Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine’s political elite on Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and officials along with dozens of businesses owned by Ukrainian businessmen. The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and were described as counter-sanctions drawn up in response to similar Ukrainian measures […]

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Russia's military says ready to evacuate college blast victims for treatment: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that four military planes were ready to evacuate casualties of a blast in the Crimean port city of Kerch for medical treatment, the Interfax news agency reported. Shoigu was also cited as saying that space in military hospitals in Crimea was available for the victims. Thirteen people were killed […]

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Russian Orthodox Church breaks with Constantinople in row over Ukraine

MINSK (Reuters) – The Russian Orthodox Church said on Monday it had decided to sever all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in protest over its endorsement of Ukraine’s request for an “autocephalous”, or independent, church. Speaking in Belarus after a meeting of the Russian Church’s ruling body, Metropolitan Ilarion, a cleric, said the Holy Synod had been left […]

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Three schoolboys killed by mine in east Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Three teenage schoolboys were killed in eastern Ukraine when they triggered a mine in an area that has seen heavy fighting between separatists and Ukrainian troops, the region’s separatist authorities said on Sunday. The boys all studied at the same school in Horlivka, a town controlled by separatist forces, and were aged between 13 and 15, Horlivka […]

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How Russia Makes Its Money

Russia is more than twice as large as the contiguous 48 U.S. states, with an educated population and far more natural wealth than you’d expect to find in an area even as vast as 6.6 million square miles. Shouldn’t such a nation be the envy of the world, its undisputed superpower? Yet Russia’s gross domestic product per capita remains mired […]

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Tearful mourners line up to bid farewell to east Ukraine rebel chief

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – The funeral in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk of a pro-Russian rebel leader killed in an explosion last week drew vast crowds of mourners on Sunday, Reuters footage from the breakaway region showed. The casket of Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko is carried during the funeral in Donetsk, Ukraine, September 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alexander […]

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Russia says talks on Ukraine in ‘Normandy format’ not possible now:…

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian foreign minister said on Saturday talks on Ukraine with leaders from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, known as the Normandy format, were impossible after the killing of a rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, Interfax agency reported. FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko attends a news conference in Donetsk, Ukraine August […]

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