In our news wrap Monday, heavy fighting between government troops and rebels in eastern Ukraine prevented an international police team from reaching the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner to secure the crash site. Also, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, upholding a district judge’s decision from last February. Continue reading
In his state of the nation speech Wednesday, President Putin addressed Vice President Cheney’s criticisms of Russia’s recent record on human rights and democracy as well as other domestic concerns. Two experts discuss the reactions to the exchange of criticisms and the increasing tensions between the two countries.