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Ukraine News - Jan 15, 2015


UN Security Council demands investigations of bus massacre near Donetsk - TASS

Joint Investigation of Bus Massacre in Ukraine to Begin on Jan. 15, will include representatives from Ukraine, Russia, DPR and OSCE - Sputnik

VIDEO: 'Bus attack leads to launch of joint investigation’: OSCE - YouTube

Bus in Donetsk region hit by rocket fragments: OSCE report - TASS

Moscow says bus shelling in Donbas confirms the need to settle crisis peacefully, warns against use of force in eastern Ukraine - GlobalPost

VIDEO: Full-Length Bus Shelling Video Showing Multiple Launch Rocket System Impacts (Explosions at 52 Sec, Bus at 2:58 Sec) - YouTube

VIDEO: (Eng Subs): Interviews of bus tragedy survivors: We stood at the checkpoint behind other buses before a powerful explosion - YouTube

Bus shelling death toll rises to 13, 12 more people remain in hospital in critical condition - UKRAINE TODAY


Making sense of the Volnovakha bus massacre: it appears that a rocket hit the mine field to the right side of the bus triggering a chain reaction (PHOTOS) - Conflict Report


The bus in the Volnovakha was blown up by the ukrainian antipersonnel mine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Старый солдат


Volnovakha bus vs effects of a claymore mine, as the ones placed by Ukraine's army alongside the road (PHOTOS) - rui borges on Twitter


Bus with civilians hit at Ukrainian checkpost near Volnovakha by GRAD rockets - Ukraine@war



‘People Starving’ in Eastern Ukraine as Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds -

Lack of Aid Deepens Suffering in Conflict-Hit East Ukraine - AP

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Ukraine (links to full report) - CPT

Pro-Russian Forces Enter Donetsk Airport As Ukrainian Military Loses Ground -

Part of Donetsk airport's new terminal ruined but Ukrainian army still in control: Ukrainian military spokesman -

Separatist leader says they opened up a corridor to the Ukrainian military’s withdrawal from the Donetsk airport - TASS

VIDEO: Donetsk sky blasted red as shelling bombards airport area - YouTube


VIDEO: Heavy shelling near Donetsk airport kills one - Reuters


VIDEO: The shelling around Donetsk Airport impacts on civilian homes of the suburbs - YouTube


Has Russia Used Thermobaric Multiple Launch Rocket Systems In Donetsk? - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Military Reports Attacks On Southern Front - Interpreter_Mag


16 times, Russian drones were recorded over Mariupol today. In the evening, the military opened fire on one with AA guns - Conflict Reporter on Twitter


Ukraine parliament asks EU to name Donetsk, Luhansk republics as terrorist organizations - TASS


Deputies allied to Ukraine's prime minister demand that the conflict-hit eastern region's shaky ceasefire is replaced with martial law - TASS.


Commission for making amendments to Constitution to be set up in Ukraine as steps towards decentralization of power - TASS


Mapping Russias army camps INSIDE Ukraine - Ukraine@war


Russia to dispatch 12th humanitarian convoy to eastern Ukraine when ready - TASS


Moscow Red Cross Sues 17 News Agencies for Defamation Over Aid Convoy Reports - The Moscow Times



Russia to Shift Ukraine Gas Transit to Turkey as EU Cries Foul - Bloomberg

Gazprom warns EU to link to Turkey pipeline or lose Russian gas - Yahoo News

Turkey failed to agree natural gas price with Gazprom - Anadolu Agency


Poland stops reverse-flow supplies of gas to Ukraine - TASS


Russia to decide on Ukraine’s $3 bln bond repayment in nearest future: PM - TASS


Threat of debt writedowns hovers over Ukraine - The Globe and Mail


The New Ukraine: Rogues, Sexpots, Warlords, Lunatics and Oligarchs - New York Observer


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Ukraine News - Jan 14, 2015


Eleven Ukraine civilians, included seven women, killed when rocket hits bus - Yahoo News

VIDEO: 11 Civilians Killed in Bus Grad Attack -

VIDEO: Raw video shows the bodies still inside the bus- YouTube

Evidence Strongly Implicates Russian-Backed Separatists In Bus Shelling That Killed 11 Civilians - Interpreter_Mag


'Alternative' Theories Have Been Debunked - Interpreter_Mag


Did Separatists Boast Of Attack On Checkpoint That Killed 10 Civilians Before Trying To Blame Ukraine? - Interpreter_Mag


Separatist leaders say militia did not shell bus because it was "out of the operational range of the artillery of our militia” - RT


VIDEO (Russian): Separatist leader Andrey Purgin says militia did not shell the bus - YouTube



The tower of Donetsk Airport is destroyed, Insurgents issue an ultimatum to Ukrainian force -

PHOTOS: Donetsk Airport Tower – before and after destruction - UKRAINE TODAY on Twitter 

VIDEO: Shelling lights up night sky over Donetsk airport as fighting intensifies - RT News

VIDEO: A Long Showdown In The Ruins Of The Donetsk Airport -

Reports Of Shelling On Southern Front Of The Dontesk Region- Interpreter_Mag


Zakharchenko: "If we understand that this conflict can’t be solved peacefully, we will have to solve it by force” -  UNIAN news


VIDEO (English): PM of Donetsk Republic Zakharchenko about the actions of the Ukrainian Army - YouTube


VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, 13th of January 2015 - - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


Highlights from military analyst Dmitry Tymchuk - Ukraine Reporter



Ukraine Peace Summit Canceled Over Failing Cease-Fire - Reuters

Political Process in Ukraine Requires Dialogue Between Kiev, Donbas: Lavrov - Sputnik International

DPR official: "Kiev is avoiding a direct dialogue with the representatives of Donbas” - TASS

VIDEO (with English transcript): Address of Poroshenko: Mass shooting of people in Paris and Volnovakha are similar events - Censor.NET

VIDEO: Interview of Poroshenko - France 24

Poroshenko asked EU President to declare Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as terrorist organizations - Devin Ackles on Twitter

Poroshenko to submit to Ukrainian parliament bills on mobilization, National Guard this week -

Ukraine to mobilize women if necessary: General Staff senior official -


Ukraine to seize cars owned by businessmen for army needs - TASS


Russia Warns of Ukrainian Govt. War Mobilization Plans - Prensa Latina News Agency


Donetsk republic official says Poroshenko has no control of Ukrainian military forces - TASS


Ukrainian battalion commanders: No thanks to Poroshenko's tanks - Fort Russ


NATO Warns About Increased Fighting, And Russian Aggression, In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


USS Donald Cook Conducts Underway Engagement with Ukrainian Navy - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet


How to identify Russian tanks in Ukraine - Ukraine@war


Russian special forces in Luhansk: so called insurgents armed with AS Val assault rifles - the weapon used by the Russian Federation Army only (VIDEO) - Censor.NET


Russia to Reinforce Military Groupings in Crimea, Kaliningrad, Arctic - Sputnik International


Russian Radars Started Active Combat Duty in 2014 - bellingcat


Russia Could Revise Commitment to START Due to 'Unfriendly' US Actions - Sputnik International


Interpol puts Ukraine's Yanukovich, two allies, on wanted list - Reuters


VIDEO: Russian state media says Yanukovych will not be extradited -



World Bank downgrades Ukraine's economic outlook for 2015 -

Foreign currency reserves in Ukraine plunge 63 percent in 2014 - Reuters

Ukraine Eurobonds Drop as Goldman Sees More Than 70% Haircut - Bloomberg

U.S. to back $2 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine - Reuters


Statement of U.S. Treasury Department on Additional Economic Assistance to Ukraine -


Ukraine’s Effort to Cut Russian-Gas Reliance Sees Explorers Exit - Bloomberg


Energy minister: Ukraine imports about 70,000 tonnes of coal from Russia in 11 days of 2015 -


Hungarian Imports of Russian Diesel Fuel Via Ukraine Disrupted - WSJ


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Ukraine/Russia News - Jan 12, 2015


Repeated rounds of rocket and mortar fire echoed across Donetsk on Sunday, Intense Ukraine shelling traps hundreds of miners - Yahoo News

Latest from OSCE: Increased number of ceasefire violations in Ukraine, the majority occurring in and around the Donetsk airport - OSCE

Ukrainian serviceman killed, 8 others injured in Donbas over the past 24 hours - PressTV

Ukraine Military spokesman: Two Civilians And Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed Jan 9 - Interpreter_Mag

Conflict in Ukraine Has Claimed More Than 2,200 Lives in DPR: Ombudsman / Sputnik International

8-year-old boy Vanya lost both his legs, right hand and one eye in Ukraine shelling - Truth about situation in Ukraine


VIDEO: In Donetsk Bomb Shelter 'There's not been a day of Ceasefire' - YouTube


PHOTO: Ukrainian ultra-right radicals set fire to the editorial office of "Slavyanka" newspaper in Kharkov - Truth about situation in Ukraine


Ukrainian Security Agents Detain Russian-Backed Fighter Suspected of Preparing Terrorist Attacks in Zaporozhe - Interpreter_Mag


MAP: Interactive Map Of Separatist Hotspots In Eastern Ukraine -


900 captives freed by both sides in east Ukraine crisis - PressTV


Secessionist Forces in Luhansk ‘Republic’: Order out of Chaos? - The Jamestown Foundation


Armed Formations in the Secessionist ‘Luhansk Republic’ (Part One) - The Jamestown Foundation


Luhansk rebel premier summons henchmen from Moscow to deal with unruly chieftains -


VIDEO (Russian): Ukraine separatist complain about a private military company from Russia fighting against the rebels - Censor.NET


VIDEO (Russian): Pro-Russia fighter asks Putin to rein in Russian-sponsored warlords in Donbas Ukraine - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine Militant Grave Allegedly Defaced: 'Batman' killing marked escalation in insurgent infighting - YouTube



No Ukraine Summit Without Progress on Peace Plan, Merkel Tells Putin - Reuters

Luhansk questions efficiency of 'Normandy format' talks on Ukraine which does not include the country's separatist forces - Sputnik International

Gorbachev Warns Tensions Over Ukraine Could Spiral Into Nuclear War - Reuters

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces to Conduct Over 100 Drills in 2015 - Sputnik International

S-400 Air Defense Systems to Protect Skies Above Moscow - Sputnik International

VIDEO: BBC Finds Russians Fighting In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

Gorlivka - The Ukrainian City Occupied By The Russian Military - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: Russian army convoy of GAZ Vodnik, BPM-97 and tanks in Krasnodon, Ukraine - Ukraine@war on Twitter


Google Earth shows ACTUAL attack of Russian army on Lugansk Airport Aug 31st (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


AAAS-report may show actual Russian August invasion force (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Nadezhda Savchenko Has Lost 10 kg [22 Pounds] During 28 Days Of Hunger Strike - Interpreter_Mag


Russia Puts Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko In Solitary Confinement -


Is this the proof that Russia shot down flight MH17? New report claims plane was hit by Buk surface-to-air missile launcher operated by 53rd Russian Air Defence Brigade - Daily Mail Online


REPORT: Flight MH17 – Searching for the truth. Our joint investigation with Der Spiegel and Algemeen Dagblad -


SU-25, MH17 and the Problems with Keeping a Story Straight - bellingcat


Russia says Ukraine has violated loan terms: agencies - Reuters


Naftogaz hails gas monitoring of Russian, Ukrainian stations -


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Ukraine News - Jan 9, 2015


UN: More than one million flee, Ukraine close to 'humanitarian catastrophe' - Yahoo News

OSCE report: Situation in eastern Ukraine worsening, Cease-fire violations occurred on both sides of the conflict -

Latest information from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine - OSCE

Three Ukrainian Soldiers Killed On Eastern Orthodox Christmas Day -

ATO press center: Gunmen shell Ukrainian military positions in Donetsk with Grad rockets overnight on Thursday - UNIAN news

Pro Kiev Regional State Administration: Terrorists resumed shelling of Luhansk region with missiles launched from MLRS Grad - Censor.NET

NSDC: terrorists shell Ukraine with "BM-27 Hurricane" for the first time in several months -

News Analysis: Bombing campaign opens new front with the epicenters being Kharkiv, Odesa, Mariupol, and Kyiv -

VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, 8th of January 2015 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


11th Russian humanitarian convoy arrives in Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk - TASS


Ukraine Military Spokesman: the so-called 11th “humanitarian convoy” from Russia invades eastern Ukraine - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


Some 100 photos from the huge Russian basecamp at Golovinka near the Ukrainian border (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Yatsenyuk Says Russia Must Remove 'Bandits' From Ukraine -


Yatsenyuk compares Islamic terrorists in France with Donbas militants -


Donetsk Republic’s military: Mobilization wave in Ukraine is provocation against civilians - TASS


UN Not Consulting Donbas Leaders on Number of Casualties: DPR - Sputnik International


Pro-Russian Hackers Claim Cyberattack On German Government -


Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk says Russia behind cyber attack on German government - Reuters


VIDEO (English): Documentary of Ukrainian reporter Alena Berezovskaya "ATO children”,  It has been filmed in Donetsk areas shelled by Ukrainian Forces - YouTube


VIDEO: Such passion! Nuns sing for Novorossiya. This is fabulous - Christopher Miller on Twitter



EU Offers Ukraine $2.12 Billion More In Loans If Reforms Made -

Ukraine's economy: it looks worse than ever - The Economist

VIDEO: Ukraine facing deep economic crisis - PressTV

Two gas producers in Ukraine warn policy changes to hurt - Reuters

Coal output in Ukraine declines 22.4% in 2014 -

Another victim of the Ukraine crisis: its nascent tech industry - Quartz

REPORT: Venture capital investments in the Ukraine IT industry -


Ukraine Heading for Default yet Looking to Beef up Defence Spending - Sputnik UK


Ukraine seeks to increase military production capacity -


Soros: Europe must bail out Ukraine to beat Putin -


George Soros Op-Ed: A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine - The New York Review of Books


