War & Conflict

  • EU slaps initial sanctions on Russia
    The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and a visa agreement Thursday in response to its military incursion into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, threatening tougher sanctions unless Moscow swiftly defuses the crisis.March 6, 2014
  • Obama says Crimea separation vote would break law
    Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country's new government.March 6, 2014
  • Will protests lead to divided Ukraine?
    Although Ukraine may be closer to a split than at any time in its post-Soviet history, there are many reasons it won't come to pass, argues a Michigan State historian.The Daily Circuit, March 4, 2014
  • Putin says those aren't Russian forces in Crimea
    Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground. Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."March 4, 2014
  • Who's behind the mass stabbing in China?
    Police say they shot and killed four suspects and captured an injured female suspect at the Kunming Rail Station, the scene of the massacre. China's Ministry of Public Security said the eight-member gang was led by a man named Abdurehim Kurban.March 3, 2014
  • The future for Afghanistan
    If Karzai won't sign agreement, Obama says, then the Afghans are on their own.The Daily Circuit, March 3, 2014
  • Fallen Minn. Marine returning to Dover AFB
    The U.S. Department of Defense Monday said 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.March 3, 2014
  • After entering Crimea, where will Russia stop?
    Will President Vladimir Putin go further -- sending his troops into other parts of Ukraine? If he does, tensions that wouldn't seem able to go much higher invariably would ratchet up, and Russian actions that so far haven't led to any shots being fired might lead to war between Russian and Ukrainian forces.March 3, 2014
  • In Crimea, does the U.S. have moral high ground?
    If some of the statements from the United States in the wake of the Russian takeover of Crimea sound familiar, we need only go back to Russian statements in the aftermath of the U.S. attack on Iraq years ago.March 3, 2014
  • Ukraine warns Russia: Two sides on 'brink of disaster'
    Ukraine's new government warned Russia on Sunday that the two countries "are on the brink of disaster" after an incursion by Moscow's forces into the Crimea peninsula that has sparked a rapidly escalating international crisis.March 2, 2014
  • Marine from Waseca killed in Afghanistan
    Relatives say 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson was the gunner in the last truck of a convoy that was attacked by a suicide bomber Friday. He was airlifted to a medical facility, where he was pronounced dead.March 2, 2014
  • Kerry: Repercussions for Putin 'act of aggression'
    Kerry said Russian President Vladimir Putin should respect the democratic process through which the Ukrainian people ousted their pro-Russian president and assembled a new government.March 2, 2014
  • US calls on Russia to withdraw forces from Ukraine
    The White House says Obama delivered that message to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a 90-minute telephone call on Saturday afternoon. A statement from the White House says the U.S. condemns Russia's military reach into Ukrainian territory.March 1, 2014
  • Russia's parliament approves Putin's request for troops in Ukraine
    The Federation Council vote came quickly after a formal appeal from Putin, but seemed to only rubber-stamp what has already occurred: Ukraine's defense minister said some 6,000 additional Russian troops are already in the Crimea in what appeared to be a move aimed at maintaining Kremlin access to the strategic peninsula, where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.March 1, 2014
  • Obama warns Russia of 'costs' in Ukraine
    Obama says the U.S. stands with the world community to affirm there will be costs for an intervention.February 28, 2014

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