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4 Months on, Workers Begin Picking Up Pieces of MH17

Recovery long delayed in rebel-held area of Ukraine

(Newser) - Workers in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine began to collect debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, four months after the plane was brought down. The operation is being carried out under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.... More »

Russian Tanks Enter Ukraine, Sparking Fear of More Fighting

5 truckloads of dead Russian fighters were reportedly driven back to Russia

(Newser) - For months Russia has denied any level of military involvement in eastern Ukraine, but the steady stream of military tanks and vehicles clogging the borders, regular artillery battles in Donetsk, and now sightings of soldiers in green uniforms without insignia all suggest that the ceasefire agreement reached in September has... More »

Gorbachev: We're Facing 'New Cold War'

Former Soviet leader warns of Western 'triumphalism'

(Newser) - Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said today. The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to "triumphalism" after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the... More »

Ukraine Says Russia Sent 32 Tanks Across Border

Ukraine claims 30 trucks carrying fighters, ammunition crossed over, too

(Newser) - Ukraine accused Russia today of sending in dozens of tanks and other heavy weapons into Ukraine's rebel-controlled eastern areas. National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at least 32 tanks, 16 artillery systems, and 30 trucks loaded with fighters and ammunition had crossed into eastern Ukraine from... More »

In Historic Shift, Poland to Move Troops East

Country's defense minister cites Ukraine conflict

(Newser) - Poland will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders in a historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War, the country's defense minister tells the AP. Tomasz Siemoniak says the troops are needed in the east because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine: "The... More »

Putin Closing Russian McDonald's for 'Safety' Reasons

Government investigating 200+ locations—but it's likely because of US sanctions

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin wants to show the world who's the real Big Mac daddy. About half of Russia's 440 McDonald's restaurants are "now under government investigation," with nine locations recently shut down by court order, ostensibly for health and safety violations, Businessweek reports. But (most) others... More »

Report: Ukraine Used Widely Banned Weapon

'NYT,' Human Rights Watch see evidence of cluster munitions

(Newser) - Cluster munitions are banned across many countries, but the Ukrainian military appears to have used them in rebel-controlled territory, the New York Times reports. Donetsk, which is home to a million people during peacetime, likely saw attacks on Oct. 2 and 5, leaving six wounded and one Red Cross worker... More »

Ancient Temple in Ukraine Is Full of Animal Bones

Ukraine site holds possible game pieces, hair decorations

(Newser) - Researchers working in Ukraine are revealing a stunning find: a temple that's older than the invention of writing, LiveScience reports. The temple of wood and clay, which measures 197 feet by 66 feet, contains lots of animal bones—perhaps the remains of animals sacrificed on the building's eight... More »

Hackers Exploited Windows Flaw to Spy

Signs point to Russian cyberespionage—but why the 'Dune' references?

(Newser) - Microsoft is releasing a patch today to fix a vulnerability in its Windows OS—but not before a cyberespionage campaign against Ukrainian government employees and an American expert on Russia took place. According to the iSight cyberintelligence firm, which discovered the bug last month, hackers sent malicious PowerPoints to users... More »

MH17 Victim's Body Found With Oxygen Mask On

Dutch prosecutors says mask strap found on neck of Australian passenger

(Newser) - The body of one passenger of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was found wearing an oxygen mask, Dutch prosecutors revealed today, raising questions about how much those on board knew about their fate when the plane plunged out of the sky above Eastern Ukraine in July. The passenger, an Australian, didn'... More »

Lenin's Nose, Ear Helping Fund Anti-Russian Forces

Ukraine supporters topple statue, put pieces up for auction

(Newser) - Lenin must be thrilled with this: Not only did protesters in Ukraine tear down a huge statue of him, they're using old-fashioned capitalism to make some money off it. The 28-foot-tall statue came down last weekend in the eastern city of Kharkiv, and now pieces of it are going... More »

Huge Lenin Statue Torn Down

Crowd topples 'Soviet idol' in Ukraine's 2nd-largest city

(Newser) - The biggest remaining statue of Lenin in Ukraine came crashing down in the eastern city of Kharkiv yesterday as thousands of nationalist demonstrators cheered and scrambled for souvenirs. The city, Ukraine's second biggest, is largely Russian-speaking but hasn't experienced the same unrest as other eastern cities. After protesters... More »

Mystery Donor Offers $30M Reward for MH17 Culprit

German investigative firm says offer is legit, with funds held in Zurich

(Newser) - Everyone wants to know who shot Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 out of the skies over Ukraine in July, but one unknown entity really wants to know—and is apparently willing to pony up $30 million for the answer. Wifka, a German private-investigation firm, says it has a client who's... More »

Ukrainian Lawmaker Thrown in Dumpster Before Big Vote

Ratified deal a hard-won first step toward EU membership, Poroshenko says

(Newser) - It was a big day for Ukraine yesterday, and one that Ukrainian lawmaker Vitaly Zhuravsky likely won't soon forget. Parliament ratified a measure deepening its economic and political ties with Europe—the measure that was the issue that sparked the crisis last fall, when then-President Viktor Yanukovych's decision... More »

New EU Sanctions Hit Maker of AK-47

EU freezes assets of 24 more politicians, rebel leaders

(Newser) - The European Union today moved to further punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine—in the form of a new set of sanctions . The EU announced it will ban the export of technology for military use to Russian arms-maker Kalashnikov (maker of the AK-47) along with eight other companies, restrict... More »

How Obama's ISIS Speech Went Over

Mixed reaction to plan to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' terror group

(Newser) - President Obama laid the foundation last night for his strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, citing possible expanded airstrikes from Iraq into Syria and explaining how these efforts would be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "If you threaten America, you will find no safe... More »

'High-Energy Objects' Downed MH17: Dutch Report

Safety board's findings suggest missile to blame

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the disaster concluded today. The report by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down... More »

As Ukraine Truce Hangs on, EU Rolls Out New Russia Sanctions

Ceasefire between rebels, Ukraine barely hanging on amid reported casualties

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels is hanging on by a thread after a weekend of reported shelling and casualties, but the EU warns that sanctions against Russia will be put in place as early as tomorrow, reports the BBC . The Kremlin said the proposed sanctions—which may include... More »

Shelling, Attacks Rock Ukraine Ceasefire

Rebel fighter says 'there is no ceasefire anymore'

(Newser) - Shelling and other clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists threw the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine into deepening peril today, two days after it took hold . At least two houses hit by artillery fire blazed in the rural village of Spartak, which lies just north of the main rebel-held... More »

Read the Best Exchange So Far on Russia-Ukraine

Swedish official suggests Czech leader might want to talk to his spy service

(Newser) - As NATO considers new sanctions against Russia over its moves in Ukraine, Moscow clearly has an ally in the Czech Republic. President Milos Zeman spoke against sanctions at the NATO summit in Wales this week, expressing skepticism that Russia was sending in troops despite mounting evidence to the contrary, reports... More »

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