Nemtsov Report Details Human and Financial Costs of War in Ukraine | News
Nemtsov Report Details Human and Financial Costs of War in Ukraine for Russia. At least 220 soldiers killed and more than $1 billion spent.
It doesn’t mind what was signed in the Minsk agreement on Ukraine. The pro-Russian forces continued their attacks untill they have taken the city of Debaltseve. There were no will to comply untill that strategic town fell in their hands. And now Kiev accused Moscow to send more tanks and troops, in an apparent building of forces to prepare an assault on Mariupol.
Putin and the Ukrainian border
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Minsk on Wednesday. They shook hands and talked about the Russian paratroopers recently detained in Ukraine among other things. Putin tried to diminish importance to the incident saying it was an isolated mistake. But just next day have been reports of rebels backed by Russian soldiers entering in one town in southeastern Ukraine. The border is extremely porous.
The leaders of the regions of Ukraine that held referendums last Sunday proclaimed independence and expressed their will to join the Russian Federation. Kiev considers the vote a farce.
Putin on the fast track
Six days after the referendum Putin has signed the act of annexation of Crimea and added to the territory of the Russian Federation the new administrative region and the port city of Sevastopol. As it was predictable Russia annexed Crimea quickly without too much effective opposition on the part of the international community apart from some bearable sanctions and speeches of condemnation.
Putin and Ukraine
Putin is acting as if Crimea was a Russian territory. Let’s see what will do with the rest of the Ukraine.
Yanukovych’s decision to leave Kiev in the middle of the crisis has led to his impeachment by the parliament and the appointment of an interim president and has created a dangerous situation for the country, deepening its division.
Russia, Egypt reach initial $3 billion arms deal
MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) – Egypt has reached an initial agreement on how to implement a new Russian arms delivery deal worth over $3 billion, Vedomosti newspaper reported Friday. Egypt’s defense minister and likely new president Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi negotiated the agreement, aimed at replacing decreased assistance from Washington, during talks in […]
Ukrainian president takes a sick leave
Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych is taking a sick leave, while the protesters are asking for his resignation. The presidential website said that Yanukovych suffers an acute respiratory illness and high fever.
Some have seen the announcement in such a crucial moment as suspicious and a sign that Yanukovych may be losing power.
Putin dissolves RIA Novosti
Vladimir Putin has decided to close by decree the state news agency RIA Novosti without previous notice to their workers and replace it by a news agency called Rossiya Segodnya focused on “coverage abroad of Russian state policy and public life”. RIA Novosti says the move is “the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector”.