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Sep 3, 2014

Confusion as Ukraine and Russia announce progress towards peace

KIEV/MOSCOW, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Wednesday
its president had agreed with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on steps
towards a “ceasefire regime” in Kiev’s conflict with pro-Russian
rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing
confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

“The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that
will facilitate the establishment of peace,” said a statement by
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office, replacing an
earlier statement that had spoken of a “permanent ceasefire”.

Sep 2, 2014

Russia reviews military doctrine, reflecting chill with NATO

MOSCOW, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Russia will update its military
doctrine this year to take account of new threats including the
Ukraine crisis, a Kremlin security aide said on Tuesday in
forceful comments that highlighted a deepening Cold War-style
standoff with NATO.

Mikhail Popov, deputy head of the Kremlin’s advisory
Security Council, told RIA news agency that changes were being
drafted in the light of risks connected with the Arab Spring,
the Syrian civil war and the conflict between the Ukrainian
government and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Sep 1, 2014

Putin’s “statehood” gambit raises stakes in east Ukraine

MOSCOW, Sept 1 (Reuters) – A shift in President Vladimir
Putin’s language on the conflict in eastern Ukraine reflects a
transformation in the situation on the battlefield and sounds a
warning to Kiev to negotiate sooner rather than later.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quick to tell
journalists that the Kremlin leader was not demanding
independence for pro-Russian separatists when he said on Sunday
that talks should take place immediately “on the political
organisation of society and statehood in southeastern Ukraine”.

Aug 31, 2014

Moscow, Kiev swap troops as Ukraine port girds for pro-Russian assault

MOSCOW/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine and Russia swapped soldiers who had entered each other’s territory near the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev says Moscow’s forces have come to the aid of pro-Russian insurgents advancing for an assault on a major port.

Ukrainian troops and local residents were reinforcing the port of Mariupol on Sunday, the next big city in the path of pro-Russian fighters who pushed back government forces along the Azov Sea this past week in an offensive on a new front.

Aug 31, 2014

Russia and Ukraine trade soldiers at border: Russian news agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine has handed over a group of captured Russian paratroops and Russia has returned 63 Ukrainian soldiers who crossed into its territory last week, Russian news agencies quoted a paratroop commander as saying.

RIA news agency quoted Russian Major-General Alexei Ragozin as saying the paratroops had been handed back after “very difficult” negotiations and after what he called an unacceptable delay.

Aug 30, 2014

Russia demands publication of recordings from downed flight MH17

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is demanding to know why international investigators have yet to publish the black box data from a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July, a deputy defense minister said in an interview published on Saturday.

Moscow blames Ukraine for the disaster, in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed. In a version of events widely believed in the West, Ukraine says the Boeing 777 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists with a surface-to-air missile.

Jun 10, 2014

Russia’s FSB says bomb attacks foiled in Moscow, Crimea

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia foiled “major terrorist attacks” on World War Two victory celebrations last month in Moscow and newly annexed Crimea, the FSB security service said on Tuesday.

Details of the alleged plots could not be verified but the FSB’s statements, suggesting patriotic Russian symbols were targeted, could be intended to fuel nationalist sentiment during the Ukraine crisis and rally support for President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 6, 2014
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Russian FSB men steal and try to sell priceless Gutenberg Bible

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(A Gutenberg Bible page)

A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service has been jailed for stealing a rare bible by 15th century German printer Johannes Gutenberg and trying to sell it for about $1.15 million (683,560 pounds), a fraction of its true value, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Sergei Vedishchev was sentenced on Thursday to 3-1/2 years in a penal colony, and two other FSB officers received lesser terms for helping him seek a buyer for the two-volume bible, spokeswoman Irina Zhirnova said.

Jun 6, 2014

Russian FSB men stole priceless bible, offered bargain sale

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service has been jailed for stealing a rare bible by 15th century German printer Johannes Gutenberg and trying to sell it for about $1.15 million, a fraction of its true value, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Sergei Vedishchev was sentenced on Thursday to 3-1/2 years in a penal colony, and two other FSB officers received lesser terms for helping him seek a buyer for the two-volume bible, spokeswoman Irina Zhirnova said.

Jun 5, 2014

Who won the war? Russians take a different view on D-Day

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Sitting in the shade on a bench in the center of Moscow, 77-year-old Galina Makarenko pauses for several seconds before delivering her blunt opinion on the Allied D-Day landings of June 6, 1944.

“It helped us a little. But only a little,” says the sprightly physicist, who was evacuated from Moscow to Kazakhstan to escape the conflict that Westerners call World War Two and Russians refer to as the Great Patriotic War.

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      "I've reported for Reuters from about 35 countries, with postings in Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Wellington and Berlin. Career highlights including covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and reporting on many aspects of the "war on terror" as security correspondent between 2003 and 2008. I now work on the political and general news desk in London, and as an editorial trainer."
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