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Report: Trump Didn’t Want To Anger Putin After Ukraine Weapons Sale

President Donald Trump reportedly told his top national security aides to not publicly tout a new U.S. lethal defensive weapons sale to Ukraine, for fear of angering Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to NBC News, it took “months” for those aides to convince the president to sign off on the sale to Ukraine’s military, which…

Paul Manafort Firm Received Ukraine Payout Money Laundering

New financial records reportedly show that at least $1.2 million in payments listed on a handwritten ledger in Ukraine were received by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s consulting firm in the U.S., the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Investigators in Ukraine have called the “Black Ledger,” and the listed payments from 2007 and 2009,…

Manafort’s Cyprus Linked Accounts Raised Red Flags

Financial accounts in Cyprus linked to Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, were probed for possible money-laundering, NBC News reported. The Mediterranean island nation has been a well-known hub for transferring money in and out of Russia. Manafort’s past is under intense scrutiny, in part, over his ties to a Russian oligarch who has…

Nunes: Manafort Will Testify to Intel Committee

A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, reached out to the House Intelligence Committee to volunteer his testimony before the panel, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said during a Friday press conference. Manafort has offered to be “voluntarily interviewed” by the committee, but whether it will happen in either open or closed session…

Russian Whistleblower Denis Voronenkov Shot Dead

Russian whistleblower and former MP Denis Voronenkov, who fled to Ukraine with his wife, Maria Maksakova, in October 2016, was shot dead Thursday in the heart of Kiev. Voronenkov, 45, gave an exclusive interview to The Daily Beast last month, describing the inner workings of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government. He renounced his Russian citizenship…

Manafort Worked For Russian Billionaire To ‘Benefit Putin Government’

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to “greatly benefit the Putin government,” according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. The new report directly contradicts the Trump administration and Manafort, who have both alleged that the former campaign operative never worked on behalf of Russian interests. In his…

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…

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,…

MH17 Downed by Russian Missile Launcher [VIDEO]

A Dutch investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, has reportedly found that a missile was fired from an area controlled by Ukraine rebels. Officials told victims’ families they could prove a mobile BUK missile launcher was moved into Ukraine from Russia and then…

Manafort Lobbied For Ukraine in D.C. [VIDEO]

A firm run by Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, orchestrated a lobbying operation in Washington D.C. for Ukraine’s ruling political party, according to new emails acquired by the Associated Press. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, who also works on the Trump campaign, did not disclose their work as foreign agents which is required…

Paul Manafort, Trump’s Campaign Chairman, Resigns [VIDEO]

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned Friday morning, the candidate announced in a statement. “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said. “Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.” Despite the kind words, Trump essentially demoted Manafort this week by hiring Brietbart…

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 Marks Chernobyl 30th Anniversary [VIDEO]

Ukraine marked the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl on Monday, sounding sirens at the same time as the first explosion at the reactor on April 26, 1986. The disaster is considered one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. A botched nuclear test at the plant in then-Soviet Ukraine sparked a meltdown…

Kerry Meets Putin to Talk Syria, Ukraine [VIDEO]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and later with President Vladimir Putin to discuss ending the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In remarks before their sit-down, Kerry said he wanted to make “real progress” with Lavrov. “The world benefits when powerful nations can…

Explosion, Clashes near Ukraine Parliament [VIDEO]

Clashes erupted between police and nationalist protesters outside Kiev’s parliament Monday, after a controversial vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Police say about 100 officers were injured, 10 of them seriously.

New VIDEO Of Flight MH17 Crash Emerges 1 Year Later

New footage emerged Friday purporting to show Russian-backed rebels rummaging through passenger luggage at the crash site after it was shot out of the sky over Ukraine last year. A voice is heard on the footage declaring “civilians” and this is “a passenger plane” in Russian. All 298 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines…

UN: More Than 6,000 Dead in Ukraine [VIDEO]

More than 6,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting escalated in the region in April 2014 according to an UN report. From mid-January to mid-February alone, 842 people are believed to have been killed in the conflict, despite a supposed ceasefire. The UN investigation placed the blame on Russia for the lethal…

Leaders agree to ceasefire in Ukraine [VIDEO]

A ceasefire in Ukraine is due to begin at midnight on Saturday night following lengthy talks. The deal between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin was brokered in Minsk by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, bringing hope that the 10-month conflict may finally be coming to an end.

Ukraine Death Toll Hits 5,000 [VIDEO]

More than 5,000 Ukrainians have been killed since the conflict engulfed the region last April, according to the United Nations. “The significant escalation in hostilities has taken the toll to 5,086 individuals and we fear the real figure may be considerably higher,” said UN spokesman Rupert Colville. This number reflects the 262 killed during the…

UN: 1,300 Killed Post-Ukraine Ceasefire

More than 1,300 people have been killed in Ukraine since a supposed ceasefire took effect in September, according to the UN. The report, which was released Monday, states that 4,707 people have been killed since pro-Russian rebels seized parts of eastern Ukraine in April. Of those casualties, 1,357 have been recorded following the Sept. 5…

Accident reported at Ukrainian power plant

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday an accident had occurred at the Zaporizhye nuclear power plant in south-east Ukraine and called on the energy minister to hold a news conference. Yatseniuk said, “I know that an accident has occurred at the Zaporizhye NPP,” asking new energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn to make clear when…

NEW VIDEO Found as the Removal of MH17 wreckage began in Ukraine

A huge plume of black smoke fills the sky, people react with shock and confusion. Some run to try to tackle small blazes, others stand and stare. Captured on what appears to be a cellphone video, the scene is believed to be the immediate aftermath of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern…

Russia forces pull back from Ukraine

NATO says it has seen a significant pullback of Russian forces from inside Ukraine, though some forces still remain there. Photo: Armored vehicles are placed on the territory of the 141th Zhytomyr Armor Mechanical Repair Plant in Zhytomyr September 23, 2014.

President Barack Obama Lands In Estonia Tonight

U.S. President Barack Obama touches down in Estonia tonight to deliver reassurance to Baltic nations and a direct warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin that NATO stands by its military commitment to alliance security. Obama added a stop in Tallinn, Estonia, to a long-scheduled trip to this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Cardiff,…

Ukraine Fears Russia Is Invading

According to a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, between 3,000 and 4,000 Russians have joined the separatist ranks. Those Russians are either former service members or current military personnel on leave, he said. Experts now put the number of Russian troops fighting in Ukraine at over 10,000. The admission comes as rebels take the…

Russian Aid Convoy Enters Ukraine

Russian aid vehicles, reportedly escorted by rebel fighters, are now pouring into Ukraine without permission. Russia’s foreign ministry declared that the convoy had been held up by Ukraine in an attempt to hurt the rebels, and warned Ukraine not to touch the convoy, but did not say what the consequences would be. The International Committee…

UN: Shooting down of MH17 may be ‘war crime’

A UN human rights report on Ukraine released Monday says at least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded in the conflict since mid-April. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said the shooting down of MH17 may constitute a war crime. Photo: Debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies at the…

US releases images showing Russian rockets hitting Ukraine

Satellite images released by the US State Department on Sunday reportedly show Russia has been firing rockets into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists. Photo: Image released by the US State Department showing what it says is evidence of Russia firing artillery into eastern Ukraine. (via US State Department)