Tag Archives: Crimea

Russia Warns US Over Providing Missiles To Ukraine

The Washington Post reports: Russian officials said Sunday that the U.S. decision to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to combat Russian-backed separatists will cause new bloodshed, as long-standing tensions between Washington and Moscow escalated over the four-year-old conflict. Moscow’s admonition came shortly after the State Department announced Friday evening that the United States will provide heavy armaments to Ukraine for ...

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James Mattis: Trump Is Considering Arming Ukraine

The New York Times reports: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis vowed on Thursday to help Ukraine stand up to Russian violations of its sovereignty and signaled that the Trump administration was considering providing defensive weapons to the Ukrainian military. President Barack Obama had resisted such a step, fearing it would be seen as a provocation by Russia. In the first visit ...

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Ukraine Bans Russia’s Eurovision Entry From 2017 Contest Because She’s Performed In Crimea [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Few rules have been bent, manipulated and outright broken quite like the Eurovision song contest’s ban on “lyrics, speeches [or] gestures of a political or similar nature”. Over the six decades of the competition there have been peace, war and the fall of the Berlin Wall – but this year politics has gripped Eurovision in a more ...

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Russia Withdraws From International Criminal Court

The Guardian reports: Russia has said it is formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the international criminal court, a day after the court published a report classifying the Russian annexation of Crimea as an occupation. The Russian foreign ministry made the announcement on Wednesday on the orders of president Vladimir Putin, saying the tribunal had failed to ...

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Ukraine Wins Eurovision 2016 [VIDEO]

Ukraine’s Jamala won Eurovision 2016 tonight after the final result in the controversial new voting system failed to put Russia over the top. Ukraine’s win is arguably the most politically-charged result in Eurovision history. From the BBC: Jamala is the first ever Crimean Tatar to perform at the contest and caused controversy ahead of the show over her political song, ...

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Russia Declares Right To Deploy Nukes In Crimea (And Maybe Has Already)

Via the Independent: Russia has said that it has the right to deploy nuclear weapons to Crimea, a year after Vladimir Putin seized the territory from Ukraine following a referendum. Home to the strategic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, which already housed Russia’s fleet before the Ukrainian crisis erupted at the start of 2014, Crimea is significantly nearer central ...

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RUSSIA: Top Official Pledges That Country Will “Eat Less” For Vladimir Putin

Via the Associated Press: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support. Russia has for the past year been sliding into recession amid a slump in its energy export ...

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Top Pol: Gays Have No Chance In Crimea

Crimea’s top politician today said that gay people “have no chance” now that Russia has taken over the region. Via the Guardian: Speaking about gay people during a Crimean government session on Tuesday, the region’s de facto leader Sergei Aksyonov said “we in Crimea do not need such people.” In comments reported by the Russian news agencies Interfax and Itar-Tass, ...

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Twitter War: Canada Vs Russia

Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/RF3H4IXGSp— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014 Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe @CanadaNATO pic.twitter.com/MjzRxpFFfN— Russians at NATO (@natomission_ru) August 28, 2014

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Eurovision: Russia Booed At Semi-Finals But Advances To Finals With Ukraine

Via the Voice Of Russia: Copenhagen saw the first semi-finals of the Eurovision-2014 Song Contest on May 6. Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy, who represent Russia, made it to the final round that will be held on May 10. Besides Russia, nine other countries including Montenegro, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, San Marino, Sweden, the Netherlands and Iceland reached the finals. Singers ...

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Hate Coalition World Congress Of Families Suspends Russian Convention Over Crimea

The virulently anti-gay World Congress of Families, an international coalition of hate groups that includes NOM and C-FAM, whose head Austin Ruse has endorsed the gay death penalty, has suspended their plans to hold this year’s convention in Moscow. They love love love Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people, but this Crimea thing has them worried. Via press release: Planning on ...

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Crimea Is Now Officially Part Of Russia

Via Reuters: Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. In a fiercely patriotic address to a joint session of the Russian parliament in the Kremlin, punctuated by standing ovations, cheering and tears, Putin lambasted the ...

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Russia Test-Fires ICBM

Via Reuters: Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbour Ukraine. The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea and the dummy warhead hit ...

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Russia Issues Ultimatum To Ukraine Military: Leave Crimea By 10PM Tonight

Russia today issued an ultimatum to Ukraine, saying that if the Ukraine military is not withdrawn from Crimea by 10PM tonight (NYC time), there will be a “military storm.” Aleksandr Vitko, Russia’s Black Sea fleet commander, said that “ff they won’t surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow (10 p.m. ET Monday) there will be a military storm on all UA (Ukraine ...

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