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Here's Why Putin Calling Eastern Ukraine 'Novorossiya' Is Important

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.18.2014 | World

A casual listener may have missed it, but many Ukraine-watchers raised their brow when Russian President Vladimir Putin used the weighty term "Novoros...

Kerry: Steps Agreed On For Easing Ukraine Tensions

AP | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of...

Putin Finally Admits: Russian Soldiers In Crimea

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his...

Edward Snowden Asked Putin About Surveillance

Reuters | Steve Gutterman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, mad...

Putin: Impossible For Europe To Stop Buying Russian Gas

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its relia...

Putin Has Harsh Words For NATO

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexatio...

Barack Obama or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Defer to Putin

Spencer Green | Posted 04.16.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Obama: Hello? Hello, Vladimir? I can't hear you very well. Is that a bear? Um... can you possibly get rid of the bear? Oh -- sure, I can wait. (Obama waits several seconds) Hello, again. You what? You wrestled the bear to the ground?

Putin and the Russian Army

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


The Lives of Others: Lessons Not Learned

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

That history repeats itself is a known truth borne from both philosophical reminders and from experience, for humanity has a way of forgetting its most important lessons, even those from fewer than three decades ago.

Obama Put To The Test

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced w...

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

Putin Warned

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Bill Maher: Could Putin Be Gay?

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices

On Friday night's episode of HBO's "Real Time" two members of the political activist group Pussy Riot chatted with Bill Maher about their controversia...

White House Issues Stern Warning To Putin

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2014 | World

KIEV/MOSCOW, April 12 (Reuters) - Armed separatists took control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it c...

April Showers Hit Markets: Bring an Umbrella to Trade

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Forces at work from Tokyo to Kiev have been roiling the U.S. stock market for a couple of week. But the financial sushi that is now on the menu in Japan, and Russia's "Crimea of the Century" are only part of the story.

NATO Should Return to Bush's Missile Defense in Europe

Nicholas Burns | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

The problem President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel face is that Putin holds the far stronger hand in the poker match. He can act quickly and decisively without worrying about his rubber-stamp Duma and an approving Russian public. He has a plan -- dominate and neutralize the countries around Russia to create a buffer zone from his adversaries NATO and the European Union. Obama and Merkel are playing a much weaker hand. They have wisely decided not to use their strongest card -- NATO's far stronger military -- to counter Putin's aggression.

Putin Has Dire Warning For Europe


MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settl...

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.

Putin Turns Up Economic Heat

Posted 04.09.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies,...

Getting "Containment" Right This Time

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

"Containment" is dismissed by some today as an archaic strategy. But as it was defined by Kennan it remains a sensible and honorable way to keep rogue states from proceeding too far down a path that could lead to continued tension and eventual conflict.

WATCH: Ukraine Parliament Brawls Over Russia Crisis

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2014 | World

KIEV, April 8 (Reuters) - Deputies in the Ukrainian parliament brawled in the chamber on Tuesday after a communist leader accused nationalists of pl...

White House Warns Russia

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN and LARA JAKES | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry agreed Monday to meet with top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in a new push t...

Pro-Russia Protesters Seize Ukraine Buildings, Kiev Blames Putin

Reuters | Lina Kushch and Thomas Grove | Posted 04.07.2014 | World

DONETSK/KIEV, Ukraine, April 6 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east Ukrainian cities on Sunday, triggering accus...

Russia Supporters Storm Ukraine Government Buildings

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 04.06.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in several major cities in eastern Ukraine, where seces...

EU Leader On Russia: 'They Are Intending To Build Up'

Posted 04.05.2014 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — EU foreign ministers stressed the need Saturday for Russia to defuse tensions with Ukraine following a two-day informal meetin...