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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference with Finnish President after talks at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Aug. 15, 2014. (credit: IVAN SEKRETAREV/AFP/Getty Images)

Aide: Putin’s Moscow Could Take Over Kiev In 2 Weeks Statement ‘Taken Out Of Context’

A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.

2 hours ago

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.

6 hours ago

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.

24 hours ago

Members of Ukrainian volunteer battalion Dnipro stand in a truck covered in steel plates near the small southern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk, Donetsk region, on Aug. 27, 2014. (credit: Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Member Of Putin’s Advisory Council On Human Rights: ‘I Consider This An Invasion’ Of Ukraine

The strategic southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appeared firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists Thursday, and Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.

08/28/2014

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to European officials via videoconference during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 24, 2014. (credit: FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawyer: Snowden Granted 3-Year Residency In Russia

Russia on Thursday banned most food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine — a sweeping move that will cost Western farmers billions of dollars but could also lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

08/07/2014

In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin greets President Barack Obama at the G20 summit on Sept. 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (credit: Guneev Sergey/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

‘Very Serious Matter': White House Accuses Russia Of Conducting Tests In Violation Of 1987 Nuclear Missile Treaty

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

07/29/2014

A picture taken on July 18, 2014 shows the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a day after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (Photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia Jet Crash Bodies Placed on Train Headed for Rebel-Held City

Armed rebels forced emergency workers to hand over all 196 bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site and then had them loaded onto refrigerated train cars bound for a rebel-held city, Ukrainian officials said Sunday.

07/20/2014

Rescuers stand on July 18, 2014 on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama: ‘Too Early To Guess’ Why Malaysian Airlines Flight Was Shot Down

President Barack Obama has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile on Thursday killing all 298 people on board.

07/18/2014

Rescuers stand on July 18, 2014 on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Separatist Rebels Claim They Have Recovered ‘Most’ Of Malaysia Airlines Plane’s Black Boxes

Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners — dressed in overalls and covered in soot — searched Friday through wreckage and bodies scattered over a vast stretch of farmland after a Malaysia Airlines jet flying over eastern Ukraine was shot from the sky, killing 298 people.

07/18/2014

Ukrainian's President-Elect Petro Poroshenko, speaks to the media during a press conference on May 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Moscow Official: Russian Government ‘Ready’ For Talks With New Ukrainian President

Early returns Monday suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine in the first round of balloting. In taking on the leadership of the bitterly divided country, he vowed to “put an end to war, chaos, crime, and bring peace to the Ukrainian land.”

05/26/2014

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