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Russia Bullies Sweden, Finland away from Joining NATO

Moscow’s aggression toward Ukraine is forcing countries around Russia to reconsider security options. Sweden and Finland are toying with the idea of joining NATO, but Russia issued a stern warning during Finland’s National Defense Courses Association. Jun 2, 2014 6:38 PM PT

Gazprom Issues Ukraine Extension to Pay Gas Debt

Russia’s gas giant Gazprom decided to give Ukraine an extension to resolve the gas dispute between the countries after Ukraine’s Naftogaz paid $786 million for February and March supplies. Russia was going to turn off Ukraine’s gas on Tuesday. Jun 2, 2014 12:14 PM PT

Two Attacks in Luhansk, Ukraine Leave at Least 10 People Dead

Luhansk was attacked twice on Monday. Pro-Russian forces attacked a Ukrainian border patrol post in Luhansk at 12:30AM and exchanged fire with each other for several hours. In the afternoon, an explosion occurred at the Luhansk Regional State Administration building. Jun 2, 2014 11:08 AM PT

Obama, Ukraine President-Elect Poroshenko to Meet in Poland

President Obama will meet with Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko on his trip to Europe next week. The men will meet in Poland when Obama speaks in Warsaw to celebrate Poland’s 25th anniversary break from communism. May 31, 2014 11:21 AM PT

The Kyiv Post: Russians in Donetsk, East Ukraine

Russia claims over and over there are no Russian forces in east Ukraine to help the pro-Russian forces take over the region from the Kiev government. However, as The Kyiv Post points out, the evidence is mounting, and the Kremlin cannot deny it anymore. May 30, 2014 4:43 PM PT

Russia Holds Four Right Sector Members Over Alleged Bomb Plots in Crimea

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) took in four members of Ukraine’s Right Sector Party for allegedly plotting bomb attacks in Crimea. The FSB said the attacks were planned for April and another was planned to occur during Victory Day celebrations on May 9. May 30, 2014 6:17 AM PT

Hollande to Meet with Putin Ahead of D-Day Anniversary; Poroshenko Also Invited

French President François Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin plan to discuss Ukraine on June 5 in Paris, one day before the Allies commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. It will be the first time a Western leader has met with Putin since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in mid-March. May 28, 2014 1:51 PM PT

Miners Support Pro-Russians in Donetsk over Ukraine Government

Coal miners in Donetsk came out in support of the pro-Russian forces in charge of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) at a rally led by self-proclaimed leader Denis Pushilin. Donetsk is in the Donbass region, which is the industrial area of Ukraine. May 28, 2014 1:48 PM PT

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