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Putin Reminds West Russia Is One Of The 'Largest Nuclear Powers'

29/08/2014 18:14 | Updated 30 August 2014

Do not "mess with Russia" was the bellicose offering from Vladimir Putin on Friday, as the Russia President reminded an increasingly exasperated West that his country maintains one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world.

After being excoriated by Nato and President Obama on Thursday for the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, Putin spoke at a pro-Kremlin youth camp on Friday, issuing a threat against Western military action, saying no country would "think" of conflict with Russia.

Reported by Reuters, Putin said: "I don’t think it would come to anyone’s mind today of starting a large-scale conflict with Russia," adding: "Russia is far from getting involved into a large-scale conflict... We do not want it and aren't going to do it."

The Russian leader reiterated to those assembled at a lake near the capital that the annexation of Crimea earlier this year was vital to save the Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian aggression, adding that the conflict in eastern Ukraine was the result of Kiev’s intransigence.

He said: "Of course, we were always ready to repel any act of aggression toward Russia. Our partners, regardless of the situation their countries are in or their foreign policy line, have to always realise that it’s better not to mess with Russia. I’ll remind you that Russia is one of the largest nuclear powers.

"These are not just words, this is reality and, moreover, we are strengthening our powers of nuclear restraint." Putin continued by saying the country was transforming its armed services into a more "modern and effective" military and its "potential" would continue to be increased.

Current estimates suggest Russia has a stockpile of more than 8,000 nuclear missiles, with around 1800 operational.

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A Russian Topol-M nuclear missile

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Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held firm control on Friday of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk, a day after Ukraine claimed tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia. Associated Press reporters saw at least a half-dozen tanks in the town of about 12,000 people, bearing the flags of Novorossiya, the would-be state proclaimed by rebels in two eastern Ukraine regions. None of the tanks bore Russian markings, but ready-made meals seen near one of the tanks carried markings that they were issued by the Russian army.

"There is no Russian equipment coming through here. We are fighting with the machinery the (Ukrainian forces) abandon. They just dump it and flee," said a rebel commander who identified himself only by the nom-de-guerre Frantsuz (The Frenchman). Although such claims of using only confiscated Ukrainian equipment are common, top rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko himself has said Russia was supplying equipment and fighters. And Russia's consistent rejection of the allegations is hotly dismissed by the West.

"Despite Moscow's hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday. "This is a blatant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It defies all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution."

On Thursday, NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine and later released what it said were satellite photos of Russian self-propelled artillery units moving last week. A spokesman for the rebels in Novoazovsk, who identified himself only as Alexander, said their plan was to try to eventually push westward to the major port city of Mariupol, about 35 kilometers (20 miles) away. There was no sign of imminent movement on Friday, but Alexander's statement underlined fears that the rebels' eventual aim is to establish a land bridge between Russia and the Russia-annexed Crimea peninsula further to the west.

The rebels also showed four Ukrainian soldiers and a wounded fighter from the pro-government Azov Battalion who were being held captive. The wounded fighter, Maxim, said he was taken when his vehicle was ambushed and two comrades killed. "Now I am here and there are negotiations taking place for me to be exchanged," he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Putin's statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers accused Moscow of lying about its role and dangerously escalating the conflict. "I'm calling on insurgents to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian troops who were surrounded in order to avoid senseless deaths," Putin said in the statement published on the Kremlin's web-site in the early hours on Friday.

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Putin didn't address the claims about Russia's military presence in Ukraine. Instead, he lauded the pro-Russian separatists for "undermining Kiev's military operation which threatened lives of the residents of Donbass and has already led to a colossal death toll among civilians."

Putin's statement could be referring to Ukrainian troops who have been trapped outside the strategic town of Ilovaysk, east of Donetsk, for nearly a week now. Protesters rallied outside the Ukrainian General Staff on Thursday, demanding reinforcements and heavy weaponry for the troops outside Ilovaysk, most of whom are volunteers.

Zakharchenko, the rebel leader, said the Ukrainian troops would have to lay down the arms before they were allowed to go. "With all our respect to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the president of a country which gives us moral support, we are ready to open humanitarian corridors to the Ukrainian troops who were surrounded with the condition that they surrender heavy weaponry and ammunition so that this weaponry and ammunition will not be used against us in future," he said on Russia's state Rossiya 24 television.

A spokesman for Ukraine's national security council, Col. Andriy Lysenko, rejected that condition. "Ukraine is not ready to surrender arms and kneel in front of the aggressor," he told reporters.

The U.N. human rights office on Friday accused both sides of deliberately targeting civilians. Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have carried out murders, torture and abductions along with other serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, according to the mission's field work between July 16 and Aug. 17. The report also said Ukraine's military is guilty of human rights violations such as arbitrary detentions, disappearances and torture.

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic, who visited Kiev on Friday, said the death toll had reached nearly 2,600 by Aug. 27, and described the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine as "alarming." Simonovic condemned rebels for preventing people from leaving cities caught up in the fighting. He also pointed to reports of violations by volunteer battalions under government control.

Putin compared Ukrainian troops firing at civilians and surrounding cities in eastern Ukraine to the Nazi siege of Leningrad. He said residents of Ukraine's east were "suppressed with force" because they disagreed with what he called a coup in Kiev in February.

The Leningrad Siege comparison is a powerful one for Russians and clearly aimed at portraying the Ukraine conflict in stark and tendentious good-versus-evil terms. The 872-day siege, in which at least 670,000 civilians died, is a major touchstone for Russia's exalted sense of heroism amid suffering.

To stop the bloodshed, the Kiev government should open talks with the rebels who took up arms in defense, he said. At a meeting in Milan, several European Union foreign ministers accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional, biting economic sanctions.

The diplomats were expected to prepare further measures, which could then be decided by a summit of the bloc's leaders Saturday in Brussels. For the second day, Russian markets reacted nervously to the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine with the Russian ruble diving to the all-time low of 37.10 rubles against the U.S. dollar in early morning trading, but recovered later to 36.90 rubles.

In Donetsk, the largest city under rebel control, the mayor's office reported sustained shelling across town on Friday morning. No casualties were immediately reported.

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09/06/2014 6:08 PM EDT

Factory Ablaze After Artillery Fire Near Mariupol

Reuters reports:

Prolonged artillery fire was heard late on Saturday to the east of the port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, a Reuters reporter said, in what may be the first significant violation of a ceasefire declared little more than 24 hours earlier.

The reporter saw an industrial facility, a truck and a gas station ablaze in an area within the limits of Mariupol, a city of 500,000 people on the Sea of Azov near the Russian border.

The area had seen fierce fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists before the ceasefire took effect on Friday evening. It had been quiet since then until the artillery fire began late on Saturday.

"There has been an artillery attack. We received a number of impacts, we have no information about casualties," a Ukrainian officer told Reuters at the scene.

09/06/2014 6:03 PM EDT

Ukraine Battalion: Reports Of Civilian Casualties In Shelling

09/06/2014 6:00 PM EDT

#RussiaViolatedCeasefire Trends On Twitter

Twitter users are using the hashtag #RussiaViolatedCeasefire to blame Moscow for renewed violence in east Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian Ambassador to Sweden Eitvydas Bajarunas used the hashtag for call for more information, as rockets and shelling were reported in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

09/06/2014 5:43 PM EDT

Rockets Fired In Ukraine Amid Ceasefire

The Associated Press reports:

Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are reporting sustained explosions outside the city and a volunteer battalion of Ukrainian fighters says Grad rockets are being fired at its positions.

