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Russian ambassador anticipates ‘liberation’ of Mariupol in Ukraine

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Pro-Russian separatists will “liberate” the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Russia's Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Andrey Kelin, anticipated in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Friday. Ukrainian forces are working to fortify the city; they claim that Russian intelligence groups have been spotted in the area. Mariupol is “the second-biggest city in Donetsk Oblas, probably, and I believe that they are going to liberate,” Kelin said.

Russia is emotionally in Ukraine, its troops are not, says Russian MP

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by Henry Hullah NATO satellites, journalists on the ground and Ukrainian officials have all reported Russian troops in Ukrainian territory, but how much longer can Russia claim it has no military presence in Eastern Ukraine? "Russia will say that until it really has some forces on the ground. As at this point, definitely we don’t have any." answered Russian Member of Parliament Vyacheslav Nikonov. He told Michael Holmes, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, that the Russian government had not been providing weapons, such as T-72 tanks which the MP insisted came from Hungary, to separatists and also had nothing to do with the current state of Ukraine. "It is a completely domestic Ukrainian mess and people living there, in the eastern part of Ukraine, are mostly Russian. So I think it’s very understandable why Russia emotionally is there. Though Russian troops are definitely not there." With high stakes and emotional investment in the dire situation of those in the Eastern Ukraine, the program asked what is the Russian Endgame here, do they want, as some believe, a land bridge to Crimea? "The end game for Russia is of course a peaceful Ukraine, and Russian national security." "In case of the Crimea, it was an immediate reaction of the people of the Crimea for reunification with their mother country, with Russia. " "Crimeans never had any Ukrainian identity whatsoever. The people in Donetsk and Luhansk have maybe a little bit stronger Ukrainian identity, but it would be very hard for Kiev to convince them that they should stay inside Ukraine."

Aid or invasion? Russia and Ukraine officials battle it out over convoy on live TV

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A convoy of 280 Russian trucks are heading towards Ukrainian border. Russian officials say they are full of aid desperately needed for relief efforts in Eastern Ukraine, officials across the border are not so optimistic. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has come out strongly against the convoy said the move is "cynical," and that "it would be better for Russia to send 300 empty Kamaz trucks to take their bandits back. Then there would be no need to send humanitarian aid." Russian officials have insisted the move is to deliver humanitarian aid to areas in need. Oleksandr Scherba, the Ambassador-at-Large to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, echoed the view of his Prime Minister on the program: "Of course we are very distrustful of Russia's intentions from the very beginning Russia didn't show any goodwill whatsoever." "But on the other hand," Scherba stated, "The humanitarian situation on the ground is very desperate, very difficult. We are not in the kind of situation to be very adamant about sending back anything we receive even from the nation that is behaving in a really hostile manner." When questioned by Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, about why there has been no coordination with red cross, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for Human Rights, rebutted "I am amazed to hear that it hasn't been coordinated. From what has been said many times, not just by Russian officials, all the details, all the parameters of this humanitarian convoy have been meticulously discussed and agreed upon by: Russia, Ukraine, the International Committee for the Red Cross." "As far as I understand he [Scherba] works in the Foreign Ministry" the special representative went on to say. "The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has officially, by sending a reply note to the Russian Foreign Ministry, has confirmed that all the details of that humanitarian convoy have been agreed upon. Once they have confirmed that all the details have been agreed upon. This was a very precise official reaction." "The green light was on in Kiev." Ukraine's Ambassador-at-large responded: "Nobody except for Moscow knows about that meticulous discussion."

Ayotte on Obama’s handling of Ukraine

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Ayotte: Best way to end Ukrainian bloodshed is to arm them

‘Pointless’ sanctions will have no effect in Ukraine, says Russian commentator

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American and European sanctions imposed on Russia over its alleged backing of separatists in Ukraine are “pointless,” Dmitry Babich, a political analyst at the international Russian state broadcaster Voice of Russia told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday. “It’s not immediately clear how these sanctions can bring what we all desire – peace in Ukraine,” Babich said. Russia, he said, sees the conflict in Ukraine as a genuine civil war, not a Russian creation. “For thirty years, Russia and America were not able to stop the flow of arms and fighters from Pakistan to Afghanistan,” he said. The “Russian-Ukrainian border is huge; it’s thousands of miles. And there are many people in Russia who want to fight in Ukraine. There are lots of people with fighting experience from Afghanistan, from Chechnya, from Moldova.”

Fighting in Ukraine stalls MH17 investigation

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MH17 investigators were forced to cancel a visit to the Malaysia Airlines crash site for the second time due to heavy fighting being reported between government forces and rebels in the area. NBC’s Keir Simmons joins Tamron Hall to discuss.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: The world must choose sides

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In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday. In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Poroshenko said, "Every country and every person, and every leader should find out their own place." "We know exactly" where a missile was shot that hit the plane Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, and where the flight crashed, he said. "And all this territory is firmly controlled by Russian-supported terrorists."

New day breaks in Ukraine

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Rachel Maddow notes that as the show ends, the new dawn approaches in Ukraine, with new developments in the story of the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

McCain: Obama gone ‘AWOL’ on Ukraine crisis

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Salon.com’s Joan Walsh joins Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about Sen. John McCain’s comments about Pres. Obama’s response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and flight MH17.

International tragedy in Ukraine

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New details emerge in the tragic downing of flight MH17, which killed 298 individuals. Ed Schultz, Rep. John Garamendi and Fmr. Assistant Secy. of Defense Lawrence Korb discuss the latest information.

Report: Plane crash by Ukraine/Russia border

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Tamron Hall and aviation expert John Cox discuss a report that a Malaysian plane was shot down near Ukraine’s border with Russia.

Ukraine blames Russia for ‘continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry’

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Click here to watch Amanpour's full interview with Klimkin. As conflict intensifies in Eastern Ukraine, that country’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Russia of massive interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs. “We have continuous and intentional destabilization of Donetsk and Luhansk,” Pavlo Klimkin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “They keep saying their influence is limited, but it’s also about continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry from Russia.” “We have inflow of weapons, of mercenaries, of heavy weaponry – tanks, everything.” “And as you know, you can probably buy Kalashnikov in a kind of shop on the black market, but you can’t buy tanks or you can’t buy anti-air missiles there.” Just three weeks ago, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a unilateral cease-fire and he told Amanpour that he believed peace was possible in a matter of weeks or months.

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