RUSSIA - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/RUSSIA News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Pro-Russian groups say they’ll leave when Kiev government does http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57840570-68/russia-ukraine-government-kiev.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57840570-68/russia-ukraine-government-kiev.html.csp">Pro-Russian groups say they’ll leave when Kiev government does</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By YURAS KARMANAU and JIM HEINTZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-19T22:00:03.084-06:00">Updated Apr 19, 2014 10:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Doentsk, Ukraine • Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, spokesman for the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic, which is demanding broader regional powers and closer ties to Russia, vowed that insurgents will continue occupying government offices until the new pro-Western K...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578405702014-04-19T22:00:03.084-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-19T22:00:03.084-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57840570@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:00:03 MDT Kristof: Ukraine already has a European soul http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57841286-82/ukraine-ukrainians-russia-village.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57841286-82/ukraine-ukrainians-russia-village.html.csp">Kristof: Ukraine already has a European soul</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NICHOLAS KRISTOF</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-20T00:52:01.918-06:00">Updated Apr 20, 2014 12:52AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">KARAPCHIV, Ukraine - To understand why Ukrainians are risking war with Russia to try to pluck themselves from Moscow’s grip, I came to this village where my father grew up. The kids here learn English and flirt in low-cut bluejeans. They listen to Rihanna, AC/DC and Taylor Swift. They have crushes on George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, watch “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” and play Grand Theft Auto. The school here has computers and an Internet connection, which kids use to watch YouTube and joi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57841286@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:52:01 MDT Letter: Is U.S. pulling on Ukraine, too? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57837301-82/information-ukraine-truth-vote.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57837301-82/information-ukraine-truth-vote.html.csp">Letter: Is U.S. pulling on Ukraine, too?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-19T19:07:06.094-06:00">Updated Apr 19, 2014 07:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I feel honored and proud to consider myself a citizen of the United States of America. I vote and obey the laws of the country. I read the Constitution of the United States regularly, and I find that “arm-bearing” part simply outdated and in need of revision. I said that I vote. It is very important to me. I see it as a privilege of liberty to be allowed to vote. I like to have access to accurate information, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth kind of information about our c...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57837301@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:07:06 MDT Op-ed: Snowden looks like Putin’s puppet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836884-82/snowden-putin-russian-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836884-82/snowden-putin-russian-russia.html.csp">Op-ed: Snowden looks like Putin’s puppet</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Stephen Stromberg</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T17:47:02.336-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Edward Snowden leaks were not wholly contemptible. Unlike — it’s now thoroughly clear — Edward Snowden himself. As tens of thousands of Russian troops threatened Ukraine, Snowden on Thursday played a set piece in Vladimir Putin’s latest act of propaganda, appearing on a televised question-and-answer session with the Russian president. Snowden began with a denunciation of U.S. data collection practices and then asked Putin a timid question about Russia’s policy on Internet surveillance. Putin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57836884@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:02 MDT Op-ed: Ukraine deal a reasonable start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836741-82/ukraine-eastern-russian-government.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836741-82/ukraine-eastern-russian-government.html.csp">Op-ed: Ukraine deal a reasonable start</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T17:36:02.195-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">We were among those who doubted that a meeting on Ukraine in Geneva Thursday could produce results, given the weak Western response to Russian aggression. So count us as pleasantly surprised by the “initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security” that the parties announced. The accord calls for the Russian-backed groups that have taken over government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities to evacuate and disarm under the watch of international monitors. In exchange, Ukraine’...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57836741@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:36:02 MDT Ukraine insurgents vow to ignore deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57836006-68/ukraine-government-buildings-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57836006-68/ukraine-government-buildings-russia.html.csp">Ukraine insurgents vow to ignore deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER LEONARD and NATALIYA VASILYEVA</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T17:15:43.622-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 05:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country’s interim government resigns. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters the insurgents do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate. Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578360062014-04-18T17:15:43.622-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-18T17:15:43.622-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57836006@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:15:43 MDT Op-ed: A year after Boston, there are still FBI questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57831794-82/fbi-tsarnaev-tamerlan-boston.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57831794-82/fbi-tsarnaev-tamerlan-boston.html.csp">Op-ed: A year after Boston, there are still FBI questions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Joan Vennochi</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Boston Globe</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T18:23:11.248-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 06:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI. Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57831794@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:23:11 MDT Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57833629-68/ukraine-russia-agreement-russian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57833629-68/ukraine-russia-agreement-russian.html.csp">Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LARA JAKES </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and JOHN HEILPRIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T19:32:25.601-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 07:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Geneva • In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Russia’s pledge to refrain from further provocative actions drew support but also a measure of skepticism from President Barack Obama, who said at a news conference at the White House that the United States and its allies were prepared to ratchet u...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578336292014-04-17T19:32:25.601-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-17T19:32:25.601-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57833629@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:32:25 MDT Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57831590-68/ukraine-putin-russia-russian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57831590-68/ukraine-putin-russia-russian.html.csp">Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T07:41:02.779-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 07:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. Putin expressed hope for a political and diplomatic solution of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, saying he hopes that he won’t have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578315902014-04-17T07:41:02.779-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-17T07:41:02.779-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57831590@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:41:02 MDT Pro-Russian forces take Ukrainian soldiers’ armored vehicles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57829405-68/ukraine-russian-russia-ukrainian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57829405-68/ukraine-russian-russia-ukrainian.html.csp">Pro-Russian forces take Ukrainian soldiers’ armored vehicles</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By YURAS KARMANAU</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T21:01:55.741-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 09:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Slovyansk, Ukraine • The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what it sees as Russia’s aggression, NATO announced it was increasing its military presence along its eastern border, closest to Russia and Ukraine. And the Obama administration moved to ratchet up its response, preparing new sanct...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578294052014-04-16T21:01:55.741-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-16T21:01:55.741-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57829405@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:01:55 MDT Obama accuses Putin of interfering in Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57819786-68/russian-putin-ukraine-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57819786-68/russian-putin-ukraine-obama.html.csp">Obama accuses Putin of interfering in Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER BAKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T21:34:01.785-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 09:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama warned President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Monday against further disruption of eastern Ukraine even as the United States and Europe prepared to expand sanctions against leading Russian figures in the next few days. After a weekend of meetings, the White House was working on a list of new targets who would be barred from traveling to the United States or whose assets here would be frozen, officials said. Among them is Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin ally and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57819786@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:01 MDT Ukrainian forces engage pro-Russian militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57815742-68/ukrainian-russian-government-sunday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57815742-68/ukrainian-russian-government-sunday.html.csp">Ukrainian forces engage pro-Russian militants</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW E. KRAMER </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and ANDREW HIGGINS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-13T22:05:19.155-06:00">Updated Apr 13, 2014 10:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Slovyansk, Ukraine • The Ukrainian government on Sunday for the first time sent in its security services to confront armed pro-Russian militants in the country’s east, defying warnings from Russia. Commandos engaged in gunfights with men who had set up roadblocks and stormed a Ukrainian police station in Slovyansk, and at least one officer was killed, Ukrainian officials said. Several officers were injured in the operation, as were four locals, the officials said. Russian news media and resident...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57815742@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:05:19 MDT At U.N., Russia and West blame each other http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57815676-68/russia-ukraine-eastern-russian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57815676-68/russia-ukraine-eastern-russian.html.csp">At U.N., Russia and West blame each other</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARIA SANMINIATELLI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-13T21:33:11.783-06:00">Updated Apr 13, 2014 09:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">United Nations • The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine, with Western powers and Russia blaming each other for the deepening crisis. Russia called the meeting hours after Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city, and at least one security officer was killed and five others wounded. Ukraine’s president accused its powerful neighbor of fomenting unrest and announced that it would deploy ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578156762014-04-13T21:33:11.783-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-13T21:33:11.783-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57815676@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:33:11 MDT Pro-Russian militants seize police stations in eastern Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812512-68/russian-ukraine-police-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812512-68/russian-ukraine-police-russia.html.csp">Pro-Russian militants seize police stations in eastern Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW HIGGINS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T22:19:02.243-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Men in the uniforms of Ukraine’s now-defunct riot police on Saturday occupied police headquarters in Donetsk, the eastern city that is one of the flashpoints of a wave of pro-Russia protests, hours after armed men seized local police headquarters and a local branch of the Security Service in a nearby city. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov described the unrest as “Russian aggression” and said Ukraine’s security officials would be gathering for an extraordinary meeting late Satur...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57812512@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:19:02 MDT Pro-Russia Ukrainians are promised more power but remain dubious http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57807581-68/donetsk-government-ukraine-minister.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57807581-68/donetsk-government-ukraine-minister.html.csp">Pro-Russia Ukrainians are promised more power but remain dubious</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW HIGGINS</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and ANDREW E. KRAMER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T20:20:53.194-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 08:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Ukraine’s acting prime minister Friday abandoned threats to forcibly evict pro-Russian demonstrators from government buildings and assured political and business leaders in the country’s rebellious east that they would get more power to run their own affairs. But the pledge by Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the head of a new central government in Kiev installed after the Feb. 21 flight of President Viktor Yanukovych, drew a dismissive response from protesters as a deadline set by the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57807581@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:20:53 MDT Putin: Ukraine’s enormous debt threatens Europe gas supplies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804066-68/ukraine-gas-russia-russian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804066-68/ukraine-gas-russia-russian.html.csp">Putin: Ukraine’s enormous debt threatens Europe gas supplies</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and NATALIYA VASILYEVA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T19:50:27.672-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 07:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund. The Russian president’s letter to 18 mostly Eastern European leaders, released Thursday by the Kremlin, aimed to divide the 28-nation European Union and siphon off to Russia the billions that the international community plans to lend to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578040662014-04-10T19:50:27.672-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-10T19:50:27.672-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57804066@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:50:27 MDT Putin tightens economic screws on Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57799315-68/ukraine-russian-russia-putin.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57799315-68/ukraine-russian-russia-putin.html.csp">Putin tightens economic screws on Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and PETER LEONARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T22:49:27.978-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 10:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian military buildup across the border. NATO’s top commander in Europe warned that the alliance could respond to the Russian military threat against Ukraine by deploying U.S. troops to Eastern Europe. Speaking at...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577993152014-04-09T22:49:27.978-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-09T22:49:27.978-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57799315@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:49:27 MDT Kerry slammed on foreign policy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57792626-68/kerry-mccain-syria-iran.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57792626-68/kerry-mccain-syria-iran.html.csp">Kerry slammed on foreign policy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNYA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T22:06:11.225-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 10:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration’s response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war. Defiant before the committee he once chaired, Kerry dismissed arguments that his globe-trotting attempts to broker a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians was a futile exercise and that the U.S. has been ineffective in ending the three-year ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577926262014-04-08T22:06:11.225-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T22:06:11.225-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57792626@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:06:11 MDT Friedman: Playing Hockey With Putin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794400-82/russia-putin-nato-serious.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794400-82/russia-putin-nato-serious.html.csp">Friedman: Playing Hockey With Putin</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T00:39:01.323-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 12:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Shortly before the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin played in an exhibition hockey game there. In retrospect, he was clearly warming up for his takeover of Crimea. Putin doesn’t strike me as a chess player, in geopolitical terms. He prefers hockey, without a referee, so elbowing, tripping and cross-checking are all permitted. Never go to a hockey game with Putin and expect to play by the rules of touch football. The struggle over Ukraine is a hockey game, with no referee. If we’r...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57794400@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:39:01 MDT Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57791144-68/ukraine-russia-government-donetsk.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57791144-68/ukraine-russia-government-donetsk.html.csp">Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER LEONARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T12:23:02.538-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 12:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city. Unknown “separatists” with weapons and explosives were threatening the hostages inside a security service branch in the city of Luhansk, the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577911442014-04-08T12:23:02.538-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T12:23:02.538-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57791144@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:23:02 MDT