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Kremlin Says Not Moving Toward War With Ukraine

The Kremlin on Sunday said it was not moving toward war with Ukraine as Russia increased its military presence on the border with Ukraine’s eastern breakaway territories.  In recent weeks fighting has intensified between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian separatists controlling two regions in the country’s east, raising concerns of major escalation in the long-running conflict.  “Of course, nobody is planning

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A Standoff: Why Russia and Ukraine Each Do Not Want to Strike First

Both countries have mobilized their armed forces for a potential escalation in the war in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow and Kiev both have reasons to hold off for now. by Mark Episkopos Russia and Ukraine are exchanging verbal barbs and mobilizing troops along either side of the contested Donbass region, but has the conflict really entered a new escalatory phase?

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Russian sabre-rattling over Ukraine demands a different response

Russian heavy armour is on the move, and Moscow is making no move to hide it. Is this the prelude to a new upsurge in fighting in south-eastern Ukraine, or especially brutal sabre-rattling? The problem is that we don’t know – and this challenges our usual responses. The war in the Donbas – neither civil war nor straightforward foreign intervention,

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Fake: A child died in Donbas as a result of a Ukrainian drone attack (Update)

On April 6, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine confirmed the death of the child. He reportedly died “due to blast trauma and shrapnel wounds.” There is no information that the child died as a result of a strike by a Ukrainian drone. Also, the report says that ‘non-government-controlled’ Oleksandrivske is located approximately 14 kilometers from the contact line,

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Russia Accuses Slovak Watchdog of Sputnik V ‘Sabotage,’ Demands Return of Vaccines

Slovakia’s drug watchdog said the batch it received was not the same as well-reviewed test batches. Sputnik V’s official Twitter account on Thursday accused the Slovak Drug agency SUKL of a “disinformation campaign” against the Russian vaccine after the watchdog said the batch of 200,000 vaccines the country received differed from those reviewed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and

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Kremlin rejects possibility of U.S. joining Donbas talks

U.S. policy towards Ukraine precludes this country from joining the “Normandy format” negotiations to resolve the situation in the Donbas, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, RIA Novosti reports. “With the approaches that Washington demonstrates and applies, it has no business in the Normandy format,” Ryabkov said, commenting on the words of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov that Kyiv

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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to Visit Frontline After Surge in Clashes

By Olga Shylenko for AFP Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was travelling to the country’s eastern frontline on Thursday, after a surge in clashes with separatist forces and a spike in tensions with Moscow. Fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists has intensified in recent weeks, raising fears of a major escalation in the long-running conflict over the mainly Russian-speaking Donbas

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U.S. calls on Ukraine to implement deep reforms for NATO membership

The United States continues to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, while urging Kyiv to implement deep and comprehensive reforms to meet Western standards for NATO membership. U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price made a respective statement at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday, April 6, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “This [U.S.] administration is committed to ensuring that NATO’s door remains

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Center for Countering Disinformation to protect Ukraine and its allies

At a meeting with the ambassadors of the G7, Finland, Israel, as well as the heads of the EU and NATO missions in Ukraine, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak presented the work of the Center for Countering Disinformation and discussed opportunities for cooperation in information security. Yermak said that the idea of creating a

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Russia prepares for yet another round of ‘terrible sanctions’

The U.S. has reached out to Russia in connection with the situation in southeastern Ukraine, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. The contacts took place “at a high level” and the U.S. side “expressed concern” about “Moscow’s actions”, Ryabkov said. The Pentagon estimated that 4,000 troops and equipment were transferred to the border with Ukraine. “We are carrying out

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Upgrading Ukraine’s Air Force could deter Russia

UkraineAlert by Stephen Blank Ukraine is back in the international headlines thanks to alarm over a major Russian military build-up close to the Ukrainian border. This latest scare is a reminder that Russian aggression against Ukraine is far from over. While combat operations peaked in 2014-15, the conflict continues to simmer and remains very much unresolved. Over the past seven

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Russian Investigators to Probe Feminist Eurovision Pick for ‘Inciting Hatred’ – Reports

Moscow investigators have launched an inspection into “Russian Woman,” the country’s entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest, after a veteran’s newspaper accused it of inciting hatred, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday.  Written and performed by Tajik-born artist Manizha, “Russian Woman” has sparked controversy among conservative groups for its lyrics promoting female empowerment and rejection of sexist stereotypes.

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Compelling?

Edward Lucas If NATO annoys China, China will annoy NATO. That was the implication of Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Belgrade last week. “Some NATO members are trying to play certain security roles in the Indo-Pacific region. China can respond by interfering in Europe’s security affairs and urging the Alliance to see China as a global security player, “Cui Hongjiang,

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“Will aggravate the situation”: the Kremlin said that Ukraine’s accession to NATO will not help it

The press secretary of the head of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, expressed doubts that Ukraine’s entry into the North Atlantic Alliance will help it in its confrontation with the Russian Federation . He said this on Tuesday, April 6, commenting on the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that joining NATO is the only way for the country to resolve the conflict

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Russia tells US representatives that Kyiv makes provocations in Donbas

Russia and the United States have maintained contacts due to the aggravation of the situation in eastern Ukraine Russian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. representatives discussed the escalation of the situation in Donbas. The Kremlin has said that Kyiv is conducting “provocative actions” in Eastern Ukraine. The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov reported about

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Macron, Merkel and Zelensky to discuss situation in Donbas without Putin

Leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries will soon hold talks on Donbas without the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, citing a source in diplomatic circles. The interlocutor of the newspaper claims that the conversation of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take place this week. The leaders

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Would the Biden Admin Please Stop Pushing Ukraine to Attack Russia?

By Ron Paul On March 24, Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky signed what was essentially a declaration of war on Russia. In the document, titled Presidential Decree No. 117/2021, the U.S.-backed Ukrainian leader declared that it is the official policy of Ukraine to take back Crimea from Russia. The declaration that Ukraine would take back Crimea from Russia also followed, and

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“As a result of the explosion of an unidentified object.” What is known about the death of a boy in the occupied territory

Gala Sklyarevska Russia once again uses the tragedy for propaganda purposes On Saturday, April 3, at almost the same time, many Russian media outlets reported about the “death of a child as a result of the actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces” in Donbass – in all reports, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were named guilty of the tragedy, and

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Russia Probes Reported Killing of Child in Ukraine Attack

Moscow said Monday it was probing the death of a five-year-old child allegedly killed by Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. Over the past week, fears have mounted of an escalation of a simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have battled separatists since 2014.  Ukraine last week said Russia has been building up a military

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Ukraine: purpose of upcoming Defender Europe 2021 exercise is to practice for war with Russia

NATO Defender Europe 2021 exercises are being conducted to work out possible military confrontation with Russia, said the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas, Alexey Arestovich, on the YouTube channel UKRLife.TV. “A large-scale NATO exercise called Defender Europe 2021 has begun, which means “protect Europe.” The scenario is that from the Baltic sea to the Black

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SBI opens criminal proceeding on high treason of Medvedchuk, Kozak – MP Honcharenko

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has opened a criminal proceeding on high treason of MPs Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak (the Opposition Platform – For Life parliamentary faction), MP Oleksiy Honcharenko (the European Solidarity faction) has said. “I received this information from the Prosecutor General’s Office in response to my statement about the commission of actions by Medvedchuk and

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