The reports Saturday night come little more than a day after Ukraine and Russian-backed separatist rebels signed a cease-fire after more than four months of fighting in the country's east.

The cease-fire had appeared to largely been holding during much of the day.

But late Saturday, witnesses in Mariupol told The Associated Press by telephone that heavy explosions were coming from the city's eastern outskirts, where Ukrainian troops retain defensive lines against the rebels.

The volunteer Azov Battalion said on Facebook that their positions were hit by Grad rockets, but did not give details.

09/06/2014 4:49 PM EDT

Reports Of Shelling In Mariupol

BBC journalists Fergal Keane and Will Vernon in Ukraine's Mariupol say that shelling of the port city has resumed.

09/06/2014 12:21 PM EDT

ICRC Says Aid Trucks Forced Back By Shelling

The International Committee of the Red Cross said its aid trucks were forced to turn back on Saturday morning due to shelling in east Ukraine.

09/06/2014 10:59 AM EDT

Putin, Poroshenko Agree Cease-Fire Holding

Reuters reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko agreed on Saturday in a telephone call that a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was generally holding but said further steps were needed to make it more durable.

The ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists took effect on Friday evening, part of a wider peace plan aimed at ending five months of fighting in eastern Ukraine.

"(The two leaders) also stressed the need for the maximum involvement of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in monitoring the situation ... and for cooperation in providing Ukrainian and international humanitarian help," Poroshenko's office said in a statement.

09/06/2014 10:58 AM EDT

Rebel Leader: Prisoner Exchange To Take Place Saturday

A separatist leader said that the rebels and Ukrainian government will begin the exchange of prisoners of war, part of the peace roadmap, later on Saturday, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, Kiev said the details of the exchange were still being worked out.

09/05/2014 12:38 PM EDT

Peace Deal Outlined

New York Times Moscow bureau chief Neil MacFarquhar outlines the different aspects of the Ukrainian peace deal.

09/05/2014 12:18 PM EDT

Obama: Hopeful But Skeptical

Via Reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but skeptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds.

He also said he was leaving a two-day NATO summit in Wales confident that U.S. allies were prepared to join a broad coalition to take action to degrade and ultimately destroy Islamic State militants in Iraq.

"We also sent a strong message to Russia that actions have consequences. Today the United States and Europe are finalizing measures to deepen and broaden our sanctions across Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors," Obama told a news conference.

NATO had made clear it would defend every ally, and that it supported Ukraine's sovereignty against what he called Russian aggression, he said.

"With respect to the ceasefire agreement, obviously we are hopeful but based on past experience also skeptical that in fact the separatists will follow through and the Russians will stop violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. So it has to be tested," the president said.

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko confirmed on Twitter that a peace deal was signed.

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Reuters notes that separatist rebels in Ukraine's east are still seeking to split from the country, despite reports that negotiators reached a ceasefire deal in Minsk.

Pro-Russian rebels are still seeking split from Ukraine despite ceasefire deal: leader of rebel-held region of Luhansk

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 5, 2014

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Reuters notes that separatist rebels in Ukraine's east are still seeking to split from the country, despite reports that negotiators reached a ceasefire deal in Minsk.

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More on the ceasefire reports from Reuters:

MOSCOW, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed an agreement on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine starting at 6 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Friday, Russian news agency Interfax quoted a source close to the talks as saying.

There was no immediate confirmation of the deal at the talks in the Belarussian capital, Minsk, which also included representatives of Russia and the OSCE security watchdog.

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More on the ceasefire reports from Reuters:

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Reports negotiators in Minsk have reached a cease-fire deal.

Interfax #Ukraine reporting cease-fire deal signed in Minsk, citing sources close to talks

— greg white (@whitegl) September 5, 2014

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Reports negotiators in Minsk have reached a cease-fire deal.

Interfax #Ukraine reporting cease-fire deal signed in Minsk, citin...Read More"},{"id":"148","created":"09/04/2014 2:43 PM EDT","title":"","tweet_link":"148_","entry_text":"

In several posts on Twitter, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen once again accused Russia of deepening the crisis in Ukraine.

Just had an important meeting w/ Pres @poroshenko on the grave crisis in #Ukraine. #NATOsummitUK

— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 4, 2014

#Russia is now fighting against #Ukraine, IN Ukraine. Russian troops & tanks are attacking Ukrainian forces

— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 4, 2014

While talking about peace, #Russia hasn’t made 1 single step to make peace possible. Instead of de-escalating, #Russia only deepened crisis

— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 4, 2014

1st time since end #WW2 that 1 European country tried to grab another’s territory by force. Rule of strongest can’t replace rule of law

— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 4, 2014

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In several posts on Twitter, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen once again accused Russia of deepening the crisis in Ukraine.

Just had an important meeting w/ Pres Read More"},{"id":"146","created":"09/04/2014 2:38 PM EDT","title":"Merkel: Prepared To Talk","tweet_link":"146_merkel-prepared-to-talk","entry_text":"

At the NATO summit in Wales, German leader Angela Merkel said they're prepared to talk with Russia about a political solution for the crisis in Ukraine. Merkel added that they're prepared to lend weight to demands with further sanctions.

Germany's Merkel, at NATO summit, says we're prepared to talk with Russia about a political solution.

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 4, 2014

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At the NATO summit in Wales, German leader Angela Merkel said they're prepared to talk with Russia about a political solution for the crisis in Ukraine. Merkel added that they're prepared to lend weight to demands with further sanctions.

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Pro-Russian separatist leader Oleg Tsaryov told Reuters that rebels insist on \"proper guarantees\" from Kiev before agreeing to a cease-fire.

\"There will be no ceasefire without guarantees because in the past we had some ceasefire agreements Poroshenko didn't honor. We need proper guarantees because not all troops on the Ukrainian side answer to Kiev,\" Tsaryov said.

\"There are also batallions sponsored by the oligarchs. We don't want any ceasefire to be used by them to recruit more people and to bring in more military equipment.\"

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Pro-Russian separatist leader Oleg Tsaryov told Reuters that rebels insist on \"proper guarantees\" from Kiev before agreeing to a c...Read More"},{"id":"142","created":"09/04/2014 11:20 AM EDT","title":"President, Rebel Leader Both Willing To Order Cease-Fire Friday","tweet_link":"142_president-rebel-leader-both-willing-to-order-ceasefire-friday","entry_text":"

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and the main rebel leader in east Ukraine both say they will order cease-fires on Friday if a peace plan is agreed.

Reuters reports:

Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales, Poroshenko said the ceasefire would be conditional on a planned meeting going ahead in Minsk on Friday of envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Europe's OSCE security watchdog.

\"At 1400 local time (7.00 a.m. EDT on Friday), provided the (Minsk) meeting takes place, I will call on the General Staff to set up a bilateral ceasefire and we hope that the implementation of the peace plan will begin tomorrow,\" Poroshenko told reporters.

Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said in a statement that the separatists would also order a ceasefire, from one hour later, provided that Kiev's representatives signed up to a peace plan at the Minsk meeting.

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and the main rebel leader in east Ukraine both say they will order cease-fires on Friday if a peace plan is agreed.

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Ukraine is reinforcing its defenses at the country's largest port amid reports that separatist rebels are advancing on Mariupol, Reuters reports.

