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3 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded; LNR Pays Part of Debt to Restore Water Supply

January 7, 2017

Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battle today. Heavy snowstorms have closed roads in Odessa and other provinces and power is out in some areas. But water was restored to some areas of Lugansk Region after the Russia-backed separatist authorities paid part of their bills.

Putin Will Never Agree to The Deal Thomas Graham Suggests He Wants, Portnikov Says

January 5, 2017

Vladimir Putin has no interest in the deal Thomas Graham suggests he now wants, Vitaly Portnikov says; and consequently, if Washington pursues the course the former US diplomat and current Kissinger Associate advisor proposes, it will only embarrass itself.

Reports 3 Russian Paratroopers Killed in Syria; Members of Unit Previously Deployed In Ukraine

Russian war bloggers at the Conflict Intelligence Team (@citeam.org) have discovered a social media report describing the deaths in combat of three Russian paratroopers in Syria.

US Intelligence to Testify on Russian Hacking; Moldova, Transnistria Leaders Meet for First Time in 8 Years

US intelligence officials are to testify on claims of Russian hacking amid skepticism. Moldovan and Transnistria leaders meet for the first time in 8 years.

Le Pen Appeals to Russian Banks for Funding; Putin Orders Probe of Prisons After Torture Complaints

January 3, 2017

Marine Le Pen, head of the French far-right National Front, has appealed to Russian banks to fund her election camp as she is sued over a previous loan from the now-bankrupt Czech-Russian Bank.

Man Detained at Sheremeytovo Airport with Explosive; 6 Killed, 4 Wounded in North Caucasus Conflicts

January 2, 2017

In year-end clashes between police and militants in the North Caucasus, 6 people killed and 4 wounded. A man with an explosive was stopped at Sheremeytovo Airport.