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Fresh clashes erupt in east Ukraine leaving 7 dead

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Fresh deadly clashes have erupted in eastern Ukraine, killing seven and injuring eight as representatives from Kiev and pro-Russia forces prepare to discuss the ceasefire violations. Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said on Friday that two soldiers were killed and three others injured in the last 24 hours, the Interfax-Ukraine... 

Another shelling kills two more civilians, injures 3 in Ukraine’s east

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At least two civilians have been killed and three others wounded in renewed shelling in Ukraine’s restive east, despite a truce between the Kiev government forces and pro-Russians. Officials in eastern city of Donetsk said the deadly shell fire hit a residential neighborhood north of the city on Wednesday. According to the Donetsk city council, the two civilians... 

Obama Sends 3,000 Troops to Ebola Danger Zone

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When there is a major problem somewhere in the world, Barack Obama loves to show that he is “doing something” by sending a contingent of 3000 U.S. troops to the affected area. But is it really wise for Obama to send thousands of young American men and women into the Ebola death zone? What are our troops going to do – shoot the virus? Of course not. The... 

CIA estimates 20k-30k fighters in Syria, Iraq after Obama pledges to destroy ISIS

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The Central Intelligence Agency believes the Islamic State militant group “can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters” throughout both Iraq and Syria, CNN reports. If true, that would mean the Islamic State’s numbers have more than doubled compared to the agency’s last estimate, which pinned the group’s total amount of fighters at roughly 10,000. “This... 

Militants occupy Syria side of Golan Heights and steal UN equipment

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Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari says al-Qaeda-linked militants have occupied “all of the Syrian side” of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, driving out the troops from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). He said on Tuesday that al-Nusra Front militants seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the... 

Ukraine hosts military drills led by US and joined by NATO

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A total of 1,300 troops from 15 nations, either active NATO members or would-be members, have come together for a military exercise in western Ukraine – even as the fragile truce in the east of the country barely holds. The exercise, code-named “Rapid Trident” has been an annual event since 2006, and has been organized by the Germany-based US European... 

Shelling kills 10 people in Ukraine

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At least 10 people have been killed during fresh clashes in war-torn eastern Ukraine over the last 48-hours. According to Donetsk city officials, four people were killed on Monday when a car repair shop was hit by an artillery shell and six civilians were killed in separate shelling incidents on Sunday. The officials also said that 15 people were wounded by... 

NATO states start sending arms to Kiev

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Heletey (C) walks with troopers at a temporary base near the eastern city of Slavyansk. Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey has said NATO member states have begun supplying weapons to the country’s forces, despite a truce between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russians. Heletey made the announcement during an interview with... 

Russia to appeal against US, EU sanctions to WTO

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Russia is planning to appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over anti-Moscow Western sanctions, Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukaev has said. “The latest round of sanctions provides grounds to appeal to the WTO. And we will appeal,” Ulyukaev told reporters on Friday. The Russian minister also warned that Russia’s response to the new sanctions... 

Moscow to give ‘appropriate’ response to new EU sanctions

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Building of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Moscow’s Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square. Moscow will take “appropriate measures” in response to possible new sanctions from the European Union, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said. “On many levels, the Russian leadership has made it clear that we’ll take adequate measures and... 

Syria, Russia oppose unilateral US strikes against ISIL

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Damascus and Moscow have denounced possible unilateral US air raids against ISIL terrorists in Syria, saying the attacks without a UN mandate would constitute an act of aggression. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Thursday that potential US airstrikes against the ISIL in Syria would be considered a gross violation of international... 

US to ratchet up sanctions on Russia

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US President Barack Obama has announced plans to ratchet up sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s “illegal actions in Ukraine”. Obama said in a statement on Thursday the United States and the European Union will slap tougher sanctions on “Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors”. He said the new sanctions are meant to further isolate the... 

Obama Plans to ‘Fight ISIS’ by Arming ISIS

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So-called “moderate” Syrian rebels are openly aligned with Islamic State militants. President Barack Obama is set to announce his plan to combat ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria by arming so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels despite the fact that such militants have openly aligned themselves with Islamic State fighters. “Obama has told congressional... 

Russia jets overfly Canadian frigate

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Three Russian military planes have conducted low-level flyovers buzzing a Canadian navy frigate taking part in a NATO exercise in the Black Sea off the southern coast of Ukraine. A Canadian military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said three Russian aircraft flew low over HMCS Toronto on Sunday. The source added that two of the Russian planes... 

US, Ukraine launch joint maritime exercises in Black Sea

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross. Ukrainian and American naval forces are taking part in joint maritime drills dubbed Sea Breeze 2014, which began on Monday in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and will last till September 10. “Today in the north-west part of the Black Sea, we are beginning the joint Navy exercises of Ukraine and the US, known as... 
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