A Ukrainian soldier told Reuters he had seen pro-Russian separatists advancing on the port city with tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery.

The Guardian's Shaun Walker posted photos on Twitter of a pro-Kiev rally in Mariupol.

Pro-Ukraine "peace rally" in Mariupol. Big crowd. Taxi driver on seeing it called crowd "fascist filth". Divided town pic.twitter.com/69LwFc7yQ1

— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) September 4, 2014

More from the Ukraine rally, Azov battalion on stage. "Putin's hordes will meet a bloody end at Mariupol" pic.twitter.com/IPPcSoUmR3

— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) September 4, 2014

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Ukraine is reinforcing its defenses at the country's largest port amid reports that separatist rebels are advancing on Mariupol, Reuter...Read More"},{"id":"138","created":"09/04/2014 10:56 AM EDT","title":"White House: NATO Leaders Say Russia Should Face More Sanctions","tweet_link":"138_white-house-nato-leaders-say-russia-should-face-more-sanctions","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Key NATO leaders agreed during a summit meeting on Thursday that Russia should faced increased sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.

U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi sat down with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on the fringes of a NATO summit in Wales.

\"The leaders reiterated their condemnation of Russia's continued flagrant vioaltion of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and agreed on the need for Russia to face increased costs for its actions,\" a White House statement said.

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Reuters reports:

Key NATO leaders agreed during a s...Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"09/04/2014 10:13 AM EDT","title":"Poroshenko Tweets","tweet_link":"136_poroshenko-tweets","entry_text":"

The key element of my peace plan is a ceasefire. Hopefully, its implementation will start tomorrow. #NATO #NATOforUkraine

— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) September 4, 2014

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The key element of my peace plan is a ceasefire. Hopefully, its implementation will start tomorrow. #NATO Read More"},{"id":"134","created":"09/04/2014 9:17 AM EDT","title":"Blasts Heard Near Mariupol.","tweet_link":"134_blasts-heard-near-mariupol","entry_text":"

Reuters reports that witnesses have heard blasts near the port city of Mariupol.

A Reuters witness heard about a dozen blasts and saw plumes of black smoke rising a few km (miles) to the east of the port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Earlier, a military source said Ukraine's army was on a state of heightened alert near Mariupol, a strategic port city on the Azov Sea that guards the way towards Russian-annexed Crimea.

A Ukrainian soldier told Reuters he had seen pro-Russian separatists advancing on the city with tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery. His comments could not be independently confirmed.

\"Our plan is to stay here (in an eastern district of Mariupol) and not to budge an inch,\" said the soldier, who was from Ukraine's Azov batallion.

Read the full story here.

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Reuters reports that witnesses have heard blasts near the port city of Mariupol.

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Today & tomorrow, catch live coverage from the floor of #NATOSummitUK in Wales. Livestream: http://t.co/BDD9KEDqCv pic.twitter.com/UIEpCKIKfH

— Department of State (@StateDept) September 4, 2014

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Today & tomorrow, catch live coverage from the floor of #NATOSummitUK in Wales. Livestream: ...Read More"},{"id":"130","created":"09/04/2014 8:57 AM EDT","title":"NATO Officer: Thousands Of Russian Troops In Ukraine","tweet_link":"130_nato-officer-thousands-of-russian-troops-in-ukraine","entry_text":"

A NATO officer told Reuters on Thursday that Russia has several thousand combat troops inside Ukraine.

Reuters reports:

Russia has several thousand combat troops and hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles inside Ukraine, a NATO military officer said on Thursday.

NATO had previously said that \"well over 1,000\" Russian troops were operating inside Ukraine, marking a significant escalation of Moscow's military involvement in the country.

\"We are still seeing several thousand Russian combat troops on the ground inside Ukraine, equipped with hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles, so (there is) no substantial change in the disposition of Russian forces inside Ukraine,\" the NATO officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales.

Around 20,000 Russian troops remain close to the Ukrainian border, he said.

Read more here.

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A NATO officer told Reuters on Thursday that Russia has several thousand combat troops inside Ukraine.

Reuters reports:

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From Reuters:

The French government cannot go ahead for now with the planned delivery of a first of two helicopter carriers to Russia, the president's office said on Wednesday, citing Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine.

France, due to join NATO partners at a summit in Britain from Thursday, has faced fierce pressure from Washington and other allies to halt the sale of the Mistral-class warships, the first of which had been due for delivery in October.

Four hundred Russian sailors have been receiving training to operate the carrier since the end of June at shipyards at Saint-Naizaire, on France's Atlantic coast.

Warning Moscow it could face more sanctions, President Francois Hollande's said last week it would be \"intolerable and unacceptable\" if it were proven that Russian forces had entered Ukrainian territory, something Russia denies.

\"Russia's recent actions run against the foundations of security in Europe,\" Hollande's office said in a statement after a meeting between the president and his top military advisers.

\"The president of the republic has concluded that despite the prospect of ceasefire, which has yet to be confirmed and put in place, the conditions under which France could authorize the delivery of the first helicopter carrier are not in place.\"

Read more here.

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From Reuters:

The French government cannot go ahead for now with the planned delivery of a first of two helicopter carriers to Russia, the president's offi...Read More"},{"id":"124","created":"09/03/2014 12:50 PM EDT","title":"France Suspends Delivery","tweet_link":"124_france-suspends-delivery","entry_text":"

France announced on Wednesday it is suspending the delivery of the first Mistral class vessel to Russia.

French presidency: despite prospect of ceasefire, conditions to authorize delivery of 1st Mistral class vessel to #Russia not met #Ukraine

— Thierry Caboche (@Tcaboche) September 3, 2014

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France announced on Wednesday it is suspending the delivery of the first Mistral class vessel to Russia.

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Ukraine: Where are refugees heading to flee the crisis? #AFP pic.twitter.com/uRrmUj2PP0

— AFPgraphics (@AFPgraphics) September 3, 2014

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Ukraine: Where are refugees heading to flee the crisis? #AFP pic.twitter.com/uRrmUj2PP0

—...Read More"},{"id":"120","created":"09/03/2014 11:46 AM EDT","title":"Poroshenko: Hope That Peace Process Will Start On Friday","tweet_link":"120_poroshenko-hope-that-peace-process-will-start-on-friday","entry_text":"

Ukrainian President Poroshenko said on Wednesday that he hopes a peace process to solve the tensions in the east of the country will start at the end of the week.

\"I greatly hope that on Friday in Minsk the peace process will finally begin,\" Poroshenko said in a statement, according to Reuters.

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko said on Wednesday that he hopes a peace process to solve the tensions in the east of the country will start at the end of the week.

\"I greatly hope that on Friday in Minsk the peace process will finally begin,\" Por...Read More"},{"id":"118","created":"09/03/2014 9:57 AM EDT","title":"Russian Journalist Killed","tweet_link":"118_russian-journalist-killed","entry_text":"

Russia's foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that photographer Andrei Stenin has died in Ukraine.

Stenin disappeared in August while working for Russia’s largest state-run news agency Rossiya Segodnya in eastern Ukraine.

Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev said on Wednesday Stenin is thought to have been killed in a car while traveling through Ukraine. \"The vehicle came under fire and burned down on a highway near Donetsk,” Kiselev said.

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Russia's foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that photographer Andrei Stenin has died in Ukraine.

