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A Baltic test for European arms control - The Baltic Times.

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. Russian m......

- The Baltic Times - US

Quashing of Russian activist Ildar Dadin’s sentence welcome, but not enough.

This is an important move, but if Russia wants to demonstrate a shift away from repression, it should revoke other laws, like that used to imprison people for criticizing its invasion and annexation of Crimea.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Judge drops hate crimes charges in rape and robbery of French Jewish couple.

, French prosecutors dropped hate crime charges in the case of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews. The magistrate responsible for conducting the investigative hearing that precedes a criminal trial decided against including hate crime ...

- JTA - US

Ukraine sees 15.2% decline in new housing in 2016.

Commissioning of new housing in Ukraine, excluding the occupied Crimea, decreased by 15.2% in 2016 from 2015, to 9.367 million square meters, according to Ukraine's State Statistics Service.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine lawmaker who met Trump associates faces treason probe.

Andrei Artemenko reportedly met Trump's lawyer and a business partner in January over plan to lease Crimea to Russia

- CBS NEWS - US

Russian TV shows fake ’anti-terror operation’ to hide arrests of Crimean Tatar activists.

For the second time in a month, Russian media have produced fake news stories about ‘terrorists’ after a prominent lawyer the first time and civic activists on both occasions were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea. The report on Feb 21 even used entirely false video footage

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

RFE/RL: Russia detains 11 Crimean Tatars.

The Russian authorities in the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea have sentenced 10 Crimean Tatars to five days of administrative arrest after convicting them of holding an illegal public gathering. The post RFE/RL: Russia detains 11 Crimean Tatars appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

One day after denouncing 'hate-motivated violence,' Spicer refuses to denounce Islamophobia.

The administration is now cherry-picking hate crime victims.People carry posters during a rally against President Donald Trump's Muslim ban. CREDIT: AP Photo/Andres KudackiDuring a press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer deflected a question about the president denouncing Islamophobia. Asked ...

- ThinkProgress - US

New Mass Detention in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Another Crimean Tatar has been charged in Russian-occupied Crimea over an innocuous social network post from 2014, with 10 other Crimean Tatars who arrived outside his home to show moral support and report what has happening also taken away

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Russian TV shows fake ’anti-terror operation’ to hide arrests of Crimean Tatar activists.

For the second time in a month, Russian media have produced fake news stories about ‘terrorists’ after a prominent lawyer the first time and civic activists on both occasions were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea. The report on Feb 21 even used entirely false video footage

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Ukraine's foreign ministry insists Russia must pull back from Crimea, Donbas.

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the Russian Federation to end the occupation of the Crimean peninsula and abide by the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas.

- UNIAN - UA

Chubarov: Up to 20 Crimean Tatars detained in occupied Crimea on Tuesday

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Member of Parliament of Ukraine Refat Chubarov says that from 10 to 20 Crimean Tatars were detained in occupied Crimea on Tuesday, citing difference sources, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

- UNIAN - UA

The future of the European security order

In recent years numerous new threats have emerged in Europe and across its neighborhood. Several of these represent a resurgence of traditional security threats—from Russia's annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Western Ukraine, to the rise of Islamic extremism and turmoil in the Middle East, and the terrorism it ...

- Brookings - US

Trump's colorful ex-associate is pushing Russian-sanctions-lifting Ukraine 'peace deal' via Trump's lawyer

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that President Trump's personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, met last month with a colorful Russian-American former Trump business associate, Felix Sater, and a pro-Moscow Ukrainian lawmaker, then delivered a sealed envelope from them to Michael Flynn, Trump's then-national security ...

- The Week - US

RFE/RL: Kremlin dismisses back-channel Ukrainian peace plan as 'absurd'

The Kremlin has dismissed a Ukrainian peace plan created by a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker and given to the White House, calling its provision on Crimea “absurd.” The post RFE/RL: Kremlin dismisses back-channel Ukrainian peace plan as 'absurd' appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

30 years since the death of General Petro Grigorenko

It is 30 years since the death of world-renowned human rights defender and vital voice in support of the Crimean Tatars.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Thaci to Russia: 'Recognize Kosovo, make it easy on Serbia'

Hashim Thaci has asked Moscow to see beyond Serbia's interests when it consideres its "relations with Kosovo" and - "not to compare them with Crimea." According to Tanjug, this has been reported on Monday by the public broadcaster in Kosovo, RTK.