Yulia Tymoshenko Op-Ed: Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe -


France: Europe hurting from Russia sanctions, needs to keep up pressure for Ukraine solution - Fox Business


Merkel sets high bar for lifting of Russia sanctions - Reuters


New Anti-Russian Sanctions Possible if Minsk Agreements Ignored:White House - Sputnik International


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Ukraine/Russia News - Jan 7, 2015


HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine Government on Civilian Casualties - VOA

Ukraine: Civilians Need Greater Protection - Human Rights Watch

Kiev's brutal strategy in eastern Ukraine - LA Times

Czech president says Yatsenyuk pushes war in Ukraine’s southeast  - Strategic Culture Foundation

VIDEO: Yatsenyuk called 'war prime minister' by Czech President Zeman -

Right Sector units refuse to obey orders of Ukrainian Defense Ministry - TASS

Ukrainian Ultrarightist Groups March in Memory of Bandera; Protesters Seize LifeNews Camera (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Ukraine National Security Council head demands Inter TV channel be stripped of license for showing performances by a number of Russian artists on New Year’s night - TASS


Ukraine Security Service puts Russian singers, actors on wanted list - TASS


Ukraine: Donbass refugees beaten for pro-Russian ice sculpture in Dnepropetrovsk -


Separatist 'Batman' Leader Killed With 6 Of His Fighters In 'Arrest' By LNR Forces (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


Batman Battalion Members Say in Interview that Bednov and Guards Were Killed in Ambush (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: Ex-insurgent leader Girkin urges militants to abandon east Ukraine war after upsurge in infighting -


Was Ukrainian BUK 312 stolen by pro-Russian separatists (PHOTOS)? - Ukraine@war


Is this Ukrainian Buk a Clue in the MH17 Investigation or a Red Herring (PHOTOS)? - bellingcat


Dutch blogger Max Vanderwerff’s analysis debunking the Buk-M1 "missile plume” theory (PHOTOS) -


Did This Ukrainian Soldier Prove Ukraine Shot Down MH17? - bellingcat



Ukraine Suffers Highest Annual Inflation Rate In 14 Years, nearly 25 percent -

Ukraine Bonds at 60 Cents Seen Signaling Risk of Default - Bloomberg

Russian gas exports to Ukraine dropped by 50% in 2014 - RT Business

Gazprom concerned over Ukraine’s possible siphoning off of Russian gas - TASS

Ukraine’s 2014 gas imports from Europe soar to 5.1 Bcm - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide


Gas tariffs in Ukraine will increase in first quarter of 2015 - Censor.NET


EC and Ukraine will hold consultations through fees that violate the Association Agreement - Ukrainian Crisis


Can This Man Save Ukraine's Economy? - Bloomberg View


Shadow Bankers now run Ukraine - Sputnik UK


Russia Is Still Ukraine's Largest Trading Partner -



VIDEO: Ukrainian military spokseman: More Russian army soldiers sent to Ukraine, Kremlin troops 'disguised as local fighters' - YouTube

How Russians Are Sent to Fight in Ukraine -

The list of Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine. So far 250 identified - Nataliya Gumenyuk on Twitter

Most Russian soldiers killed in Donbas ‘came from Moscow, Dagestan and Rostov’: Report - UNIAN news

La Repubblica: Putin Decree Enables Foreigners To Serve In Russian Military Because Of War In Ukraine -

Ukraine's top intelligence agency deeply infiltrated by Russian spies -

Intercepted phone conversation suggests Russia will supply weapons, vehicles to rebels - Kyiv Post on Twitter


Did Russia Send a New Batch of Military Vehicles to Separatists Controlled Ukraine (PHOTOS)? - bellingcat


Further Evidence that Russian BPM-97 Armor Used by Russian-Backed Fighters in Ukraine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


Russian armor attacking Ukrainian positions from Styla (VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war


Russian Gvozdika 122 mortar team on standby near MH17 crash area (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Russian electronic warfare station discovered in Donbas, says Tymchuk - UNIAN news


Google Earth shows biggest Russian camp ever near Ukrainian border - (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


New Satellite Evidence Provides Additional Proof Russia Fired Grad Rockets Into Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


Russia to form 11th humanitarian convoy for Donbas early January - TASS


OSCE To Double Size Of Ukraine Monitoring Mission -


NATO's priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe designed as a deterrent to Russia - AP


US and Russia in danger of returning to era of nuclear rivalry - The Guardian


Putin Makes His First Move in Race to Control the Arctic -


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Ukraine/Russia News - Dec 30, 2014


Poroshenko: No military solution to Ukraine conflict, will meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on Jan. 15 - LA Times

Poroshenko warns of martial law “immediately” if rebels relaunch hostilities -

Military operation in Donbas does not end until January 15: Poroshenko - TASS

Address of President Petro Poroshenko at the press conference of December 29, 2014 - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Kiev, Donetsk Military Meet, No Agreements Reached: DPR Official - Sputnik International

Kiev, Donbas to Continue Prisoner Swaps Monday: Donetsk Ombudsman - Sputnik International


Ukrainian army repulsed terrorists’ attack on Donetsk airport, Three soldiers and 14 separatists were killed: Poroshenko - Censor.NET


VIDEO: Separatists continue shelling the Donetsk airport - Censor.NET


Separatists attacked Ukrainian army positions near Mariupol, one soldier killed: ATO headquarters - Censor.NET


Jewish Community To Create Jewish Defense Force In Mariupol - JP Updates


Russia’s body count is rising in Ukraine, despite army officials’ denials - Telegraph


VIDEO: UK media confirms that Russian troops fought and died in Ukraine -


How a Retired Russian Army Officer Sends ‘Volunteers’ to Fight in Ukraine -



Ukraine adopts 'draconian' budget backed by IMF - Business Recorder

Cabinet to increase gas rates for population to market level in 2015, 20 million of Ukrainians will receive grants-in-aid - Censor.NET

Ukraine’s parliament adopts law imposing 5-10% import tax - TASS

Scuffle during protests outside Rada, calls for the government to refrain from austerity, excise duties and other taxes (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

IMF mission to visit Ukraine from Jan 8 - Reuters


Putin, IMF Chief Discuss Russia's Efforts to Help Crisis-Hit Ukraine - Sputnik International


Ukraine ready to buy coal from Donbas: Poroshenko - TASS


Kiev Ready to Supply Electricity to Crimea if It Gets Enough From Russia - Sputnik International


Kiev has no plans to use blockade of Crimea as element of pressure in talks on Donbas - TASS


Kiev to Pay $3 Billion to Moscow in Arrears: Ukrainian Finance Ministry - Sputnik International


Nuclear reactor shutdown at Ukraine's biggest power station after 'electrical malfunction' - Daily Mail Online


Ukraine Separatist Leader Warns Against Using U.S. Nuclear Fuel -


Self-proclaimed Luhansk republic nationalizing strategically important enterprises - TASS



Russian Ruble Drops 7 Percent as Economy Shrinks - ABC News

China plays long game with ruble deal, Beijing bolsters global currency ambitions as Russia swaps challenges central role of U.S. dollar - Barron’s

VIDEO: Russia and China forge closer ties - Al Jazeera

Medvedev: Russia to Define Measures to Support Economy After Holidays - Sputnik International

4 Reasons Why Russia Isn't Doomed - Seeking Alpha


Apple Inc.'s Back in Russia: Here's Why It Left in the First Place -


West wants to end confrontation with Russia over Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief - RT News


Putin Shown Not ‘So Smart’ as Russia Economy Suffers, Obama Says - Bloomberg


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Full NPR Interview - NPR


Most Admired in U.S.: Obama, Clinton ... but Russian President Vladimir Putin also has his admirers too, he crashed the top 10 list - NBC


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 28, 2014


Russia Revises Military Doctrine, Lists NATO Buildup As Major Threat - Sputnik International

NATO stronger military potential at Russian borders causes concerns: defense ministry - TASS

Complete text of the Russia's Military Doctrine (Russian) -

NATO hits back at Kremlin assertion that it is a ′security threat′ - DW.DE

US Reviewing Russian Military Doctrine: White House - Sputnik International

Relations with EU to stay Russia's priority 'for years to come’: Moscow - RT News

Gorbachev: Putin saved Russia from disintegration - RT News

Russia’s New Military Doctrine Permits Retaliatory Nuclear Strike Only - Sputnik International

Nuclear submarines of Borei class to become guarantors of Russia’s security: deputy PM - TASS


Russian Missile Regiments to Receive Heavy 100-Ton Sarmat ICBMs: Source - Sputnik International


Russia Successfully Test Launches RS-24 Yars ICBM From Plesetsk: Ministry - Sputnik International


Russia’s future railway-based system Barguzin to carry 6 ballistic missiles: source - TASS


Russia’s new military doctrine allows creation of joint missile defense systems - TASS


Modern air defence missile systems S-300V4, Tor-M2U supplied to Ground Troops - TASS


VIDEO: $6+ Billion Dollar Russian 'Pentagon' Command and Control Centre Launched In Moscow -


Russia’s revised military doctrine lists foreign private military firms among threats - TASS


Russia's new military doctrine says use of protest moods typical for conflicts nowadays - TASS


Russian defense sector eyes change of focus to limit effect of sanctions - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Why Russian arms sales are on high octane - Russia & India Report


Russia Defense Ministry plans to send major expedition to Arctic in 2015 - TASS


Arctic Should Remain Zone Free of Military Activity: Russia’s NATO Envoy - Sputnik International


Russia called on to suspend arctic oil ambitions - Peak Oil News



Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners - Reuters

VIDEO: Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners, New Round Of Swaps Expected -

Ukraine’s centre for POW release: аnother 490 people listed as prisoners of war in Donbass - TASS

Round of Minsk talks on Ukraine possible on Dec 28 or 29 - Russia Beyond The Headlines

POLL: Ukrainians Overwhelmingly Opposed to Giving Up Donbas - Window on Eurasia

POLL: Over 80% of Ukrainians believe that Russia and Ukraine are at war - Censor.NET

POLL: Signature of Ukraine-EU association deal seen as important event by only 8.3 percent of Ukrainians -

POLL: Almost 80% of Ukrainian convinced that the level of corruption unchanged or increased - Ukrainian Crisis


POLL: More than 75% of Ukrainians disapprove govs austerity measures, lowering standard of living - abovetopsecret


POLL: More Ukrainians unhappy with quality of life - TASS


Self-proclaimed DPR republic nationalizes Ukrainian state companies - TASS


Russia to supply coal to Ukraine without prepayment - Ukrainian ministry - TASS


Moscow, Kiev Sign Agreement on Electricity Supply to Ukraine: Official - Sputnik International


Electricity Service to Crimea Cut Again - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine Cuts Off Train and Bus Service to Crimea - The Moscow Times


Cutting Off Passenger Railway Service to Crimea Temporary Measure: Kiev - Sputnik International


Visa, MasterCard stop supporting bank cards in Crimea - Reuters


Ukraine Reports Russian Military Equipment Is In 'Aid Convoys' - Interpreter_Mag


Afghanistan against US plans to transfer mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles to Ukraine: Kabul official - RT News


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 26, 2014


Ukraine’s NATO aspirations dangerous for Europe: Lavrov - TASS

Ukraine ascension to NATO would end Russia-NATO ties: Moscow - RT News

Russia to take retaliatory measures to NATO's eastward expansion - GlobalPost

Russia doing more than anyone else to help settle situation in Ukraine: Lavrov - TASS

Lavrov says coming back to logic of national unity is crucial for Ukrainians - TASS

Russian FM Lavrov urges major constitutional reform in Ukraine - RT 

Lavrov: Russia Recognizes Poroshenko's Commitment to Peace in Ukraine - Sputnik International

Russia Signals More Military To Belarus as Ukraine Briefly Cuts Power To Crimea -


Russia puts new military comsat into orbit (VIDEO) - RT News


Russia Releases List of Russian Combatants Killed in Ukraine from Ukrainian Defense Ministry Source - Interpreter_Mag


Savchenko in her first interview from a Russian prison: I did not aim any mortar fire, especially at unarmed persons - UNIAN news


Nadiya Savchenko to continue her hunger strike indefinitely after appeal rejected -


Russia's finance minister insists currency turmoil is over - Telegraph


Russia’s international reserves fall below $400 billion to 5-year low - TASS


Putin Aide Says Russian Inflation to Hit 11 Percent in 2014 - The Moscow Times


Putin Orders Vodka Price Cap Amid Economic Crisis -


Sanctions-Struck Gazprom Sees Gas Production Hit Record Low, Sales to EU and Turkey Down 9 pct in 2014 - The Moscow Times


Gazprom Confirms Ukraine’s $1.65Bln Gas Debt Repayment - Sputnik International



Ukraine Conflict Sides Agree to Swap Captives: Luhansk Leader - Sputnik International

Pullout of Heavy Artillery in Donbas to Begin on December 26: Kiev - Sputnik International

Contact Group for Ukraine to hold second round of talks in Minsk on Friday: media - TASS

Ukraine peace talks continue via online link, separatists say - EUROPE ONLINE

Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked by pro-Kyiv battalions - Amnesty International

Ukraine broadens powers of top security body, NSDC secretary is entitled to declare martial law or a state of emergency - Xinhua

Maximum resources are allocated for defense. The NSDC has recently decided to allocate 5% of GDP for the purposes of defense and security - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter


