44 articles tagged "Ukraine"
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Russia’s Lightning Invasion Boosts Ukraine Rebel Counteroffensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014

Moscow is sending troops and arms into Ukraine to boost pro-Russian rebels who are surging through the country and have opened a new front near the southern border near Crimea.

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Malaysian Airline crash site in E. Ukraine
Crisis deepens over Malaysian air crash over Ukraine, adding to US-Russian strains
DEBKAfile Special Report July 19, 2014

The international crisis swirling around the shooting down by a Russia Buk anti-air missile of the Malaysian passenger flight Boeing 777 over E. Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard, deepened further Saturday, July 19. Washington suspects Moscow of supplying the pro-Russian separatists with the lethal missile, whereas the Europeans accuse them of preventing international observers obtaining access to the crash site near their village of Rozsypne. Teams from Europol and Interpol head to Ukraine to identify the bodies of the plane crash victims. European officials don’t trust the rebels’ post mortem examinations.

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Best Ukrainian presidential chocolates
The US President’s foreign policy leaves Ukraine’s chocolate king in a box
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, President Poroshenko has a date in Warsaw with US President Barack Obama, who is coming to assure East European leaders that America is there to defend them against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s designs. Obama will find its leaders hard to convince. He left them, as well as Middle East leaders, deeply worried by the policy messages he delivered at West Point last Wednesday, when he said that for the “best American hammer not every problem is a nail” and advocated instead isolation for Russia and diplomacy for Iran.

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Petro Poroshenko
Oligarchs like the “Chocolate King” Set to Rule Kiev, Promise to Keep Hands off the East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

With presidential elections at the end of the month, Ukraine’s oligarchs are likely to agree to an unofficial split of territory in the central and western parts of the country, leaving Russian influence in the east and Crimea intact.

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Israel Moves 500 Tanks to Northern Borders, Saudis Parade 130,000 Combat Troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Large-scale military exercises in Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at preparing for war with Iran and its proxies.

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Vladimir Putin
The Ukraine Gap Widens between Washington and Brussels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal and supports elections in Ukraine, but US and Europe differ on his intentions.

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The Odessa fire - deadliest incident of Ukraine conflict
Ukraine slides into civil war amid Merkel’s bid to bridge US-Russian differences. Putin resigns responsibility
DEBKAfile Special Report May 3, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid during her visit to Washington Friday, April 2, to bridge the differences between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin over Ukraine was overtaken by the onset of civil war. After the Kiev government launched its first serious offensive Friday to take E. Ukrainian towns from pro-Russian militias, Moscow repudiated responsibility for events in that region. Putin’s spokesman called it a punitive action which broke the Geneva accords: “Neither Russia, nor any other country,” he said, “can any longer influence the citizens of Ukraine’s southeast…"

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Sergey Shoigu
Russia’s Undeclared Takeover of E. Ukraine. US and NATO Talk Big, but Stand by
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

The creeping Russian takeover of E. Ukraine is advancing by proxy as separatists seize one city after another without facing resistance.

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Ukrainian military buildup round Slavyansk
Russian and Ukrainian armies shaping up for initial military clash over Slavyansk
DEBKAfile Special Report April 27, 2014

Russia and Ukraine were heading Sunday, April 27, for their first military clash over the rebel-held town of Slavyansk, debkafile reports. The outcome will determine who controls the Donetsk region and possibly all of East of Ukraine – the separatists or the provisional government in Kiev. The engagement would potentially pit 11,000 special Russian forces based at Rostov on Don against 15,000 troops massed outside the flashpoint town of Slavyansk. President Barack Obama is finding it hard to enlist a US-European coalition for strong sanctions against Moscow.

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Secret US Financial-Intelligence War Room in Kiev Faces Moscow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

US sanctions against Russia have most remained in the field of rhetoric. But it is in Obama’s power to undermine Russia’s banking system for a time at least by wielding the “scarlet letter.”

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
US-Russian Financial Duel May Release Cyber War and Encompass Europe and Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

Russian cyber war superiority and capacity to retaliate for sanctions against its banks may deter the Europeans at least from joining US sanctions over Ukraine.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin
Netanyahu Orders 'Intelligence Blackout' on Ukraine Input
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

Netanyahu hopes that in consideration of Israel’s neutrality on Ukraine, Putin will be receptive to its concerns on Iran and Syria.

