2014 12:11 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper on Wednesday and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire could be charged with vandalism and may face three years in jail. Residents of Moscow's Taganka district woke up Wednesday morning to find a Ukrainian flag attached to the Soviet star on the spire of one of the area's iconic Stalin buildings. The flag appeared atop the high-rise, one of the city's so-called “Seven Sisters,” at about 7:15 a.m. and remained in place for at least three hours before authorities were able to remove it, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a source within the municipal emergency services. Police said later Wednesday that they had opened a criminal case on vandalism charges and were questioning four suspects undefined two men and two women undefined in relation to the stunt, Interfax reported.   The Moscow Times.   Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:07 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Fierce fighting has continued in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine, with street clashes reported in the separatist strongholds of Luhansk and Donetsk. More than 2,000 people have been killed since mid-April when Ukraine's government sent troops to put down the rebel uprising and local authorities in Donetsk have reported the deaths of 34 civilians in the past 24 hours alone. However, the fighting may intensify further after the Ukrainian government claimed that armoured vehicles from inside Russia have recently joined the battle for Luhansk.   BBC.   Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 12:02 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Vera Savchenko, sister of the Ukrainian officers who is now in detention in Russia after being captured in Ukraine by Kremlin-backed militants says that Nadiya may be released through an exchange of prisoners. At a press briefing she explained that her sister’s lawyers are hoping that Nadiya can be brought back to Ukraine in exchange for the release of Russian security service officers.   This would enable Russia to save face over the issue.  Vera Savchenko says that there can be no illusions about her sister getting a fair trial and proving her innocence in Russia. Savchenko was taken prisoner in the Luhansk oblast by militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic on June 17 or 18.  Two days later a video appeared of her being interrogated by the militants. She demonstrated courage during the interrogation and refused to provide the information the militants demanded.   Human Rights in Ukraine.   Read More


  • 20 Aug 2014 11:51 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     American and European stock markets have been jumpy for weeks as they contemplate possible armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Inside Ukraine, certainly, Kiev's forces have been pushing back separatists supported by Moscow , and they've been surprisingly successful in the eyes of many, perhaps including Moscow, and have thus increased fears of a more direct Russian intervention. But while rumors of clashes last week contributed to the latest burst of market volatility, evidence of actual hostilities between national armies is scarce.   Los Angeles Times.   Read More


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