March 19, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control over the South Ossetia breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian citizenship and ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Matt Belenky
An EU official said Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and ...[read more]
March 15, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday spoke to Germany's Bild newspaper, calling for further sanctions against Russia after they allegedly failed to honor a ceasefire. An agreement was signed in Minsk in September calling for the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry from the front lines. ...[read more]
March 8, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Five men appeared in a Moscow courtroom Sunday for charges relating to the murder of liberal Russian political activist and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov. Nemstov was shot in the back four times on a bridge near the Kremlin before the unidentified shooter fled the scene by car. ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Moscow City Court on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA in exchange for USD $37,000. The court also ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by William Helbling
The French Court of Cassation on Wednesday approved the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. The court upheld the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the elderly. Zeid stated in his ...[read more]
February 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that Washington is considering "additional sanctions" against Russia in light of the most recent events in Ukraine. In the statement, he accused Russia of engaging in "extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security ...[read more]

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