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Slavyansk under assault
Russian army ordered to advance toward Ukraine border. Moscow questions May election’s legitimacy
DEBKAfile Special Report April 24, 2014

Defense Minister Gen. Sergey Shoigu Thursday, April 24, ordered the Russian army to start drills at Rostov on Don near the Ukraine border. debkafile: This order amounted to a state of alert, which required the troops to move up to the Ukraine border and take up prepared positions as bridgeheads if ordered to enter East Ukraine. In the past 48 hours, Russian officials have kept up an unprecedented stream of invective against the provisional government in Kiev – called “junta” - and the Obama administration for its intervention in Ukraine.

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SVR HQ Yasenevo, Moscow
Obama’s fiscal-intelligence war with Putin grows shadowy global wings
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 23, 2014

The Obama-Putin contest over Ukraine no longer fits the definition of a cold war revival. It is a new kind of world war, fought by stealth between two financial and intelligence colossi aiming for each other’s economic jugulars amid skirmishes over Ukraine. In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA Weekly reveals how this novel war is orchestrated from a secret US headquarters in Kiev and the SVR center at Yasenevo near Moscow – and looks ahead at its global wings.
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Russian flags fly in Donetsk
The leaking Kerry-Lavrov deal for Ukraine will only fuel continuing US-Russian dissent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 18, 2014

The Kerry-Lavrov “de-escalation” recipe for Ukraine, concluded in Geneva Thursday, April 17, consists of the same ingredients as their previous deals: a slick-sounding compromise that the US and Russian can more or less live with; a gloss over the real elements at issue between them; and a deal that goes over the heads of the prime movers involved in the conflict. By Friday, the two rival camps in Ukraine were digging in their heels against it. Though threatened with sanctions, Vladimir Putin is waiting to see if the West makes the Kiev government moderate its positions.

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Pro-Russian protesters occupy Donetsk building
Kiev bows to Moscow, devolves near-autonomous powers on restive pro-Russian regions
DEBKAfile Special Report April 12, 2014

The Ukrainian government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to restive, pro-Russian regions as a concession to Moscow's demands. Acting prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told regional leaders and businessmen Friday, April 11 in the eastern town of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have declared a People’s Republic, that he is ready to consider a law on referendums. He is trying to avert Ukraine’s breakup into pro-Western European and pro-Russian regions by a gesture that is likely a Western trial balloon for Moscow.

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Russia Seeks a Federal Ukraine Rather than an Invasion
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

Moscow would prefer a Ukraine federation respecting provincial minority rights to a Russian invasion.

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Arak heavy water-plutonium reactor
Russia to back Iran in nuclear talks - Moscow’s “April surprise” for Western sanctions over Ukraine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

As the Six Power group and Iran prepared for their third round of nuclear talks in Vienna next week (Tuesday-Wednesday, April 8-9), Tehran frankly admitted to exploiting the holes in the six-month interim deal they forged in Geneva last November by using advanced centrifuges and carrying on with the Arak project. This will be Moscow’s first opportunity to make good on its threat to confront the West and line up with Iran, in retaliation for Western penalties for its annexation of Crimea. Moscow and Tehran are close to a mammoth oil-for-food barter deal.

 

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Russian forces massing on Ukraine's borders
US fears Russian troops poised to invade Moldova. Russian covert forces alleged inside Ukraine
DEBKAfile Special Report March 31, 2014

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Sunday March 30 instructed Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme commander in Europe, to set out at once from Washington to Brussels for consultations with alliance commanders on a possible Russian invasion of Moldova’s Russian-speaking breakaway enclave of Transnistria, after Crimea. Chairs of both US House and Senate Intelligence Committees report Russian forces massed on Ukrainian borders, as well as covert forces inside the country. Some reports claim a Russian buildup in South Ossetia too for a possible thrust into Armenia.

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Putin Doesn’t Regard NATO as a Military Threat to Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014

Putin will not be intimidated by NATO into going back on his annexation of Crimea. He sees Russian military control of Crimea as a counterweight to US bases in Romania and Bulgaria.

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