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Multiple casualties after explosion at college in Crimea – video

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At least 10 people have died and many more wounded after a explosion at a college in Crimea. The blast took place in the city of Kerch. One witness told local television that armed gunmen were also involved in the attack. Russia’s Investigative Committee has declared the assault a terrorist attac...

Crimea college rocked by deadly bomb blast

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Many reported killed and injured after ‘unidentified explosive device’ in city of KerchAt least 10 people have been killed and many more wounded in a bomb explosion at a college in Crimea, Russia has said.The Russian national anti-terrorism committee, a government body, said the explosion at a po...

Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

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Religious schism driven by political friction after Ukraine church granted independenceThe Russian Orthodox Church has announced it will break off relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in a religious schism driven by political friction between Russia and Ukraine.The Synod of the Russi...

Archbishop’s defiance threatens Putin’s vision of Russian greatness

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The archbishop of Constantinople has granted Ukraine’s wish for a church independent of MoscowDonald Trump seems strangely in awe of Vladimir Putin. Theresa May’s attempts to face down the Kremlin after Salisbury have had limited impact. But has Putin finally met his match in Bartholomew I, the 2...

Ukraine jails man for plotting to kill Russian reporter Arkady Babchenko

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Man pleaded guilty to planning attempt on the life of the journalist who earlier this year faked his own murderA man who plotted an assassination attempt against the Russian journalist who sparked a worldwide outcry earlier this year by faking his own murder has been jailed.Ukraine security chief...

US ready to boost arms supplies to Ukraine naval and air forces, envoy says

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Exclusive: Former ambassador to Nato Kurt Volker tells the Guardian US and Russia still divided on how to deploy UN peacekeepers to end four-year warWashington is ready to expand arms supplies to Ukraine in order to build up the country’s naval and air defence forces in the face of continuing Rus...

Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in explosion in Ukraine

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Prime minister of self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic dies in cafe blastThe leader of the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion in a cafe in the region’s capital.Alexander Zakharchenko was prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People...

Paul Manafort associate who worked with Cambridge Analytica charged

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Charge brought under Foreign Agents Registration ActSam Patten once worked with controversial consultancyAn associate of Paul Manafort who once worked for Cambridge Analytica has been charged with operating illegally in the US as an agent for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.Sam Patten is accuse...

‘They wanted to kill us’: masked neo-fascists strike fear into Ukraine's Roma

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After a spate of brutal attacks on Roma settlements by far-right groups, authorities have been accused of failing to act. As the violence escalates, human rights groups are suing the police for failing to protect families from raids by masked men. Photographer Alex Sturrock visits Kiev to meet th...

The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the company of crooks

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Robert Mueller’s investigation is vital to ensure that the American republic survives the threat posed by having lawbreakers close to the centre of US powerThere has never been an hour in the history of the American republic like it. On Tuesday, separated by 230 miles and 60 minutes, in two court...

US deports Nazi war crimes suspect to Germany

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Jakiw Palij, a former concentration camp guard, was deported on Tuesday morningA 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany from the United States after years of diplomatic wrangling over his status.Jakiw Palij, who lived in Queens, New York City, landed at Düss...

Putin urges Europe to help rebuild Syria so refugees can return

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Russian president makes call ahead of meeting with tight-lipped Angela Merkel Russian president Vladimir Putin has called on Europe to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria to allow millions of refugees to return home.“We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict,” he ...

Cossacks and flowers as Putin leads Austrian wedding dance

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Fresh controversy as foreign minister Karin Kneissl offers warm welcome to Russian leaderThere was a Russian Cossack choir, a horse-drawn carriage and a venue specialising in a Viennese fried chicken. But one thing about the wedding of the Austrian foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, stood out: amon...

Anger as Austria's foreign minister invites Putin to her wedding

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Critics say Russian leader’s attendance undermines EU’s tough stance over UkraineVladimir Putin is to attend the wedding of the Austrian foreign minster, Karin Kneissl, triggering outrage among critics who say her invitation undermines the EU’s stance against Russia over Ukraine.The Russian presi...

The GRU, the Russian intelligence agency behind the headlines

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We’re familiar with tales of the KGB, but from Ukraine to the US to Salisbury, a more shadowy hand may be at workIn Russia’s shadow war with the west, one intelligence agency keeps making headlines.The GRU, or Main Intelligence Directorate, of the Russian army, has been accused of spearheading se...

Yuval Noah Harari extract: ‘Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. We’re a post-truth...

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In his new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the bestselling author turns his attention to the problems we face today. Here, he argues that ‘fake news’ is much older than Facebook • Read a Q&A with Yuval Noah HarariWe are repeatedly told these days that we are living in a new and frighte...

Oleg Sentsov is 82 days into a hunger strike – I and many others are by his side | Jonathan Littell

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This is an open letter to the Ukrainian filmmaker unjustly imprisoned by Putin. His plight must be known, to save his lifeDear Oleg Gennadyevich Sentsov, you must feel very lonely, way out in the Labytnangi penal colony, the northernmost one in Russia, so far from Ukraine and from your loved ones...

Manafort put himself 'above the law' to fund his expensive tastes, court hears

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Defence in trial of Trump’s former campaign chair claims his deputy, Rick Gates, betrayed himDonald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort put “himself and his money above the law” to bankroll a lavish lifestyle that included a $21,000 watch and a $15,000 jacket made from ostrich, a court...

Femen co-founder Oksana Shachko found dead in Paris flat

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Suicide note found next to body of 31-year-old feminist activist, say Femen membersOksana Shachko, one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, has been found dead in her Paris apartment, the group has said.The 31-year-old Ukrainian was found on Monday with a suicide note next to h...

Putin proposed eastern Ukraine vote to Trump in Helsinki – report

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Russian president reportedly tells diplomats Trump is considering referendum offerVladimir Putin proposed holding a referendum in war-torn eastern Ukraine when he met Donald Trump in Helsinki this week, it has been reported.The Russian president spoke about the proposal at a behind-closed-doors m...

Extinction review – forbidding portrait of a self-proclaimed Soviet country

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Are the bullies actually the good guys in this video essay about the independent state of Transnistria, in eastern Moldova?Salomé Lamas’s video essay Extinction, shot in forbidding monochrome, is an opaque meditation on the self-proclaimed and officially unrecognised independent state of Transnis...

Ukraine is the first casualty of Trump’s carelessness. It won’t be the last | Natalia Antonova

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The president’s failure to tackle Vladimir Putin over the conflict reflects his chaotic and damaging presidencyThat the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki was a diplomatic disaster for the United States is indisputable, mealy-mouthed explanations as to how President Donald Trump “accidentally” threw ...

Parents of MH17 victims lash out at 'bully' Trump: 'You have no idea what love is'

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US president condemned for ignoring ‘irrefutable facts’ and refusing to hold Putin to account The Perth parents of three children who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine have condemned the US president Donald Trump for his refusal to hold the Russian president Vlad...

Trump-Putin meeting reactions: 'Russia is not our ally', says Paul Ryan – as it happened

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US president’s press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki drew condemnation in the USFull report: Trump ‘treasonous’ after siding with Putin on election meddling 7.52pm BST Donald Trump has left Finland for the US, bringing an end to a whirlwind day. Related: Trump condemned as treasonous ...

The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin summit: Russia is the winner | Editorial

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Donald Trump was not adlibbing when he said his meeting with Putin might be the easiest part of his Europe trip. That was his intention tooBefore he left Washington last week for the Nato summit, his UK visit and talks with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump raised eyebrows by suggesting that the meeti...