- B92 - SK

Wannabe 'diplomat' with backdoor plan to lease Crimea to Russia, MP Artemenko, excluded from Radical Party ranks

Ukrainian MP Andriy Artemenko, who recently came into a spotlight over the alleged attempt to back-channel to Washington a so-called plan on the Ukrainian-Russian settlement involving the lease of Crimea to Russia, was excluded from Radical Party faction Monday, according to MP Andriy Lozoviy.

- UNIAN - UA

Crimea Day at Council of Europe: in 2017 Ukraine expects not just EU condemnation but acceleration of de-occupation

The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe on Monday, February 20, held in Strasbourg the Day of the Crimea. The event marked the third anniversary of the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, according to the Mission’s press ...

- UNIAN - UA

Three deadly viruses that could spawn the next pandemic

Heard of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Nipah virus, or MERS? One of them might just spawn the next pandemic

- UN - INT

Cold War redux? US-Russian missile spat in Europe

Washington Feb 16, 2017 The United States and Russia may be on the verge of a new arms race in Europe, decades after the missile crisis that shook the Old Continent in the waning years of the Soviet Union. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he would like to build warmer ties with Moscow, but in Europe tensions have ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Reuters: Russia seeks to avoid sanctions by buying equipment for Crimea from Iran

Russia hopes to get around European Union sanctions by reaching a deal with Iran for the supply of gas turbine equipment for two power plants in Crimea, the head of Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec said on Feb. 20. The post Reuters: Russia seeks to avoid sanctions by buying equipment for Crimea from Iran appeared ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

The Economist: Why Ukraine’s Eurovision song contest is in crisis

Throw a glitzy party for all of Europe and controversy will arrive with bells on. Last year Ukraine won the Eurovision song contest with “1944” , a ditty about the deportation of Crimean Tatars under Stalin. Somehow that was judged to evade Eurovision’s ban on politics, but it succeeded in infuriating ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Ominous arrest of a Crimean Tatar activist and claims of training in sabotage & terrorism

Russian FSB border guards are reported to have arrested a young Crimean Tatar - Seit-Ibraim Zaitullaev - described in most pro-Kremlin media as a ‘saboteur’ and member of the ‘Asker Battalion’.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Associated Press: Pence offers support for Ukraine

Vice President Mike Pence has met with the president of Ukraine and assured him of U.S. support. Pence's office says he “underscored U.S. support” for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and underlined that the U.S. does not recognize “Russia's occupation and attempted annexation” of ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

W24.co.za | Fashion that's both political and sustainable

Jahnkoy, which means new spirit village' in the Crimean Tatar language, is a brand that uses its designs to invite people to move forward, unite and reclaim the world as one tribe. Earlier this month, Jahnkoy's collection The Displaced – a collabora

- News24.com - ZA

Crimea under Russia: Locals fear more mayhem if forced to return to Ukraine

It has been almost three years since Russia annexed the Ukrainian-governed Crimea, to the outrage of many across the world.

- FOX News - US

Helicopters, military hardware: Russian army maneuvering along border between occupied Crimea, mainland Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards has reported increased activity of the Russian armed forces near the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimea in the past 24 hours, according to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

- UNIAN - UA

RFE/RL: CPJ demands separatism charges against Crimean journalist be dropped

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged authorities in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian region of Crimea to drop all charges against journalist Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributor who has angered Moscow over his reporting. The post RFE/RL: CPJ demands separatism charges against Crimean journalist be dropped appeared ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Crimean journalist Mykola Semena charged with separatism, faces five years in jail if convicted for 2015 story criticizing Russia, prelim hearing begins Friday

Committee to Protect Journalists: Crimean journalist Mykola Semena charged with separatism, faces five years in jail if convicted for 2015 story criticizing Russia, prelim hearing begins Friday  —  Authorities in Crimea should immediately drop all charges against Mykola Semena and allow the journalist to work ...

- Mediagazer - US

RFE/RL: Rights groups condemn trial of Crimean journalist critical of Russia

More than two dozen human rights groups have expressed “outrage” over the impending trial of Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributor who has angered Moscow over his reporting in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian region of Crimea. The post RFE/RL: Rights groups condemn trial of Crimean journalist ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Russia's former MP on Crimea annexation vote: 'It bore a threat to life'

In 2014 the State Duma deputies had to vote in favor of Crimea annexation on pain of death, according to ex-MP Denis Voronenkov who recently moved to Ukraine, Obozrevatel reports.