Ste...Read More"},{"id":"116","created":"09/03/2014 9:21 AM EDT","title":"Obama: 'These Are The Facts'","tweet_link":"116_obama-these-are-the-facts","entry_text":"

U.S. President Obama addressed the crisis in Ukraine during a visit to Estonia ahead of tomorrow's NATO summit.

\"Today Ukrainians have a new democratically elected president and I look forward to welcoming President Poroshenko to the Oval Office this month,\" Obama said during a speech in Estonia.

Obama added:

It was not the government of Kiev that destabilized eastern Ukraine, it has been the pro-Russian separatists who are encouraged by Russia, financed by Russia, trained by Russia, supplied by Russia and armed by Russia. The Russian forces that have now moved into Ukraine are not on a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission, they are Russian combat forces with Russian weapons, in Russian tanks. These are the facts.

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U.S. President Obama addressed the crisis in Ukraine during a visit to Estonia ahead of tomorrow's NATO summit.

\"Today Ukrainians have a new democratically elected president and I look forward to welcoming President Poroshenko to the Oval Office...Read More"},{"id":"114","created":"09/03/2014 9:17 AM EDT","title":"Yatseniuk Tweets","tweet_link":"114_yatseniuk-tweets","entry_text":"

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk kept up his condemnations of Russia.

We launch a project named "The Wall". It means constructing a real state border infrastructure between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

— Arseniy Yatsenyuk (@Yatsenyuk_AP) September 3, 2014

Russia is the main threat to the territorial integrity and national security of Ukraine. We have to recognize this in a new defence doctrine

— Arseniy Yatsenyuk (@Yatsenyuk_AP) September 3, 2014

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In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk kept up his condemnations of Russia.

We launch a project named "The Wall". It means constructing a real s...Read More"},{"id":"112","created":"09/03/2014 9:12 AM EDT","title":"Obama Reassures","tweet_link":"112_obama-reassures","entry_text":"

At start of meeting with Presidents of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania, Pres Obama says NATO commitment to their security is rock solid.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 3, 2014

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At start of meeting with Presidents of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania, Pres Obama says NATO commitment to their security is rock solid.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"09/03/2014 9:07 AM EDT","title":"Artillery blasts rock Donetsk","tweet_link":"110_artillery-blasts-rock-donetsk","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Loud artillery explosions rocked the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Wednesday, shortly after Kiev and Moscow said they had agreed on steps intended to end violence.

A Reuters correspondent in Donetsk said the blasts could be heard in the northwest of the city, home to about 1 million people before the conflict began, and dark grey smoke was billowing from an area near the city airport.

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Reuters reports:

Loud artillery explosions rocked the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on...Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"09/03/2014 8:57 AM EDT","title":"PM: Russia Is A Terrorist State","tweet_link":"108_pm-russia-is-a-terrorist-state","entry_text":"

Ukraine's Prime Minister called Russia a \"terrorist state\" on Wednesday and reaffirmed his desire for Ukraine to join NATO.

Reuters reports:

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Wednesday branded Russia a \"terrorist state\" over its actions in eastern Ukraine and reaffirmed Kiev's desire to join the NATO alliance, which will hold a two-day summit this week.

Yatseniuk also told a televised cabinet meeting that pro-Russian separatists were deliberately targeting energy infrastructure in eastern Ukraine and he detailed plans to compensate lost supplies of both natural gas and coal.

Read more here.

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Ukraine's Prime Minister called Russia a \"terrorist state\" on Wednesday and reaffirmed his desire for Ukraine to join NATO.

Reuters...Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"09/02/2014 11:44 AM EDT","title":"Ukraine May Need Another Bailout","tweet_link":"106_ukraine-may-need-another-bailout","entry_text":"

The IMF warns that Ukraine may need another bailout if fighting continues.

The Associated Press reports:

While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy.

Ukraine might need billions in additional support if the fighting between the military and the separatists in the country's east persists through next year, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. Only covering the shortfall in the central bank's reserves would require an additional $19 billion by the end of 2015, the fund said.

If the fighting eases over the coming months, the country's economy would still be shrinking by a sharp 6.5 percent this year, with meager growth on the horizon next year, according to the IMF. Analysts, however, say the damage to Ukraine's economy is likely to be more severe.

\"There is no end in sight to the conflict, so it's almost impossible to make growth forecasts,\" said Timothy Ash, the head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank in London. \"The recession this year will be deeper — maybe minus 8 percent — and there will be no recovery next year.\"

Read more here.

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The IMF warns that Ukraine may need another bailout if fighting continues.

The Associated Press reports:

While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losin...Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"09/02/2014 11:38 AM EDT","title":"Europe Proposes Tough New Sanctions","tweet_link":"104_europe-proposes-tough-new-sanctions","entry_text":"

Via Reuters:

European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia's companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an \"invasion\" force.

Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armored columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favor of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a major port.

Russia denies its troops are involved in fighting on the ground, in the face of what Western countries and Ukraine say is overwhelming evidence.

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Via Reuters:

European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia's companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an \"...Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"09/02/2014 9:07 AM EDT","title":"Pipeline Opens","tweet_link":"102_pipeline-opens","entry_text":"

Pipelines for reserve flow of gas from EU into Ukraine opened today by Slovakia. An important step.

— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) September 2, 2014

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Pipelines for reserve flow of gas from EU into Ukraine opened today by Slovakia. An important step.

— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) Read More"},{"id":"100","created":"09/02/2014 8:46 AM EDT","title":"More Than A Million Displaced","tweet_link":"100_more-than-a-million-displaced","entry_text":"

The UN's refugee agency warns that more than a million Ukrainians have been displaced by fighting between separatist rebels and government troops.

Reuters reports:

More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, including 814,000 Ukrainians now in Russia with various forms of status, the UNHCR United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Numbers displaced inside Ukraine by the fighting have nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing, it earlier told a Geneva news briefing.

\"It's safe to say you have over a million people now displaced as a result of the conflict, internally and externally together,\" Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, later told reporters. \"I mean 260,000 in Ukraine, it's a low estimate, 814,000 in Russia, then you add the rest ... Belarus, Moldova, European Union.\"

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The UN's refugee agency warns that more than a million Ukrainians have been displaced by fighting between separatist rebels and government troops.

Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"09/02/2014 8:44 AM EDT","title":"Military: 15 Soldiers Killed","tweet_link":"98_military-15-soldiers-killed","entry_text":"

According to the Ukrainian military, 15 Ukrainian soldiers have died in fighting with separatists in the past 24 hours.

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According to the Ukrainian military, 15 Ukrainian soldiers have died in fighting with separatists in the past 24 hours.

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The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy said early Sunday that the bloc's 28 leaders tasked its executive body to \"urgently undertake preparatory work for consideration within a week.\"

He says \"everybody is fully aware that we have to act quickly.\"

Read the full story here.

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The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy said early Sunday that the bloc's 28 leaders tasked its executive body ...Read More"},{"id":"94","created":"08/30/2014 2:46 PM EDT","title":"Poroshenko Says EU Sanctions Conditional On Peace Plan","tweet_link":"94_poroshenko-says-eu-sanctions-conditional-on-peace-plan","entry_text":"

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that European Union leaders had agreed to prepare additional sanctions on Russia, Reuters reports.