Seven persons injured during riot near Kharkov town hall, More than 200 people demand resignation of Mayor Gennady Kernes - TASS


Radical protesters throw ‘old regime’ official into dumpster in Kharkov (VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO: In Kharkov the Right Sector beats a guy -


Railway bridge near Mariupol was blown up, practically cutting railway connection btw city and rest of Ukraine - Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter


Ukraine Expects IMF Decision on Multi-Billion Dollar Loan by Late January - The Moscow Times


Ukraine's parliament backs import tax rises amid budget crisis - Reuters


Ukraine resumes electricity supply to Crimea after brief blackout - APA


Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades - VOA


VIDEO: Power Outage Throughout Crimea - YouTube


Ukraine Receives $380Mln Loan From World Bank for Power Grid Rehabilitation - Sputnik International



New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17 Pointing The Finger At The Separatists Or The Ukrainian Army -

Newly-Available Photos of MH17 Shoot-Down by Separatists, and Interview with Eyewitness by RTL Nieuws (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Second MH17 BUK trail photo of MH17 shoot-down by separatists from July 17th (PHOTO) - Ukraine@war


Interview with eyewitness who made the photo of the BUK trail - Ukraine@war


Buk M2 TELAR Identifying Numbers Painted Over in Sudzha Videos (VIDEO, PHOTO) - bellingcat


Russian popular daily publishes eyewitness report on Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - TASS

Witness account of Ukraine military’s MH17 shootdown confirmed by lie detector: investigators - RT News


VIDEO: (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown -


Donetsk Leader Zakharchenko Says Witnessed Downing of MH17 Plane by Ukrainian Jets - Sputnik International


VIDEO: (Ukrainian): 'I saw Malaysian Airlines MH17 with my own eyes’: Zakharchenko - YouTube


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Iraq News - Dec 23, 2014


Kurds push offensive to retake Sinjar town from ISIS after breaking a siege of a mountain where Yazidis had been trapped for months - NPR

VIDEO: Iraq Kurd chief hails advances in Sinjar anti-jihadist battle - AFP

VIDEO: Kurds, Yazidis blast their way into Sinjar town - Reuters

VIDEO (Kurdish): Raw and longer version of the video above - YouTube

Mass grave of 70 Yazidis, including women and children corpses, found in Sinjar region - ekurd 

PKK, YPG forces play key role in freeing Sinjar - Kurdpress News Aganecy

US Coalition Destroys IS Targets Near Sinjar - VOA

Australian Super Hornets strikes helped turn back Isis fighters at Mount Sinjar - The Guardian


Iraqi Air Force, In Combat Debut, Assists Peshmerga, Coalition In Mission To Push ISIS Back From Mount Sinjar -


Islamic State Once Again Blockades Iraq’s Baiji Oil Refinery - Latin American Herald Tribune


Iraqi army retake military airbase outside Tal Afar - Firstpost


Rudaw source: ISIS governor of Mosul seriously wounded, not killed - Rudaw


Pentagon to deploy additional 1,300 military advisers to Iraq next month - Army Technology


Task force denies reports U.S. engaged in ground combat with Islamic State - The Tampa Tribune


Senator Pat Roberts sees progress against Islamic State in Iraq - The Kansas City Star


Czech Sends 5000 anti-tank missiles to Peshmerga Forces - BasNews



Amnesty: ISIS has forced 'thousands' of kidnapped girls into sexual slavery - Daily Mail Online

REPORT: Escape from hell – Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq -

VIDEO: Yazidi Women Recount Shocking Trauma of Sex-Slavery Under The Islamic State - BBC

VIDEO: Yazidi women bought and sold by ISIS - CNN

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants - The Independent

Isis: Germany to open trauma centre for sex slave women raped by militants -

IS Militants Use Sex to Lure Recruits -VOA


Isis supporters 'offering cash to British girls as young as 14 to become jihadi brides in Syria' - The Independent


ARCHIVE: ISIS publishes manual telling fighters how to buy, sell and abuse captured women - Daily Mail Online


ARCHIVE: Text of the Islamic State (ISIS) manual entitled entitled 'Questions And Answers On Taking Captives And Slaves’ -


ISIS reportedly ‘executes 100 deserters’ in Syria’s Raqqa - Al Arabiya News


ISIS arrests ‘extremists’ accused of plot against group - Al Arabiya News


ISIS Finds Man Guilty of Homosexuality – Executes By Hurling Off Roof (PHOTOS) -


ISIS release photos of a man having his hand amputated for theft - Daily Mail Online


Islamic State (ISIS) publishes penal code, releases list of “Qur’anic punishments” -


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 20, 2014


European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia - LA Times

France's Hollande Floats Prospect of Sanctions Relief for Russia, Risks EU Split - Bloomberg News

VIDEO: France’s Hollande Floats Rollback of Russian Sanctions - Bloomberg

German Foreign Minister Warns Against More Russia Sanctions - Atlantic Sentinel

Italian PM urges revision of attitude to Russia, opposes new sanctions - TASS

Sanctions Now Risk Being Too Painful for Russia, Denmark Says - Businessweek

Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law, concerned that the measure is not in line with with the European Union - Yahoo News

Statement by President Obama on the Ukraine Freedom Support Act - IIP Digital


Corker to Obama: Convince Europe to up sanctions on Russia - TheHill


Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU - US News


EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector, cruises - Reuters


Russian experts: The lastest EU summit concerned not so much about the Ukrainian crisis as economic relations with Russia - TASS


Fresh US sanctions could do long-term damage to relations with Russia: Lavrov - AFP


Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official - Sputnik International



Europeans Face Export Losses as Sanctions Bite Russian Ruble - WSJ

Sanctions against Russia hurt both sides, $40 billion annual US-Russia trade is dwarfed by EU-Russia $460 billion -

Western companies scramble to cope with Russian ruble drop - Reuters

Russia crisis hurts these Western brands the most - CNN

GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russian sales amidst ruble's collapse -

Renault-Nissan boss warns of 'bloodbath' for car sales in Russia - Telegraph

Apple, IKEA, McDonald's Raise Prices In Russia Due To Ruble Falls - Business Insider

BASF, Gazprom Fall Victim to Sanctions as Asset Swap Ends - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Sanctions Against Russia Affecting Germany - YouTube


Russia Warships Update: France Still Won't Deliver Mistral Helicopter Carriers, Francois Hollande Says -


EU asks Russia to go ahead with South Stream - TASS


Europe and Russia After South Stream - Stratfor


China Offers Enhanced Cooperation as Russia Struggles - Bloomberg


Ruble Advances as Cash Crunch From Higher Rates Supports Demand - Bloomberg


POLL: Vladimir Putin's popularity soars to 81% as Russia faces economic chill -


Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead - Boston Herald


Russian nuclear forces to get more than 50 new missiles in 2015: Putin - TASS


Shoigu: In 2015 Russian AirForce & Naval Aviation will receive 126 new aircraft  88 helicopters. Navy to receive 2 submarines & 5 warships - Missilito on Twitter


3rd Russian Borei-class nuclear sub raises its colors (VIDEO) - RT News



IMF, Ukraine fail to reach pact on next bailout tranche - Reuters

Ukraine’s Rating Cut by S&P to CCC as IMF Delay Raises Default Risk - Bloomberg

G7 Officials to Discuss Ukraine Funding Gap - WSJ

Russian Media: Western Nations Tired of Ukraine’s Financial Demands - Sputnik UK

POLL: Majority of EU Citizens Against Additional Financial Aid to Ukraine - Sputnik International

POLL: Ukrainians' Ratings of Their Lives, Country Hit New Low -

Ukraine power units idled as coal reserves shrink - Reuters


Arms deliveries and military aid to Ukraine not discussed at EU meeting: Merkel - TASS


Former US Ambassador: Ukrainian claims on building one of Europe’s most powerful armies and reversing Crimea’s reunification with Russia could have dangerous consequences - Sputnik


Kiev, East Ukraine Republics Fail to Set Date of Next Reconciliation Talks - Sputnik International


Donetsk, Luhansk, Kiev Agree All-For-All Prisoner Swap as Priority - Sputnik International


Putin: Poroshenko Seeks Peace in Ukraine, but Many Others Want War - Sputnik International


Putin: Donbas Economic Blockade Futile, Counterproductive Path for Ukraine - Sputnik International


Lavrov: Bill renouncing Ukrainian neutral status plays into party of war hands - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Five Ukrainian government soldiers and five pro-Russian separatists killed in clashes - Bloomberg


Two Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters Killed In Ambush Near Staryi Aidar - Interpreter_Mag


Human Rights Watch: Ukraine Indiscriminate Rocket Attacks In Eastern Regions Require Better Investigation - Human Rights Watch


Ukraine's Azov Battalion Is Not Neo-Nazi, But Some Ppl In Battalion Are - Hromadske on Twitter


Russia transported T-64A tanks into Ukraine first half of december (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Ukraine forms 'ministry of truth' to regulate the media - The Guardian


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 18, 2014


Russian Ruble Gains Back Some Of Its Lost Value From The Previous Day Dubbed "Black Tuesday” -

Russia spends billions to prop up ruble and stem the worst financial crisis of President Putin's 15 years in power - GlobalPost

Russia has resources, market instruments to rectify economic situation: Medvedev - TASS

VIDEO: Russia will never suffer economic meltdown, but Ukraine can: Lavrov -

Russia has cash to prevent economic collapse (VIDEO) - CNN

Russian central bank preparing measures to pump money into banks in 2015 -

Russia's Latest Torment: Higher Prices for Everything - Bloomberg

Russians Flock to Stores to Pre-empt Price Rises -

Ruble Chaos Forces Retailers to Suspend Sales in Russia - The Moscow Times


Apple Halts Online Sales In Russia As The Ruble Collapses - Forbes


Russia Government Pressures Exporters not to Hoard Foreign-Currency Earnings - The Moscow Times


Bank of Russia Bolsters Lenders as FX Debt Payments Loom - Bloomberg


Russia’s 20 richest people lost US$10B in two days due to the ruble’s collapse - Financial Post


Russian Economy to Rebound in 2015 if Ukraine Crisis De-Escalates:Saxo Bank - Sputnik International


Economist Katusa: Low Oil Prices Aren't the End of Russia (VIDEO) -


Russian Arms Exports Hit $13 Billion in 2014 - The Moscow Times


Russia crisis leaves banks around the world exposed by the billions - RT Business


Anxiety Over European Banks Amid Ruble Crisis -


Banks Most Exposed Russia's Looming Debt Crisis - Business Insider


Russian turmoil knocks back European equities - Reuters


It’s Not Just Russia’s Companies Feeling the Pain - WSJ


German business group warns the recent drop in the ruble will negatively affect Germany’s exports to Russia -


Asian Markets Down on Ruble Crisis - Sputnik International


Russia-Ukraine border situation affects global economy: Kremlin spokesman - TASS



EU says Ukraine needs $15 bln, has limited ability to help - Reuters

Finance ministry hopes Ukraine to receive IMF $3 bln loan installment early Jan 2015 -

Ukraine's Currency Hits Record Lows on 'Black Tuesday' - Interpreter_Mag

Chevron Shale Exit Shreds Ukraine’s Hope of Energy Independence - Bloomberg

Poroshenko sets course for 'Euro-Atlantic' security integration, aims to EU membership by 2020 and to abandon the "nonbloc” status -

VIDEO: Ukraine to Pursue Euro-Atlantic Security Integration: Poroshenko is for canceling non-aligned status - YouTube

Putin Orders Snap Military Drills on NATO Border -


Top US Diplomat Warns Russia: Don't Put Nukes in Crimea -


Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks on Sunday - The West Australian


Donetsk separatist leadership ready to hold on-line Skype-conference with Kiev tomorrow - TASS


Lavrov: Moscow Supports Ukraine’s Integrity, E Ukraine Not 'Another Crimea’ - Sputnik International


POLL: Few Ukrainians approve of allowing Donetsk and Luhansk to leave Ukraine, Forty-three percent approve of decentralizing power -


Pushilin: DNR 'Prepared To Exchange 152 Captured Ukrainian Soldiers' - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Military Report 26 Attacks From Russian-Backed Forces Over Last 24 Hours - Interpreter_Mag


SBU Says Airports Closed Due To SAM Threat - Interpreter_Mag


Evidence that Russia is transporting back its destroyed tanks (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Tenth Russian convoy to deliver humanitarian aid to east Ukraine: Emergencies Ministry - TASS


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 16, 2014


Medvedev: EU not willing to treat Ukraine as equal partner, “The association agreement does not contain any mention of Ukraine’s membership” - Sputnik

Medvedev: EU, US Reluctant to Give Ukraine Money, Even for Immediate Needs - Sputnik

Medvedev: Kiev may lose $15Bln after association with EU, should Customs Union member-states take steps to protect their markets - Sputnik

Medvedev: Ukrainian citizens will not be able to work in Russia without labor patent, Ukraine will lose up to $13bn in remittances - APA

Medvedev: Ukrainian economy built thanks to Russia, looming threat of social and economic collapse of the country -

Medvedev: 'Russia has experienced tragic events in Ukraine as our own pain', given the two countries’ shared culture, values, and historical identity - Sputnik

Russia says it wants east Ukraine to stay with Kiev under reformed constitution to allow autonomy to Russian-speaking regions - Reuters

Medvedev: Kiev's Blockade of East Ukraine Shows Lack of Responsibility - Sputnik International

Medvedev: Issue With Gas Transit Through Ukraine Settled Only Temporarily - Sputnik International

Medvedev: Russia concerned about Kyiv's attempts to upset atomic energy cooperation -

