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Ukraine appeals to Israel, U.S. for assistance on unconventional warfare

Oleh Mahnitskiy in London. / Andrew Winning / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Ukraine has reached out to Israel military for discussions on military training as it faces an unremitting challenge from Moscow-backed rebels. Officials said Kiev has invited Israel to provide training for Ukraine’s military and security […]

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New EU chief known as harsh critic of Putin’s incursion in Ukraine

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The European Council has elected Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, as its new president. Tusk, 57, who traces his political roots to the anti-communist Solidarity labor movement in the Soviet era, is the longest serving […]

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U.S. bans flights to 6 countries that pose threats to passenger jets

American Airlines Boeing 777.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The U.S. government has issued a sweeping ban on international passenger jets in the skies of 6 countries that pose danger to the safety of the flights. The six countries are Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, […]

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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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Report: Russia used Ukraine as waystation to arm Middle East

Oktyabrsk port, Ukraine

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Russia has been quietly arming Middle East militaries, including those deemed allies of the United States, a report said. The Center for Advanced Defense Studies has tracked numerous arms shipments from Russia and Ukraine to […]

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Russia’s sanctioned Rogozin denied travel through Ukraine air space

Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin.  /Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The government plane for Russia’s Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin was denied entry through the air space of Ukraine and Romania last week. Rogozin was on the sanction list of the United States and […]

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U.S. to help Ukraine recover billions from pro-Russian syndicate

Viktor Yanukovych

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com “Ex-President Viktor Yanukovych headed a mafia structure in Ukraine that spread across different state structures,” Ukraine’s acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky has charged. He further disclosed that Yanukovych’s mafia-like organization, syndicated nationwide, was […]

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Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, ”spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to […]

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Loss of joint major weapons projects keenly felt by Russia, Ukraine


Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com After the UK, France, the U.S. and other key NATO member states’ suspended all military cooperation with Russia, the Ukrainian government likewise announced it would terminate all joint weapons development projects with Moscow. […]

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Ukraine continues weapons sales to China in the midst of turmoil

Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the 6th largest arms export country in the world, Ukraine has counted China as its top customer for the past two decades. On March 25, a Russian-designed Il-78 aerial refueling tanker plane […]

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