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Russia tests 10-warhead ballistic missile
Dec. 27, 2014 - Col. Igor Yegorov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, announced the successful test of the RS-24 "Yars"
ballistic missile on Friday. The weapon can deploy up to 10 warheads designed to overcome missile defense systems.
- Source: World Bulletin
Ukraine votes to drop non-aligned status
Dec. 23, 2014 - In a 303 to 8 vote Ukraine's parliament has voted to drop the country's non-aligned status and eventually begin to
align itself with Nato, Europe and the West.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the move "counterproductive" and said it would boost tensions.
- Source: BBC
Russia angling for share in Israeli natural gas
Dec. 19, 2014 - Russia has expressed interest in Israel's Mediterranean gas fields.
Gazprom, for one, showed interest in becoming a partner in the Leviathan reserve, one of the most important in the
Mediterranean Sea, but nothing substantive came of it.
- Source: Hamodia
- Editor's Note: We have taught for many years, even before the discovery of the great natural gas fields off Israel's coast,
that this could be the motivation of the attack against Israel at some future time.
Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed - Washington Post
Ukraine crisis: Russian troops crossed border, Nato says
Nov. 12, 2014 - US Gen Philip Breedlove, commander of NATO forces said that Russian military equipment and combat troops
have entered Ukraine this week.
Heavy artillery fire rocked the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the industrial hub held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, on Wednesday morning.
It was unclear whether the fire came from besieging government forces or the rebels themselves, or both.
- Source: BBC
Henry Kissinger's Thoughts On The Islamic State, Ukraine And 'World Order'
Sept. 7, 2014 - In his new book, "World Order," preeminent statesman and historian Henry Kissinger explains the rise and fall of
world powers from China to the present times. He considers Russia and Iran to be pivotal in the current World Order. He says that managing
the ISIS crisis in the Middle East is less difficult than the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Kissinger also explains his view of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine:
Ukraine itself has been part of Russia for 500 years. . . The ideal solution would
be to have a Ukraine like Finland or Austria that can be a bridge between these two rather than an outpost.
- Source: NPR
- Update 11/3/14 - Time for a 'new world order?' No, it's already here
- Putin has called for a “new world order,” with the aim of stabilizing the globe. He believes the US is abusing its role as global leader. - RT (Russia Today)
- Henry Kissinger’s new world order - Prophecy Central's New World Order Section
Nato summit: Russia criticised over Ukraine crisis
Sept. 4, 2014 - Before the summit began, Ukraine's president briefed US and EU leaders on the ceasefire plan that they had made with
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Approximatelly 2,600 people have died so far in the fightiing in Ukraine.
The West says it has evidence that Mr Putin is supporting the separatists with training and arms, and has sent Russian troops across the border.
Russia denies the accusation.
- Source: BBC
Kremlin warns Ukraine against joining NATO - Washington Post
Hagel: Russia, China Aim to Close Military Technology Gap With US - Voice of America
NATO Approves New Force Aimed at Deterring Russia - NewsMax
Russian General Seeks Nuclear First-Strike Option Against US - NewsMax
- Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal - BBC
Ukraine anounces ceasefire with Russia
Sept. 3, 2014 - A brief statement from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office said that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have
reached agreement on a permanent ceasefire in the Donbass (the eastern Ukraine regions). No details were given.
There was no immediate reaction from the Russia-backed separatists whom Ukrainian forces have been fighting since April. The rebels ignored a 10-day
unilateral ceasefire that Poroshenko had called in June.
- Source: Times of Israel
EU Gives Russia Ultimatum Over Ukraine Crisis
Sept. 1, 2014 - According to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko there are thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks inside Ukraine. He
claims that tanks had been used to "destroy virtually every house" in the town of Novosvitlivka. He said that the attack threatens not only the peace and
stability of Ukraine but also the peace and stability of all of Europe.
Meanwhile, an EU summit has reportedly taken "important steps" that will lead to tougher sanctions against Russia within a week.
- Source: Sky News
- Live Blog: Ukraine Crisis - BBC
We need to tell the truth about what Russia is doing in Ukraine - The Guardian - UK
What is Russia doing in Ukraine, and what can West do about it? - CNN
Putin and the Ukraine crisis will force moribund Nato to reinvent itself - Military alliance lost its role after cold war but can it respond effectively
to the unconventional warfare of Russia and Isis? - The Guardian - UK
Nato accuses Russia of violating Ukraine sovereignty
Aug. 29, 2014 - Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has accused Russia of a "blatant violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty
by invading Ukraine to support pro-Russian rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the Ukrainian government for the crisis, comparing its siege of two cities held by separatists, Donetsk and
Luhansk, to the siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany in World War Two.