Russia announces a three-day exercise near the Ukrainian border. On previous occasions it meant a surge of the intervention corps - Leonid Ragozin on Twitter

Russian top brass (200 generals and other commanders) meeting and strategizing somewhere in Rostov region - Maria Antonova on Twitter

Geolocating Russia moves of more T-64s and GRADs towards Ukraine (PHOTO) - Ukraine@war

Russians film their own large columns on the move in Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTO) - Ukraine@war

FM Lavrov says Russian nukes could be stationed in Crimea - Andrew Roth on Twitter

Russia Blamed by Nordic Nations for Endangering Airliner - Bloomberg

Russia denies another near collision in Baltics - The Sacramento Bee

US, Europe arms sales decline for third year in a row, Russia sees spike in sales largely thanks to a Kremlin push to modernise its military -

The Top 25 Weapons Companies In The World (Excluding China): Report - Business Insider

Plans to Create Russian National Orbital Station Confirmed - Sputnik International


Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions, The bill also would provide lethal military assistance to Ukraine - ABC News

White House has not yet decided on Russia sanctions bill - Reuters

Lavrov: U.S. Ukraine support bill hostile move, "a maniac desire to punish Russia for all imaginable and unimaginable transgressions" -

Russia Issues Stern Warning To U.S. Against Fresh Economic Sanctions, Vows To Strike Back Because Of Ukraine Support Act -

Russia Press Digest: U.S. bill on Ukraine is ‘time bomb under bilateral relations’ - Russia Beyond The Headlines

‘If US sends weapons to Ukraine, Russia should send troops’: lawmaker - RT

How Many Enemies Does America Want? Congress Sacrifices U.S. Security With New Sanctions Against Russia - Forbes

Russian Ruble Crashes to World's Worst-Performing Currency - The Moscow Times

Russian ADRS Drop Most in Five Years as Ruble Plunges - Bloomberg

Russia Boosts Interest Rates To 17 Percent Amid Currency's Slide - NPR

Russia cuts spending as recession looms: Report - Worldbulletin News

Moscow Authorities Threaten Merchants with Fines for Showing Prices in Foreign Currency; Urges Consumers to Inform on Businesses - Interpreter_Mag

Russia’s Debt Problem May Not Be as Bad as It Seems - WSJ

Ukraine's frozen war is bringing dramatic changes to world economy - Reuters


Ukraine Seeking $10 Billion in Aid Amid Talks With U.S., EU to stave off a default as its economy shrinks - Bloomberg

Ukraine Prime Minister Asks NATO, EU for More Help - ABC News

Ukraine needs national referendum on NATO membership: PM - TASS

NATO Secretary General tells Ukrainian Prime Minister ''NATO stands with you’’ - NATO

VIDEO: Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk - YouTube

Joint Press Release following the first Association Council meeting between the European Union and Ukraine - Council of the European Union

Ukrainian Bonds Tumble Amid Talks on Aid to Avert Default - Bloomberg

Gas volume in Ukraine’s underground storage sites falls as heating season begins - TASS

Ukraine says Chevron plans to pull out of $10 bln shale gas deal - Reuters

Press Release: UN report details dire plight of people in eastern Ukraine amid ongoing rights violations - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

REPORT: Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Separatist Military Leader: "We must take the borders of the Donetsk region. If Ukraine does not agree to solve this issue by political means, we will settle it militarily - Interpreter_Mag

Convoy with Russian Tank Labeled 'To Mariupol' Has Been Geolocated in Ukraine (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Numerous Attacks On Ukrainian Positions, Including Grad Use Reported - Interpreter_Mag

Official says 917 Ukrainian army servicemen killed in Donbas military operation - TASS

Ukraine's three major airports closed indefinitely: state aviation service - TASS

Ukrainian female pilot Nadezhda Savchenko detained in Russia on hunger strike - Interpreter_Mag

Poroshenko grants alleged Belarusian Neo-Nazi Ukrainian citizenship -


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Russia News - Dec 12, 2014


US Senate Passes 'Ukraine Freedom Support Act’, Calls For More Sanctions Against Russia and Arms To Ukrainian Military - Interpreter_Mag

Summary and full text of Senate bill: Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 -

Obama urges Congress not to pursue new sanctions on Russia, saying the move would risk putting the U.S. out of step with Europe - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Obama rejects more sanctions against Russia - YouTube

Accusations fly around Russia’s 'unprecedented' Baltic military deployments as tensions escalate - The Guardian


Russian jets intercepted by Dutch F-16s over Baltic Sea refused to identify themselves - Washington Times


VIDEO: Dutch F-16s Intercept Russian Su-34 Jets Over Baltic Sea - atlanticcouncil


Finnish Air Force Jets Captured Photos Of Russian Bombers Skirting Their Airspace (PHOTOS) - Business Insider


US Government Alert to Possible Nuclear Weapons in Crimea: Undersecretary - Sputnik International


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a US-Russia summit to be convened to prevent a deep freeze in Moscow's relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis - ANTARA News


Ukraine Calls on Putin to Release Pilot Savchenko From Psychiatric Clinic in Moscow - The Moscow Times


Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko deaf on one ear after staying in the cold during transfers between Russian prisons - Leonid Ragozin on Twitter



Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms-Control Treaty Violation -

VIDEO: McKeon: Russia Violating Arms Agreement - DoDNEWS

Russian Arms Control Violation Prompts Joint Staff Assessment -

Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe - Washington Free Beacon

Congress Demands Obama Report on Russian Nuclear Cheating -

R-500 / Iskander-K GLCM: Russia testing and about to deploy the cruise missile with a range that violates the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) treaty -

Russia downplays nuclear war, the new draft of the country's military doctrine would not include a stipulation for preemptive nuclear war - International Business Times


NATO Land Command Fully Operational, Says Commander -


NATO Military Activity Near Russia Is Response to Moscow's Actions: Spokesperson - Sputnik International


Lithuania's Military Is On Alert Over Russian Moves - Business Insider


NATO Sells Tiny Baltic Countries $600 Mil worth of Arms - blacklistednews


U.S. Navy: New laser weapon works, ready for action -


VIDEO: U.S. Navy successfully tests laser weapon in the Persian Gulf, targeting and destroying boats and drones at sea - Yahoo Yahoo UK



Russia's central bank hikes rate as ruble plummets - Yahoo News

Price of Bread to Jump Due to Russia's Weakening Ruble - The Moscow Times

Russia's Gazprom Wants to Raise Domestic Gas Prices as Ruble Plunge Hits Margins - The Moscow Times

Russian Firms Lost Billions on Ruble Derivatives, Interfax Says - Bloomberg

Medvedev To Russians: Don't 'Panic' Over Ruble's Fall -

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies -

Ukrainian PM warns of default risk, calls for more Western help - Yahoo News


Ukraine lost 20% economic potential over Donbass events: Yatsenyuk - TASS


EU Hopes for ‘Normal’ Russian Gas Supplies via Ukraine Beyond March 2015 - Sputnik International


Comrade Capitalism: How a 29-year-old Ukrainian tycoon made a killing on Russian gas - Reuters


First stretch of Russia’s new gas pipeline to Turkey may be built in 2-3 years: minister - TASS


Modi to Putin: Russia to stay India's top defense partner, The two sides signed billions of dollars of deals in nuclear power, oil and defense - Reuters


Russia's Rosneft Secures Oil, Gas Deals With India - Reuters


List of agreements signed between Russia and India - IBNLive


Exclusive - Crimean leader in New Delhi during Putin visit - Reuters


U.S. 'troubled' that Crimean leader in India with Putin - Reuters


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Ukraine News - Dec 10, 2014


Ukraine Forces, Rebels Largely Suspend Hostilities - ABC News

Ceasefire holding: Ukraine President Poroshenko - AFP

Six Ukrainian soldiers killed, seven injured as result of armed clashes in east Ukraine before the ceasefire: NSDC -

Lavrov: Ceasefire Creates Hope for Heavy Arms Pullout in Ukraine - Sputnik International

Cash-strapped Russia won't support independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, favors autonomous regions within Ukraine - ibtimes

Lavrov: Donetsk and Luhansk are ready to restore common economic and political space with the rest of Ukraine - Sputnik International

Exclusive: Putin Cut Ukraine Criticism From Speech Ahead of Peace Talks -

Driving Ukrainians into Putin’s arms: roughly 454,000 people who had fled Ukraine by the end of October, more than 387,000 went to Russia -


Refugees from east Ukraine have difficulties finding housing in other regions of country - TASS


Russia notifies Ukraine of intention to dispatch ninth relief convoy to Donbas - TASS


Ukraine says Russia has resumed gas flow - GlobalPost


Agreement signed on deliveries of electricity from Russia to Ukraine -


Ukraine’s coal production in November 2014 nearly halves on November 2013 -  TASS


VIDEO: Energy crisis in Ukraine grows bigger: protesters furious w/ blackouts block roads in Illichivsk - Maxim Eristavi on Twitter


Ukraine's banking system in extremely difficult condition: Yatseniuk -


IMF loan to Ukraine might fall short: NBU official - Reuters


Crippling of Industry in Eastern Ukraine Reverberates Across Economy - WSJ


VIDEO: Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, on human rights violations in Ukraine - YouTube



Lavrov’s Full Interview: Russia-NATO Relations, Arms Race and Ukraine - Sputnik International

Russia's Lavrov says Moscow concerned by German leaders, warns that Europe would suffer if Berlin stops playing a constructive role - VOA

Merkel Says Russian Role in Ukraine Must Be Named, Shamed - Bloomberg

German chancellor does not rule out new sanctions against Russia - TASS

German public figures appeal against war over Ukraine, "We cannot push Russia out of Europe. That would be dangerous for peace" - DW.DE

Berlin again divided by Russia: German politicians argue over anti-Moscow measures - RT Op-Edge

Council of Europe urges open dialogue with Russia: Belgian FM - TASS

European Protests Call For Rejection of Militant Islam and Peace With Russia -

Nato intercepts a "significant" force of six Russian nuclear-capable bombers - News24


Russian military flights puzzle West -


Russia Spy Plane to Fly Over US Skies As Putin Claims US 'Holding Back' Russian Strength - International Business Times


Analysis: Despite a Looming Recession Russia's Military Will Get Bigger and Better in 2015 - The Moscow Times


Russia Displays Air Defense Systems Amid Ukraine Tensions - VOA


Russia Develops US-Like Ballistic GMD, THAAD Missile Defense Systems; Fears US’ Cruise Missile Rearmament Program - International Business Times


Russia: New Tactical Submarines Shooting Under Arctic Ice; Mimics Pentagon’s Control Site - International Business Times


US Power Projection Strategy 'Consistent With' Russian Military Growth: former Department of Defense official - Sputnik International


French Company Suspends Sale of Spy Satellites to Russian Military - Washington Free Beacon


World Bank Sees Russia’s Economy Contracting in New 2015 Outlook - Bloomberg


Russia's central bank intervenes in currency market as rouble slide continues


Cracks Are Showing in Russia's Customs Union - The Moscow Times


Lavrov: Customs Union May Need to Respond Jointly to Anti-Russian Sanctions - Sputnik International


VIDEO: 'Pity that well-educated Europeans believe sanctions solution to Ukraine’: Lavrov - YouTube


Putin Plan B to Ship Gas Through Turkey Seen as Unrealistic - Bloomberg


Russia to stay away from EU meeting on South Stream on December 9: energy minister - TASS


India, Russia to set out energy vision, Siberian deals eyed - Reuters


Russia, India may launch joint weapons development and production projects - TASS


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Ukraine News - Dec 8, 2014


Hollande notes progress in talks on Ukraine, said the meeting with Vladimir Putin “will bring results in the coming days” - TASS

Putin hopes for fully implemented Ukraine ceasefire, says "supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine” - DW.DE

VIDEO: French and Russian Presidents meet to discuss Ukrainian question - YouTube

VIDEO (Russian): 'Ceasefire in Ukraine has to start soon, Donbass embargo must stop' says Putin - YouTube

POLL: Putin Remains Popular in Russia, 85 percent still approve of his leadership - VOA

POLL: Indexes of the Russian people's approval ratings, majority says the country is heading in the right direction - Levada-Center

POLL: Majority of Russians Have Negative Feelings Toward U.S - The Moscow Times

Ron Paul: ‘US Congress provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’ - RT USA


VIDEO: Ron Paul on the anti-Russia bill passed by Congress - YouTube


Merkel says Russia punishing countries for leaning towards EU - Reuters


VIDEO: Russia holds military drills near Ukraine border -


Factory new Russian BMP-2 fighting in Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Putin awards medal to Russian soldier killed in the Donbas - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Russia Planning Aid Convoy of Christmas Trees for Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times


Kiev buys Russian gas as reserves dwindle, cold weather sets in - The Globe and Mail


Ukraine expects Russian gas supplies to resume Monday: minister - Yahoo Finance


50,000 tons of Russian coal enter Ukraine, to be sent to the thermal power units - RT Business


Coal crunch in Ukraine, Lugansk and Donetsk produced about 40 percent of the country's electricity prior to the war. - GlobalPost


Ukraine to lose its role as gas transit country: Gazprom CEO - Xinhua


EU will have to transport Russian gas from Turkey on its own: Gazprom chief - RT Business



Kiev Confirmes December 9 as Date for Contact Group Meeting on Ukraine - Sputnik International

Poroshenko: Kiev ready to begin decentralization of power in Ukraine - TASS

Poroshenko Claims Donbas November 2 Elections Results Must Be Cancelled - Sputnik International

Ukraine's Poroshenko tells army not to give up Donetsk airport - Reuters

Ukraine Accuses Rebels of More Attacks as Talks Seen - Bloomberg

Ukraine authorities warned to close its airspace days before Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down killing all 298 onboard -

