Russian infor war preceded Ukrainian ship seizures: EU

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Russia launched a year-long fake news campaign about Kiev’s and Nato’s plans for the Azov Sea before seizing three Ukrainian ships there, EU security commissioner Julian King alleged Monday (Dec 10). King said Russian media spread false claims that Ukraine had infected the Azov Sea with cholera and that British and Ukrainian secret services had tried to […]

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Russian threat highest since 2014: Ukraine military chief

KIEV (Reuters) – Russia has been ramping up its forces near the border with Ukraine since August and now poses the greatest military threat since 2014, the year Moscow annexed Crimea, the commander of Ukraine’s armed forces told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. General Viktor Muzhenko gestured to a series of satellite images which he said showed the presence […]

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Russian scientists unveil plan to colonize the moon

Russia has unveiled plans to build a colony on the moon within 20 years. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said: “This is the very important moment for Roscosmos.” He said the organization was struggling with financial burdens but there was a clear five-year plan that would lead to a new age of space technology. Anatoly Petrukovich […]

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Putin says no talks with Ukraine about release of sailors

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday there had been no discussion with Ukraine about the possible release of the Ukrainian sailors who were seized along with their ships by Russia last month. Putin spoke with reporters on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Russia is resisting international calls to release three Ukrainian […]

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U.S. defense chief says Moscow cannot be trusted to keep its word

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships violated a treaty between the two countries and showed that Moscow cannot be trusted. “When you think that there is a treaty between the two countries … it just shows that Russia cannot be counted on right now to keep its […]

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European politicians call for new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

MOSCOW/KERCH, Crimea (Reuters) – Several senior European politicians on Tuesday raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite a wider conflict. A Russian minister said further sanctions would solve nothing and that the incident should not be used to derail the Minsk accord, […]

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What does Russia want with Ukraine, what is their history together and what happened in Crimea?

We look what the disputes are over and why Russia prizes Ukraine so highly. What does Russia want with Ukraine? The two countries have been intertwined for more than 1,000 years, not all of it peaceful by any means. Russia sees the Ukraine as highly strategic – due to Ukraine’s coast it gives Russian ships access to the Black Sea […]

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Russia opens civil case against Google over search results

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has launched a civil case against Google (GOOGL.O), accusing it of failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, the country’s communications watchdog said on Monday. If found guilty, the U.S. internet giant could be fined up to 700,000 roubles ($10,450), the watchdog, Roscomnadzor, said. It said Google had […]

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Russia says planning for new U.S. nuclear missiles in Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday it was planning for a U.S. deployment of new nuclear missiles in Europe following Washington’s planned withdrawal from a landmark Cold war-era arms control treaty despite the United States denying it has such plans. Russia is keen to dissuade U.S. President Donald Trump from carrying out a threat for Washington to quit the […]

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UK's Hunt lands in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, bilateral issues: TV

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrived in Tehran on Monday for the first time since taking office to hold talks with Iranian authorities on issues including the future of the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian media reported. In May, U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the deal, negotiated with five other world powers during Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration. […]

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