He told a news conference after meeting the EU leaders in Brussels that the sanctions would be conditional on the success of his peace plan. \"They will link to the success of the peace plan of the president of Ukraine.\"

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that European Union leaders had agreed to prepare additional sanctions on Russia, Re...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"08/30/2014 1:11 PM EDT","title":"Poroshenko: EU Agrees To Prepare New Russia Sanctions","tweet_link":"92_poroshenko-eu-agrees-to-prepare-new-russia-sanctions","entry_text":"

EU leaders agree to prepare fresh sanctions against Russia, #Ukraine's President Poroshenko says http://t.co/bQh2d5Q73P

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 30, 2014

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EU leaders agree to prepare fresh sanctions against Russia, #Ukraine's President Poroshenko says ...Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"08/30/2014 1:08 PM EDT","title":"Rebels: Separatist Leader Escapes Shooting","tweet_link":"90_rebels-separatist-leader-escapes-shooting","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Several shots were fired on Saturday at a car carrying Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic, but he escaped unscathed, another separatist leader, Sergei Kavtaradze, told Reuters.

\"Zakharchenko wasn't hurt. His driver was wounded and is being operated on,\" Kavtaradze said, adding that an operation was under way to catch whoever had fired the shots.

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Reuters reports:

Several shots were fired on Saturday at a car carrying Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the breakaway D...Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"08/30/2014 11:13 AM EDT","title":"Draft Statement: EU To Draw Up Possible New Sanctions On Russia","tweet_link":"88_draft-statement-eu-to-draw-up-possible-new-sanctions-on-russia","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

European Union leaders will ask officials on Saturday to prepare urgently possible new sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

EU leaders, meeting in Brussels, will say that they stand ready to take further steps against Russia depending on developments on the ground, according to the draft.

They will ask the EU's executive Commission and the EU's diplomatic service to work together \"to urgently undertake preparatory work\" on further sanctions.

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Reuters reports:

European Union leaders will ask officials on Saturday to prepare urgently possible new sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine...Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"08/30/2014 10:54 AM EDT","title":"EU Mulls New Russia Sanctions","tweet_link":"86_eu-mulls-new-russia-sanctions","entry_text":"

The European Union is poised to slap new sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis at a summit in Brussels, the Associated Press reports.

French President Francois Hollande and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said the European leaders will ask the Unions's executive arm to finalize the legal fine print of new sanctions.

More from the Associated Press:

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said \"sanctions are not an end in themselves,\" but a means to dissuade Russia from further destabilizing Ukraine.

\"Russia should not underestimate the European Union's will and resolve to stand by its principles and values,\" he told reporters, adding that the escalation seen over the past week can't go unpunished.

\"The opening of new fronts and the use of Russian regular forces (on Ukrainian soil) is not acceptable and represents a grave transgression,\" Barroso added.

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The European Union is poised to slap new sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis at a summit in Brussels, the Associated Press reports...Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"08/30/2014 10:28 AM EDT","title":"Lithuanian President: Russia Effectively At War With EU","tweet_link":"84_lithuanian-president-russia-effectively-at-war-with-eu","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.

\"It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe,\" she told reporters in English as she arrived for an EU summit.

\"That means we need to help Ukraine to ... defend its territory and its people and to help militarily, especially with the military materials to help Ukraine to defend itself because today Ukraine is fighting a war on behalf of all Europe,\" the leader of the former Soviet state said.

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Reuters reports:

Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskai...Read More"},{"id":"82","created":"08/29/2014 5:12 PM EDT","title":"Report: NATO Allies Plan To Create Rapid Reaction Force","tweet_link":"82_report-nato-allies-plan-to-create-rapid-reaction-force","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defenses in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

Countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force next week, coinciding with the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales.

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Reuters reports:

Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as pa...Read More"},{"id":"80","created":"08/29/2014 3:57 PM EDT","title":"Captured Soldiers Shovel Dirt","tweet_link":"80_captured-soldiers-shovel-dirt","entry_text":"

Reuters reports that a group of Ukrainian soldiers captured by separatist rebels were forced to shovel dirt.

The news service writes:

Watched over by separatist rebels with automatic weapons, a group of captured Ukrainian soldiers toiled with shovels and brooms on Friday to clear up dirt and rubble from the ruins of an eastern town.

Twelve prisoners aged between about 20 and 50 collected mud and earth into piles and loaded them into a lorry in the town of Snezhnoye, east of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Looking exhausted but showing no signs of having been beaten, they said they had surrendered to the separatists five days ago after coming under fire near Amvrosiyivka, a town further south.

\"Our column fell into an ambush and we came under fire. The leadership took the decision to surrender immediately because there was no point in putting up resistance,\" said 21-year-old Maxim, a soldier with cropped brown hair.

Read the full story here.

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Reuters reports that a group of Ukrainian soldiers captured by separatist rebels were forced to shovel dirt.

The news service writes:

Watched over by separatist rebels with automatic weapons, a group of captured Ukrainian sold...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"08/29/2014 11:58 AM EDT","title":"UK: Ban Russia From SWIFT","tweet_link":"78_uk-ban-russia-from-swift","entry_text":"

Bloomberg News reports that the U.K. will ask other European countries to consider banning Russia from the SWIFT banking transaction system.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known as SWIFT, is one of Russia’s main connections to the international financial system. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government plans to put the topic on the agenda for a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels tomorrow, according to the official, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

“Blocking Russia from the SWIFT system would be a very serious escalation in sanctions against Russia and would most certainly result in equally tough retaliatory actions by Russia,” said Chris Weafer, a senior partner at Moscow-based consulting firm Macro Advisory. “An exclusion from SWIFT would not block major trade deals but would cause problems in cross-border banking and that would disrupt trade flows.”

Read the full story over at Bloomberg.

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Bloomberg News reports that the U.K. will ask other European countries to consider banning Russia from the SWIFT bankin...Read More"},{"id":"76","created":"08/29/2014 10:58 AM EDT","title":"U.N. Rights Official: Ukraine Death Toll Rises To 2,593","tweet_link":"76_un-rights-official-ukraine-death-toll-rises-to-2593","entry_text":"

Senior U.N. human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Friday that 2,593 people -- including civilians, Ukrainian troops and rebel fighters -- have been killed in fighting in east Ukraine.

\"The trend is clear and alarming. There is a significant increase in the death toll in the east,\" Simonovic said at the presentation of the UN monitoring mission's latest report, according to NBC News.

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Senior U.N. human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Friday that 2,593 people -- including civilians, Ukrainian troo...Read More"},{"id":"74","created":"08/29/2014 9:59 AM EDT","title":"'Where Are Our Sons?'","tweet_link":"74_where-are-our-sons","entry_text":"

With indications Russian soldiers are dying in #Ukraine, mothers asking, "Where are our sons?" http://t.co/Wuq13EfSa1 pic.twitter.com/bGpsWb4eZT

— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) August 29, 2014

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With indications Russian soldiers are dying in #Ukraine, mothers asking, "Where are our sons?" Read More"},{"id":"72","created":"08/29/2014 9:21 AM EDT","title":"Separatists Will Allow Corridor","tweet_link":"72_separatists-will-allow-corridor","entry_text":"

Separatists say they will allow "humanitarian corridor" for withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. http://t.co/1tSPlgDsYq

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 29, 2014

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Separatists say they will allow "humanitarian corridor" for withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. http://t.co/1tSPlgDsYq

— Reuters Top ...Read More"},{"id":"70","created":"08/29/2014 9:09 AM EDT","title":"EU Weighs New Sanctions","tweet_link":"70_eu-weighs-new-sanctions","entry_text":"

Via the Associated Press:

European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.