Five civilians killed in fresh east Ukraine violence - AFP

VIDEO: Massive explosions taking place at Donetsk Airport tonight - on Twitter


Ukrainian Intelligence Intercepts Russian-Backed Fighters Call Admitting Shooting on Civilian Areas by MIstake (AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT) - Interpreter_Mag


Donetsk People’s Republic to pay compensation to all bereaved families in Donetsk -


Donetsk People’s Republic announces payment of pensions -


Russia's Igor Strelkov: I Am Responsible for War in Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times


TRANSCRIPT (English): Igor Strelkov Interview to PolitNavigator -


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Igor Strelkov: I will not return to Novorossiya - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine War - Previously unpublished footage of Feb 20 Maidan execution - YouTube


Vinnitsa Residents Protest Against The "Corrupted” Local Administration, Storm Regional Building; 7 Police Injured, 1 Demonstrator; Multiple Injuries, Arrests - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine''s Foreign-Currency And Gold Reserves Dip Below $10 Billion - WSJ


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Ukraine News - Dec 5, 2014


Putin says West seeks to undermine Russia, Crimea 'sacred’ - AFP

Russia will not be dismantled like Yugoslavia, says Putin in state-of-the-nation address - The Straits Times

VIDEO: Putin: West Tried To Dismember Russia following a "Yugoslav scenario" -

Putin: US Creating Strategic Missile Shield Threatens Russia, EU, US Itself - Sputnik International

HIGHLIGHTS: Putin delivers keynote speech on economy, Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO (English): Putin’s 2014 Federal Assembly address in full - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT (English): Putin’s Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly - President of Russia

Comments of the Kremlin spokesman on Putin speech - RT


ARCHIVE: If You Want To Understand Putin, You Have To Know These 15 Facts -


Obama: Putin ‘scares heck out of neighbors’ with ‘nationalist, backward-looking’ policy - RT USA


US House passes resolution condemning Putin - TheHill


US House of Representatives Calls for Visa Bans, Sanctions on Russia - Sputnik International


Text of the House resolution strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin - Library of Congress


Ukraine says Russia deploys advanced missile systems to Crimea - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Islamic Militants Wage Fierce Attack on Grozny, Chechnya’s Capital -


Russia Inflation Surges to Fastest in Three Years as Ruble Sinks - Businessweek


CHARTS: 6 Charts That Illustrate Vladimir Putin's World of Pain - Bloomberg


Russian Spy Chief Blames U.S., EU for Ruble, Oil Price Collapse - Bloomberg


Putin Russia Emergency Funds Bank Bailout Dollar - Business Insider


Putin Promises Amnesty for Capital Returning to Russia - The Moscow Times



Kerry, Lavrov Trade Barbs on Ukraine at an OSCE ministerial meeting in Switzerland - VOA

Statements of Secretary of State John Kerry At OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine

VIDEO: Kerry tells Russia the US is not seeking confrontation over Ukraine - euronews

Opening Statement by Burkhalter at the OSCE Ministerial Dinner:The way forward in addressing the crisis in Ukraine -

Number of OSCE Monitors in Ukraine to Reach 500 by January: OSCE Chief - Sputnik International

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels announce December 9 truce - Yahoo News

Donetsk, Luhansk Interested in Resuming Minsk Talks: Joint Statement - Sputnik International


70 rebel attacks in east Ukraine: military - Channel NewsAsia


Ukrainian military says it has intercepted communications from the Russian military which indicate that 299 Russian soldiers have been killed in the battle for Donetsk airport - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: The Battle For Pisky – The Village That’s Key To Controlling Donetsk Airport -


Ukraine Rebel: We Used Residential Areas as Cover but Now the Practice Has Been Halted - ABC News


HRW Bashes Kiev Over ‘Cursory’ Probe Into Cluster Bombs Use - Sputnik International


VIDEO: Human Rights Watch head defends report claiming that Ukraine used illegal cluster munitions in civilian-populated areas -


Ukraine currency, sovereign woes to push more and more firms into default - Daily Mail Online


Donetsk companies to stop paying taxes to budget after Kiev imposes economic blockade - TASS


Psychiatric patients struggle to get through Ukraine conflict - Reuters


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Ukraine News - Dec 3, 2014


NATO foreign ministers meeting condemns Russia over Ukraine - The Globe and Mail

Official text: Joint statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission - NATO

NATO to Create Interim Rapid Response Force to Counter Russia -

NATO Chief Warns Ukraine Risks Spinning ‘Out of Control’ - Bloomberg

VIDEO: NATO Chief Says Russia Violating Ukraine Cease-Fire -

TRANSCRIPT: Press conference by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission - NATO

VIDEO: NATO Secretary General - Doorstep Statement, Foreign Ministers Meeting - YouTube


NATO scrambles jets 400 times this year amid increased Russian air activity - TASS


Russian Military Aircraft Endanger Civilian Planes, Turn Off Transponders, US Ambassador To NATO Says -


Norway Releases Video Showing Close Aviation Encounter Of Norwegian F-16 With Russian Fighter Jet (VIDEO) - International Business Times


Russia Should Conduct Reconnaissance Flights in More Responsible Way: NATO - Sputnik International


Germany wants NATO-Russia channel to avoid accidental escalation - Reuters


The US Army Plans to Send Abrams Tanks and Bradleys to Eastern Europe - Business Insider


Ukraine urges greater military aid from Europe, U.S.: minister - APA



Russia Accuses NATO of 'Destabilizing' Northern Europe - The Moscow Times

Russia Criticizes NATO for Military Drills in Baltics, Says Will Conduct 4,000 Exercises Itself in 2015 -

Russia launches ‘wartime government’ HQ in major military upgrade - RT News

Russia's new military command center in the Arctic became operational Monday - Business Insider

Russia's Black Sea Fleet to Develop Bases in Crimea in 2015 - Sputnik International

Russian Air Force Sends 14 Advanced Su-27 And Su-30 Warplanes To Belbek Air Base In Crimea -

NATO ‘very concerned' by Russian military build-up in Crimea, it would have an effect on "almost the entire Black Sea” - Defense News

After Ukraine, Black Sea Becomes Contested Zone for Russia, NATO - worldpoliticsreview


Crimea's New Russian Overlords Are Seizing Thousands Of Businesses - Business Insider


VIDEO: Ukrainian Businesses Seized by Crimea Government - YouTube


Russia preparing new batch of humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine - TASS


NATO's top military officer questions Russian convoys to eastern Ukraine - Channel NewsAsia


Russian Foreign Ministry Sees 'No Need' For OSCE To Monitor Entire Border With Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Rebel Leader's Claim Of FSB Ties Omitted By Russian Media -


25 Detained in Moscow for Attending Lecture on Ukraine's Maidan Movement - Democratic Underground


VIDEO: Video of Russian police arresting peaceful attendees at a Moscow lecture about Maidan - Ukraine Reporter on Twitter: 


Gorbachev warns of new cold war, calls to stop building fences around Russia - TASS


TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Gorbachev - Komsomolskaya Pravda


Russia abandons South Stream gas pipeline but not goal of bypassing Ukraine - Reuters


Russia Warns Of Recession In 2015 Amid Sanctions And Low Oil Prices - huffingtonpost


Ruble Sinks to Record as Auction Axed After Recession Warning - Bloomberg


Russia is experiencing another major brain drain - Business Insider



Kiev and Eastern Ukraine Rebels Agree to Truce Again, Amid Continued Violence - VICE News

Reporters See No Truce In Northern Donetsk - Interpreter_Mag

Ukraine crisis: Donetsk shelling dashes ceasefire hopes - BBC News

VIDEO: "There is no ceasefire in Donetsk. It's an illusion" - BBC Nees

Ukraine says Russian special forces involved in attacks on airport in east - Reuters

Civilians Film Grad Rocket Launch Across The Street From Their Apartments (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Another Video Shows Russian-Backed Militants Firing Grad Rockets In Residential Neighborhood of Donetsk (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


Report Analyzes Evidence Of Cross-Border Shelling Visible On Google Maps - Interpreter_Mag


How Ukraine’s arsenal matches up against the Russian-backed separatists’ - Reuters


Ukraine hands foreigners top government posts - Yahoo News UK


Saakashvili Says Rejects a deputy prime minister’s post in Ukraine -


New 'Information Ministry' Another In a Series of Stumbles For New Government In Kiev - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Journalist Declaration against establishing "The Ministry of Information Policy" -


Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Committee of Maidan found dead in his flat in Kyiv - Life in Ukraine


Award winning journalist says truth is under fire in Ukraine, he narrowly escaped death after his muckraking reports revealed corruption and embezzlement in government circles - Toronto Star


One Year After Defying Putin, Ukraine Is Choking on Its Own Red Tape, Corruption - Businessweek


Why the Ukrainian economy is in deep trouble - The Economist


Yatsenyuk: Ukraine to Continue Budget Cuts on Welfare Spending, Army Funding to Increase - Sputnik International


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Syria News - Dec 1, 2014


ISIS Launches Attack On Syria's Kobani From Turkey: Activists - AP

VIDEO: An Islamic State sniper is seen shooting from a grain depot on the Turkish side of the border with Syria - Daily Mail Online

Witnesses: ISIS vehicle and members came from Turkish side - ANF

Kurdish forces call for Turkish investigation into ISIS Kobani attack - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

YPG statement on attack staged from Turkey by ISIS, and cross-border defensive actions taken -

Geolocation of IS Attack on Kobane from Turkey: Open Source Analysis - Turkey Wonk

VIDEO (Arabic): FSA fighters fighting in Kobane border blame Turkey -

Rally in Turkish town of Suruc denounces ISIL attack on Kobani from Turkey (VIDEO) - PressTV

“Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobane with tanks and artillery”: co-chair of the Kobane canton - Rudaw


Female Canadian-Israeli fighter said abducted by Islamic State near Kobane - The Times of Israel


VIDEO: Female Canadian-Israeli Fighter Allegedly Captured in Syria by ISIS -


VIDEO: Footage of clashes in Mürşitpınar area of Kobane - ANF


Belgian fighter admits that Islamic State is lacking manpower - emmejihad


Peshmerga Commander: ‘ISIS severely debilitated in Kobane’ - Kurdish Question


Iraqi Kurds to send Peshmerga replacement troops to Kobani - Worldbulletin News


Turkey's Erdogan calls for ground operation against Islamic State - Vestnik Kavkaza


Pope Francis fails to find common ground with Erdogan (VIDEO) -


Pope Francis in Istanbul condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State, says fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, are key to stopping it - Reuters


Pope calls on Muslim leaders worldwide to condemn terrorism - Yahoo News UK


30 coalition airstrikes pound IS stronghold Raqqa in Syria - The Seattle Times


Inside Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital: Red Bull-drinking jihadists, hungry civilians, crucifixions and air strikes - The Guardian


US flies roughly 85 percent of airstrikes against Islamic State, in complex mix of tactics, politics - Fox News


Islamic State has a 'dirty bomb' says British jihadi - Daily Mail Online


Islamists come out on top in new effort to unify Syrian rebel groups - McClatchy DC


Al Qaeda group Jabhat Al Nusra losing influence in southern Syria - The National


Al- Nusra Front kills 13 fighters from al- Ansar brigades in Idlib - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra Move Into Southern Idlib Village After Reported Clash with Free Syrian Army Unit - YouTube


Flesh-eating maggot disease surfaces in Syria - Al Arabiya News


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Iraq/Syria News - Nov 27, 2014


Iraqi forces battle IS jihadists in Ramadi, Kirkuk - AP

Local Officials Say Iraqi Forces In Ramadi Repel 'Fiercest, Most Violent Attack Yet' From IS -

Iraq says airstrikes are critical in the shifting battle for Ramadi  - CNN

ISIS “emir” of the western Anbar province killed in Iraq’s Hit - Al Arabiya News

ISIS Militants Kills 25 Members Iraqi Tribesmen Near Ramadi - Daily Times

U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Anbar tribesmen - Al Arabiya News

Iraq: Head of Anbar tribe calls on government to fulfil promises of providing weapons in fight against ISIS - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Controversy Over Supporting Iraq’s Tribes In Anbar - MUSINGS ON IRAQ


Islamic State releases images from recent fighting in Ramadi (PHOTOS) - Threat Matrix


VIDEO: Iraqi MOD Releases Video of Counter Offensive Against Islamic State in Anbar - Yahoo


Iraqi officials say 2 bombings kill 10 people in Baghdad - Fox News


Islamic State attacks Iraqi border crossing with Jordan - Threat Matrix


TSG IntelBrief: War Against All: The Islamic State in Anbar - The Soufan Group


ISIS in the Southwest Baghdad Belts - Institute for the Study of War


The Islamic State’s Stalled Offensive in Anbar Province -



ISIS attack fails to take Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk, "they want to control the oil sites” says peshmerga general - Al Arabiya News

Australian Airstrikes Pound ISIS Underground Caves And Bunkers, Kill 100 ISIS Members Near Kirkuk - International Business Times

VIDEO: IS Attacks Close to Iraq's Oil City of Kirkuk - YouTube

IS poses threat to Iraq oil investment -

At least 43 ISIS jihadists killed in a failed bid to regain control of the Mosul dam - Latin American Herald Tribune

ISIS Militants Execute Two Female Parliamentary Candidates in Mosul -

IS Moves Prisoners from Iraq to Syria Fearing Attack on Mosul - Latin American Herald Tribune


