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Ukrainian military intelligence says Russia is smuggling weapons into eastern Ukraine and recruiting mercenaries

A Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman, watches through spyglass in a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near to Avdiivka, southeastern Ukraine, on January 9, 2022.ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images Ukraine accused Russia on Friday of sending weapons to eastern Ukraine while recruiting mercenaries. Ukrainian forces have been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the area since 2014. The accusations come as Russia maintains a major force presence near Ukraine, stirring in...
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky takes swipe at Biden over Russia comments: 'There are no minor incursions'

President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Washington.AP Zelensky issued veiled criticism of Biden on Thursday over comments he made on Russian aggression toward Ukraine.  "There are no minor incursions," Zelensky said in a tweet.  Biden prompted confusion when he suggested a "minor incursion" by Russia would spark a debate on consequences. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday issued v...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, Berlin, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Nato


GOP Sen. Tom Cotton accuses Germany of abandoning Ukraine over gas pipeline with Russia

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., walks to a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Washington.AP Photo/Alex Brandon Sen. Tom Cotton accused Germany of not having Ukraine's back against Russia.  Cotton suggested Germany was prioritizing Nord Stream 2 instead.  But Germany has signaled the pipeline could be halted if Russia invades Ukraine. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas on Wednesday ripped into Germany over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline amid the escalating Ukraine crisis,...
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Biden says his 'guess' is that Putin will launch an offensive against Ukraine: 'He has to do something'

President Joe Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on January 19, 2022, including questions about Russia and Ukraine.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Biden said Wednesday that his "guess" is that Russian President Putin will invade Ukraine. Biden said that he feels that Putin "has to do something." Russia has been massing tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's border over the past several weeks. President Joe Biden, who has had t...
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Top US diplomat warns Russia could attack Ukraine on 'very short notice,' implores Putin to take 'peaceful path'

Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a press conference following his meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv, on January 19, 2022.Alex Brandon/Getty Images Secretary of State Blinken visited Kyiv on Wednesday, warning that Russia could invade Ukraine "on very short notice." The top US diplomat urged Putin to pursue a "diplomatic and peaceful path" instead.  Blinken is traveling across Europe this week as the US vies to thwart a broader conflict. ...
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Fear and defiance on Ukraine’s frontline: ‘We don’t like dictators here’

With ageing Soviet-era rockets and a depleted, elderly fleet, Ukraine’s military hold their breath for Moscow’s next moveYiry Ulshin surveyed a scene of ruin. Before him were the remains of what was once a school. Desks were covered in debris. A photo of the class of 2011 lay in the wreckage. There were abandoned crayons and year 3 books in Ukrainian and Russian. Beyond a bullet-splattered wall was a view of pine trees and sea.“My heart is hurting. Why did Russia do this?” Ulshin – a Ukrainian a...
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Ukraine says Russia has 'almost completed' its buildup of border troops for a potential invasion

A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea on January 18, 2022.AP Photo Russia is almost done gathering troops along Ukraine's border for an invasion, Ukraine warned. A security assessment said Russia has deployed more than 127,000 troops, CNN reported. The White House warned on Tuesday that Russia appeared poised to attack Ukraine "at any point." Ukraine warned that Russia was almost done gathering troops along the country's border in apparent preparation fo...
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White House warns Russia ready to launch an attack on Ukraine 'at any point'

A Russian service member walks near a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region of Russia on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters The White House warned that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine "at any point." The US has warned of severe consequences if Russia invades the former Soviet republic. "No option is off the table, in our view," Psaki said. The White House on Tuesday warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be immine...
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‘We’ll fight to the end.’ Ukraine defiant in face of Vladimir Putin’s phoney war

Kyiv’s middle-class professionals ready to take up arms againThe mood last week in Ukraine was eerily calm, despite talk of war. The first winter snow blanketed Kyiv. Many were still celebrating Orthodox Christmas – which falls on 7 January – or had left town for the holidays. Bars and restaurants rang out with Dean Martin’s Let It Snow!, while the fir trees in Independence Square looked like a mini-Narnia.Sure, Russia might invade at any moment. But, as Ukrainians wearily point out, the country...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Crimea, Independence Square, Dean Martin


US intelligence suggests Russia has operatives in place for a possible false-flag operation to justify invading Ukraine

