Analyst: The conventional view is that extended pressure on Russia is good for Ukraine, but we believe the extension of economic and travel sanctions have the potential to provoke further Russian military aggression."*

 

The only way to escape the dead end that Russia faces as a result is to pursue “the deep federalization” of the country, Pastukhov says.  If that doesn’t happen, autocracy will be reborn regardless of the names the rulers choose to use.  Moscow must not be the only center anymore: there must be “up to 20” powerful regional center. In short, Russia must become a federation.

 

Photo: Worshippers often read from smartphones and tablets, as shipments of Bibles have been intercepted at the Russian border by customs since 2015.

 

Ukraine has cut off the supply of electricity to an eastern part of the country controlled by pro-Russian separatists, saying bills need to be paid. Now, Moscow is stepping in.

“…a new report released by the University of Notre Dame [says] the Kremlin is among the countries in the world where repression of many denominations of Christianity is an increasing fact of life.”

Miami Herald says Bush will have ultimate control of the franchise, while Jeter will take a more active role.

 

Konstantin Sivkov, the first vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, takes a…jaundiced view. He says that Shoigu’s statement means that Russia is no longer planning to field a fleet as powerful as the American one and instead is focusing on coastal defense and those tasks that smaller ships can perform.

 

Analyst: “…this explosion further confirms that a low-level war is ongoing in occupied Donbas and it’s not a frozen conflict, as sometimes has been characterized. It also demonstrates that innocent casualties continue to mount amid the inability of world leaders to find a diplomatic and political solution to the conflict.”

 

President Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the firm and unwavering position of the United States to continue supporting Ukraine based on the principle “nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine”.

 

Photo: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and US Sect’y of State Tillerson

 

 

Penelope Ghartey jokes with his brother at their home in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., December 13, 2016.

 

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