Reports: ISIS militants causing massive damage of the convent in Mosul -


VIDEO: ISIS Blows Up Nun Monastery Jesus Heart in Mosul -


VIDEO: Islamic State releases footage showing fighters destroying a number of Shia Muslim shrines in Iraq,The video is titled Demolishing Idols - Yahoo UK


Islamic State imposes a reign of fear in Iraqi hospitals - The Washington Post


Iraqi generals Who Abandoned Mosul may be Executed - Bas


U.S. Central Command News Release: Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq -


Hezbollah arrives in Iraq - Al-Monitor



Islamic State beheads Ismaili man for 'apostasy' - THE DAILY STAR

PHOTOS: Onlookers in Homs, including children, watch as ISIS beheads an old man it says he was Ismaili “apostate” - Hassan Hassan on Twitter

Nusra Front executes Syrian for 'insulting prophet' - THE DAILY STAR

ISIS Video 'Blood Of Jihad 2' Trains Child Soldiers On How To Kill Infidels (VIDEO) - 

More jihadist training camps identified in Syria and Iraq - The Long War Journal

In New ISIS Video British Hostage John Cantlie Says He Will Likely Be Executed (VIDEO) -

ISIS selling villages in Kobanê - ANF


Thousands of women gathered at border for Kobanê in solidarity with Kurdish fighters - ANF


Control of Syrian Oil Fuels War Between Kurds and Islamic State - WSJ


VIDEO: Christian militia fights Islamic State in northern Syria - DW.DE


UN: Islamic State group got up to $45M in ransoms - Stripes


Activists Say Syrian Airstrikes on Raqqa Kill 95 - VOA


As Syrian army closes in, Douma residents turn against rebels - Al-Monitor


Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered: NATO general - THE DAILY STAR


Putin meets with Syria foreign minister for the first time - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian FM: Russia to Boost Relations With Assad - ABC News


Russia dispatched 30 planeloads of humanitarian aid to Syria over 18 months: Lavrov - TASS


Erdogan slams US 'impertinence' over Kobane - Al Jazeera English


CIA operation in eastern Libya was tracking the movement of weapons to Syria: Benghazi report - Fox News


Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels - Reuters


Pope Francis: Don't shut door to dialogue with Islamic State -


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Ukraine News - Nov 24, 2014


Putin: We’re stronger because we’re right, actions in Crimea and afterwards are a strategic decision - Business Insider

TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Vladimir Putin - TASS

Putin Tells New U.S. Envoy Ties Must Be Based On Equality -

Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia: Lavrov - RT News

VIDEO: Lavrov Press Conference on Ukraine (Part 1) - CNN

VIDEO: Lavrov Press Conference on Ukraine (Part 2) - RT News

Russia Warns U.S. Against Arming Ukraine - The Moscow Times

Russian Weapons Separatists Using In Ukraine - Business Insider


Merkel's spokesman raps Russia after report on aid to Ukraine rebels, helping to finance public services and state pay and pensions - The Moscow Times


Russia's New Tactical Nuclear Weapons Program Growing Confident  - International Business Times


The Russia-France Warship Deal Is Turning Into a Total Mess - VICE News


Moscow to Replace Western Companies if They Quit Energy Projects in Russia - Sputnik International


British anti-Putin campaigner claims Russians plan to kidnap him - The Guardian


Russia says to tighten ties with Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia - Reuters


Comment by Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich on the provocative remarks by the President of Lithuania - MFA of Russia


Moldova, eyeing Ukraine, divided on Europe integration as election nears - Reuters



Despite Biden's Visit, US Will Not Provide Lethal Aid To Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

US delivers anti-mortar radars to Ukraine: Pentagon - Yahoo News

Statement of the US Defense Department: U.S. Delivers Radar Systems to Ukraine -

US to Keep Sending Military Advisors to Ukraine: State Department - Sputnik International

US troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year amid Moscow tensions - Reuters

US Congress pro-Ukraine lobby may press through for weapons to Ukraine soon - TASS

McCain slams Obama for not providing weapons to Ukraine - UNIAN news


Statement of Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Ukraine -


VIDEO: McCain: Russia 'a Gas Station Masquerading as a Country' - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions Leaders in Washington: Newly elected MPs ask US lawmakers for weapons


U.S. should look at giving weapons to Ukraine: top Obama adviser - Reuters


VIDEO: State Department: Ukraine Lethal Aid On Table - YouTube


New Ukraine Coalition Agreed, Sets NATO As Priority -


Washington does not object to Ukraine’s bid for NATO membership: U.S. State Department - rickrozoff


German foreign minister speaks out against Ukraine joining NATO, "it is possible for NATO to have a partnership with Ukraine, but not membership” - RT News


NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session Focuses on Ukraine - NATO PA



The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reports heavier fighting over the last 24 hours - Interpreter_Mag

Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed As Violence Continues Near Russian Border -

Separatists to Lay Claims Over Whole Donetsk Region's Territory: Deputy PM - Sputnik International

Donetsk separatists ask Russia to recognise republican independence - TASS

Ukraine's field army digs in for separatist offensive - Telegraph

With Borscht and Rifle Scopes, Volunteers Power Ukraine Forces -


VIDEO (Eng subs): Debaltsevo resident speaks to Euromaidan, reveals that people are afraid of Ukrainian Army that shelled their town with “Grads” -


VIDEO: (Eng subs):  "Poroshenko will choke with blood”: Interview with residents of houses ruined by Ukrainian Army -


Donetsk Airport drone footage shows how it has been destroyed by conflict (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Main Points of the Coalition Agreement in Ukrainian Parliament - Interpreter_Mag


Poroshenko Heckled At Maidan Memorial, Biden Forced To Avoid Protests - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: 'Shame!' Protesters heckle Poroshenko at Maidan memorial - YouTube


Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine, Poroshenko Compares It With Separatist War In East (VIDEO) - VOA


Germany alarmed over government appointments in Ukraine -


ARCHIVE: Kiev regional police head accused of neo-Nazi ties -


Ukraine slashed gold holdings in October, the hryvnia has lost 83 percent of its value against the dollar this year - Reuters


Shadow currency trade points to new Ukraine financial crisis -


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Israel News - Nov 21, 2014


Hamas calls for 'day of rage' in the West Bank on Friday - Maan News Agency

Violence in East Jerusalem; 'Intifada starts today,' Palestinian kids say - Ynetnews

Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre - World Tribune

Hamas Praises Recent Terror Attacks In Israel, Calls Launch Of New Intifada, Threatens: 'The Palestinian Volcano Will Erupt’ -

Police on heightened alert as Hamas calls for ‘day of rage’ -

Police set up checkpoints at East Jerusalem neighborhoods - The Times of Israel

Police bust massive shipment of firecrackers, knives and swords bound for capital - The Times of Israel

Hamas resumes trials of homemade rockets, IDF says - Ynetnews


Hamas affiliated social media abuzz with cartoons glorifying Jerusalem terror attack (CARTOONS) -


VIDEO: Palestinians in the Middle-East celebrate the synagogue massacre -


VIDEO: Palestinians brandish AXES to celebrate synagogue attack -


VIDEO: Hamas’s new hit song in Hebrew: 'Zionist, you are about to be killed by a car’ -


VIDEO: Attempted hit and run in Israel -


Hamas member admits to running over soldiers in Nov. 5 attack - The Times of Israel


Hamas planned to assassinate FM Lieberman - Ynetnews


The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Thursday officially mourned two of its members who were killed after carrying out the attack on an Israeli synagogue - Maan News Agency


PFLP statement on the Synagogue attack in Jerusalem - Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine


Contradictory messages from PA in response to Synagogue massacre, While Abbas condemned the attack one of his senior advisors and the official Facebook page of Fatah praised it - The Tower


Israel spy chief says Abbas is not inciting to terror, while Netanyahu points accusing finger at Palestinian president - Ynetnews


Abbas powerless to stop Palestinian violence, experts say - AFP



Terrorist's home destroyed by Israel, marking return to controversial policy - The Times of Israel

Palestinians: Order to demolish homes of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks unlawful and immoral -

VIDEO: Israel forces demolish a Palestinian home of an Hamas member in wake of attack on synagogue - AP

Committee Approves 78 Apartments In Eastern Jerusalem - The Jewish Week

US slams Israeli construction in E. Jerusalem, renewed home demolitions - The Times of Israel

Five major EU states to Israel: Demolishing terrorists' homes will escalate tensions - Haaretz


Israeli soldiers protect settlers attacking Palestinian villagers (VIDEO) - RT News


Israeli settlers stab a Palestinian in Jerusalem, attack school in West Bank - Al Akhbar English


VIDEO: Palestinians attend funeral ceremony for hanged bus driver - YouTube


Did Palestinian pathologist recant findings in death of Jerusalem bus driver? Israel urges Palestinian Authority to admit that death was suicide, pathologist appears to cast doubt - i24news


Egypt takes aim at Hamas' terror tunnels, closes the key Rafah crossing into Gaza and announces that it would establish a 500-meter buffer zone - Fox News


Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded - Reuters


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Ukraine News - Nov 19, 2014


NATO Sees Military Buildup In Ukraine, Urges Russia To Pull Back -

Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg upon arrival at European Union Foreign Affairs Council (VIDEO) - NATO

Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from NATO - BBC News

Putin says west is provoking Russia into new cold war as ‘spies’ deported - The Guardian

Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Putin warns - AP

Russian President Putin says Ukraine needs federalization to settle conflict - Business Insider

VIDEO (English): Exclusive ARD interview with Russian President Putin - ARD

TRANSCRIPT (English): ARD interview with Russian President Putin -

German, Russian foreign ministers discuss Ukraine crisis, Both reportedly agreed on the need to return to the so-called Minsk protocol -

VIDEO: Press Conference of German, Russian foreign ministers on Ukraine -

Opening remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint meeting of the foreign ministry boards of Russia and Belarus - MFA of Russia


Talks on eastern Ukraine must involve separatist militias: Russian diplomat - TASS


Russia bans meat imports from Montenegro on suspicion of smuggling from EU - TASS


Putin Says West Has 'Lost Russia's Food Market' -


Russia’s Farmers See Opportunity After Ban on Western Food Imports -


Ukraine crisis pushing Russia into recession, hits east Europe - EBRD | Reuters


Russian Airlines Face Losses Over Ukraine Crisis -


Head of Russian Central Bank Defends Ruble Float - The Moscow Times


Crimea Gets Renationalized - Businessweek


Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim - BBC News


Russian State Television Shares Fake Images of MH17 Being Attacked - bellingcat


ARES research report suggests that separatists were “very likely” to have received arms from Russia “however the level of state complicity in such activity remains unclear” - ARES


REPORT: ARES Research Report No.3 “Raising Red Flags: An Examination of Arms & Munitions in the Ongoing Conflict in Ukraine - ARES


PHOTO: Russian GRU Spetsnaz paratrooper Milchakov and unity are now surfaced in Donetsk - elisaschreuder on Twitter



Donetsk residents angry over Kyiv threat to end the funding of all public services in rebel areas by this weekend - VOA

Ukraine takes economic swing at rebels by closing state offices, hospitals, schools, banks – but might hit people instead (VIDEO) -

Report Says 64 Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine Starved to Death - The Moscow Times

Ukraine scraps human rights treaty for rebel areas - RT News

Ukraine opposition seeks reversal of decree blocking welfare benefits for eastern regions - TASS

VIDEO (Russian): Mothers protest demanding social support for children in East Ukraine (Part 1) - YouTube

VIDEO (Russian): Mothers protest demanding social support for children in East Ukraine (Part 2) - YouTube

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in east Ukraine fighting - GlobalPost


Artillery fire, explosions shake Donetsk airport - Reuters


No new offensive planned against rebels: Ukraine - Business Standard News


Ukraine Releases Russian Jailed Over Alleged Plot To Kill Putin -


Ukraine may see 7% GDP decline in 2014: Yatsenyuk -


The collapse of Ukraine’s economy: Don’t chicken out of Kiev - The Economist


Ukraine’s economy: Worse to come - The Economist


'Politics blinded them?' Putin says sanctions against Russia may backfire on Ukraine - RT News


EU to extend list of separatists in Eastern Ukraine targeted by visa ban and asset freeze -


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Syria/Iraq News - Nov 18, 2014

Islamic State Executed 1,432 Syrians Outside Battle Since June, 882 were civilians and 483 members of pro-government forces: Report - Reuters

New Islamic State Video Shows Beheading Of American Hostage Peter Kassig and More than a Dozen Captured Syrian Soldiers - Fox Nation

VIDEOS: The Islamic State video split in two short versions showing beheading of Peter Kassig and Syrian soldiers - LeakSource

VIDEO: Full Islamic State video titled “Although the disbelievers dislike it” showing beheading of Kassig and Syrian soldiers - Clarion Project

MAP: Alleged location of the Islamic State execution of Kassig in the Syrian town of Dabiq, north of Aleppo -

8 Reasons Why The Peter Kassig Islamic State Video Is A Game-Changer -

ISIS' Final American Hostage in Caliphate is 26-Year-Old Female Aid Worker -

Exclusive: Obama Orders Hostage Policy Review - The Daily Beast

Islamic State executions: European jihadis take lead roles in killing video - CBS News

Peter Kassig killing comes as Islamic State suffers first battlefield defeats - Telegraph

Latest Islamic State horror masks a week of defeats - The Guardian

Islamic State apparent beheading video 'sign of desperation' -

Peter Kassig Beheading: Study Shows Executions Do Not Help Terror Groups Achieve Aims -

REPORT: Does Terrorism Pay? An Empirical Analysis -

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Blood bath: ISIS executed 18 persons in Raqqa - Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

PHOTOS: Blood bath: More photos of ISIS execution of civilians in Raqqa -

Horror in Raqqa: ‘Islamic Court’ decided not to execute a sentence by shooting or decapitation, but instead invited the crowd to trample three Syrian officers -

