< Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine: “It was important for Pope Francis that his initiative to help Ukraine united not only Catholics but also all Christians and people of good will.”


Volodymyr Groysman, who became Ukraine’s first Jewish PM earlier this year, was due in Israel on Tuesday for two-day trip


“The passenger list released by the Defense Ministry included 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, among them its leader, Valery Khalilov. The ensemble is the official choir of the Russian military and also includes a band and a dance company,” reports Washington Post.

<Photo: John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the UN known as a strong advocate of Ukraine


Analyst: “If he nominates another dove (and if it’s approved by the U.S. Congress), the Trump foreign policy team could become firmly behind relaxing sanctions related to the illegal Crimea annexation.”


Photo: Pisanello, Madonna of the Quail. Courtesy of Museo di Castelvecchio, Comune di Verona. The works will go on view tomorrow for a month, before being restored and reframed.


One of the leaders who brought the USSR to a close remembers…


In Tuva, the Buddhist republic bordering Mongolia, Cossacks or more precisely neo-Cossacks are agitating for setting up a new federal subject in place of the Tuvin republic. We may see a repeat of such action as we saw in Crimea and in the Donbas.


From 1970-2015: 4,724 people died from bombings. 2,588 from assassinations. 2,365 from assaults. 548 from hostage situations. 159 from hijackings. 114 from building attacks. Thousands wounded or missing.

Moscow is prepared to do what it can to undermine the Volga Tatars, the second largest nationality in the Russian Federation, and will use any method to do so.


Analyst: “Among the benefits to the rise in nationalism and isolationism in the West is that it has prompted Western governments to act more assertively in taking integration and cooperation measures with Ukraine.”

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