If Russia is Ukraine's enemy then why are 1.2 million Ukrainian men seeking refuge in Russia?;
Ukrainian men of conscription age are seeking refuge in Russia in numbers that increased by 20,000 in one week, the press service of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said on Monday. Who is invading who? Ref. Source 3
Poroshenko presents 'proof of Russian involvement' in Ukraine war at Munich Security Conference:
While addressing the Munich security conference, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held up five red Russian passports and one military ID he claimed had been discovered on Ukrainian territory, citing them as the "Best evidence" Of Russian troop presence in Ukraine Ref. Source 4
Putin: Leaders agree Ukraine cease-fire deal
Russia's President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire for eastern Ukraine starting midnight on Saturday and a division line for withdrawing heavy weapons, following marathon peace talks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Putin began talks on Wednesday in an effort to hash out a peace agreement between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists amid a spike in fighting. Ref. USAToday
Ukraine must pay for Russian gas sent to rebel areas: Medvedev:
Ukraine must pay for Russian gas being supplied to rebel areas in the country's war-torn east, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, raising the possibility of another gas dispute in the midst of winter. Ref. Source 1
Russia has 9,000 troops in Ukraine, Poroshenko tells Davos forum:
Moscow challenged Poroshenko to present facts to prove his allegations. However, he won support from NATO, which said the amount of heavy military equipment used by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine had increased, and the alliance repeated its call for the forces to withdraw. Ref. Source 8
French military intelligence rules out 'Russian invasion plans' for Ukraine:
France's intelligence chief has questioned NATO's claims of Russia preparing to attack Ukraine as their agents failed to spot any activities signaling this - either before or after the crisis began. Ref. Source 3
Ukraine gov't issues initial list of banned books:
The list of banned cultural items by the Ukrainian government is growing. Last week Ukraine blacklisted visits and the screening of films of 13 Russian singers and actors as well as French-born Gerard Depardieu, saying they supported Russia's annexation of Crimea and pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine's culture ministry denounced them as a "Threat to national security". Ref. Source 6x
Meet the Russians fighting for Ukraine.
"I guess I can never return home," Arteyom Shirobokov says looking down at the ground, kicking his foot into the dusty east Ukrainian soil. "The Russian regime knows I am here. They know my name."