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The Takeaway

Divisions Remain as Ukrainian Election Nears

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ukraine is set to hold its first elections since the ouster of former president Viktor Yanukovych. Separatist in eastern Ukraine say they will hold their own elections in November. 

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A worldwide viral hit shows a different side of Ukraine

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Much of the news coming out of Ukraine these days is about the ongoing war against separatists and the violence that has ruined small towns near Donetsk. Then along comes an animated music video by a Kiev-based band called Brunettes Shoot Blondes that's impressed people around the world.

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Kiev reaches out to eastern Ukraine, but rebels there are skeptical of the offer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The parliament in Kiev has approved an autonomy deal for Ukraine's pro-Russian east, accompanied by a limited amnesty for rebels there. But in Donetsk, shelling continues despite a ceasefire. And rebels say Kiev is just too late in making concessions.

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The Takeaway

Ukraine Holds on to Shaky Cease-Fire

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A shaky ceasefire is holding in Ukraine, despite witnesses reporting renewed fighting in the city of Mariupol. Will this calm tensions enough to get a political solution?  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This hobbyist-turned-journalist is a one-man digital detective agency

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bellingcat is a new website for citizen journalists to do what you might call social media detective work. On the site, bloggers and journalists use crowdsourcing, geolocation and reviewing satellite images to gather intelligence in conflict zones around the world.

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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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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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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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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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