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Latest Ukraine News

Russia Demands Ukraine Release Embassy Employees Held On Weapons Charges

Russia says employees of its embassy in Ukrainian capital are being held by Kyiv authorities on weapons charges and is demanding their immediate release. More

Russia Shuts McDonald's Outside Moscow

McDonald's has temporary closed three more restaurants in Russia following inspections by Russia's food safety agency. More

Pro-Russian separatists walk toward a destroyed war memorial at Saur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, on August 28.

NATO Chief Accuses Russia Of 'Direct' Military Involvement In Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said the government will ask parliament to abandon Kyiv's nonaligned status and set the country on a path toward becoming a NATO member, a move that would be certain to anger Russia. More

Smoke billows over a damaged building after shelling on the outskirts of the small Ukrainian border town of Novoazovsk, which Kyiv said on August 28 had been seized by Russian tanks and troops.

Obama Warns Russia Over 'Ongoing Incursion' Into Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama says the "ongoing incursion" into Ukraine by Russia will only lead to additional costs for Moscow. More

Smoke billows over a damaged building after shelling on the outskirts of the small southern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk on August 27.

Video Poroshenko Convenes Emergency Meeting, Says Russian Troops In Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has convened an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council after accusing Russia of sending troops into Ukraine. More

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Podcast: What Does Putin Want?

Does Vladimir Putin have a master plan in Ukraine? Or is he winging it? And is the elite behind him? Listen to the latest Power Vertical Podcast. More

Putin's Plan? Or Kremlin Chaos?

Do Russia's latest maneuvers on Ukraine represent a master plan for the Ukraine conflict? Or an increasingly erratic Kremlin? More
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Features & Commentary

What's The Word For What's Going On In Ukraine?

It's been called everything from an "invasion" and an "incursion" to a "cross-border crisis" and "escalated aggression." We look at the difficulty of describing what, exactly, is taking place in Ukraine -- and what's stopping officials from using the word "war."
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In Russia, Ukraine Conflict Hits Home With Secret Funerals, Missing Men

Amid scenes of Russian paratroopers being paraded by the Ukrainian military, secret Russian funerals, and mothers asking where their sons are, fighting in eastern Ukraine appears now to be tangibly touching Russians.
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Video Russian Soldiers Are In Ukraine

It's a claim authorities in Kyiv have made for months, but in recent days the evidence has become undeniable. Russian soldiers are now being captured -- and perhaps dying -- in Ukraine.
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Donetsk POW March: When Is A Parade A War Crime?

The parading of Ukrainian prisoners of war through the streets by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine disgusted many. But does it constitute a violation of international law?
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Moscow Skyscraper Stunt Sparks Memes, Suspicion, And Confusion

Ever since a prankster adorned a skyscraper in downtown Moscow in Ukraine's national colors, blue and yellow have been popping up all over the Russian Internet -- raised suspicions over all things yellow and blue in the capital.
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Interview: Economist Says Food Ban 'Certainly Against Russian Economic Interests'

Sergei Guriyev, former dean of the prestigious New Economics School in Moscow who left Russia in 2013 amid a crackdown on critics of the Kremlin, discusses Russia's ban on Western food imports and the dangers protectionist policies pose for the country's economic growth.
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Five Reasons Why This Weekend Might Be The Start Of The Endgame In Ukraine

Germany's Angela Merkel heads to Kyiv on August 23. And even while doubts remain about the Kremlin's willingness to make a deal, there's reason to hope a resolution to the Ukraine conflict may finally be at hand.
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Explainer: Moscow's Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

Moscow's ban on food imports isn't just punishing the West for sanctions, it is also punishing Russian consumers with higher prices. We look at how the bans hurt Russians most.
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Video U.S. Army Vet Killed Fighting Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine

Mark Paslawsky, a U.S. citizen from New Jersey, has been killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces battling pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
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Video Chaos In Kerch: Russia Struggles To Ferry Tourists To Crimea

Moscow says it is eager to get Russian holidaymakers to the recently annexed Crimean peninsula. But the flood of tourists has proven too much for the Kerch ferry crossing, the only link between Crimea and Russia.
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