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Why Putin’s Ukrainian “New Russia” Could Be an Ungovernable Mess

 Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” was a swath of what’s now southeastern Ukraine that Russian czars seized from the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century. Could it now form the core of a new country? As Ukraine teeters on the brink of civil war, some pro-Russian separatists are suggesting recreating Novorossiya as an independent state. Breaking

Ukraine Unrest Flares as Kiev’s Control Slips

 Ukraine sought to dislodge rebels from its eastern industrial heartland as violence that’s also spread to the Black Sea gateway of Odessa threatens to loosen Kiev’s control of the regions. Troops in the Donetsk area, near the Russian border, took back a television tower overnight that had been seized by pro-Russian forces, Interior Minister Arsen

Side deals with Moscow thwart drive to wean Europe off Russian gas

 While officials in Brussels were calling for Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian natural gas and negotiate with Moscow as a bloc, Austria was quietly bypassing the European Commission to cut its own bilateral deal on building a pipeline. The deal on the South Stream pipeline, which will be built under the Black Sea

Washington Intends Russia’s Demise

 Washington has no intention of allowing the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved. Having failed to seize the country and evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base, Washington sees new opportunities in the crisis. One is to restart the Cold War by forcing the Russian government to occupy the Russian-speaking areas of present day

Side deals with Moscow thwart drive to wean Europe off Russian gas

 While officials in Brussels were calling for Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian natural gas and negotiate with Moscow as a bloc, Austria was quietly bypassing the European Commission to cut its own bilateral deal on building a pipeline. The deal on the South Stream pipeline, which will be built under the Black Sea

Ukraine Presses Assault on Rebels With Warning of ˜War’

 Violence escalated in Ukraine’s easternmost regions as the government pressed its offensive to dislodge rebels and an official characterized that part of the country as “essentially” at war, while the conflict spread to the south. International monitors who had been held by pro-Russian separatists were released yesterday, as Russia said it’s receiving mounting calls for