A Russian service member is seen atop of a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia, on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters US intelligence thinks Russia's preparing a false-flag operation to justify military action in Ukraine, CNN reported. White House officials suggested as much during a press briefing on Thursday. Ukraine's defense ministry also raised the possibility that Russia may be looking for a pretext to invad...
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Russia warns it's 'run out of patience' while doubling down on demands the US and NATO have said they won't accept

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart following their talks in Moscow on May 31, 2021.Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty Images Russia's top diplomat said Moscow has "run out of patience" with the West amid the Ukraine crisis. "The West has been driven by hubris and has exacerbated tensions," Lavrov said.  Russia has gathered a massive force on Ukraine's border, prompting fears of an invasion.  Russian Foreign Minister ...
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Russia Could Invade Ukraine This Weekend

Several likely Russian actions indicate that Russia could invade Ukraine (beyond the Crimea occupation) this weekend. Ukraine is getting a widescale cyberattack on its government websites. Ukraine... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Websites as Russia Tensions Mount

Ukraine's worst cyberattack in four years brought down the websites of scores of government agencies for hours. Authorities didn't immediately identify the source of the hacks, which took place as tensions with Russia intensified over its troop buildup across the border. From a report: Seventy government agencies were were hit, including the Foreign and Agriculture Ministries, Viktor Zhora, the deputy head of the state agency in charge of special communication and information protection, said Fr...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Crimea, Moscow, Zhora, Russia Tensions Mount, Viktor Zhora


Low key and loyal: the domestic response to Russian troop buildup

Analysis: After eight years of conflict with the west, many Russians appear resigned to whatever course Putin choosesRussia’s buildup of a potential invasion force on Ukraine’s borders has produced little reaction at home despite western threats of devastating economic consequences that would harm tycoons, top businesspeople and the general public alike.Since 2014, recurrent rounds of sanctions over the annexation of Crimea, the shooting down of the MH17 jetliner, the 2016 US elections interfere...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, World news, Ukraine, Crimea, Alexei Navalny, Salisbury


Democrats tank Ted Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill, accusing him of trying to derail US diplomacy amid Ukraine tensions

Texas Sen. Ted CruzAlex Brandon/AP Democrats tanked Ted Cruz's bill to sanction Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The White House and its Democratic allies said the bill would hurt diplomatic efforts. There are serious concerns that Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine.  Senate Democrats on Thursday ensured that GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's bill to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline failed, accusing the Texas Republican of attempting to hurt President Joe Biden by co...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Texas, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Germany, Russia, Berlin, US, International, Trends


Russia could use failed talks with US and NATO as 'pretext' for invading Ukraine, experts and officials warn

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Bocharov Ruchei residence on September 29.Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images Russia has spent this week engaging US and its NATO allies in talks amid tensions over Ukraine. Some experts and officials have raised concerns Russia could use failed talks as a pretext to invade. "This does give them a kind of veil of legitimacy if they decide to invade Ukraine," one expert said. Some senior US ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, Nato, Crimea, Moscow, Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Top US diplomat blasts Russia for holding live-fire drills near Ukraine's border amid talks aimed at staving off invasion

A Russian service member walks near a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region of Russia on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters Russia held tank drills near Ukraine on Tuesday amid fears it's planning to invade.  The drills occurred during a week of talks between Russia, the US, and Washington's European allies.  The Kremlin on Tuesday expressed pessimism that the discussions will be productive.  A top US diplomat on Wednesday ...
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5 weapons Russia would likely use to attack Ukraine

A servicemen on a Russian army vehicle outside a Ukrainian border post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014.REUTERS/Baz Ratner Russia has massed troops near Ukraine's border in what is suspected to be preparation for an invasion. Russia's intentions remain unclear, but if it does take military action it has many potent weapons to use. These are the top five weapons the Russians could employ in ground warfare against Ukrainian forces. 5 Weapons Russia Could Use to Attack Ukr...
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Russia holds live-fire drills with tanks and troops near Ukraine's border while expressing pessimism about talks with US

A Russian service member walks near a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region of Russia on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters Russia held tank drills near Ukraine on Tuesday amid fears it's planning to invade.  The drills occurred during a week of talks between Russia, the US, and Washington's European allies.  The Kremlin on Tuesday expressed pessimism that the discussions will be productive.  Russia held live-fire drills in...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, West, Nato, Crimea, Moscow