The meeting of the EU's 28 top diplomats in Milan came a day after NATO said Russia has already slipped about 1,000 soldiers and much heavy weaponry into Ukraine, a development that funneled fears of a wider invasion.

The United States and the EU have imposed sanctions against dozens of Russian officials, several firms and the country's financial industry. Moscow has retaliated by banning food imports. President Barack Obama said Thursday Russia's support for rebel combatants in eastern Ukraine must incur \"more costs and consequences.\"

However, the EU ministers weren't expected to make a decision on new sanctions. Instead, their discussions were set to prepare possible further steps that could be announced at a summit of the bloc's 28 leaders Saturday.

In what appeared to be a last-minute bid for more support and tougher action on Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is set to meet the head of the EU's executive Commission, President Jose Manuel Barroso, and summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels Saturday a few hours before the summit.

New EU sanctions against Russia would have to be agreed unanimously — a requirement that has in the past blocked tougher action as some nations fear the economic fallout of sanctions. Russia is the EU's third-largest trading partner and one of its biggest oil and gas suppliers.

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Via the Associated Press:

European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis...Read More"},{"id":"68","created":"08/29/2014 8:51 AM EDT","title":"Ukraine Says It Will Seek NATO Membership","tweet_link":"68_ukraine-says-it-will-seek-nato-membership","entry_text":"

Ukraine said on Friday it will seek membership to NATO in response to the violence in the east of the country.

Reuters reports:

Ukraine said on Friday it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine's eastern provinces.

Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military alliance - which would come with the full protection of a mutual defense pact with the U.S. superpower - remains an unlikely prospect, at least in the near future.

But by announcing that it is seeking it, Kiev is taking its most decisive step yet to pursue Western military protection from what it now describes as an invasion by its neighbor.

NATO's secretary general said he respected Ukraine's right to seek membership, and accused Russia of blatantly and illegally intervening in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow denies its forces are fighting to support pro-Russian rebels who have declared independence in eastern Ukraine, but the rebels have all but confirmed it, saying thousands of Russian troops have fought on their behalf while \"on leave\".

Read more here.

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Ukraine said on Friday it will seek membership to NATO in response to the violence in the east of the country.

Reuters reports:

Ukraine said on Frid...Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"08/28/2014 5:23 PM EDT","title":"Putin Tells Rebels To Provide Humanitarian Corridor","tweet_link":"66_putin-tells-rebels-to-provide-humanitarian-corridor","entry_text":"

Russian President Putin orders pro-Russia rebels to provide humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine troops to exit: Kremlin

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 28, 2014

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Russian President Putin orders pro-Russia rebels to provide humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine troops to exit: Kremlin

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) Read More"},{"id":"64","created":"08/28/2014 5:05 PM EDT","title":"Obama Does Not Call Russian Moves Invasion","tweet_link":"64_obama-does-not-call-russian-moves-invasion","entry_text":"

Via Reuters:

President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States and its allies would look for ways to expand economic sanctions on Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of moving troops into southeastern Ukraine, but stopped short of calling the recent Russian aggression an invasion.

Obama also ruled out military action against Russia. \"I think it is very important to recognize that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming,\" he said.

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Via Reuters:

President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States and its allies would look for way...Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"08/28/2014 4:44 PM EDT","title":"Obama: No U.S. Military Action","tweet_link":"62_obama-no-us-military-action","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Faced with new Russian threats in Ukraine, Obama says U.S. will not take military action.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 28, 2014

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BREAKING: Faced with new Russian threats in Ukraine, Obama says U.S. will not take military action.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"08/28/2014 4:23 PM EDT","title":"'Backed, Armed, Trained And Financed By Russia' ","tweet_link":"60_backed-armed-trained-and-financed-by-russia-","entry_text":"

Obama said during the press conference that \"there is no doubt that this is not a homegrown indigenous uprising in eastern Ukraine.\"

\"They are backed, trained, armed and financed by Russia,\" Obama added.

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Obama said during the press conference that \"there is no doubt that this is not a homegrown indigenous uprising in eastern Ukraine.\"

\"They are backed, trained, armed and financed by Russia,\" Obama added.

"},{"id":"58","created":"08/28/2014 4:14 PM EDT","title":"Obama: Russia Responsible For Violence","tweet_link":"58_obama-russia-responsible-for-violence","entry_text":"

In a press conference on Thursday, U.S. President Obama said he has spoken to German leader Angela Merkel about the crisis in Ukraine. Obama said the U.S. and Germany believe Russia responsible for violence in eastern Ukraine. Obama also said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit the White House next month.

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In a press conference on Thursday, U.S. President Obama said he has spoken to German leader Angela Merkel about the crisis in Ukraine. Obama said the U.S. and Germany believe Russia responsible for violence in eastern Ukraine. Obama also said Ukrainian...Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"08/28/2014 3:19 PM EDT","title":"UN Security Council Meets on Ukraine","tweet_link":"56_un-security-council-meets-on-ukraine","entry_text":"

Via the Associated Press:

A top U.N. official told the Security Council Thursday further violence in Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the international body had no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion.

In an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine, members expressed outrage with U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power saying Russia \"has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied.\"

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin offered a spirited defense, saying Kiev \"is waging war against its own people.\"

Read more here.

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Via the Associated Press:

A top U.N. official told the Security Council Thursday further violence in Ukraine marked a dan...Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"08/28/2014 2:21 PM EDT","title":"U.S.: Possible New Sanctions","tweet_link":"54_us-possible-new-sanctions","entry_text":"

#BREAKING US warns of possible new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 28, 2014

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#BREAKING US warns of possible new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) Read More"},{"id":"52","created":"08/28/2014 12:46 PM EDT","title":"Russia's Defense Ministry Denies Presence In Ukraine","tweet_link":"52_russias-defense-ministry-denies-presence-in-ukraine","entry_text":"

Russia's ministry of defense denied claims by NATO and the Ukrainian government that its troops are fighting alongside separatist rebels in east Ukraine.

Agence France Presse reports:

Russia's defense ministry on Thursday denied US and Kiev claims of its troops' direct involvement in the escalating fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Kremlin insurgents in the separatist east.

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies that the \"information has no relation to reality\" and that army units believed by Washington to have crossed into Ukraine were conducting \"tactical training exercises on their own and outlying ranges.\"

Read the full story here.

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Russia's ministry of defense denied claims by NATO and the Ukrainian government that its troops are fighting alongside separatist rebels in east Ukraine.

Read More"},{"id":"50","created":"08/28/2014 12:41 PM EDT","title":"NATO Releases Satellite Images","tweet_link":"50_nato-releases-satellite-images","entry_text":"

NATO released satellite images which it says show Russian combat troops engaging in fighting in eastern Ukraine. The images were taken in late August. According to the organization they show Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action. Russia denies its troops are fighting in Ukraine.

New #NATO satellite images show Russian forces engaged in military operations inside Ukraine: http://t.co/sUS1FAodks pic.twitter.com/7eRLTniliA

— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) August 28, 2014

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NATO released satellite images which it says show Russian combat troops engaging in fighting in eastern Ukraine. The images were taken in late Aug...Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"08/28/2014 12:29 PM EDT","title":"UN Warns Of Further Escalation","tweet_link":"48_un-warns-of-further-escalation","entry_text":"

#Ukraine: "The international community cannot allow the situation to escalate further" http://t.co/WToTy2dqv0

— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 28, 2014

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#Ukraine: "The international community cannot allow the situation to escalate further" htt...Read More"},{"id":"46","created":"08/28/2014 12:26 PM EDT","title":"Merkel: EU Will Discuss New Russia Sanctions","tweet_link":"46_merkel-eu-will-discuss-new-russia-sanctions","entry_text":"

Via Reuters:

BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a European Union summit on Saturday will discuss the possibility of further sanctions on Russia in the light of reports of increased numbers of Russian troops in Ukraine and advances by pro-Russian separatists.

