Friday, February 27, 2015


A convoy of Ukrainian armed forces, including armored personnel carriers, military vehicles, and cannons, prepares to move as the troops pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Blahodatne, on February 27.

EU Lawmaker Tells Of Shelling And 'Chaotic Retreat' After Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire

A Belgian lawmaker observed pro-Russian rebels' offensive on the town of Debaltseve and Kyiv's "chaotic" retreat during his visit to eastern Ukraine last week. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 18, 2014, addresses the Federal Assembly, including State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, regional governors, and civil society representatives on the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

U.S. Grad Students Find 'Suspicious' Russian Stock Trading Before Crimea Takeover

A pair of U.S.-based doctoral students have uncovered “suspicious” trading on Russian stock markets ahead of the Kremlin’s push to annex Crimea, suggesting some insiders knew something was afoot. More

Watch: Afghans celebrate their country's first victory In the Cricket World Cup

Video Afghanistan Celebrates Historic Cricket Win

Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland. More

Many likened the images to child soldiers recruited by extremist groups like Islamic State and Boko Haram.

Russian School's Military Presentation Sparks Outrage

A recent event at a St. Petersburg kindergarten that allowed students as young as 5 years old to hold automatic rifles and grenade launchers has set off a firestorm of criticism on Russian social media. But school administrators and military activists defend the project as a hands-on lesson in history and patriotism. More

Moscow's legendary nightclub Krisis Zhanra is normally swarming with expats, but now it seems the good times may be coming to an end. (illustrative photo)

Is The Party Over For Russia's Expats?

The uptick in expatriates leaving Russia is the latest sign of a deepening isolation from the West. More


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