First Crimea, then eastern Ukraine — who’s next?

Photo: Dmitry Kiselyov


CPJ: “We call on Russian authorities to act swiftly, decisively, and effectively to rein in all those responsible for threatening Elena Milashina and other Novaya Gazeta journalists for the newspaper’s work,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.


“May the Good Shepherd come to the aid of Ukraine, still beset by conflict and bloodshed, to regain social harmony.  May he accompany every effort to alleviate the tragic sufferings of those affected by the conflict,” said the Pontiff.


Technical facts collected by the United States and other observers and the testimony of defectors to the Syrian regime provide more than adequate proof that Bashar al-Assad is lying when he denies attacking his own citizens with prohibited chemical agents. Moreover, the Kremlin with excellent intelligence sources in the al-Assad regime is knowingly supporting the regime’s statements that they know to be lies.


Photo: Defected Syrian general Zaher al-Sakat (YouTube screenshot)



 Analyst: “…we see little prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough and a greater likelihood of worsening tensions.


Photo: The Secretary of State arrives in Moscow, greeted by Ambassador John Tefft, who was previously the United States ambassador to Ukraine


Young men protest outside Navalny's jail on April 10, 2017.


Photo: Alexey Abanin / Twitter

The visit comes as recent US strikes on a Syrian base were followed by hints of sanctioning Russia for supporting Assad.


FILE - The April 10, 2016 file photo shows Law and Justice leader, the twin brother of former President of Poland Lech Kaczynski, Jaroslaw Kaczynski delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the sixth anniversary of the crash of the Polish government plane in Smolensk, Russia, that killed 96 people on board including Kaczynski and his wife Maria. 


Photo: Part of an S-400 antiaircraft system deployed at a Russian military base in Syria, in November 2015.


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