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  1. Are Ukraine and Russia Heading to War?

    They’re carrying big sticks and not speaking softly. Kiev and Moscow are supposed to meet for peace talks next week, but saber-rattling has reached fever pitch. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is stockpiling jets and howitzers, while Vladimir Putin is cozying up to mercenaries, accepting foreign fighters-for-hire. Poroshenko’s now threatening not to turn up for negotiations unless a draft peace agreement is in place beforehand, and Germany and France say there’s no point in talking if no one’s committed to peace.

    BBC, DW

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