#Ukraine crisis: Rebels push into port of #Novoazovsk

#Ukraine crisis: Rebels push into port of #Novoazovsk

 Zakaria Yahia.Novoazovsk was hit by shells on WednesdayNovoazovsk was hit by shells on Wednesday.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have pushed their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front in the war.

The mayor of the town on the Sea of Azov confirmed rebels had entered, as jubilant rebel supporters shared photos of advancing tanks on social media.

The rebels have been trying for weeks to break out…

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Scotland Divided Ahead of Approaching Independence Referendum #scottishindependence

‘Yes’ or ‘No’? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote.

By Christoph ScheuermannIn just a few weeks, Scots will be going to the polls to vote on whether they want to declare independence from the United Kingdom. Polls indicate that the answer may be In just a few weeks, Scots will be going to the polls to vote on whether they want to declare independence from the United Kingdom. Polls indicate that the answer may be “no,” but the mood among those in favor of independence is giddy. Signs from both camps dot the Scottish roadways as the vote approaches.

Trav…

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Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East. #RussiaUkraine

Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East. #RussiaUkraine

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and MICHAEL R. GORDON.Ukrainian soldiers regrouped in a defensive position after coming under heavy shelling in Novoazovsk, a border town near Russia in southeastern Ukraine. Mauricio Lima for The New York TimesUkrainian soldiers regrouped in a defensive position after coming under heavy shelling in Novoazovsk, a border town near Russia in southeastern Ukraine. Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and…

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If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves? #khpg

If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves? #khpg

Halya Coynash.
Pskov Graves

In its editorial comment, Vedomosti.ru warns that “in the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine the Russian authorities are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the Soviet regime” It asks: “Is Russia fighting in Ukraine and if so, then on what grounds? If not, then who is in those freshly-dug graves or giving testimony at SBU interrogations?”

Even Russian President Vladimir…

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Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells #Novoazovsk

Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells #Novoazovsk

Smoke rises after shelling in the town of Novoazovsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Towering columns of smoke rose Tuesday from outside a city in Ukraine's far southeast after what residents said was a heavy artillery barrage. It was the second straight day that attacks were reported in the vicinity of Novoazovsk, which is in eastern Ukraine's separatist Donetsk region but previously had seen little fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Smoke rises after shelling in the town of Novoazovsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Towering columns of smoke rose Tuesday from outside a city in Ukraine’s far southeast after what residents said was a heavy artillery barrage. It was the second straight day that attacks were reported in the vicinity of Novoazovsk, which is in eastern Ukraine’s separatist Donetsk region but previously…

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Ukraine Today: Human rights abuses by Kremlin-backed militants #humanrights

Ukraine Today: Human rights abuses by Kremlin-backed militants #humanrights

 Ukraine Today.Pro-Russian gunmen guard parade dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers during a march in mockery of the country's Independence Day celebrations in the main separatist stronghold Donetsk on Aug. 24, 2014.Pro-Russian gunmen guard parade dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers during a march in mockery of the country’s Independence Day celebrations in the main separatist stronghold Donetsk on Aug. 24, 2014. © AFP

A woman was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag and forced to stand on the side of the road holding a sign reading “she kills children” by insurgent forces.

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Russia loses its last remaining shred of decency #DmitryTymchuk

Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Russia loses its last remaining shred of decency #DmitryTymchuk

Dmitry Tymchuk's military blog
Brothers and sisters!

Here’s the Summary for August 26, 2014

The bad news:

[1]. Russia has lost its last remaining shred of decency. The lying, conniving and treachery of the Kremlin leadership goes beyond any limits imaginable. The undeclared war against Ukraine is becoming more and more obvious, even to the most naive of outsider observers.

Yesterday, units of the Russian army were fighting…

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President urged his colleagues at the #Minsk meeting to support the strategy of peaceful future of Ukraine

President urged his colleagues at the #Minsk meeting to support the strategy of peaceful future of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged all the participants of the meeting Ukraine-EU-“Eurasian trio” to support peaceful settlement of the situation in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

“I am confident that today, the only possible instrument of terminating bloodshed and ensuring post-conflict reconstruction of the Donbas is peaceful settlement. I call on all the participants of the meeting to…

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Ukraine cites support for peace plan #RussiaUkraine #Minsk

Ukraine cites support for peace plan #RussiaUkraine #Minsk

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gets traditional salt and bread upon arrival in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Poroshenko arrived in Minsk on Tuesday for discussions with Russia and Ukraine with a view to creating a new political impulse towards finding a political, sustainable solution to the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/ Dmitry Brushko)Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gets traditional salt and bread upon arrival in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Poroshenko arrived in Minsk on Tuesday for discussions with Russia and Ukraine with a view to creating a new political impulse towards finding a political, sustainable solution to the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/ Dmitry Brushko)

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Interfax news…

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Muslims in Norway Marched against ISIS and Extremism #NO2ISIS

Muslims in Norway Marched against ISIS and Extremism #NO2ISIS

by Zakaria Yahia.Top politicians, Islamic and Christian religious leaders and people of diverse backgorunds protested terrorist organization ISIL and religious extremism.Top politicians, Islamic and Christian religious leaders and people of diverse backgrounds protested terrorist organization ISIS and religious extremism.

Thousands in Oslo protested against ISIS and local extremists recruiting Norwegian youth to fight in Syria.

The demonstration, organized by young Muslims in Norway, gathered people of different religious and ethnicities together…

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A Briton who died on flight #MH17 has been identified

A Briton who died on flight #MH17 has been identified

WHO official Glenn Thomas, one of ten Britons killed in crash, was travelling to Australia to attend international Aids conference.

By Martin Williams.WHO official Glenn Thomas has been formally identified as one of the Britons killed in the MH17 crash. Photograph: WHO/PAWHO official Glenn Thomas has been formally identified as one of the Britons killed in the MH17 crash. Photograph: WHO/PA

A British man who died when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine has been formally identified as Glenn Thomas, a World…

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#Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat #eastEuropean

#Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat #eastEuropean

Nato chief announces move in response to Ukraine crisis and says alliance is dealing with a new Russian military approach.

By Ian Traynor in Brussels.Anders Fogh Rasmussen: 'We have to face the reality that Russia does not consider Nato a partner.' Photograph: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/EPAAnders Fogh Rasmussen: ‘We have to face the reality that Russia does not consider Nato a partner.’ Photograph: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/EPA.

Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine…

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