Nemtsov Report Details Human and Financial Costs of War in Ukraine for Russia. At least 220 soldiers killed and more than $1 billion spent.

“No one should harbour any illusions about it being possible to achieve military supremacy over Russia or to use pressure against us in any way or form. Russia will always have an adequate response to any such reckless actions”, said Vladimir Putin in a speech at a gala to mark the Defender of the Fatherland […]

John Kerry said that his country “is prepared to consider rolling back sanctions on Russia when the Minsk agreements of September 2014, and now this agreement, are fully implemented. that would mean a the facto recognition of the annexation of Crimea which triggered the sanctions.

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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.

In a White Book on Ukraine, the Kremlin warns that the situation “may erupt into a serious threat to regional peace and security and lead to further escalation of international and interethnic contradictions and conflicts in Ukraine and Europe in general.”

If Putin says Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, it must be true. He won’t say it, but he must know exactly what’s going on in the Eastern regions where armed groups have seized official buildings and are asking for independence from Kiev and even the annexation to the Russian Federation, as Crimea did.