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Feb 27 2022
SummaryVladimir Putin says he is moving Russia's nuclear deterrent to "special alert" He says it's a response to Nato "aggression" The announcement does not mean Russia intends to use the weapons The US has condemned the move as "unacceptable" Ukrainian troops are in control of Kharkiv, governor says, after Russian attack Ukraine claims 4,300 Russians have died in the whole invasion - BBC News
May 05 2022
Democracy, which has been under assault around the world in recent years — including, sadly, in the United States — may be making a bit of a comeback.
In France, Emmanuel Macron, facing what was supposed to be an uphill and uncertain fight for re-election, trounced his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, by 17 percentage points. While some pundits pointed out that Le Pen had improved onThe Fulcrum
Mar 11 2022
Ukraine wants warplanes. Its allies have plenty. But getting fighter jets to Ukraine is much more complicated than it might seem.
On Wednesday, the Biden administration rejected a proposal from Poland that would have made its old Russian-made MiG fighters available to a U.S. base in Germany for potential handover to Ukraine, because it would be a “high risk” step that could ratchet upNBC News (Online)
May 01 2021
The Taliban threatened to launch attacks on U.S. and NATO troops on Saturday as the May 1 deadline for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops brokered by the Trump administration came and went.
Why it matters: President Biden announced last month that the U.S. would begin withdrawing troops from the country on May 1 but would not finish until Sept. 11, and the Taliban in responseAxios
Feb 21 2022
The optics look dreadful.
Russia has deployed more than two-thirds of its military combat capability to within striking distance of Ukraine's borders.
Its 30,000 troops that were supposed to withdraw from neighbouring Belarus at the weekend are still there. So are pontoon bridges and other logistic equipment needed for an invasion.
Violence is flaring in the two Russian-BBC News
Mar 03 2022
U.S. traders in the nation’s largest oil hubs have cautiously put imports from Russian companies on hold, even though the White House has said oil sales are not the target of sanctions.
The response from traders means sanctions have disrupted energy markets more than expected following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Crude futures have soared above $100 a barrel even though the UnitedReuters
Mar 15 2022
Despite back-to-back nights of deadly airstrikes in Ukraine's capital city, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovenia will travel to Kyiv on Tuesday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala tweeted.
The NATO nation leaders joining Fiala on the trip to the war zone will be Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki andWashington Examiner
Mar 25 2022
During the 70 years that the Soviet Union existed, Ukraine was an integral part of the nation.
Yet this geographic and political reality posed no threat to the United States. A Russia and a Ukraine, both inside the USSR, was an accepted reality that was seen as no threat for the seven decades that they were united.
Yet, today, because of a month-old war between Russia and UkrainePat Buchanan
Feb 27 2022
For weeks, a Russian invasion had been feared, but once the sweeping attacks began on Thursday, hitting seemingly every corner of Ukraine, the war became unavoidably tangible for its people, a hovering cloud of darkness that once seemed unimaginable in the post-Cold War era.
Hearing the booms of missile explosions and air attacks, and reports of battles that had killed both civiliansNew York Times (News)
Mar 24 2022
“The Biden administration on Wednesday made a formal determination that Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine and said it would work with others to prosecute offenders, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said… He cited attacks on the civilian population in the besieged city of Mariupol and elsewhere. Neither Russia nor the U.S. recognizes the authority of the InternationalThe Flip Side