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Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

 Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city’s outskirts, the nation’s interior minister said. Arsen Avakov said that government troops broke through rebel positions around the village of Semenovka on the eastern fringe of Slovyansk. “An active offensive stage of the counterterrorist

Putin Embraces Conservatism With Cursing Ban in Movies, Theater

President Vladimir Putin, cast in Russia as a defender of conservative values, is imposing a ban on swearing in Russian movies, music and books, seeking to suppress a form of profanity-laden slang known as “mat.” Putin yesterday signed a law introducing fines of up to 2,500 rubles ($70) for individuals and $1,400 for organizations for

Ukrainian minister urges residents in city of Slaviansk to stay indoors, away from Windows

Ukraine says operation underway to end separatist grip on eastern town  Ukrainian security forces have launched an “anti-terrorist” operation to end the grip of separatists on an eastern town, Ukraine’s interior minister said on Sunday. “An anti-terrorist operation has begun in Slaviansk. It is being directed by the anti-terrorist center of the state security service.