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Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat than Isis, John McCain says

Republican also says he is concerned by reports Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between Moscow and Trump’s team<p>The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is the biggest threat to global security, even greater than Isis, John McCain has declared on his tour of …

Donald Trump

Don't trade Ukraine for Syria, says Foreign Minister

Speaking after a meeting with his counterparts from Estonia and Lithuania in Vilnius, Rinkevics said the Baltic states had been among the most …

Russia

Russia 'open to removal of Syria's Bashar al-Assad'

Diplmatic sources say Russian softening position on Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad<p>Russia has made clear to Western nations that it has no objection to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stepping down as part of a peace process, in a softening of its publicly stated staunch backing of Assad ahead …

Amnesty accuses Russia of killing hundreds of civilians in Syria bomb raids

A human rights watchdog on Wednesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.<p>The report by Amnesty International said there has been a surge in reports of cluster munitions …

Middle East

Russia has a 'plan B' for Syria that would allow it to 'redefine the international order'

Russia's pattern of airstrikes in Syria indicate that it is preparing a "plan B" should the regime fail to restore a central Syrian state and be forced to retreat to a fragment of government-held territory along the Mediterranean.<p>"A second option [for Russia] is to fall back to the defensible parts …

PUTIN: The deterioration of Russia's relationship with the West is the result of many 'mistakes'

"We have done everything wrong," Putin told BILD publisher Kai Diekmann and BILD politics editor Nikolaus Blome last week, according to a transcript provided to Business Insider.<p>"From the beginning, we failed to overcome Europe's division. Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell, but invisible …

Putin: Russia could redeploy forces in Syria within hours if needed

Comments come days after announcing that Moscow’s military involvement in Syria would be wound down<p>Russia could redeploy its forces in Syria “in a few hours”, Vladimir Putin has said, three days after his surprise announcement that the country’s military involvement in Syria’s civil war would be …

Middle East

Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014.<p>The belligerent posture heightened worries …

Crimea crisis: Ukraine-Russia tensions spill on to the beach

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1256000/1256538_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524689407_9750e781f0ceeab1fb9f0d6f90ed976c<p><b>Barbed wire, armed soldiers and several hefty concrete checkpoints.</b><p>This is how many Ukrainians start and finish their summer holiday in …

Flight MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia, say investigators

Acrimonious legal standoff likely after inquiry says Buk brought from Russia hit Malaysia Airlines flight, killing 298 people<p>Moscow faces the prospect of an acrimonious legal standoff with the west after an international investigation concluded that a Buk missile brought across the border from …

Airplanes

Ukraine detains two Russian soldiers near Crimea border

Russia claimed servicemen were captured in Crimea while Ukrainian authorities said the soldiers were army deserters seized on their territory<p>Ukrainian security services have detained two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea, with Ukraine saying the men were deserters from the Ukrainian army …

Russia

To Battle Fake News, Ukrainian Show Features Nothing but Lies

KIEV, Ukraine — The studio lights dim, and the anchor taps a stack of papers on her desk and directs a steely gaze toward the television cameras.<p>What appears to be a nightly newscast is about to begin, only with a very Ukrainian twist: Everything is a lie, from start to finish.<p>“Welcome to …

Journalism

As Russia-U.S. ties strengthen, violence escalates in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government believes there is a direct link between the Jan. 28 call between Trump and Putin and the surge in fighting between the army and separatists afterward<p>It was six days after the first official phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin …

Russia-backed rebels issue ultimatum to Ukraine

Separatists in eastern Ukraine have threatened to take control of Ukraine-run businesses in rebel-held areas if the Kiev government does not end a rail blockade that had halted coal supplies.<p>The ultimatum came on Monday, a month since a group of Ukrainian legislators and army veterans started …

Putin’s desire for a new Russian empire won’t stop with Ukraine | Pavlo Klimkin

My country has suffered terribly from the Kremlin’s obsession with restoring Soviet hegemony. But the entire security of Europe and the west is at stake<br>• A thousand miles from Moscow: how Putin forged his Russian heartland<br>• Vladimir Putin has one reliable set of allies: Russia’s iron ladies<p>Over the …

Russia

Russian authorities 'imprisoning Crimean Tatars in psychiatric hospitals'

Since annexation many ethnic Tatar activists have been detained in outdated mental institutions, rights activists say<p>Lawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological …

Russia

Blockades leave east Ukraine more isolated than ever

<b>A lone figure, Svetlana hobbles with heroic stoicism through no-man's-land.</b><p>Her two brightly-patterned, tattered shopping bags weigh heavily in her hands.<p>The Russian-backed "republic" where the 78-year-old lives is at war with Ukraine and is not marked on most world maps.<p>She is travelling west into …

Eight festivals you must attend in your lifetime

This week's winning letter<p>Appetite for New Zealand<p>“Well, good luck with that – I couldn’t eat half that stuff,” she shuddered, turning to serve the next customer.<p>We’d only learnt about the Hokitika Wild Food Festival while trekking across the Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island. …