Ukraine’s army has resumed its artillery bombardments against the town of Shchastye in Lugansk. "Artillery bombardment of the area of Shchastye, a satellite town of Lugansk, was started at about 22:45, local time. The bombardment involves heavy guns," Novorossiya news.
Far-right protesters clash with police in Ukraine’s capital city. Members of the radical group Social National Assembly of Ukraine rallied outside the Pechersk Lavra, a historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev. The far-right group pledged to crush any separatist movement in the country.
Israeli forces have attacked several targets inside Syrian territory from the air and the ground. Israeli tanks also reportedly hit Syrian government targets in the region. Attacks happened overnight in the occupied Golan Heights.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has put Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Igor Kolomoisky, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, on the international wanted list over charges of war crimes. use of prohibited means, methods of warfare, aggravated murder, and abduction.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov: so-called counter-terrorist military operation intensified in parallel with advancement of peace plan is cause for much alarm and concern. Said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan failed to include key element of peace; negotiations.
Russia partially backed Ukraine’s ceasefire plan, warns it should not be used as deadline against protesters in east Ukraine. Calls on opposing sides to halt military activities, sit down at negotiating table," concerns about Ukraine forces' military operations while ceasefire in place.
“Peaceful scenario – it is our plan A,” Poroshenko said in a statement on his website. “But those who expect to use the peace talks only to gain time to regroup, should know that we have a detailed plan B. I am not going to talk about it now, because I believe that our peace plan will work.”
The Presbyterian Church has narrowly voted to move forward with divestment in various companies in protest of Israeli policies toward Palestinians. The group has become most prominent in US to endorse some form of divestment, opted to sell its stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions.
Russia has condemned the Ukrainian army’s attack on a border checkpoint in the southwestern Rostov region and demanded Kiev authorities provide explanationcalled on its officials to launch a prompt investigation into the incident that “broke the basic norms and principles of international law."
Moscow demands explanation from Kiev authorities after a Russian checkpoint on the border between two counties came under shelling on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has announced a unilateral ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, halting the so-called “anti-terrorist operation.” Anti-government activists must now lay down arms or be destroyed, the Interior Ministry said on its website.
Pro-Russia protesters in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region have reportedly lost a fierce battle with government forces, said they were not able to counter Ukrainian government forces in the fierce battle which broke out in the Krasny Liman region. Destroyed one tank but it is difficult to take on 20 tanks.
In an unprecedented move, Ukrainian self-defense forces and Kiev’s troops have carried out an exchange of dead bodies near Donetsk. However, a fragile ceasefire reached for the exchange was interrupted by shooting.
Humanitarian crisis in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk is worsening, disruption of water, electricity,emergency medical aid unavailable due to gas shortages, fighting continues. pro-Kiev troops targeted a church in the Donetsk, kill one man partly destroy the building.
US F-18 fighter jets from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf have returned to Iraqi skies. Obama administration authorized “manned and unmanned” surveillance flights on the ISIS jihadist group that threatens to overrun the whole of Iraq.
US : Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should “go” as militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing atrocious acts against Iraqis. “The Maliki government, has got to go if you want any reconciliation,” chairwoman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
British Prime Minister David Cameron: British nationals belonging to the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), biggest threat to Britain’s security, may attack the homeland, told British Parliament main concern is British citizens fighting for the ISIL in Syria and Iraq may attack Britain.
Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine have rejected an offer by President Petro Poroshenko for a unilateral ceasefire in the country's troubled east. "They stop firing, we disarm and they take us unarmed. That is Kiev's logic. "Ukrainian president: all pro-Russia activists should be disarmed.
During the past days, the Israeli air force carried out several strikes on the Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago in the occupied West Bank. On Tuesday, similar airstrikes were carried out
Russian senators have promised to create a major NGO to provide aid to residents of south eastern Ukraine and refugees from the region. The group will accept anyone willing to help. Plan to call an international tribunal that would establish those responsible for the great number of deaths in Ukraine.
Advance of ISIS militants in Iraq prompted some US senators call for new bombing campaign against the jihadists, Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down. American senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain calling for US to bomb the groups of ISIS terrorists who captured Iraqi cities.
