Tag: crimea

Trump Taps Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster As New National Security Adviser

President Trump on Monday announced that he had picked Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser. McMaster replaces Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week for withholding information on his communication with Russia’s ambassador from Vice President Mike Pence. In an appearance at his Mar-a-Lago club in…

Trump Defends Killer Putin: US Has “A Lot Of Killers” Too [VIDEO]

Vladimir Putin wants Fox News to apologies to him for calling him “a killer”, in an interview with President Trump Bill O’Reilly said “But he’s a killer, though. Putin’s a killer.” During the segment, Trump responded to say that the U.S. has “a lot of killers,” too. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday ignored Trump’s…

18 Congressional Democrats Plan Inauguration Boycott

At least 18 House Democrats will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies this Friday, with some planning to leave for their home districts and others intending to march with protesters in Washington. Among those boycotting is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights leader whom Trump criticized as “all talk” in the weekend before…

Trump Promises ‘Insurance For Everybody’

President-elect Donald Trump says his plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act is nearly complete. In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump did not reveal the specifics of his replacement package, but promised “lower numbers, much lower deductibles,” and said “we’re going to have insurance for everybody.” He also said he plans to crack…

Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a danger,…

Hey Donald, Putin is already in Ukraine! Trump Wrong Again

Donald Trump said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula. “He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You…

Ukraine signs historic deal with European Union – VIDEO

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an association agreement with the European Union on Friday, the same deal whose reversal set off a crisis in the nation. His predecessor’s decision to shun the deal last year and work with Russia instead unleashed deadly strife that led to the ouster of the nation’s President, the loss of…

VIDEO shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine

Watch the vIDEO that shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine: Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. Video from The Associated Press shows the scene of the crash…

Putin signs into law Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the treaty formally making Crimea part of the Russian Federation, after it was approved by the parliament, on the same day Ukraine capped a landmark alliance with the European Union.All 155 senators present in Moscow’s upper house voted on Friday in favour of the treaty, which was…

[VIDEO] Pres. Obama announces new economic sanctions on Russia

President Barack Obama says the United States is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine. Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S. to sanction key sectors of the Russian…

Russia ‘Concerned’ About Estonia

Looks like they’re thinking about getting the gang back together. A Russian diplomat voiced Moscow’s concern on Wednesday about Estonia’s treatment of ethnic Russians in the country, setting off alarm bells in the Baltic state. The diplomat compared a language policy in the country to a supposed push in Ukraine to stop the use of…

Putin defends Crimean annexation in fiery speech

Russia’s President Putin has delivered a speech fiercely defending his country’s move to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region, he cited Ukraine’s 1991 declaration of independence following the break-up of the Soviet Union as a legal precedent. Putin said Russia stressed that he doesn’t want to move into other regions of Ukraine, saying ‘we don’t want division…

Russian parliament speaker: There will be no Russia-Ukraine war

There will be no war between Russia and Ukraine, the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said on Friday. “It’s complete nonsense, it absolutely does not reflect our intentions, the feelings of empathy and the pain we feel for the Ukrainian people,” Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian Federation Council, said. Photo: Military personnel…

Obama team announces $1 billion in aid to Ukraine

The Obama administration announced $1 billion in economic and energy aid to Ukraine on Tuesday, part of its emerging response to Russian military activity in Crimea. President Obama, aides and allies are also considering a number of economic sanctions against Russia for its incursion into the Crimea region. The administration announced the assistance package for…

Tension flares in Crimea as region’s leader asks Russia for help

The newly-installed leader of Ukraine’s Crimea region declared himself in charge of local military and law enforcement Saturday and asked Russia for help. Sergei Aksyonov, who was hastily voted in as Crimea’s prime minister when masked, armed men seized government buildings early Thursday, accused the new central government in Kiev of appointing a new top…

Armed men take over airports in Crimea, Ukraine

Armed men in military uniforms took up positions at two Crimean airports early Friday morning as Ukraine’s interior minister warned of “a direct provocation,” but there was no sign of any violence. Photo: An unidentified armed man patrolled in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, on Friday. (Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press) NYT