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Russian buildup seen as fighting rages in Ukraine

...Thursday as Ukrainian government forces unleashed a major offensive against pro-Moscow insurgents.Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, voicing strong concern...
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Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia as truce nears end

...Ukraine sign a sweeping trade agreement with the EU that will bind it more closely to the West.Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged Poroshenko to extend the truce and hold talks with the separatists in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions...
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Insurgents to hold vote in east Ukraine

...for eastern Ukraine's sovereignty referendum have been clattering around the clock for days. Even the powerful Vladimir Putin can't stop them.Despite the Kremlin leader's plea to postpone Sunday's vote, the pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine...
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Sochi opening: Let Putin's games begin

...sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.He charmed and strong-armed his way to hosting the games at a summer beach resort that he envisioned as a winter...
Begich: 'Just too close for comfort'

...Alaska is the prime location because you can move to Europe and Asia so easily, and as long as (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is doing what he's doing, we become even more valuable because of how fast we can move."Begich's comments...
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King speaks on Olympics, gay rights

...Olympics.Here are five things to know about King's impressions of the Sochi Games, borscht and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Putin, a hugger: King learned while in Sochi that Putin reportedly hugged Ireen Wust, a bisexual Dutch speedskater...
Putin thanks Paralympics for eschewing political divide

SOCHI, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained on Thursday that Moscow did not instigate the Crimea crisis and thanked Paralympic leaders for not wading into the tensions...
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Slack Tide: Russian death cookies: The 2014 Sochi Winter Games

...looks even crustier than our own, elite winter athletes have gathered from across the globe to see how long it takes Vladimir Putin to appear shirtless in public.To some, the Winter Olympics are an opportunity for nations to unite in peace and...
Russian anti-gay laws impact Olympics, vodka sales

...gestures by individual athletes and perhaps a gay-pride parade.The chief flashpoint is a law signed by President Vladimir Putin last month that bans the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes hefty fines for providing information...
Alaska delegation reacts to Obama's address on Syria

...because of the credible threat of U.S. military action, as well as constructive talks that I had with President (Vladimir) Putin, the Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing Assad to...


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