Russia continues to make demands the US will never agree to over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin during an event in Sochi, Russia in October 2021.Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Russia continues to demand Ukraine and Georgia never be allowed to join NATO. Both NATO and the US have made it clear this is a nonstarter.  Diplomats have gathered in Europe this week to discuss the Ukraine crisis.  While threatening Ukraine with the prospect of an invasion, Russia continues to make demands that the US and NATO will never agree to as diplomats gather in Europe to ad...
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Putin defends sending troops into Kazakhstan as the US and Russia begin talks over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a video emergency meeting of the CSTO focused on the situation in Kazakhstan on January 10, 2022.Alexey Nikolsky/Getty Images Putin defended sending troops into Kazakhstan amid recent unrest.  He blamed unidentified external forces for the protests in the former Soviet republic. Putin's comments came as the US and Russia met to discuss Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday made no ...
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Putin threatened Biden with a complete collapse of US-Russia relations if he launches more sanctions over Ukraine

A composite image of Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden.Angela Weiss/Alexey Druzhinin/Getty Images Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke on Thursday as Russia appeared close to invading Ukraine. Putin told Biden that sanctions over Ukraine could mean a total rupture in US-Russia relations. Biden urged Putin to ease tensions, but said the US would respond if Russia invades. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Joe Biden in a phone call on Thursday that relations between the two countries c...
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Biden and Putin exchange warnings during phone call amid rising Ukraine tensions

Talks represent pair’s second conversation this monthRussia massing tens of thousands of troops near borderJoe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have exchanged warnings over the crisis in Ukraine during a 50-minute phone call that did little to lower the political temperature, according to their governments.Russia has alarmed the US and its allies by massing tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine over the past two months. This follows its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea ...
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Why Putin can't let go of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin observes naval drills from the guided-missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Crimea, January 9, 2020.Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin has again ramped up pressure on Ukraine. Putin's moves harken back to Cold War struggles and serve Russia's goal of asserting itself as a global power. Underpinning Putin's efforts is a historical view of Ukraine as a part of Russia's greate...
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Satellite Images Show Russia Still Building up Forces Near Ukraine

(Reuters) - New satellite images captured by a private U.S. company show that Russia has continued to build up its forces in annexed Crimea and...
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‘We’ve heard it all before’: Ukrainians brush aside talk of Russian invasion

In Kyiv and beyond, people carry on with the festive season despite rhetoric about imminent conflictRussia is threatening war on Ukraine, but in Kyiv the city council is putting up Christmas trees rather than bomb shelter notices, and organising concerts rather than army recruitment drives.Amid a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s eastern border and in annexed Crimea, hostile rhetoric between Russia and the US and its allies is edging towards a cold war high, with Ukraine the battlefield for ...
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New satellite images show the Russian military's alarming buildup along the Ukrainian border

Additional equipment (including BMP-series IFVs, tanks and support equipment) arrived to the existing garrison in Soloti, Russia. Photo taken on Dec. 5, 2021.Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies. New satellite images show the Russian military's buildup along the Ukrainian border and in Crimea.  The increasing activity has stoked fears of a future invasion — plans that Russia has denied.  President Joe Biden warned Putin earlier in December of economic sanctions if Russia invades.  New...
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Why Putin is acting like a man who has run out of time

Analysis: As Ukraine drifts from the control he desires, disdain for potential negotiating partners leaves the option of forceVladimir Putin has deployed his troops to the border with Ukraine, delivered impossible demands on Europe and appears ready to launch a new offensive to establish his domination over Kyiv.Putin is said to feel a “historical mission” to reverse Ukraine’s drift towards the west, despite his own role in creating a rift by annexing Crimea and fuelling a war in Ukraine’s south...
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Former US ambassador to Russia says Putin's 'acting crazy' over Ukraine and it's getting 'scary'

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Bocharov Ruchei residence on September 29.Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images The former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, is raising alarm about Putin's rhetoric toward Ukraine. If Putin is "trying to scare us by acting crazy," then he's "succeeding [with] me," McFaul said. Putin is blaming the West for tensions over Ukraine, despite the fact Russia has been the primary aggr...
Tags: Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Russia, Defense, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ukraine, West, Nato, Crimea


Putin is looking for an excuse to invade Ukraine and blame it on NATO and the US: experts

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the plenary session of the 30th Congress of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs at the State Kremlin Palace on December 17, 2021 in Moscow, Russia.Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Putin is looking for an excuse to invade Ukraine and blame the West, experts say. The Russian president is ratcheting up warnings of a military response to alleged NATO aggression.  In reality, Putin created the tensions of Ukraine by annexing Crimea and suppo...
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