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In an annual speech ranging from economy to school tests, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday evoked religious imagery and defended the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy as necessary for his country's sheer survival.   (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin: ‘No One Will Succeed In Defeating Russia Militarily’

In an annual speech ranging from economy to school tests, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday evoked religious imagery and defended the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy as necessary for his country’s sheer survival.

12/04/2014

Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev criticized current Russian President Vladimir Putin as he launches his book, “After the Kremlin,” saying Putin “thinks he is second only to God.” (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Gorbachev On Putin: ‘He Thinks He Is Second Only To God’

Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev criticized current Russian President Vladimir Putin as he launches his book, “After the Kremlin,” saying Putin “thinks he is second only to God.”

11/21/2014

A Pro-Russian fighter stands on Sept. 2, 2014 on a road to Donetsk airport. (credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-Russian Rebels Soften Demand For Full Independence From Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy – a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

09/02/2014

Ukrainian soldiers patrol in a APC in the Donetsk area, on Sept. 1, 2014. (credit: ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Preparing High-Readiness Force To Counter Potential Russian Aggression

NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve the creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance’s secretary general said Monday.

09/01/2014

Election workers dump a ballot box for counting following a referendum on independence for eastern Ukraine on May 11, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Russian Foreign Minister: Moscow ‘Respects’ Results Of Eastern Ukraine’s Referendum

The Kremlin on Monday said Ukraine’s government should engage in a dialogue with the eastern parts of the country following the controversial referendums where about 90 percent of voters said they backed their regions’ sovereignty.

05/12/2014

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes the U.S. has very few options in two of the Obama administration’s biggest foreign policy pressure points in Ukraine and Syria, adding that the U.S. needs to solve its domestic problems before it can exert power on the world stage. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Gates: ‘No Real Military Option’ For US In Russia, Ukraine Crisis

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he believes the U.S. has very few options in two of the Obama administration’s biggest foreign policy pressure points in Ukraine and Syria, adding that the U.S. needs to solve its domestic problems before it can exert power on the world stage.

05/12/2014

An armed pro-Russian fighter takes position by railway tracks on May 7, 2014 in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk. (credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin: Russia Has Pulled Back Its Troops From Ukrainian Border

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia has pulled back its troops from the eastern Ukrainian border.

05/07/2014

Ukrainian troops guard a checkpoint near the northeastern Ukrainian city of Izium, in the Kharkiv region, some 50km northwest of Slavyansk, on May 5, 2014. (credit: SERGEY BOBOK/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Official: 30 Pro-Russian Insurgents Killed During Government Operations

Ukraine’s Interior Minister said Tuesday that 30 pro-Russian insurgents were killed during government operations to expunge anti-government forces in and near a town in the east.

05/06/2014

Ukrainian troops guard a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on May 5, 2014. (credit: SERGEY BOBOK/AFP/Getty Images)

Eastern Ukraine Citizens Being Told Kiev Government Sending Right-Wing Extremists To Kill Them

Ukrainian troops fought pitched gunbattles Monday with a pro-Russia militia occupying an eastern city – an apparent escalation of their efforts to bring the region back under government control in the country’s ongoing crisis.

05/05/2014

Masked pro-Russia activists stand outside the district state building after seizing it in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 4, 2014. (credit: Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Tragedy For All Ukraine': Dozens Of Pro-Russian Demonstrators Killed In Horrific Blaze During Riots

Ukraine’s prime minister on Sunday visited the city where a horrific blaze killed dozens of pro-Russian demonstrators during political riots – seeking to defuse mounting tensions by calling the deaths a “tragedy for all Ukraine” amid the ongoing crisis in the country’s east.

05/05/2014

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