\"We are getting reports of an increased presence of Russian soldiers and of new unrest and fresh advances of the separatists in areas that until now were very quiet,\" she told a news conference on Thursday after talks with Balkan leaders.

\"We made it clear in March this year that if there were a further escalation, more sanctions would have to be discussed. So the issue will be on the agenda at the summit and we will have to ask ourselves how we will react,\" she said.

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Via Reuters:

BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a European Union summit on Sa...Read More"},{"id":"44","created":"08/28/2014 12:01 PM EDT","title":"Report: 15 Civilians Killed In Donetsk","tweet_link":"44_report-15-civilians-killed-in-donetsk","entry_text":"

Fifteen civilians killed in shelling in east Ukrainian city of Donetsk Thursday: city administration: http://t.co/gij63Hhev1

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 28, 2014

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Fifteen civilians killed in shelling in east Ukrainian city of Donetsk Thursday: city administration: http://t.co/gij63Hhev1

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"08/28/2014 11:53 AM EDT","title":"Activist: More Than 100 Russian Soldiers Killed","tweet_link":"42_activist-more-than-100-russian-soldiers-killed","entry_text":"

Russian rights activists say at least 100 Russian troops have been killed in fighting in Ukraine.

From Reuters:

More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead.

Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles.

\"A column of Russian soldiers was attacked by Grad rockets and more 100 people died. It all happened in the city of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province,\" said Krivenko speaking by telephone. Polyakova said she had also been given the same figure, of more than 100, for the number of Russian soldiers killed in the attack.

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Russian rights activists say at least 100 Russian troops have been killed in fighting in Ukraine.

From Reuters:

More than 100 Russian soldiers were ...Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"08/28/2014 11:08 AM EDT","title":"Poroshenko: 'Resist Panic'","tweet_link":"38_poroshenko-resist-panic","entry_text":"

Ukrainian President Poroshenko has called on his country to \"resist panic,\" the Associated Press reports.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling on the country to resist giving into panic in the wake of Russian forces entering the country.

Poroshenko called an urgent session of the national security council on Thursday. Security officials said two columns of tanks entered the country's southeast earlier in the day.

\"Destabilization of the situation and panic, this is as much of a weapon of the enemy as tanks,\" Poroshenko told the security council, according to the Interfax news agency.

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko has called on his country to \"resist panic,\" the Associated Press reports...Read More"},{"id":"36","created":"08/28/2014 11:03 AM EDT","title":"Cameron Warns Russia","tweet_link":"36_cameron-warns-russia","entry_text":"

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for an immediate halt to Russian tanks crossing the border with Ukraine, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports.

David Cameron has called for immediate halt to Russian tanks crossing Ukraine border and warns Pres Putin of 'further consequences'#Ukraine

— Gavin Hewitt (@BBCGavinHewitt) August 28, 2014

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British Prime Minister David Cameron called for an immediate halt to Russian tanks crossing the border with Ukraine, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports.

David Cameron has called for immediate halt to Russi...Read More"},{"id":"34","created":"08/28/2014 10:53 AM EDT","title":"Security Council To Meet","tweet_link":"34_security-council-to-meet","entry_text":"

The U.N. Security Council is preparing to meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

Via the Associated Press:

The U.N. Security Council is preparing to meet in emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine.

Diplomats said Thursday that the council will meet at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) at the request of Lithuania.

Alarm has grown as a top NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment and have been in direct \"contact\" with Ukrainian soldiers, resulting in casualties.

Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin told reporters \"You're at a loss\" as he walked into a morning council session and gave no further comment.

UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters that \"Russia will be asked to explain why Russia has its troops inside Ukraine. It's very clear that Russian regular troops are now in Ukraine.\"

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The U.N. Security Council is preparing to meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

Via the Associated Press:

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BREAKING: Ukraine security spokesman says 2 columns of tanks from Russia have entered strategic town.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 28, 2014

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BREAKING: Ukraine security spokesman says 2 columns of tanks from Russia have entered strategic town.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Augu...Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"08/28/2014 8:55 AM EDT","title":"Reuters Reporter Spots Armored Column In South Russia","tweet_link":"30_reuters-reporter-spots-armored-column-in-south-russia","entry_text":"

A Reuters reporter spotted an armored column in south Russia on Thursday, near the border with Ukraine. Some of the vehicles appeared battered. None of the troops or vehicles had identification marks.

Reuters writes:

A Reuters reporter saw on Thursday a column of armored vehicles and dust-covered troops, one of them with an injured face, driving through the Russian steppe just across the border from a part of Ukraine which Kiev says is occupied by Russian troops.

None of the men or vehicles had standard military identification marks, but the reporter saw a Mi-8 helicopter with a red star insignia -- consistent with Russian military markings -- land next to a nearby military first aid tent.

The column was driving east away from the Ukrainian border across open countryside near the village of Krasnodarovka in Russia's Rostov region.

The location is about 3 km (1.8 miles) from the Ukraine-Russia border and 30 km from the Ukrainian town of Starobesheve, which Kiev says Russian forces have occupied in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels after crossing over the border.

The column was made up of two armored personnel carriers, six military trucks and one military excavator. The troops, riding on top of the armored personnel carriers, had dirty faces and one had a bandage on his face.

One of the trucks had a smashed windscreen and smashed headlights and was being towed by a second truck. All the vehicles were marked with white circles.

Read the full story here.

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A Reuters reporter spotted an armored column in south Russia on Thursday, near the border with Ukraine. Some of the vehicles appeared battered. None of the troops or vehicles had identification marks.

Reuters writes:

A Reuters ...Read More"},{"id":"28","created":"08/28/2014 8:51 AM EDT","title":"Envoy: Russian Forces Seized Novoazosk","tweet_link":"28_envoy-russian-forces-seized-novoazosk","entry_text":"

Ukraine's envoy to the OSCE said on Thursday that Russian forces had captured the city of Novoazovsk. Russia denied the claim.

Reuters reports:

Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said on Thursday that regular Russian forces had seized the southeastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border.

Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that \"what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine\".

Speaking on the sidelines of an extraordinary OSCE meeting in Vienna, he added: \"The city of Novoazovsk and a number of other cities close to this one have been seized by regular Russian forces\".

Read more here.

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Ukraine's envoy to the OSCE said on Thursday that Russian forces had captured the city of Novoazovsk. Russia denied the claim.

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The Interfax news agency reports that Ukraine claims to have captured another Russian soldier in the eastern region.

Via Reuters:

Ukraine has seized another Russian soldier in the east of the country who has confessed to providing military support to separatist rebels, Interfax news agency said on Wednesday, citing the SBU state security service.

It said the soldier, a 19-year-old private in a motor rifle brigade of the Russian armed forces, had said during questioning that his military unit funneled military equipment, including Grad missiles and armored vehicles, to pro-Russian separatists.

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The Interfax news agency reports that Ukraine claims to have captured another Russian soldier in the eastern region.

