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Apr 7, 2015

Russians honor slain opposition figure 40 days on

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several hundred Russians paid tribute to opposition figure Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday by lighting candles and laying flowers on the bridge near the Kremlin where he was shot dead 40 days ago.

A few drivers answered opposition leaders’ calls to sound their horns at 11 a.m. while the mourners stood in silence, marking a Russian Orthodox tradition of honoring people 40 days after they die. Some wiped away tears.

Mar 18, 2015

Russian treaty with rebel Georgian region alarms West

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia’s rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea.

Tbilisi described the “alliance and integration” treaty as a “move aimed at annexation” and the United States and European Union said they would not recognize the agreement, which the EU depicted as a threat to regional security and stability.

Mar 17, 2015

Russia rules out handing back Crimea, expands war games

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia ruled out handing Crimea back to Ukraine on Tuesday and a Defense Ministry official said nuclear-capable long-range bombers were being sent to the Black Sea peninsula as part of war games.

The huge military exercises, in which the Northern Fleet was put on full alert on Monday and will range from the Arctic to the Black Sea, appear to be a show of force and defiance on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.

Mar 1, 2015

Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia’s future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

Thousands of people laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on a bridge near the Kremlin where the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister was shot dead late on Friday.

Feb 28, 2015

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday.

Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River with a Ukrainian woman who was unhurt.

Feb 23, 2015

Putin surveys the map as he ponders next move on Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In Russia, Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as the saviour of the nation. In Europe and the United States he has come to be seen as a threat to the new world order.

What the Russian president does next in Ukraine is key to the country’s future, as well as that of Europe and his own.

Feb 18, 2015

Putin calls West’s bluff over Ukraine peace deal

MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has called
Europe’s bluff over east Ukraine as Russia-backed separatists
seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by
France and Germany.

The attack on Debaltseve by rebels loyal to the Russian
president amounts to a test of the West’s resolve to stand up to
him – at the risk of an escalation of the conflict.

Feb 6, 2015

German, French leaders head for Moscow to press for Ukraine peace

MOSCOW/KIEV, (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France are expected to take peace proposals to Moscow on Friday on the second leg of a dramatic initiative to end a confict in Ukraine that has killed more than 5,000 people and driven Russia-West relations to new lows.

The coordinated trip by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande to see Russia’s Vladimir Putin followed five hours of late-night talks with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in snow-bound Kiev.

Feb 3, 2015

Sending arms to Kiev would be big gamble for U.S.

MOSCOW/KIEV, Feb 3 (Reuters) – By considering giving weapons
to Kiev, the United States could be contemplating a risky
venture which advocates say would help end the conflict in
Ukraine but opponents warn might fan the flames of war.

A senior U.S. administration official said on Monday no
decision had been made on whether to send arms to help Ukrainian
forces fight Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Jan 28, 2015

Putin eyes benefits as rebels gain in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West’s refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.

After a relative lull in the conflict in east Ukraine since a ceasefire deal was reached last September, separatists have launched a new offensive. Kiev says the rebels are supported by 9,000 Russian soldiers.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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