ISIS Boot Camp Syria: Children as Young as 10 Forced to Behead Syrian Soldiers -

PHOTO: Sickening photo shows warped ISIS fanatics making baby kick severed head -

ISIS kills six doctors in Mosul for refusing to treat wounded fighters - Rudaw

Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIS Speak Out After Escape -


Kurds say Islamic State militants near defeat in Kobani - LA Times

Islamic State Casualties Mount in Kobani Amid War of Attrition - Bloomberg

5 Kurdish villages and hamlets liberated from ISIS in Serêkaniyê - ANF

Child soldiers enlisted by Kurds to fight against Islamic State in Syria - The Washington Post

Obama says no change in Syria policy, Assad still not priority -

Spokesman: Nusra is looking for a ceasefire, not a larger merger with IS, because it wants to focus on fighting “just the Alawites” - Syria Direct

Syrian rebels abandon Aleppo, leader flees to Turkey -

Syria agrees ‘in principle’ to De Mistura freeze - THE DAILY STAR

Qatari Minister Warns on U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Syria - WSJ

Terror financiers are living freely in Qatar, US discloses - Telegraph


Islamic State fighters are retreating from Baiji oil refinery, Iraq officials say - The Washington Post

Peshmerga repel ISIS attack near Mosul, several militants killed - Rudaw

Centcom Officials Provide Inherent Resolve Airstrike Details in Syria and Iraq -

Iraqi PM's Office denies Abadi and Dempsey discussed deployment of foreign troops, says 'Iraq doesn’t need any' - Iraqi News

Obama ‘Would Order’ US Troops into Combat If ISIS Got Nuclear Weapon - KTIC Radio

Seize All Tanker Trucks to and From Islamic State Areas, UN Says - Businessweek


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Iraq/Syria News - Nov 15, 2014

Islamic State advances halted in some areas of Iraq, U.S. defense officials say - The Washington Post

Iraq retakes strategic oil town of Baiji from jihadists - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Islamic State fighters driven out of Iraq's Baiji - YouTube

Has ISIS peaked? Terror group suffers setbacks in Iraq -

IS adopting a defensive strategy in Iraq to avoid airstrikes, military says that Iraqi ground troops can "move to offense" -

Iraq: ISIS has Trenches,Tunnels and Bomb Shelters to Counter U.S. Air Attacks [VIDEO] -

Hagel says air war against Islamic State will intensify - Al Arabiya News

U.S. Central Command News Release: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq -

Obama calls for more funds in the fight against ISIS, Key figures highlighted in the 34-page letter (Full text) -

Obama seeks human-rights waiver on Islamic State war funds - AP

POLL: Obama’s ISIS war is surprisingly popular in the Arab world - Vox

VIDEO: House considers how to cut off funding from the Islamic State -

Qatar, Kuwait could improve anti-terror financing efforts: US Treasury -

Iraq's Premier Shakes up His Military - ABC News

Iraq seeks advanced precision-kill weapon systems from US - Army Technology

Baghdad and Kurds Reach Deal on Oil - WSJ


Hagel discounts targeting Assad in Islamic State fight, “Our military aims in Syria are limited to destroying ISIL’s safe havens” - Chicago Tribune

Full Hagel Statement on the Strategy and Military Campaign Against ISIL Before the House Armed Services Committee -

Canada is at war with ISIS, not Syria, Stephen Harper says - CBC News

Activists say US-led Syria airstrikes kill at least 860: 746 Islamic State militants, 68 members of Nusra Front and 50 civilians -

US Hits Al-Qaida Militants in Syria for Third Time - ABC News

YPG forces retake control of strategic mountain in Kobani - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Kurds block an Islamic State supply route to Syria's Kobani - Reuters

PYD says ready to cooperate with US against IS to keep control of region - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Opposition Figures Claim ISIS, Nusra Front Agree To Cooperate In Syria - AP

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance? - Syria Comment

Jabhat al-Nusra eyes Idlib for Islamic emirate - Al-Monitor

Video Shows Al Nusra Tanks Pushing North Towards 'Another Kobane’ (VIDEO) - VICE News

UN envoy to Syria De Mistura's focus is on 'Aleppo First' - Al-Monitor

FSA reject UN's Aleppo truce plan - Al Jazeera English

Syrian National Coalition Leader Bahra: De Mistura’s Plan is Unclear -

Red Cross offers to help reconcile warring Syria sides - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director - BBC News


New UN report depicts ‘relentless assault’ on civilians in ISIL-controlled Syria including public beheading, shooting and stoning - United Nations

REPORT: Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria - United Nations

ISIS denying food, medicine to hundreds of thousands in Syria, UN report says - Fox News

Airstrikes Fail to Slow ISIS' Iraq Killing Spree, Database Suggests - NBC

Iraq: Bomb Blast Kills 15 in Northern Baghdad - ABC News

Islamic State leader claims 'caliphate' has expanded to more countries in new audio message - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State's Archipelago of Provinces - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

AUDIO (Arabic): Islamic State leader Baghdadi's new audio message -

TRANSCRIPT (English): Islamic State leader Baghdadi's new audio message -

A video allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State getting injured in an airstrike, wearing the same Rolex watch which he wore during his sermon at Mosul (VIDEO) -

Islamic State to mint own Islamic dinar coins in gold, silver and copper - The Guardian


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Ukraine News - Nov 13, 2014


NATO alleges columns of Russian tanks, artillery and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine - VOA

VIDEO: NATO general says Russia sending troops into Ukraine - YouTube

Numerous sightings of large columns of unmarked military vehicles and tanks in the Donetsk region (VIDEOS,PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag 

VIDEO: Alleged Russian military column entering east Ukraine -

60 km from Russian border we observed a convoy this morning with 15 armytrucks plus artillerie (PHOTOS) - Jeroen Akkermans on Twitter

Picture Taken By Journalist May Prove That Russia Has Deployed Artillery Radar In East Ukraine (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Videos May Show Russian Special Forces Clearing The Way For Military Convoys In Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Russian Legislators Receive Responses from Military Officials on Soldiers Reportedly Killed in Combat in Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

Russia to send seventh aid convoy to east Ukraine - TASS

Russian FM stresses importance of Kiev’s direct dialogue with Donetsk, Luhansk - TASS

In-patient mental examination authorized for Ukraine pilot accused of murder in Russian court - TASS

VIDEO: Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko appears in Moscow court -

NATO general: Russia beefing up bases in Crimea, but there is no clear assessment of whether that includes deployment of nuclear weapons - NZ Herald News

Russia moving more military hardware to Crimea. Picture from the Kerch ferry web camera (PHOTO) - Maria Antonova on Twitter

Russian Defense Ministry board considering formation of military grouping in Crimea - TASS

Russia to donate 47.1 billion rubles to Crimea making about 75% of its budget - Vestnik Kavkaza

Russia's long-range bombers to conduct regular patrol missions from the western Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico - Yahoo News

Intelligence report details close encounters with Moscow -

MAP: Russia’s "close encounters" with NATO air forces -

POLL: 83 percent of Russians agree that the West is conducting an information war against Russia - RT News

Jews reject Russia claims of Ukraine anti-Semitism - BBC


Heavy shelling rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk Escalates to Heaviest in Months - WSJ

Numerous Attacks In Donetsk And Lugansk Regions - Interpreter_Mag

Some 2,400 houses damaged, need repair in Luhansk: OSCE report - TASS

Ukraine, Syria civilians attacked with incendiary weapons: HRW (VIDEOS) - RT News

OSCE Monitor: Russian-Backed Rebels Seem To Be Preparing To Attack Crucial Port City Mariupol - Business Insider

Attack On Ukrainian Checkpoint Northwest Of Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Attack on Mariupol Eastern checkpoint and nearby petrol station -

At the Security Council UN Official Warns Of Return To Full-Scale War In Ukraine's East -

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he wishes to stop the war in Ukraine and to prevent the beginning of WWIII - Crimean News Agency

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Russia has already crossed hundreds of “red lines” - Charter’97

VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Nov 12 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Donbas civil society leaders accuse Ukraine of 'declaring war' on own people -

Ukraine rebels: a disunited front run by warlords - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Sentenced to Death by a Crowd in Separatist East Ukraine, Interview with Separatist Commanders - VICE

Three Ukrainian battalion commanders leave for U.S. to meet with McCain - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Kiev regional police head accused of neo-Nazi ties -

Wanted British 'White Widow’ Islamic State terrorist killed in Ukraine, claims Russian news agency - Daily Mail Online

Ukraine's economic situation 'desperate': Institute of International Finance -


MH17 was brought down by missile supplied by Russian military to separatists in Ukraine: Report - Daily Mail


Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation - bellingcat

MAP: Exploring the MH17 Linked Buk Convoys in Ukraine and Russia with Mapbox - bellingcat

Geolocating the June Russian Buk Convoy in Millerovo - bellingcat


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Iraq/Syria News - Nov 11, 2014


CENTCOM: Allies Launch Barrage of Airstrikes Against Islamic State, Conducting 23 Air Strikes in Syria and 18 in Iraq  - Reuters

U.S. Central Command News Release: Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq -

Islamic State chief Baghdadi injured, deputy killed in anti-ISIS airstrikes: Iraqi defense minister - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's close aide killed in US air strike - Telegraph

ISIS News: Jihadists Confirm Baghdadi's Injury; Say Leader's Death won't End Caliphate -

Official statement (Arabic) published by Iraqi intelligence on the operation against Al-Bagdadi and 40 IS leaders -

Iraqi military reach refinery town of Baiji - Worldbulletin News

Peshmerga inch closer to Mosul with air support - Rudaw

Islamic State deserters arrested sneaking into Kirkuk - Rudaw

Sunni tribes join Shiite militias in battle for Iraqi town in Anbar province, a rare show of sectarian unity - McClatchy DC

To ease Sunni fears, Iraq orders Shi'ite militias back from front line - Reuters

ISIS Allegedly Murders Nine Journalists in Mosul, Iraq -

Islamic State sells stolen Kirkuk oil at $20 per barrel: Iraq Finance Ministry - ekurd


Kurds Say Balance of Power Shifted in Kobani - BAS NEWS

ISIS militants bomb Kobane neighborhoods before withdrawal, "burned, looted and exploded the places" - ARA News

Kobani Kurdish Fighters Rescue Trapped, Injured ISIS 'Emir'; Video Goes Viral (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Boy under sniper fire rescues girl in Kobane - YouTube

Syrian Kurdistan give women equal rights, snubbing IS jihadists - AFP

IS recalls dozens of fighters in order to fight in Kobani - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

VIDEO (Arabic): ISIS releases new video “A Message to the Peshmerga”, promises to send reinforcements to support fighters in Kobane - YouTube

‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally': Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation - Newsweek

Syrian Islamic Front rebel leader brands Kobani’s Kurdish defenders as enemies - Rudaw

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Press Conference of the Islamic Front Military Leader on Kobanê - YouTube

President of the opposition Syrian National Coalition: US-led attacks on ISIS are undermining anti-Assad forces - The Guardian

Attack in Syria kills 5 nuclear scientists - AP

Hezbollah blames Israel in death of 5 nuclear technicians in Syria - McClatchy DC

Jabhat al-Nusra blows up Armenian church in Deir el-Zour: A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history - The Independent

Syria's Assad says U.N. envoy's local ceasefire bid 'worth studying': state media - Reuters

UN envoy holds high-level talks with Syrian officials on plan to ‘freeze’ Aleppo conflict - United Nations News Centre

Local ceasefires 'best hope' for Syria, report says - Daily Mail Online


Obama says Islamic State fight in new phase, additional 1,500 troops are being sent to help train Iraqi army soldiers and militia fighters - WRIC

Obama asks for $5.6 billion to fight Islamic State - Washington Times

Despite growing coalition against Islamic State, US shouldering most of the air campaign - The Boston Globe

Obama indicates US may ask allies for more help to combat ISIS in Iraq - The Guardian

Report: Obama’s Letter to Khamenei Said Syria’s Assad Will Not Be Toppled - EA WorldView

Background Conference Call on the Administration's Request for Overseas Contingency Operations - The White House

RAF carries out first British drone attacks against Isis in Iraq - The Guardian

Australian special forces moving into Iraq, Tony Abbott says - The Guardian

In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed ‘Little Sparta’ - The Washington Post

Iran says ready to help Iraq fight IS jihadists - Yahoo News

Qatar minister’s family ties to jihadi terror - Telegraph


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Ukraine News - Nov 8, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending 32 tanks, 16 artillery systems and 30 trucks loaded with fighters and ammunition to the East - ABC News

VIDEO: (English): Russian Tanks and Artillery Move Into Luhansk, Says Ukraine military spokesman - Yahoo UK

NATO sees increase in Russian troops along Ukraine border - Daily Mail Online

United States does not have "independent confirmation" of Russian incursion in Ukraine - Yahoo News

Putin Holds Talks With Security Chiefs Over 'Deterioration' in Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times

Russia says it stands by Ukraine ceasefire deal, respects but does not officially recognize Donetsk, Luhansk elections - Reuters

Putin Not Planning on Meeting Poroshenko, Heads of DPR, LPR: Spokesperson - RIA Novosti

NATO plans large-scale military drills in Eastern Europe and Baltic States - TASS

NATO launches Iron Sword war games in Lithuania -

VIDEO: NATO Conducts 'Iron Sword' Exercises In Lithuania -

Ukrainian female military officer Savchenko In Russian Court - Interpreter_Mag

Three witnesses claim Ukrainian pilot Savchenko is innocent - Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI)

