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Ukrainian leaded Petro Poroshenko. Click to enlarge

Shelling Abruptly Stops as Poroshenko Orders Government to Implement Cease-Fire

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a rebel in eastern Ukraine said local fighters were being helped by “guests from Russia.”

Saxon armoured vehicle. Click to enlarge

General Sir Richard Dannatt condemns armoured vehicle transfer to Ukraine

Nonetheless, the transfer of the unarmed but armoured vehicles will go ahead

Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko says peace agreement in danger

The deadline for a halt in hostilities was agreed at one minute after midnight on Sunday but the ceasefire agreement looks increasingly fragile

Pictured are pro-Zionist ‘New Atheists’ Bill Maher and Sam Harris on an episode of Real Time.(Image: Courtesy Non-Aligned Media)

Chapel Hill Shooting and the ‘New Atheist’ Neocons

Three young Muslim university students were shot dead ‘execution-style’ in their apartment on Tuesday. Ostensibly over a “parking dispute”

Ukraine Says 8 Troops Killed in Past Day Despite Peace Deal

Fighting continues in the run-up to the implementation of the peace accord due on Sunday

Presidents Putin and Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainnian President Poroshenko at the signing of the peace accord in Minsk

Ukrainian crisis: Ceasefire agreed as Russia launches military exercises – across 12 regions

Ceasefire due to be implemented on Saturday but uncertainty over whether it will last

US army to start training Ukrainian troops, commander says

A battalion of U.S. troops will deploy in Ukraine to begin ‘training’. More could follow

A-10 Thunderbolt, otherwise known as the 'Warthog'. Click to enlarge

Air Force deploys 12 Warthogs, 300 airmen to Germany

From Germany the planes and crew will be deployed further eastwards, possibly to Poland

Ukrainian Army Soldiers Surrender in Debaltesvo “Cauldron”.

Ukrainian soldiers tell of how Kiev provided them with little support and only deployed “barrier squads” behind front line units to prevent them retreating. With English subtitles

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Ukrainian parliament passes law allowing army deserters to be shot

Men of eligible age for military service already face restriction leaving the country. Now a new law has been passed authorising the shooting of deserters

Many of the victims, some as young as 11, came from troubled backgrounds. Click to enlarge

PC under investigation over Rotherham sex abuse scandal dies in crash

Is a deadly cover-up underway in Rotherham?

Senators Urge Obama to Send Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham foremost among those urging Obama to arm Ukraine

American Liar: Chris Kyle's Five Fibs

American Liar: Chris Kyle’s Five Fibs

Was Chris Kyle the American sniper or American liar? He got caught telling five big lies. …

Ukrainian soldiers in an armoured vehicle near the city of Artemivsk. Click to enlarge

US ‘considers arming Ukrainian army’ as fighting continues in the east

US considers whether to provide “lethal assistance” as pro-Russian rebels try to encircle Ukrainian Army units in eastern town of Debaltseve

Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan is thought to have close ties to Western intelligence. Click to enlarge

King Salman dismisses Prince Bandar from National Security Council

In an unexpected move, the new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has dismissed the hawkish Prince Bandar bin Sultan from the National Security Council

Russian missile in Red Square parade. Click to enlarge

Nuclear arsenal will ensure military edge over NATO, United States, Russia says

The chief of armed forces has pledged to continue the modernisation and build-up of Russia’s military

Israeli soldiers secure Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Jan 28 2015. Click to enlarge

Israel confirms Hezbollah not interested in escalation

Israel’s northern border remains tense but quiet after Wednesday’s clashes

New volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry's "Azov" battalion take their oath of allegiance to their country during a ceremony in Kiev. Click to enlarge

Repost: Kiev used barrier squads to prevent troops from retreating – E. Ukraine militia

“Anti-retreat units from territorial defense battalions” are reportedly being deployed behind Ukrainian forward troops.

Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels

Greece’s youngest ever leader, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras is demanding a straight writeoff of Greek debts

Shelling kills at least 30 in Ukraine as pro-Russia rebels launch new offensive

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday