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Jul 30, 2014

Moscow says “short-sighted” sanctions to hit Russia’s ties with West

MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) – Russia criticised new sanctions
as “destructive and short-sighted” on Wednesday, saying they
would aggravate Moscow’s ties with the West already at their
lowest point since the end of the Cold War over the Ukraine
crisis.

Russia warned that sanctions, the most robust yet against
Russia’s state-owned banks and energy firms, could lead to
higher energy prices in Europe and hit Moscow’s cooperation with
Washington on global issues where it wields considerable clout.

Jul 29, 2014

Special Report – Where Ukraine’s separatists get their weapons

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border. In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training Ukrainian separatist fighters.

Jul 29, 2014

Where Ukraine’s separatists get their weapons

DONETSK, Ukraine, July 29 (Reuters) – On the last day of
May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base
near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s
Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable
rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a
base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border.
In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training
Ukrainian separatist fighters.

Jul 28, 2014

Lavrov says Russia will not respond in kind to Western sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will not impose tit-for-tat measures or “fall into hysterics” over Western economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, trying to stake out the high ground amid growing tensions with the West.

Speaking at a news conference, Lavrov said he hoped for an objective investigation into the crash in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysian airliner on July 18. Western leaders say flight MH17 was almost certainly shot down by mistake by Russian-backed separatists using a Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board.

Jul 25, 2014

Russia says Ukraine tried to kill officers in cross-border mortar bombing

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities accused Ukraine of trying to kill investigators who were checking reports of cross-border shooting by firing a volley of mortar rounds over the frontier into Russia on Friday.

A Russian security official said up to 40 mortar bombs fired by Ukrainian forces fell in the Russian province of Rostov near the border where Ukrainian government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 18, 2014

Pro-Kremlin media pushes Putin’s case over downed Malaysian plane

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some said Ukrainian jet fighters tailed the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17; others speculated that Kiev’s forces mistook it for Vladimir Putin’s Russian presidential jet.

But while Russia’s pro-Kremlin media offered varying accounts of how the Boeing 777 may have been brought down, they agreed on who was responsible: the Ukrainian government.

Jul 17, 2014

Aiming at Russia’s iconic arms firms, U.S. sanctions pack a punch

MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. sanctions on Russia’s defense firms took aim at the most iconic names of Soviet and Russian weaponry, hitting their exports and punishing the makers of arms used by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Kalashnikov, which makes the machine guns used in conflicts from Afghanistan to Africa, and Almaz-Antey, one of Russia’s highest profile firms that produced arms for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, were among eight weapons makers named by the U.S. Treasury.

Jul 8, 2014

Rebel leader threatens offensive action in eastern Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) – A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine warned Kiev that pro-Russian rebels would take the offensive again after regrouping forces in the region’s biggest industrial hub of Donetsk.

“We’re not preparing ourselves for a siege, we’re preparing ourselves for action,” Alexander Borodai said in an interview in Moscow with Russian Internet outlet Gazeta.ru in Moscow.

Jul 6, 2014

Insight – As West, Russia talk truce, Poroshenko heeds Ukrainians’ call to arms

KIEV (Reuters) – In a country torn between Russia and western Europe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to resume an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels has carefully ignored both neighbours to show an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics.

Telephone diplomacy involving the leaders of Germany, France and Russia, as well as Ukraine, has dwelt on extending a truce that could help ease tensions between Moscow and the West.

Jul 6, 2014

As West, Russia talk truce, Poroshenko heeds Ukrainians’ call to arms

KIEV (Reuters) – In a country torn between Russia and western Europe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to resume an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels has carefully ignored both neighbors to show an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics.

Telephone diplomacy involving the leaders of Germany, France and Russia, as well as Ukraine, has dwelt on extending a truce that could help ease tensions between Moscow and the West.

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