- UNIAN - UA

Strasbourg to rule if Russia can ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis for opposing its occupation of Crimea

Ukraine is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over its ban of the internationally recognized Mejlis or Crimean Tatar self-governing body. The ban has rightly been condemned as “a hostile act against the entire Crimean Tatar people” and as a new low for Russia

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Amid global unrest, Germany rethinks its security – and its place in the world

At the high-powered Munich Security Conference in 2014, German officials made news by acknowledging their nation's new responsibility in foreign and security affairs. Less than two months later, Russia annexed Crimea, bringing a security crisis to Germany's front yard. Less than a year after that, Islamic radicals shot ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Trump's Valentine card for Ukraine

The White House statement on Crimea annexation saying that U.S. President Donald Trump expects Russia to de-escalate the Donbas conflict and return Crimea to Ukraine is one of the first signals showing...

- UNIAN - UA

Tillerson tells Russia it must abide by deal to end conflict in Ukraine

RUSSIA must abide by a 2015 deal aimed at ending fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Bonn yesterday, as the Trump administration searches for ways to work cooperatively with Moscow. The former Exxon Mobil CEO spoke after meeting Russian Foreign ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Trump suggests Obama was too soft on Russia, but Putin's friends would disagree

Trump tweeted that Crimea was taken during his predecessor's watch, but the U.S. and European sanctions since then have had real impact on the Russian economy and some in Putin's inner circle.

- Washington Post - US

RFE/RL: Crimean journalist's trial to start in Simferopol

Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributor accused of separatism in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian region of Crimea, is preparing to face trial. The post RFE/RL: Crimean journalist's trial to start in Simferopol appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Crimea 'taken': Trump's U-turn

US President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the previous Obama administration, suggesting it was "too soft" on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Klimkin says Trump's statement on Crimea 'strong message'

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin does not consider the White House statement on Russian-occupied Crimea unexpected.

- UNIAN - UA

Trump Scrambles To Take Tough Stance On Russia Over Crimea

In an apparent eleventh-hour attempt to head off a scandal over secret talks with Russian officials that have led to the resignation of his national security advisor, Donald Trump today accused Russia of taking Crimea by force, using Twitter as his medium. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Crimea was 'taken': Trump in U-turn

US President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the previous Obama administration, suggesting it was "too soft" on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Ukraine seeks extradition of aviation enthusiast sentenced by Russia for ‘spying’

Ukraine has initiated the extradition proceedings which could get Valentin Vyhivsky returned to Ukraine well over two years after he was seized by armed paramilitaries in Russian-occupied Crimea, held in Russia incommunicado for 8 months and then sentenced in a closed Russian court to 11 years’ imprisonment for ...

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

'We don't return our territories' Russia responds to US call to return Crimea to Ukraine

Donald Trump criticised the Obama administration for being too soft on Russia over the annexation of Crimea.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Dunford to speak with Russia's top general in first such meeting since 2014

Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with the top Russian military officer this week, in the first encounter between the two countries' leading generals since Russia's intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Tatar leader: 'Crimea will be free'

It is only through repression and fear that occupying regimes can stay in power, Crimean Tatar leader, and former Soviet dissident Mustafa Dzhemilew, told Euractiv Poland.

- EurActive - UK

Kremlin to 'patiently' explain to U.S. reasons for Crimea annexation

The Kremlin says it will continue to 'patiently' explain to the United States the reasons for the annexation of Crimea, not intending to discuss its return to Ukraine, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

- UNIAN - UA

Trump on Crimea annexation: Was Obama too soft on Russia?

U.S. President Donald Trump has reminded that Russia annexed Crimea during the presidency of Barack Obama.

- UNIAN - UA

EurActiv: Dzhemilev says Crimea will be free

Mustafa Dzhemilev is the former chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and has been a member of the Ukrainian Parliament since 1998. He is the leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement. Read the interview here. The post EurActiv: Dzhemilev says Crimea will be free appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Russia Dismisses Reports That Trump Aides Had Contact With Intelligence Agents

Soon after, President Trump said on Twitter that Crimea had been taken by Russia during the Obama administration, asking if his predecessor had been too soft.

- International NY Times - US

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