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Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine

President Barack Obama has offered additional security assistance to Ukraine in its standoff with Russia. Speaking Thursday at the White House following talks with visiting President Petro Poroshenko at his side, Obama announced an additional $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine - $46 million to bolster Ukraine's security and $7 million in humanitarian aid. Obama praised the Ukrainian leader for brokering a recent cease-fire in the conflict in the county’s east and for pushing through legislation granting areas controlled by pro-Russia rebels broader self-rule. Affirming once again that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are not negotiable, Obama said that…
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Ukraine Regains Control of Military Airfield in the East

The President of Ukraine, Olexander Turchynov, said that Ukrainian forces retook control of a military airport in Kramatorsk, in Eastern Ukraine, after fighting against pro-Russian separatists. Earlier, Turchynov had informed the Parliament, that it had begun an operation to evict pro Russians fighters that occupied government buildings in the east of the country. According to various reports, armed with weapons and dozens of police vehicles could be about forty kilometers to the North of Slavyansk. There was also reported an increase in the activity of helicopters in the South of Donetsk.
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US and Ukraine Sign $1 Billion Loan Guarantee

The Secretary of the US Treasury, Jack Lew, and Ukrainian Finance Minister, Oleksandr Shlapak signed Monday in Washington the agreement whereby the United States will help with one billion of dollars to Ukraine with the aim of supporting the reforms for stabilize the Ukrainian economy. The line of loan guarantees, which had already been approved by Congress at the beginning of the month, aims to support a program of reforms proposed by the new pro-European Cabinet and who will have the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In the Act of ratification, held at the headquarters of the treasury, Lew underlined that these loan guarantees show "the…
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Ukraine Government Requests the Dispatch of Peacekeeping Troops

The President of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, called for the deployment of peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where Russian activists continue occupying government buildings. Turchynov issued his statement after pro-Russian groups attacked another government official in the city of Horlivka on Monday. Video scenes show more than a hundred activists attacking the building at Horlivkay and hitting a police officer. Activists maintain outlets in other buildings in several cities in the east of the country, after ignoring the ultimatum by the authorities of Ukraine so that they leave the Government offices. A spokesman for the Russian President, Vladimir…
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Merkel and Putin Discuss Solution to Diplomatic Crisis in Ukraine

The German spokesman for the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the German leader and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, discussed by phone possible measures to stabilize the situation in Ukraine and Transnistria, a breakaway territory between Moldova and Ukraine. In a telephone conversation with Merkel, Russian President confirmed that he gave the order for withdrawal of troops at the border with Ukraine. A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense explained that a motorized infantry battalion, composed of hundreds of troops, is being withdrawn from the border. The Kremlin said in a statement that President Putin said that Ukraine should carry…
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Russian Economy Could Contract By 1.8% If Deepens Crisis Over Crimea

The World Bank warned that Russia's economy could suffer a contraction of up to if the crisis that arose as a result of the annexation of the Crimea region deepens. The report published by the World Bank indicates that an intensification of the political tension could generate greater economic uncertainty and further reduce confidence and the economic activities of investors. "The World Bank has developed two scenarios for Russia. Prospects depend widely on the recovery of confidence of entrepreneurs and consumers and geopolitical risks indicates the institution, which in the worst case also foresees a contraction of percent in 2015. However,…
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Extreme Right Ukrainian Leader Shot Dead

Ukraine authorities said that one of the leaders of the radical movement Right Sector died after an exchange of gunfire with police in the city of Rivne, in the West of the country. According to reports, Oleksandr Muzychko, better known as Sashko Bily, opened fire on the officers when they tried to arrest him.  Muzychko, who led the extreme right group in Western Ukraine, was suspected of having ties to organized crime. Three other suspects were arrested during the operation. Russia issued an international arrest against Muzychko, for his alleged performance alongside Islamic Islamic extremists in Chechnya.
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Russian Forces Board a Ukrainian Ship In Crimea

Crimea reports that Russian forces boarded a boat of the Ukrainian Navy in Donuzlav Bay on the West coast of the peninsula. Konstantin Olshanskii was one of the two boats still sailing with the Ukrainian flag. Earlier, Kiev lost control of its last military base in the region, that of Feodosia. The Acting President of Ukraine, Alexander Turchínov, ordered the withdrawal of the armed forces of the country of the peninsula to "save the lives of the staff". The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, visited Crimea to inspect the troops and military installations. He is the officer of the army's highest…
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The EU Meets To Discuss Response To Russia

European Union leaders met from 14:30 GMT in Brussels to discuss a new response to block the Russian intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the EU leaders would agree to new sanctions against Moscow. Merkel said before the Parliament of her country that Russia's actions meant that the G-8 (composed of Germany, Canada, France, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia) no longer existed. Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, told the BBC that the EU should offer clear support to Ukraine because the objective of Russia was not Crimea…
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Russia Risks “Political & Economic Isolation”

Vice President, Joe Biden, said that if Russia continues on its "dark road" it faces "political and economic isolation", during his visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. "Russia has chosen to respond with military aggression, a referendum virtually rejected by the entire world, illegal efforts to annex Crimea and now reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and installations in Crimea," he said. "I want to make it clear: we remain firmly with our Baltic partners in support of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggression." While Russia goes down this dark path they will face a growing political and economic isolation". Biden spoke…
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