Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
The elections are not over yet, as they are still contested, but the thing is that regardless of what the outcome of the elections is going to be, Afghanistan is heading towards a civil war, or rather has already entered the stage, says Abdulkader Sinno, Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University in his interview with radio VR.
Moscow believes a new United Nations special envoy for Syria should be appointed in due time so as to smoothly resume peace talks on the civil war issue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.
The people in the Russian city of Oryol - 300 miles south of Moscow - have organized a campaign in support of the residents of south-eastern Ukraine which is being torn by the civil war. Participators gathered in the city's central square. They froze to the sounds of a civil defense siren and then fell to the ground.
What is the best way to ruin a country? Let the IMF handle its economy. What is the fastest way to ruin a country? Let the IMF sponsor a civil war in it. Ukraine's junta has chosen both options. According to the calculations made by Prime Minister Yatseniuk, Ukraine requires more than $35 billion to last through this year.
Ukrainian law enforcers will unilaterally cease fire in eastern regions in order to give members of illegal armed units a chance to disarm themselves and everyone wishing to leave the country to do so, Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko said.
Sergey Glazyev, the economic aide of Vladimir Putin, published an article outlining a plan for "undermining the economic strength of the US" in order to force Washington to stop the civil war in Ukraine. Glazyev believes that the only way of making the US give up its plans on starting a new cold war is to crash the dollar system.
It is often said that every crisis is in fact a hidden opportunity. As expected, the gas crisis in Ukraine and the rise of Sunni jihadists in Iraq offered fracking apologists a new opportunity to dupe the public into believing that shale gas can save Europe from freezing in winter.
The bodies of 210 people, including 14 children, have been delivered to morgues in eastern Ukraine over the period of the ongoing military operation there, Ukrainian Health Minister Oleg Musiy said.
A militia commander from the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", Igor Strelkov, has claimed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces' roadblock between the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk was destroyed.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned the Kiev authorities against using too much force in the east of the country.
Ukraine’s newly elected President Petr Poroshenko has said in his inauguration speech he is ready to sign immediately the economic part of the agreement on Ukraine’s association with the EU. Peter Koenig, a financial pundit, former World Bank staff member and a Voice of Russia regular, talks about the big geopolitical picture, the situation in Ukraine and how a second Cold War can be averted.
Moscow is outraged with Kiev's decision to close the borders with Russia in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "The reaction of Ukrainian border guards and especially the visit of Mr. Turchynov [acting Ukrainian President, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Aleksander Turchynov], who intends to virtually close borders between Russia and Ukraine, is outrageous. Instead of opening these borders for everyone willing to leave the area of military actions, these borders are closed. This is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a briefing in Moscow.
Some Ukrainian media outlets reported that the city of Slavyansk was renamed Putinsk. The false information originated from a fictitious news site. A recently published article about a training camp for terrorists, which is allegedly located in Crimea, was paired with a photo from an airsoft competition.
Chaos has gripped Ukraine after the late February coup in Kiev and a full-scale civil war has begun, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin on Thursday criticized a rejected draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria. "We just see the draft resolution rejected today as an attempt to use the International Criminal Court to further fuel political tensions, and ultimately for external military intervention," Churkin said after the Security Council vote.
China and Russia on Thursday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer civil war in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
Anatoly Adamishin, former Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the UK and Italy, voiced his opinion on the US involvement in Ukrainian crisis, as well as on what should be done to resolve the situation and to prevent the fledgling civil war from escalating.
With great power, comes great responsibility. More often than not, the world's most important financial institution, the International Monetary Foundation (IMF), choses to use its power for ill rather than good. In Ukraine's case it is safe to say that the IMF board pushed the country over the brink of a civil war.
"A civil war provoked by the Kiev authorities" responsible for the "death of dozens of people" is raging in Ukraine, the Luhansk Regional Council said in a statement on Monday, May 5. "Half of the country has been classified as law offenders and terrorists only because people see the future of their own country differently than the politicians who have come to power," the statement said.