Putin’s annual Q&A session 2014 (FULL VIDEO)

Illustrating the hypocrisy of Western ‘democracy’ and its controlled media: President Putin appeared on LIVE TV for NEARLY 4 HOURS to answer questions from ordinary Russians via phone, text and email. Would Western leaders do the same?

Pentagon: US to Send Non-Lethal Aid to Ukraine

The same sort of “non-lethal aid” that the U.S. provided to opposition groups in Syria?

Pro Russian Ukrainians help a wounded comrade at the National Guard base in Mariupol, Thursday night. Click to enlarge

Ukrainian Forces Kill 3 Pro-Russian Demonstrators

An interim government spokesman says Ukrainian forces killed 3 pro-Russian militants and wounded 13 more during overnight clashes in the eastern city of Mariupol

Obama Raises Spectre Of War With Russia

For the first time in decades an American president has raised the prospect of war with Russia. Is this the “change” he promised in his presidential campaign?

Washington Drives The World To War

Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels

Residents in Slaviansk bring flowers to place them on armoured personnel carrier

Ukrainian soldiers surrender armoured personnel carriers to pro-Russian separatists

In a huge loss of face for the government in Kiev, the “anti-terrorist” operation to seize back territory from pro-Russian activists has ground to halt

CIA director in Kiev searching for missing mercenaries

CIA director in Kiev searching for missing mercenaries

After initial White House denials its been revealed that CIA Director John Brennan was in Kiev; seeking information about 20 missing mercenaries who had been in the pay of Greystone Ltd, formerly Blackwater

US considers arming Ukraine forces

US considers arming Ukraine forces

Which would be tantamount to pouring inflammable fuel on a fire

‘Provocative’ Russian jet buzzes US ship in Black Sea: Pentagon

‘Provocative’ Russian jet buzzes US ship in Black Sea: Pentagon

Last week Russian spokesman said the USS Donald Cook’s deployment was seen as part of a systematic NATO build-up. Over the weekend Russian Su-24s repeatedly buzzed the vessel

Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war

Ukrainian government troops and armoured personnel carriers nearing pro-Russian hotspots in eastern Ukraine

White House confirms, downplays CIA chief visit to Kiev

The White House warned Russia on Monday that it would pay for its intervention in Ukraine, even as it admitted that CIA chief John Brennan was in Kiev over the weekend

Pro-Russian protesters burn tires as they prepare for battle with the Berkut (Ukrainian special police forces) on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 13, 2014. Click to enlarge

Ukraine’s east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes

Towns in eastern Ukraine ready themselves as Kiev pledged to reassert its authority in the face of mounting pro-Russian protests in the region

Ukraine crisis: UN meeting told Russia is massing 40,000 troops on the border

British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant says Russia has massed “between 35,000 and 40,000″ troops on its border with Ukraine

Pro-Russia activists assist an Orthodox priest walk through a barricade outside the regional police building seized by armed separatists in Slavyansk on April 13, 2014. Kiev said on April 13 that several had been left "dead and wounded" in fighting to oust pro-Russian gunmen holed up in a police station in the restive eastern city of Slavyansk, as Washington warned Moscow to de-escalate the crisis or face the consequences. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV

Armed, pro-Russian separatists lay siege to Donetsk Oblast

Ukrainian government forces struggle to contain pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine

Press Kit on Human Rights in Ukraine

Press Kit on Human Rights in Ukraine

Andre Fomine chronicles the rise of an ugly hard right extremism in Ukraine, aided by the West and either ignored or downplayed by the corporate media

Russian SU-27/30, SU-24 and MiG-31 fighter jets on the tarmac at Buturlinovka airbase. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. Click to enlarge

Satellite images reveal Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border

Nato images show fighter planes, helicopters and troops which officials say could be ready to move in 12 hours

West struggles as Russia moves to dominate old USSR

Cold war chill returns as Obama considers the imposition of new sanctions on Russia

USS Donald Cook launches cruise missiles. The vessel is currently in the Black Sea as part of a beefed up U.S. naval presence in the region. Click to enlarge

NATO to focus on reassuring allies worried about Ukraine

With more frequent naval patrols in the Black Sea, the U.S. ponders the deployment of more combat brigades in Europe

Russia to Buy 500,000 barrels per day from Iran – death of dollar

Eventually, if you sanction too many people, they’ll create their own economy…and then your sanctions are toothless and you’re screwed

Evidence pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine being paid: White House

Just as we know vested interests in the West bankrolled Ukraine’s “liberation”, although the corporate Western media hasn’t given that too much attention