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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

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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

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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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Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between […]

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Crimea’s annexation may have energized NATO, but it empowered the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

A pro-Russian guard checks a driver’s documents at the Chongar checkpoint leading to Crimea.

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The change in the political balance in the Black Sea region which took place on March 18, 2014, with the re-accession of Crimea into Russia, was not profound in terms […]

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Unidentified forces kill Ukrainian nationalist Moscow called terrorist

Olexander Muzychko

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Olexander Muzychko, the leader of a right-wing nationalist political group in Ukraine, was gunned down on March 24 in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. Mr. Muzychko was best known in and outside […]

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