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Obama to Meet With Putin Next Week, Ending Extended Period Without Communication

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In August of 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama cancelled a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, blaming Russia’s lack of cooperation on a host of different issues. Since then, Obama has refused to meet with Putin, and besides a brief, icy encounter at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing last November, the two world leaders have had virtually no direct communication with one another. It looks like that relationship might be beginning to thaw, however. According to a senior White House official, Obama will announce on Thursday that

Classified Report Reveals the True Death Toll of Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

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Since the conflict in Ukraine began last spring, Russian President Vladimir Putin has done everything he can to hide his country’s involvement. Despite satellite imagery showing Russian military columns crossing the border, Putin has doggedly denied his country’s role in supporting pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of Ukraine. In May, he even went so far as to decree that all deaths of military personnel would be considered state secrets. But while Putin has been publicly denying the existence of Russian troops in Ukraine, Kremlin

U.S. Deploys Heavy Weapons to Eastern Europe for the First Time Since the Cold War

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Stories like the McKinney pool party, the tragedy in Charleston and the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling have dominated the public’s attention in recent weeks, prompting many news outlets to throw the conflict in eastern Europe onto the back burner. But don’t let the lack of coverage fool you: tensions in the region are higher than ever. On Tuesday (6/23), U.S. defence secretary Ashton Carter announced that the United States would be deploying heavy weaponry to central and eastern Europe, something that hasn’t been done

Under Putin’s New Decree, All Russian Military Deaths Are Now State Secrets

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that from now on, any and all information about the deaths of Russian military personnel will be considered a state secret — not only in times of war but in times of peace as well. Though Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that the move has nothing to do with the conflict in Ukraine, many activists are viewing it as yet another attempt by Putin to hide Russia’s involvement in the conflict. Valentina Melnikova is

Poland Is Building Border Towers to Monitor Russian Activity In Kaliningrad

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The Polish government has announced plans to erect six watch towers along its border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad as tensions in eastern Europe continue to rise. The move is likely a response to recent reports claiming that Russia has dispatched a number of short-range missiles to Kaliningrad as part of extensive military exercises in the Arctic. The towers, each measuring up to 164ft high, will stream live video to Polish guards to help them monitor Poland’s 124-mile border with Kaliningrad. “We are

NASA Suggests “Orderly Evacuation” of Space Station If Russia Cuts Off Access to ISS

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The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest spacecraft to have ever been put into orbit by mankind. The construction of the 140 billion dollar orbiting laboratory involved the collaboration of 15 different countries, with the United States and Russia leading the way. Since the first component of the space station was launched in 1998, the ISS has continued to rely upon international cooperation — specifically between Russia and the U.S. — to remain in operation. Since the end of NASA’s space shuttle

US Commander: Around 12,000 Russian Soldiers Supporting Rebels In Eastern Ukraine

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Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday (3/3), U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges estimated that roughly 12,000 Russian troops are supporting pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Hodges said that these forces were made up of military advisers, weapons operators and combat troops, and added that another 50,000 Russian troops are stationed on Ukraine’s eastern border – ready to cross over if the separatists should suffer a major setback in their ongoing conflict with the Ukrainian military. In addition to these forces, Russia has

Boris Nemtsov, Russian Opposition Leader And Vocal Putin Critic, Shot Dead In Moscow


Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow yesterday. Officials say Nemtsov was crossing a bridge in view of the Kremlin at around 11:40 p.m. when multiple attackers (who have yet to be identified) pulled up in a white car and shot him four times in the back before driving off. Nemtsov — who served as Deputy Prime Minister under former Russian president Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s — has never been a fan of Putin, and

Putin Says War With Ukraine Is Unlikely As Fighting Continues Despite Ceasefire

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In a televised interview earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that war with Ukraine is unlikely. “I think that such an apocalyptic scenario is unlikely and I hope this will never happen,”   Putin told a reporter with Russia’s state-owned TV company. In the interview, Putin reiterated his support for the Minsk agreement (a ceasefire deal brokered in Belarus earlier this month), saying that it was the best way to stabilize eastern Ukraine. The region has been ravaged by conflict since last February, when pro-Russian separatist forces

Ukraine Ceasefire Deal Reached After Marathon Peace Talks Including Russia, Germany, France

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On Thursday (2/12), after 17 grueling hours of negotiations, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced that they had reached a ceasefire agreement to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. The conflict has been waging since last February, when pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine refused to recognize the new government in Kiev following the Ukrainian revolution. The conflict has claimed more than 5,000 lives (many of them civilians) since then, and has sparked some of the worst tension between Russia and the West since

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