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The Briefing: War And Independence

A jittery Independence Day looms in Ukraine.
A jittery Independence Day looms in Ukraine.

Ukraine marks a quarter-century of independence this week amid war jitters, as Russia turns up the heat.

President Petro Poroshenko has warned that an all-out invasion could be imminent. The OSCE says the number of Russian heavy weapons on the border has doubled in the past week and multiple-rocket systems are being used against Ukrainian positions in Donetsk Oblast.

On the latest Power Vertical Briefing, we discuss the rising tensions as Ukrainians mark a milestone.

Joining me is RFE/RL senior editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I look at how the Kremlin is spinning Russia's performance at the Summer Olympics.


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NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears on Mondays.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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