Via Reuters:

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Russia's energy minister strongly denied reports that Russia may close off gas supplies to Europe over winter. Ukraine's prime minister Yatseniuk has warned earlier on Wednesday that Moscow was considering the move.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak called Yatseniuk's comment a \"groundless attempt to intentionally mislead or misinform European consumers of Russian gas,\" Reuters reports.

Read more here.

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Russia's energy minister strongly denied reports that Russia may close off gas supplies to Europe over winter. Ukraine's prime minister Yatseniuk has warned earlier on Wednesday that Moscow was considering the move.

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According to the mayor of Novoazyovsk, rebels have entered the key town in southeastern Ukraine after days of shelling.

The Associated Press reports:

The mayor of a town in southeastern Ukraine that has been under heavy shelling for three days says rebel forces have entered the town.

Novoazovsk is in a strategically significant location on the shore of the Azov Sea and on the road linking Russia to the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula.

In a brief phone call Wednesday, Mayor Oleg Sidorkin told The Associated Press that rebels had penetrated into the town. There were no immediate details on the size of the rebel force.

This is the first time in the four-month-long conflict that fighting has reached as far south as the seacoast and suggests that the rebels are emboldened.

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According to the mayor of Novoazyovsk, rebels have entered the key town in southeastern Ukraine after days of shelling.

The A...Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"08/27/2014 9:00 AM EDT","title":"Ukraine: Russia Plans To Block Gas Flows","tweet_link":"20_ukraine-russia-plans-to-block-gas-flows","entry_text":"

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe, in comments which are likely to escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.

Ukraine's prime minister warned on Wednesday Russia may block gas flows to Europe this winter.

Reuters reports:

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe, in comments which are likely to escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.

Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June over a gas pricing dispute, but it has continued supplies to Europe, its largest market.

\"The situation in (Ukraine's) energy sector is difficult. We know of Russia's plans to block (gas) transit even to European Union countries this winter,\" he told a government meeting.

Yatseniuk did not say how he knew about the Russian plans.

Read more here.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe, in comments which are likely to escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.
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Via Reuters:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday a \"roadmap\" would be prepared to agree to a ceasefire as soon as possible in east Ukraine, following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Belarussian capital.

\"A roadmap will be prepared in order to achieve as soon as possible a ceasefire regime which absolutely must be bilateral in character,\" Poroshenko said in a statement after the talk with Putin.

Poroshenko said the multi-lateral talks in Minsk, which included EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the leaders of Kazakhstan and Belarus, were \"tough and complex.\"

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Via Reuters:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday a \"roadmap\" would be prepared to ag...Read More"},{"id":"17","created":"08/26/2014 5:28 PM EDT","title":"Ukraine: Working Towards Ceasefire","tweet_link":"17_ukraine-working-towards-ceasefire","entry_text":"

In the wake of a bilateral meeting with Russian President Putin, Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko said a plan will be prepared to achieve a ceasefire.

Reuters: #Ukraine's President Petro #Poroshenko says a plan will be prepared as soon as possible to achieve a ceasefire with #Russia

— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 26, 2014

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In the wake of a bilateral meeting with Russian President Putin, Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko said a plan will be prepared to achieve a ceasefire.

Reuters: Read More"},{"id":"15","created":"08/26/2014 2:37 PM EDT","title":"Putin And Poroshenko Start Bilateral Talks","tweet_link":"15_putin-and-poroshenko-start-bilateral-talks","entry_text":"

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meet for 1st-ever bilateral talks - @AP http://t.co/HfNvt9fRhJ

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) August 26, 2014

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meet for 1st-ever bilateral talks - @AP http://t....Read More"},{"id":"13","created":"08/26/2014 9:05 AM EDT","title":"The Handshake","tweet_link":"13_the-handshake","entry_text":"

Putin and Poroshenko shake hands in Minsk:

Minsk, today: Putin, @Poroshenko shake hands. Looks surreal. What's next? pic.twitter.com/V3H5kUj3FJ

— Maxim Eristavi (@MaximEristavi) August 26, 2014

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Putin and Poroshenko shake hands in Minsk:

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Nataliya Vasilyeva, correspondent for the Associated Press in Russia tweets:

Putin: Russia respect sovereign choice of all countries, says that Ukraine has been integral part of a big transnational economy, ie exUSSR

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) August 26, 2014

Putin has been speaking about Ukraine's ties to the post soviet economies, listing the negative implications for R, Ukraine for 10 mins now

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) August 26, 2014

Putin says banned European imports are already flowing into Russia through Ukraine.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) August 26, 2014

I thought we gathered here to discuss war? Putin has been talking about economy for 10 minutes now.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) August 26, 2014

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Nataliya Vasilyeva, correspondent for the Associated Press in Russia tweets:

Putin: Russia respect sovereign choice of all countries, says that Ukraine has been integral part of a big tra...Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"08/26/2014 8:56 AM EDT","title":"Putin Sits Down With Ukrainian President","tweet_link":"9_putin-sits-down-with-ukrainian-president","entry_text":"

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk on Tuesday.

Via the Associated Press:

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June on the fighting that has engulfed Ukraine's separatist east.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko were joined by the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan and three senior officials from the European Union.

Opening the meeting in Minsk, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged both sides to \"discard political ambitions and not to seek political dividend.\"

The Ukrainian president was expected to face pressure to find a negotiated settlement — not a military victory — to the fighting that began in April. That was the option called for by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a visit to Kiev last weekend.

\"The fate of my country and Europe is being decided here in Minsk today. The interests of Donbass (eastern Ukraine) have been and will be taken into account,\" Poroshenko said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk on Tuesday.

Via the Associated Pre...Read More"},{"id":"7","created":"08/26/2014 8:49 AM EDT","title":"4 Ukrainian Border Guards Killed","tweet_link":"7_4-ukrainian-border-guards-killed","entry_text":"

Via Reuters:

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Tuesday that Russian Mi-24 helicopters had attacked a border post in Luhansk region the previous day, killing four border guards.

\"Yesterday, during the day, at the border post of Krasnatalovka, Russian Mi-24 helicopters attacked Ukrainian border guards. As a result of the attack, four guards were killed, three were injured,\" Lysenko told Reuters.

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Via Reuters:

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Tuesday that Russian Mi-24 helicopters h...Read More"},{"id":"5","created":"08/25/2014 4:06 PM EDT","title":"MAP: Russian Column Enters Ukraine","tweet_link":"5_map-russian-column-enters-ukraine","entry_text":"

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More from the AP on the reports of Russian weapons entering Ukraine:

KRASNODON, Ukraine (AP) — AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine.

Rebel fighters also described how Russian border guards did nothing to stop them.

Associated Press reporters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Krasnodon observed three such convoys last week.

NATO and Ukraine have accused Moscow outright of covertly shuttling heavy artillery and other weapons to the separatists. Russia routinely denies the allegations.

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More from the AP on the reports of Russian weapons entering Ukraine:

KRASNODON, Ukraine (AP) — AP reporter...Read More"},{"id":"1","created":"08/25/2014 3:53 PM EDT","title":"AP: Reporters See Russian Supplies Coming Into Ukraine","tweet_link":"1_ap-reporters-see-russian-supplies-coming-into-ukraine","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports that its reporters have seen Russian weapons and supplies being brought into Ukraine.

BREAKING: AP reporters: Weaponry and supplies have been coming from direction of Russia into Ukraine.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 25, 2014

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The Associated Press reports that its reporters have seen Russian weapons and supplies being brought into Ukraine.

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