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NATO sets up a 'rapid reaction force' to counter Russian aggression

Friday, September 05, 2014

With a tentative ceasefire in effect in Ukraine, NATO leaders are taking action to deter further Russian aggression. Their steps includes setting up a multinational, rapid reaction force that could be sent to places like Ukraine within hours — though some wonder if it will be strong enough to hold back Russia.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The In the Cloud, No One Knows You're a Dog Edition

Friday, September 05, 2014

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Putin's dastardly designs on Ukraine with Slate foreign editor Will Dobson. They also talk about the upcoming midterm elections and the fallout over stolen photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence.

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PRI's The World

NATO takes aim at Russia's attacks — online

Thursday, September 04, 2014

With Russia's military intervening in Ukraine, NATO has plenty to discuss at this week's summit. But one aspect of the conflict with Russia goes beyond Ukraine. It lies in cyberspace. And NATO is set to ratify a measure that would directly confront Russian and others on the virtual battlefield.

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The Takeaway

A Manufactured Crisis: Russia's Gift to NATO?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

NATO may have been hovering on the brink of collective military irrelevance a year ago, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine has given new life, and military opportunities, to the alliance.

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PRI's The World

President Putin calling for peace is like an arsonist offering to put out a fire, a reporter says

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a seven-point peace plan with Ukraine, but only after his government helped cause the chaos and bloodshed.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Rising tensions over war in Ukraine

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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The Takeaway

Putin Power Play Puts NATO In Tough Spot

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Russian leaders say they plan to revise their military doctrine to allow for the Kremlin to rapidly deploy forces to Eastern Europe in response to NATO.

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PRI's The World

If Putin picks a fight with NATO, what's the West willing to do about it?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

With Russian troops invading eastern Ukraine, NATO is preparing its own military response — of a kind. The alliance is expected to announce the creation of a rapid reaction force that could send 4,000 soldiers to Eastern Europe within hours. But is that enough to deter Vladimir Putin?

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PRI's The World

In tiny Moldova, Russia is repeating its Ukraine playbook

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Options From Iraq to Ukraine

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The White House continues to pivot between Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine and the Islamic State in Iraq. Are there any good options left for the Obama Administration?

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PRI's The World

Ukraine seeks NATO membership as Russia moves troops across the border

Friday, August 29, 2014

In an emergency meeting Friday, NATO condemned Russian military action in Ukraine and accused Moscow of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Now, Kiev has announced its intention to seek NATO membership. But it's still not clear what Western countries can do to stop Russia's invasion.

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PRI's The World

Canada opens up a new front against Russia — Twitter snark

Friday, August 29, 2014

Canada and Russia tangled on Twitter this week, each posting maps designed to tweak the other country's stance over Russian actions in Ukraine. But while the exchange was funny and popular online, it also showed how governments communicate in the social media era.

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The Takeaway

Putin to Ukraine: You Are The New Nazis

Friday, August 29, 2014

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued some harsh words, saying that Ukrainian leaders are behaving like Nazis.

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PRI's The World

Ukraine faces up to a Russian invasion, while Moscow keeps denying it

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russia says its soldiers aren't fighting in Ukraine, but evidence keeps piling up that Russia has invaded — even in Russia itself. That's caused some protests in Russia and disappointment in Ukraine, where people are feeling abandoned by the outside world.

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PRI's The World

Radio and phone intercepts provide insight into the conflict in Ukraine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The conflict in Ukraine has been an arena of intense propaganda and deception. Ukraine is now giving radio and phone intercepts to journalists.The BBC's Olexei Solohubenko talks about how he uses this material.

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The Takeaway

A New War Front for Russia & Ukraine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Talks between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia were inconclusive on Tuesday, as a new front in Ukraine's fight with Russian-backed separatists opened in southern Ukraine. 

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PRI's The World

As peace talks start, Ukraine and Russia are still pressing for battlefield advantage

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for peace talks on Tuesday, even as their respective armies continued to fight along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Ukraine believes that it's close to military victory over pro-Russian separatists, but an influx of Russian soldiers may change that.

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The Takeaway

In Ukraine, Russia Presents New Challenge

Monday, August 25, 2014

The United States cannot examine the Ukrainian conflict through the same prism it's viewed wars in the Middle East. It may be time for the United States to take a more decisive stance. 

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PRI's The World

This Russian man got three years in prison for trying to protect a fellow protester

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's getting harder and harder to find people willing to protest against the Russian government — because the consequences of protesting can be so sever.

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PRI's The World

32 stories above Moscow, an unusual protest unfurls

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An unusual protest in took place 32 stories above Moscow on Wednesday. There, attached to the iconic Soviet star atop a famous apartment building, an unnamed protester unfurled the Ukrainian flag and gave a shot in the arm to Russians opposed to intervention in Ukraine.

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