The breakaway Ukrainian territories at center of Russia’s focus

The breakaway Ukrainian territories at center of Russia’s focus

This post was originally published on this siteBreakaway territories in eastern Ukraine are emerging as ground zero in what is expected to be a larger conflict with Russia, triggering sanctions and raising fears that efforts at diplomacy have failed to avoid a large-scale invasion. …

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France condemns Putin’s ‘paranoid’ speech on Ukraine, will introduce sanctions

France condemns Putin’s ‘paranoid’ speech on Ukraine, will introduce sanctions

This post was originally published on this site France will introduce “targeted sanctions” against Russian interests in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to east Ukraine, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday. “We are going to implement appropriate and targeted sanctions against Russian...

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Putin announces creation of two new countries — that had been part of Ukraine

Putin announces creation of two new countries — that had been part of Ukraine

This post was originally published on this site Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced he would sign a declaration creating two new countries out of territory in eastern Ukraine. Russia claims its move will create the new countries of Luhansk and Donetsk in the Donbas region of Ukraine. In...

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Ukraine dismisses Russian claims of attacks on separatists backed by Moscow

Ukraine dismisses Russian claims of attacks on separatists backed by Moscow

This post was originally published on this siteUkraine on Monday has dismissed Russian accusations that they attacked two Russian-backed separatist enclaves and called the claims disinformation, according to The Washington Post. Ukrainian Minister of Information Policy Oleksandr…

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US Embassy warns Americans to avoid crowds in Russian cities

US Embassy warns Americans to avoid crowds in Russian cities

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. Embassy in Russia is warning Americans to avoid crowds in Moscow and other major urban areas because of “threats of attacks” amid heightened concerns of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.In a security alert on Sunday, officials urged…

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Ukraine shelling intensifies amid talk of Biden-Putin summit

Ukraine shelling intensifies amid talk of Biden-Putin summit

This post was originally published on this siteAmid increased shelling in Eastern Ukraine Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron was intensifying efforts to compel the American and Russian leaders to meet.

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Russia has lists of Ukrainians ‘to be killed or sent to camps,’ US warns UN

Russia has lists of Ukrainians ‘to be killed or sent to camps,’ US warns UN

This post was originally published on this site The United States has warned the United Nations it has information that Russia has lists of Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps” in the event of an invasion, according to a letter sent to the UN rights chief and obtained...

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Putin’s possible endgames in Ukraine

Putin’s possible endgames in Ukraine

This post was originally published on this siteAs the US seeks to convince the world that Russia is bluffing about a drawdown of troops near Ukraine, it’s worth considering what’s informing Russia’s decision-making and what the possible endgame scenarios might be. Michael Kimmage, an expert on US-Russia relations, weighs in.

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Biden to speak on Russia-Ukraine crisis Friday afternoon

Biden to speak on Russia-Ukraine crisis Friday afternoon

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden will speak at 4:00 p.m. ET Friday to give “an update on our continued efforts to pursue deterrence and diplomacy, and Russia’s buildup of military troops on the border of Ukraine,” according to the White House.

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