Andrew Franks

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Armenia’s revolution enters new stage as Russia begins to take notice

YEREVAN, Armenia — Russia, which for more than a week has been an ever-present factor in the background as Armenian protesters thronged the streets, is starting to define its role here.<p>Moscow has watched as the peaceful revolt to its south unfolded, first with studied silence, then caution and now …

Russia

Trump Administration Approves New Weapons Sale to Ukraine, Bucking Putin

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine,” the State …

Russia

In Shocking Turn Of Events, Russia Now Owes Ukraine Billions

Ukraine finally gets a win against Russia.<p>State-owned gas company, Naftogaz, was awarded $2.5 billion in a lengthy, ugly legal battle with Russian gas behemoth Gazprom. The Stockholm Arbitral Tribunal ruled Wednesday on a years old dispute regarding natural gas transit fees in favor of the …

Russia

Manafort's financial troubles raise new questions about why he offered to work as an unpaid volunteer to the Trump campaign

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here.</i><p>Paul Manafort was in deeper financial trouble than previously known when he joined then-Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign as an unpaid volunteer in early 2016.<p>Manafort approached the Trump campaign in February 2016, touting himself …

Ukraine Details Claims Against Russia in Maritime Dispute, Says Russia Steals Gas

Kyiv claims Russia has been siphoning off natural gas from offshore fields it seized from Ukraine in 2014, after forcibly annexing Crimea. The …

Russia

Living with the ghosts of Maidan

KIEV, Ukraine — I’m staying in a suite on one of the top floors of Hotel Ukraine. It’s February 20, four years to the day since dozens of protesters …

What is DARPA doing in Ukraine?

WASHINGTON — DARPA, the Pentagon’s high-tech office, is working with the government of Ukraine to develop capabilities to help Kiev in its hybrid …

Russia

Yanukovych Calls For Direct Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called for "direct peace talks" between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's east to end …

Urgent New Doc “Breaking Point” Breaks Down Ukraine’s Fight Against Putin

Mark Jonathan Harris and Oles Sanin’s film offers haunting, close-up documentation of a fight for democracy that just a year ago may not have had …

Russia and Ukraine Swap Captured Border Guards Who Got 'Lost'

The border guards spent months in captivity after crossing into foreign territory.

Russia

Why Is the Trump Administration Selling Giant Sniper Rifles to Ukraine?

On Dec. 20, 2017, the U.S. State Department publicly announced it was finally issuing an export license for Ukraine to purchase lethal military …

Why Russia's Pipeline Power Is Overhyped

A $2.6 billion ruling in Stockholm against Gazprom shows its limits as a Kremlin tool.<p>Russia and Ukraine may be practically at war with each other, but they are joined at the hip by Ukraine's gas transit system, business partners in one of the world's biggest energy export channels. On Wednesday, …

Yanukovych Says He Never Met Trump Campaign Chief Manafort Face-To-Face

Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych said on March 2 that he never had a face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump's ex-campaign …

Russia’s Covert Campaign to Inflame East Europe

Far-right and outright fascist movements with links to Moscow are sowing discord among Ukraine and its European Union neighbors.<p>WARSAW—At 1 a.m. on …

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Ukraine: Several injured as police break up Kyiv protest camp

At least 10 people have been injured in the Ukrainian capital after police began removing a protest camp near parliament. The protesters are calling …

Russia

The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed

It is one of the world’s most powerful alliances. And yet most people have probably never heard of it, because its existence is a closely guarded …

Surveillance

Equifax Data Breach Worse Than Reported, Warren Says

Equifax is under fire from reports that its 2017 data breach was more serious than previously believed, and that it included email addresses and tax …

Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants access to warrantless surveillance: report

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are exploring joining the Intelligence Community, <i>The Daily Beast</i> reported Wednesday.<p>“Those spying tools …

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.<p>The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged …

Leaked Document Appears to Show NSA Infiltrated Cryptos, Tor, VPN

Privacy<p><b>A photograph posted on imageboard 4chan appears to show a leaked 21 August 2017 memorandum from the US Army Cyber Protection Brigade. The</b> …

How Three European Oligarchs Looted 100s Of Millions From Ukraine

<b>Three Ukrainian oligarchs traded part of around $1.5bn in illicit assets traced to cronies of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich,</b> an …

Illicit deal targets assets looted from Ukraine

Al Jazeera exposes a deal to sell part of $1.5bn suspected stolen by former Ukrainian President Yanukovich.<p>"The girls will be here shortly," said the bodyguard with a heavy French accent as our cameraman set up for the interview. "Just joking!" He laughed. "Please wait. Mr Onyschenko is coming."<p>He …

U.S. Navy Destroyer Arrives in Ukraine Amid Rift With Russia

The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer Carney sailed into Ukrainian waters Monday in the third visit by a vessel of its kind to the tense Black Sea …

Russia is destroying 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace in occupied Crimea - Human Rights in Ukraine

There are compelling grounds for fearing that Russia’s so-called ‘restoration work’ on the world-renowned Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai could forever …

Russian Gas Return to Ukraine to Cost EU Traders $1 Billion

European natural gas traders stand to lose about $1 billion in sales to Ukraine this year.<p>Companies from Eni SpA to Uniper SE will see combined gas …

Ukraine sees strengthened economic ties with China as major achievement: ministry

Ukraine sees strengthened economic ties with China as major achievement: ministry<p>A China-Europe freight train X9081 leaves Urumqi, capital of …

'Simmering Conflict' In Eastern Ukraine Remains At An Impasse

The war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists has reached an impasse after more than three years of fighting that has claimed more than 10,000 lives and sparked a humanitarian crisis.<p>Last month, the two sides conducted one of the largest prisoner swaps since …

A Russian Blackwater? Putin’s Secret Soldiers in Ukraine and Syria

While Ukraine’s military has many honored volunteers fighting to defend their border, Russia’s expeditionary forces often are contractors fighting …

Arming Ukraine provokes Russia

Trump administration’s decision is counterproductive and dangerous: Opposing view<p>Ukraine matters more to Russia than it does to the United States. This hard reality makes the Trump administration’s recent decision to approve selling lethal weapons to Ukraine, including anti-tank missiles, …

Ukraine is finally taking measures to fix its leaky cyber problems after attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login …