PHOTOS: Images of the abducted Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko put before a Russian court -

POLL: Vast majority of Russians do not want the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics in eastern Ukraine to become part of Russia - YouTube

Gorbachev to defend Putin in Berlin - DW.DE

Ruble Set for Worst Week in 11 Years as Russia Says Ready to Act - Bloomberg

In Ukraine Crisis, U.S. Businesses Face Tit-for-Tat Response to Sanctions -

Poroshenko: Ukraine Yet to Receive Payment for Russian Gas Transit - RIA Novosti

Ukraine's currency reserves plummet 23 percent to nine-year low - Reuters

Ukrainian Currency Hits Record Low - WSJ


Ukraine crisis: Killing of 2 teens playing soccer shocks war-weary nation - CBS News

Ukraine's National Guard denies it shelled school in Donetsk -

VIDEO: Mourning in Donetsk at funeral for two teens killed while playing football - Reuters

Missile That Killed 2 Teens in Donetsk May Not Have Come from Ukrainian Forces - Interpreter_Mag

Geolocation: Rocket that hit School No63 did not come from government-controlled Peski (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war

Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine - UNICEF

Children die in Donetsk. Who is to blame? - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

Up to 200 rebels killed in Donetsk aiport fighting: Ukraine's Defense Ministry -

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in clashes with separatist militias - Fox News Latino

Intense Shelling In Lugansk Region - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Hromadske TV apparently showing the aftermath today of some heavy shelling in Donetsk - YouTube

The Battle of Ilovaisk: Details of a Massacre Inside Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine -

Ukraine imposes passport controls around rebel area - Yahoo News

Poroshenko rules out any possibility of granting the state status to the Russian language in Ukraine - TASS

Ukraine Holds Politically Charged 'Dictation' Contest -

Ukraine’s 'Right Sector' Leader Recognized as Elected Member of Parliament - RIA Novosti

Svoboda nazi apologist quits party to become head of Security Service propaganda - Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine


Alleged Child Molester Sentenced to Death by Show of Hands in Separatist Eastern Ukraine - Newsweek

VIDEO: Alleged Child Molester Sentenced to Death by Show of Hands in Separatist Eastern Ukraine - YouTube

Kyiv Authorities Slam Separatist Courts Handing Down Summary Death Sentences -

Laws of war in the Lugansk People's Republic, “People’s Court” pronounces first death sentence for statutory rape - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

VIDEO: Separatist-appointed Cultural Minister Irina Filatova, whose scantily-clad photographs went viral, demands death sentence for Ukrainian writer over cartoon -

Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Rebel-Controlled Eastern Ukraine - SPIEGEL MOBIL

Separatists groups quarrel among themselves in Donbas -

Rebel Leader Bezler Linked to MH17 Disaster Is Reported Dead - Newsweek

Ukrainian security service can’t confirm reports of death of separatist leader Bezler - UNIAN news

Donetsk rebels call reports that Horlivka cdr Igor Bezler was killed "a ruse by the Ukrainian press" - Nikolaus von Twickel on Twitter


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Syria News - Nov 6, 2014

Obama to seek authorization from Congress for Islamic State fight - Reuters

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Kobane -

VIDEO: Two Huge Explosions in Kobane Target ISIL Positions - NBC

Peshmerga fighters 'heavily shelling’ Islamic State in Kobane: commander - Kurdish Institute of Paris

VIDEO: First footage of peshmerga in action inside Kobane! Here they are firing Katyusha at ISIS - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

Interview with commander on the Kobane battle: ‘YPG acting with the Peshmerga like a single army’ - ANF

Peshmerga: more military reinforcements left Erbil on Monday heading to Kobane - ARA News

Turkey says it received no demand for more peshmerga fighters in Kobani -

Turkish military angered by Ankara’s peshmerga move - Al-Monitor

POLL: Like Turkey’s Erdogan, most Turks disapprove of helping Kobane - Rudaw

KRG to Open Offices in Rojava Cantons - BAS NEWS

YPG commander: Islamic State Stops Attacks in Kobani - BAS NEWS

YPG and Islamic State Group Maneuver beyond Kobani - teleSUR

5 villages and 23 hamlets liberated by YPG in Serêkaniyê - ANF

Islamic State releases 93 Syrian Kurds: monitor - Yahoo News UK

Some Kurds help Islamic State with terrain, language in battle for Kobani - Fox News

Kobane official calls for more outside help to defeat Islamic State, thanks the United States and the Iraqi Peshmerga - Rudaw

Syrian Kurdish leader notes change in West’s attitudes, says PYD ''is no longer seen as a terrorist organization’’ -

Syria: Islamic State Tortured Kobani Child Hostages - Human Rights Watch

Islamic State warns Kurdish female fighters face forced marriage - Al Arabiya News

Islamic State Looks To Mediterranean To Continue Oil Operations -

Syria army retakes gas fields from Islamic State jihadists: activists - THE DAILY STAR

Exclusive: Washington cuts funds for investigating Bashar al-Assad's war crimes, while is stepping up funding to collect evidence of war crimes in Iraq by the Islamic State - foreignpolicy


Pentagon Confirms Militant Group Al-Nusra Has Gained Ground In Syria, Doesn't View Events As 'Major Setback' - KMBZ

US considers expanded airstrikes in Syria against al-Nusra - TheHill

US-Trained Syrian Rebels Defect to Al-Qaeda, Surrender Weapons -

VIDEO: Nusra Front captures US made weapons in Idlib - YouTube

Al Qaeda militants mass near key Bab al-Hawa border crossing, important supply route for fighters in Syria - Toronto Star

Al-Qaeda’s Bid for Power in Northwest Syria - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Leader of Syria Al-Qaeda wing threatens strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

AUDIO (Arabic): First al-Nusra leader Joulani interview for months. Explains why Nusra attacked SRF leader Maarouf & who helped - Joshua Landis on Twitter

In audio message Joulani says the 'international coalition/alliance' is intending to destroy Jabhat al-Nusra & 'Jamaat ad-Dawla' [Islamic State] - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

DOD, Coalition Working Out Details for Syrian Opposition Training Program -

VIDEO: Plan to Train and Equip Syrian Opposition Forces Progresses - DoD Videos

TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby -

VIDEO: John Kirby Briefs Pentagon Press Corps - DoDNEWS Videos

France urges anti-IS coalition to help Aleppo rebels holdout against Assad - Yahoo News

Turkey warns of threat to Aleppo from Assad, fears new refugee influx -

Turkish border attacks work of Assad spies in FSA, Syrian opposition commander claims -


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Ukraine News - Nov 4, 2014


Alexander Zakharchenko named prime minister of eastern Ukraine after 'election' - Telegraph

Igor Plotnitsky wins self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic head elections - TASS

Miner's son, Lenin fan win separatist Ukraine votes - Yahoo News

High turnout in separatist Ukraine vote, Ukrainian separatists say (VIDEO) -

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Long queues to vote in Luhansk Republic - YouTube

Donetsk, Luhansk say ready to hold an equitable dialogue with Kiev and to restore relations with Ukrainian regions - TASS

Text of the joint statement by the Donetsk, Luhansk republics - Interfax

Ukraine needs to change strategy in east after rebel vote: Poroshenko - Reuters

Address by the President of Ukraine - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Despite provocations, the diplomatic path of resolution remains the priority for the Ukrainian authorities - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Appeal of Petro Poroshenko regarding to the formation of a coalition in Parliament and the pseudo-elections at Donbass -

Kiev ready to buy coal from self-proclaimed republics in Donbass: official - RT Business

2 soldiers killed by car bomb a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol - GlobalPost

VIDEO: Car Bomb Attack on Mariupol Ukraine Checkpoint - YouTube

Heavy Shelling In Donetsk As Fighting Renews - Interpreter_Mag

Ukrainian Soldiers At Checkpoint 31 Receive Ultimatum From Separatist Fighters - Interpreter_Mag

OSCE says its drone fired at in Ukraine, U.S. blames rebels - Yahoo News

OSCE Statement On Attack On Monitoring Drone - Interpreter_Mag

Bodies of 286 Women Discovered, 400 Listed Missing in East Ukraine: Zakharchenko - RIA Novosti

Europe remembers victims of Odessa massacre (VIDEOS) - RT News

'People's Court' In Separatist-Held Alchevsk Issue Death Sentence By Show Of Hands (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Ukraine’s rebels open school doors to Russian education - euronews

Ukraine's Maria Zarring with 34k breasts named Russia's top 'natural beauty’ (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

PHOTOS: Meet the busty Russian model at the centre of Ukraine propaganda claims - Irish Mirror Online


Russia says it respects separatist vote but stops short of recognising Donetsk and Luhansk as independent, calls for talks with Kiev - Guardian

Minsk Agreements Implementation Possible After Donbas Elections: Russian Official - RIA Novosti

Russia urges Kiev not to conduct military operation in south-east of Ukraine - TASS

Russia blocks UN statement on Ukraine vote -

'Russian' Troops Surge Into Ukraine As Donetsk And Luhansk Elections Reveal Winners -

NATO: 300 Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine Train Rebels -

Russia's border with Ukraine completely porous: NATO general - TODAYonline

In the last 24 hours the flight of 3 Russian reconnaissance Su-24 over Azov and Kerch Strait, IL-20 over the Black Sea were observed - NSDC of Ukraine on Twitter

Russian Aid Convoy Of Vehicles Enter Ukraine Through Donetsk Border -

Ukraine unaware of contents of Russia's 5th 'humanitarian convoy’: NSDC -

Russian Emergencies Ministry preparing 6th humanitarian convoy for Donbass - TASS

Russian Hackers Target NATO, Ukraine And Others: ISight - Business Insider


US blasts contested elections in Ukraine - TheHill

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Illegal Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine - The White House

Elections in eastern Ukraine no reason to bring Russian troops into Ukraine: White House - TASS

EU blasts Russia over Ukraine separatist vote - GlobalPost

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the ‘presidential and parliamentary elections’ in Eastern Ukraine - European Commission

UN says elections in eastern Ukraine violate Minsk agreements - TASS

Russia Threatened With More Sanctions After Backing Vote - Businessweek

Ruble Weakens as Ukraine Rebel Elections Spur Sanctions Concern - Businessweek

Iron Sword 2014: NATO stages massive military drill in Lithuania - RT News

Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross to Enter the Black Sea - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet


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Syria/Iraq News - Nov 2, 2014


Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga reinforcements arrive in Kobane - Al Jazeera America

VIDEO: Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements arrive in Kobane - YouTube

VIDEO: Peshmerga Handshake with YPG in Kobane - YouTube

Peshmerga in Kobane fire rockets at Islamic State - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Breaking: Peshmerga Forces have launched attacks on ISIS in Kobane - Al Jazeera

Iraqi fighters lift spirits in Syria siege town Kobane - Yahoo News

U.S. Launches 10 Air Strikes In Syria, Iraq -

Source inside Kobane: "ISIS couldn't even attack the peshmerga convoy. Coalition planes bombed ISIS heavily as convoy moved in - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

President Barzani: Kobane will not fall to terrorists - Rudaw

Joint message from YPG and Peshmerga for “national army” - ANF

Kobani clashes kill 100 ISIS jihadists in 3 days: monitor - THE DAILY STAR

Al Qaeda group Nusra seizes bastion of Western-backed SRF rebels in Syria's Idlib region - Reuters

Islamic State and Nusra Front, former rivals, team up against SRF rebels in Idlib -

Syria rebels deploy peacekeepers in Idlib - THE DAILY STAR

Al- Nusra Front's proposals to stop fighting with the SRF - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

VIDEO: SRF’s Jamal Marouf explains why he withdrew from Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib after Nusra takeover yesterday - Twitter

Aleppo ‘at risk’ after FSA fighters were sent to Kobane: Commander - hurriyetdailynews

U.S. Spying on Syria Yields Bonus: Intelligence on Islamic State - WSJ


Global day for Kobani: Thousands march to support Kurds’ fight against Islamic State (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - RT News

VIDEO: Kurds worldwide march in solidarity with Kobani - YouTube

Thousands protest in Turkey to show solidarity with Kobane Kurds - Yahoo!7

PHOTO: Kurds rally in Amed, Turkey - Twitter

Erdogan decries coalition's focus on Kobane, says nations fighting IS should turn attention to areas other than the Kurdish town - Al Jazeera

Kurds protest at Erdogan visit to Paris - ekurd

PHOTO: Kurds rally in Paris - Twitter

Putin: Turkey is governed by a demagogue dictator who supports terrorists - AWDNews

Erdogan’s new $350 mln palace draws controversy - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: Kurdish demonstration for Kobane in Frankfurt - YouTube

VIDEO: Solidarity with Kobane Demonstration - Manchester - YouTube

VIDEO: Kurdish demonstration for Kobane in Toronto - YouTube

European Parliament to host Kobanê conference - ANF


ISIS militants line up, kill 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq town - Fox News

PHOTO: Islamic State kills 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq town -

Iraq: ISIS Executed Hundreds of Prison Inmates, Mostly Shiites - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Survivors of ISIS massacre tell their stories for the first time -

US condemns ISIS “depravity” in alleged executions, amid reports of discoveries of mass graves and the slaying of Sunni Muslim tribesmen - Rudaw

Grim Fate Awaits Women, Girls Captured by Islamic State Group - VOA

VIDEO: “Whoever wants to sell, I’ll buy” - ISIS fighters excitedly discuss buying Yazidi women - Charles Lister on Twitter

Foreign Fighters Are Flooding Into Iraq and Syria to Join the Islamic State: UN - VICE News

ISIS advertising for skilled professionals to man its failing oil fields - Daily Mail Online


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