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Russia’s ‘Black August Syndrome’ Is a Global Threat

To every country in Europe, except Russia, August is the month when everyone goes on vacation. But Russians refer to the “Black August Syndrome” as a time for political coups, erratic events, economic crashes, and military catastrophes.

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Ukraine Doubts Russian Soldiers, Separatists Withdrawal of Weapons

The pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine announced on their website they are withdrawing their military equipment from Debaltseve, Gorlovka, Donetsk, and Telman. Despite the declaration, Kiev has indicated officials believe these alleged withdrawals are a way to mask advancements in other cities.

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Russia, Rebels Attack Ukraine Over 250 Times Since Sunday

Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia can deny it, but the alleged ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia collapsed before it even began. The Russian soldiers and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine broke it 250 times since it was supposed to go into effect on February 15.

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Ukraine Separatists Use Russian Drones to Attack Ukrainian Army

Intense fighting continues in east Ukraine as Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the US commander of US forces in Europe, claims Russia provided drones to the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine. These drones are obstructing Ukraine’s communications with troops on the ground.