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Russian President Vladimir Putin

West is Russia's adversary again

VLADIMIR Putin's contrived emphasis on self-reliance is at best an attempt to put up a brave face before the world, an academic response to the stringent cache of sanctions on Russia imposed by the USA and the European Union. The apparent nonchalance can scarcely camouflage the severity of the economic reprisal in the aftermath of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, suspected to be the handiwork of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions is...

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
70th D-day Anniversary

D-Day spirit ignites hope

D-Day spirit ignites hope

Russia and Ukraine appeared to have made a long-awaited breakthrough in efforts to resolve a damaging crisis in their relations after conciliatory talks on the sidelines of Friday's D-Day anniversary ceremonies. Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko embraced the spirit of the day that signalled the end of World War II by announcing...

Putin, Cameron to hold face-to-face Ukraine talks

Putin, Cameron to hold face-to-face Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold face-to-face talks on the Ukraine crisis with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Downing Street said yesterday. The two leaders will meet after they attend events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on Friday. "It is an important opportunity to set out the importance...

Ukraine Crisis

Moscow urged to recognise new Kiev leader

Ukraine yesterday accused Russia of unleashing a mass propaganda campaign to persuade global powers not to recognise an election that gave the presidency to a pro-Western tycoon. The United States for its part acknowledged a "fundamental disagreement" with Russia and said President Barack Obama would extend his support to Petro Poroshenko when he meets the winner of the May 25 presidential election in Warsaw on Wednesday. The months-long fight for future of the ex-Soviet nation -- splintered between a more nationalist...

Ukraine Crisis

Donetsk assault kills dozens

Ukraine yesterday said it had recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants that left dozens of people dead. Caught up in the drama in Donetsk were a team of international monitors with the OSCE who have gone missing after being detained at a checkpoint. As fear gripped the city's streets, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Ukraine to end its "punitive" operation in the rebel-held...

Putin vows to respect Ukraine vote results

Putin vows to respect Ukraine vote results

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday pledged to respect the outcome of Ukraine's presidential election but warned that the country had descended into all-out civil war after a bloody upsurge in separatist violence. At least seven people were killed in fighting between rebels and defence forces outside the eastern industrial hub of Donetsk yesterday, a...

Signs of helplessness

AS Ukraine slides steadily towards civil war, the sanctions announced by the United States and the European Union go further than previous attempts but show no results on the ground. On April 28, Washington announced measures against companies, officials, and wealthy businesspeople with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, and the following day the European Union announced sanctions against 15 Russian and Ukrainian officials including General Valery Gerasimov, Russia's chief of military staff, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry...

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...

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