- Source: BBC
'Russian Invasion' of Ukraine Prompts UN Emergency Meeting - ABC
U.S. says Russia has 'outright lied' about Ukraine - USA Today
Russian armored columns said to capture key Ukrainian towns - Washington Post
Update 1-Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says - Reuters
- Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns - BBC
2 tank columns from Russia enter Ukraine
Aug. 28, 2014 - Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles have overpowered a Ukrainian border post and entered southeastern Ukraine.
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.
Another 20,000 Russian troops are thought to be stationed at the border.
- Source: Chron
- Live: Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion - BBC
- U.S. official says 1,000 Russian troops enter Ukraine - CNN
Ukraine crisis: Russia aid convoy 'invades Ukraine'
Aug. 22, 2014 -
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of a "flagrant violation of international law" after Russian humanitarian aid lorries
entered Ukraine without permission.
More than 100 large trucks from Russia forced their way through a Ukrainian border crossing without customs inspection, border control or International
Red Cross escort -- all of which is a violation of international law.
The incursion was called a "direct invasion" by Ukraine's security chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko. Nevertheless he said that no force would be used against the convoy.
- Source: BBC
- Russian aid or Trojan Horse? - BBC
- Update 8/23/14 -
Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine - Fox
Russian aid convoy near Ukraine's border
Aug. 14, 2014 - A Russian convoy of more than 200 vehicles is heading toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in
the Luhansk region. The large trucks are said to be carrying humanitarian supplies, but Ukraine officials are concerned that they might
be bringing Russian military forces or supplies for the rebels.
The route suggested Russia was intent on not abiding by a tentative agreement to deliver aid to a government-controlled border checkpoint in the Kharkiv
region, where it could more easily be inspected by Ukraine and the Red Cross.
A spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council warned that, if the Russians do not allow inspection of the cargo, the convoy will be
blocked with all the forces available.
- Source: USA Today
- Update: 8/15/14 -
Ukraine says dozens of its border officials in Russia inspecting aid convoy with Red Cross - US News and World Report
Ukraine may block Russian humanitarian aid convoy
Aug. 12, 2014 - Russia is sending a huge convoy of vehicles with humanitarian aid for Ukraine civilians trapped by fighting in the area
held by pro-Russia rebels. Nearly 300 vehicles loaded with grain, baby food and medicine will arrive at the border in the next two days. However,
The Ukraine government may not allow the convoy because,
There are Western concerns that Russia is using humanitarian assistance as a pretext to invade eastern Ukraine.
- Source: BBC
- Ukraine conflict: Russian aid or Trojan Horse? - BBC
Ukraine says trucks carrying purported aid from Russia won't be allowed across border - Fox
NATO: Russia Could Be Poised to Invade Eastern Ukraine
Aug. 6, 2014 - With 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border, Russia might be planning to invade Eastern Ukraine.
"We share the concern that Russia could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission as an excuse to send troops into eastern Ukraine,"
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Wednesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama prefers to continue economic sanctions against Russia instead of providing Ukraine with lethal military aid at this time.
- Source: Voice of America
Russia steps up help for rebels in Ukraine war
July 26, 2014 -
Rather than backing down after last week's downing of a civilian passenger jet, Russia appears to be intervening more aggressively in the war in
eastern Ukraine in what US and Ukrainian officials call a dangerous escalation.
Russia continues to build up its forces along their border with Ukraine, including tanks and other heavy weapons.
Two days ago Russia launched artillery attacks across the border into Ukraine.
- Source: Econommic Times
- Cold War II - Time
EU signs pacts with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova
Jun. 27, 2014 -
Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have signed partnership agreements with the European Union, in a move strongly opposed by Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that it would split Ukraine in two. Russians in general are unhappy with the trend of
former Soviet states drifting toward Europe and possibly becoming part of the European Union.
The pact - which would bind the three countries more closely to the West both economically and politically - is at the heart of the crisis in Ukraine.
- Source: BBC
Russia to ban US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions
May 14, 2014 -
Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military
satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis.
Currently the space station is manned by both U.S. and Russian astronauts, but all of them must use Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to get there and back.
- Source: Telegraph
East Ukraine Referendum Raises Fears of Civil War
May 11, 2014 -
Rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that has raised fears of civil war and
pitched Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War.
- Source: NewsMax
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