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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said […]

07/11/2014

A woman gives flowers to pro-Russian fighters after the ceremony of taking the oath of allegiance to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Putin backs Ukraine cease-fire, warns talks needed

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support Saturday for Ukraine’s unilateral cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and appealed to both sides to halt all military operations. But he warned that Ukrainian […]

06/21/2014

A child sits in a car standing in line to cross the border into Russia at the Ukrainian-Russian border checkpoint in Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 20, 2014.  Clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels flared ahead of the publication of a presidential peace plan that includes a unilateral cease-fire. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine’s leader orders 1-week govt cease-fire

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week against pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east — the first step in a peace […]

06/20/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with French President Francois Hollande, at the Elysee Palace in Paris.  Thursday, June 5, 2014 where U.S. President Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will gather in Normandy to remember the more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded that day. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Putin says a vote is possible to get Stalingrad name back

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says a referendum could be held on restoring the historic name of Stalingrad to the Russian city, where the Red Army defeated Nazi forces in a decisive World […]

06/06/2014

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Obama is in Brussels for the Group of 7 summit

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the months-long standoff between Ukraine and Russia are kicking into high gear in two European capitals. After the leaders of the Group of Seven major economies kept the threat of further […]

06/05/2014

A woman reacts after Ukrainian national guardsmen opened fire on a crowd outside a town hall in Krasnoarmeisk, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the regional capital, Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Although the voting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions appeared mostly peaceful, Ukrainian national guardsmen opened fire on a crowd outside a town hall in Krasnoarmeisk, and an official with the region’s insurgents said there were fatalities.

Armed men in eastern Ukraine open fire on crowd

KRASNOARMEISK, Ukraine (AP) — Armed men identified as Ukrainian national guard opened fire Sunday on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine, and an official for the region’s insurgents said there were fatalities. […]

05/11/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a reception marking Victory Day in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin to face Western leaders at D-Day anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Complicating the West’s efforts to isolate Russia, the Kremlin announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin will join President Barack Obama and European leaders in France next month for a ceremony marking the 70th […]

05/08/2014

Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week's unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Putin says troops have pulled back from Ukraine border

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeastern Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy. But the […]

05/07/2014

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

NATO official: Russia now an adversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two decades of trying to build a partnership with Russia, the NATO alliance now feels compelled to start treating Moscow as an adversary, the second-ranking official of the North Atlantic Treaty […]

05/01/2014

FILE - In this Feb. 22. 2014 file photo, Kharkiv mayor Hennady Kernes speaks at the congress of provincial lawmakers and officials in the Ukrainian eastern city of Kharkiv. Kernes was shot in the back Monday morning, April 28, 2014, his office said. Kernes was said to be undergoing surgery and "doctors are fighting for his life," according to the city hall. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, File)

Ukraine mayor shot; US announces new sanctions

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the […]

04/28/2014

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