Tag: Ukraine

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Report: Obama’s Top Russia Official to Resign

A Pentagon official revealed that Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, will depart at the end of October. The news comes during the UN General Assembly, where President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin had what was described as a “candid” meeting regarding their relationship.

Massive Cisco Router Hack Hits At Least Four Countries

The number of routers affected doesn’t give a true picture of how serious this hack is, because each of those routers provided Internet traffic to numerous companies and government agencies, and the virus has reportedly been in place for more than a year. The volume of potentially compromised traffic is staggering.

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Ukraine: Kiev Parliament Bombed, Dozens Injured

Violence erupted in front of the Ukrainian parliament after a protester threw a grenade at National Guard servicemen and policemen who stood guard outside the building. The explosion killed one person and injured hundreds of policemen.

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Estonia to Build Fence on Russian Border

Estonia announced plans to build a fence on their border with Russia for extra protection. In the past year, the former Soviet republic often voiced fears they might be Russia’s next target after the Kremlin targeted Ukraine.

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Report: War Between Russia, NATO Almost Broke Out 66 Times in Past Year

Experts believe a war between NATO and Russia almost broke out 66 times in the past year as tensions continue to escalate after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea. Russian diplomats only made matters worse with threats against former Soviet Union republics and current NATO members.

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Ukrainian Independence Remembered At Year 24

On August 24, 2015, Ukraine celebrated 24 years of independence from the Soviet Union. A few days before the anniversary, as reported by Paul Goble on his blog, one of the leaders of that struggle, Ivan Drach, described as “the poet who headed the Rukh organization from 1989 to 1992,” spoke with Ukraine’s Novy Region-2 about those road to independence.

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Stratfor: Russia Economy Hits Perfect Storm

The Russian economy started stagnating in 2013, but the nation was never actually able to recover from the 2008-2009 recession, according to Stratfor Global Intelligence. The combination of the 2014 sanctions over the Ukraine and collapsing oil prices is a perfect economic storm that is grinding Russia to a halt.