ISIS militants have launched an attack on Iraq’s largest oil refinery with mortars and machine gun fire, refinery employees say. The extremist group has been gaining ground in Iraq, seizing control of territory in its mission to create an Islamic state. ISIS has been advancing on the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
Coal miners of Donetsk stayed away from work, marched over Kiev’s military campaign against Ukrainian citizens, which killed 250 civilians. DNR’s minister of coal mining and energy: “We demand immediate end to the operation, withdrawal of troops from Donbass. This is our last peaceful action.”
Clashes broke out in the West Bank following fresh Israeli army raid that left several Palestinians injured and more than 40 others detained. Israel launched a mass door-to-door raid. More than 200 Palestinians have been detained. Hamas strongly condemned Israel for abducting Palestinians.
A transformer substation was also damaged, and a tuberculosis dispensary, food warehouse came under fire as well Kiev says it is targeting armed protesters, but reports say many civilians have been caught in the shelling that going on for days.
President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed possible ceasefire in Ukraine. Putin voiced concerns about deaths of two Russian state television reporters, stressed importance of reporters’ safety in Ukraine. Talks came day after Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine.
A number of high-ranking Democratic officials have urged US President Barack Obama to consider military strikes against al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said on Tuesday: airstrikes could “absolutely” be a facet of that direct action.
The head of the State Duma’s foreign relations committee called upon fellow MPs to punish the "conflict-mongers" with personal sanctions, warned that relations between Ukraine and Russia were entering a new stage, is bringing the two nations closer to a serious conflict.
The Iraqi government says that it holds Saudi Arabia “responsible” for the current crisis and has blamed Riyadh for encouraging “genocide” in the country through the backing of Sunni militants. Crisis in Iraq spiked after massive sudden siege by Sunni ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants.
A TV camera recorded the moment Russian journalists (from Rossiya TV)came under fire while working near Lugansk, E. Ukraine. Two journalists died from wounds sustained during the Ukrainian military barrage. Mortar rounds targeted the area near the journalists.
Kiev’s army shelling near Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, took the lives of two Russian journalists – Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, who were filming refugees leaving the scene when a shell hit amidst their small group. Only one of the Rossiya Channel crew survived – Viktor Denisov.
Explosion struck a pipeline in central Ukraine Poltava region. Witnesses say flames from blast up to 200 meter high. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry cites possible “terrorism” based on locals “hearing two loud booms before the fire.” Within an hour of blast Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov blamed Russia.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced plans to offer ceasefire with pro-Russia protesters in east part of country. Temporary truce will be observed as part of peace plan with pro-Russians later this week once the Ukrainian forces regain control of regions close to Ukraine’s border with Russia.
The Israeli army has launched several attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago. Israel blamed Hamas for the disappearance of three Israeli settlers in occupied West Bank. Hamas denied the accusation.
The USS Ross, the second of four US Navy destroyers considered to be the cornerstone of NATO’s European missile defense shield, has arrived at the Spanish naval port of Rota. Russia considers the system to be a direct threat to its security.
Ukrainian police have detained two men with a package presumably containing a homemade explosive device near Russia’s consulate in the city of Odessa. The explosive has been sent for inspection, the local Ministry of Interior reports.
President Barack Obama announced 275 US troops will be deployed to Iraq to provide security for US Embassy in Baghdad as Sunni insurgents continue to push closer to the capital. This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
Radical Sunni militants who have been capturing cities in Iraq claimed on Twitter they executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, posted graphic photos as evidence. Some of the images show dozens of captured men in civilian clothes loaded onto trucks, with captions saying they were taken to their deaths.
Tony Blair said Britain needed to take action in Iraq and Syria - or face terror attacks in at home. The former Prime Minister said the UK needed to intervene to stop a 'total disaster'. He insisted that he was not calling for troops on the ground - but suggested the 'selective use of air power' was one option.
Republican hawks are using the violence in Iraq as a political tool that is escalating pressure for US military intervention. But, if the US follows the rule of law — both US and international law — the president does not have the authority to attack Iraq without Congressional and UN authorization.
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