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US must act now

US must act now

US lawmakers demanded Friday that President Barack Obama show strong leadership and take swift action against Moscow in response to the downing of a passenger jet over Ukrainian territory. Obama accused the Kremlin of fomenting violence in eastern Ukraine and providing pro-Russian separatists with "sophisticated equipment" such as the surface-to-air missile used to shoot...

15 dead in Moscow subway derailment

15 dead in Moscow subway derailment

A rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 15 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian emergency officials said. Several cars went off the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly, the Emergency Situations...

Snowden asks to extend Russia stay: Report

Snowden asks to extend Russia stay: Report

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has filed an official petition to extend his asylum in Russia for another year. He has been living in the country since taking 1.7 million intelligence files from various US agencies. This is according to Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden’s current term of stay in Russia expires on July 31,...

Putin orders central Russia forces on 'full combat alert'

Putin orders central Russia forces on 'full combat alert'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops in central Russia on "full combat alert" for snap drills, the defence minister said yesterday. The order came a day after the Kremlin confirmed it was beefing up its military presence at the border with Ukraine. "In accordance with his (Putin's) order, from 11:00 am Moscow time (0700...

Ukraine Crisis

Separatists hold 'self rule' vote

Separatists hold 'self rule' vote

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine held a vote on independence yesterday, slammed by Kiev as a Kremlin-backed "criminal farce", amid fears the poll could spark civil war and lead to the break-up of the ex-Soviet republic. Western nations supporting Ukraine's government in its showdown with pro-Moscow insurgents stressed the self-rule "referendums" for the provinces...

Ukraine Crisis

East braces for secessionist vote

France and Germany yesterday warned Russia of "consequences" if Moscow continued to sow unrest ahead of Ukrainian elections later this month, on the eve of "illegal" referendums the West fears will split the country apart. Ukrainian acting President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in today's separatist referendum. The vote, organised on a largely ad hoc basis with no clear control of authenticity of ballot papers or...

Invasion fear grows

Invasion fear grows

The United States and Europe have prepared fresh sanctions on Russia they could activate as soon as tomorrow over the crisis in Ukraine, where tensions spiked as rebels detained an international team of military observers. The Group of Seven top economies and the European Union signalled they would step up economic pressure on Moscow...

Ukraine Crisis

Violence shatters Easter truce

Violence shatters Easter truce

Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine yesterday appealed for Russian "peacekeepers" to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to...

US, Russia wrangle over stalled deal

Russia was under US pressure yesterday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to cease occupying eastern towns, after Washington warned the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a "pivotal period". But with the separatists' refusal to budge throwing a deal to defuse the crisis into doubt, and US sanctions looming large, Russia warned that its military was massed on Ukraine's border, ready to act. In the nearly dozen Ukrainian towns the pro-Kremlin rebels were holding, the stalemate dragged yesterday. In...

Ukraine separatists dig in despite deal

Pro-Russian rebels defiantly kept their grip on nearly a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine yesterday, refusing to abide by an international deal to ease tensions unless the Western-backed government in Kiev steps down first. The refusal to budge came only hours after an unexpected diplomatic breakthrough Thursday worked out between Kiev, Moscow, Washington and Brussels following talks in Geneva to defuse the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War. If the hard-won agreement collapses -- as Western and Ukrainian leaders fear...

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