Ukraine launches missile tests near Crimean Peninsula, stirring tensions with Russia

Soviet-made tactical ballistic missile complexes Tochka (Point) roll during a military parade in Kiev on August 24, 2016, to celebrate Independence Day, 25 years after Ukraine gained independence from the former Soviet Union. (Photo by AFP) Ukraine has declared the start of a two-day, major missile test near the Crimean Peninsula, stirring tensions with Russia, […]

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US denounce Russian parliamentary elections planned for the Crimean peninsula

US State Department spokesman John Kirby The United States has denounced upcoming Russian parliamentary elections planned for the Crimean peninsula, saying it “does not recognize the legitimacy” of the process. “The United States does not recognize the legitimacy, and will not recognize the outcome, of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on September […]

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EU vows to back Kiev amid escalating tensions with Russia over Crimea

EU’s Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Chief Federica Mogherini (AFP photo) The European Union has vowed continued support for Ukraine amid growing tensions between Kiev and Moscow around the Crimean Peninsula. EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reiterated the bloc’s“unwavering” support for Ukraine’s sovereignty on Friday while calling on the country and neighboring Russia to avert further escalation of […]

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Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko puts troops on alert near Crimea, in Donbass amid Kiev-Moscow tensions

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (AFP photo) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has put all military troops and units near Crimea and in the east of the country on the highest level of alert, amid growing tensions and fears of military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow. Poroshenko said on Thursday that he had ordered all Ukrainian army units near Crimea […]

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