Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they may face violence and neglect. Russia should stop abuse of children with disabilities in state care, and make it a priority to provide support for children with disabilities to live with their families or in other family settings, rather than in institutions, said Human rights Watch in a press release.

Russian President Putin recalled in a speech that Russia have allocated more than 613,6 billion dollars for the armament programme for 2011-2021, nine times the sum allocated for the previous period that was 67 billion. He also announced that the Military Industrial Commission will now answer directly to him.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a phone conversation with the head of European Commission, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, that he can take Kiev in two weeks if he want. But the Kremlin says Putin’s remarks were taken out of the context and had a very different meaning, according to Russian media.

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.

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The Ukrainian conflict has left 298 international civilian victims in one tragic instant with the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner close to the border with Russia. Now the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand are mourning innocent victims of the Ukrainian crisis.

The Ukrainian crisis reached today a new dangerous level of escalation. According to Russian media, early Sunday a cross border shelling hit a private home in a town called Donetsk situated in the southern Russian Rostov Region killing a Russian man and wounding two women. Russian authorities blamed the Ukrainian forces and said their country will give a tough response to the shelling of its territory.