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Putin Winning the Battle But Losing the War, Polish Envoy Says

October 21, 2014
Indira Lakshmanan | Bloomberg News
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have the upper hand in the Ukraine conflict now, but he’ll pay a price for his actions in time, “destroying his own personal reputation and Russia’s,” Poland’s ambassador to Washington said.

NATO Summit & U.S. Strategy to Combat ISIL and Contain Ukraine-Russia Crisis

September 5, 2014
Ukraine-Russia Crisis, U.S. Strategy Against ISIL After Another Journalist Killed
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NATO Approves New Reaction Force for Eastern Europe

September 5, 2014
Helene Cooper, Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle | The New York Times
NATO on Friday approved plans for a 4,000-person rapid reaction force headquartered in eastern Europe, aimed at reassuring members near Russia unnerved by its military actions in the Ukraine conflict that the principle of collective defense remains sacrosanct.
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U.S. and Europe Are Struggling With Response to a Bold Russia

September 3, 2014
Peter Baker, Steven Erlanger | The New York Times
American and European officials are struggling to devise a response as Russia bears down on Ukraine, searching for new measures that will have more impact than the economic sanctions imposed so far, without risking major damage to their own industries or a military escalation that could spiral out of control.
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Obama Urges Calm in Face of Crises in Ukraine and Syria

August 29, 2014
| The New York Times
President Obama confronted a pair of volatile international crises with restraint on Thursday as he said he was not close to authorizing airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Syria and played down the latest escalation of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

Islamic State threat; Russia-Ukraine crisis; American Companies Flee Taxes, Midterm Election Preview

August 29, 2014
Ukraine Crisis, ISIL Threat, Burger King Deal, Midterm Election Preview
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Russian Convoys in Ukraine; Hostage Journalists in Syria & Remembering James Jeffords

August 22, 2014
On the Webcast Extra, Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan reports on Russian convoys rolling into Ukraine.  Some call it "invasion," while others call it "humanitarian relief."  Plus, the state of journalists abducted in Syria, Bank of America's record billion dollar mortgage settlement and remembering Sen. James Jeffords who single-handedly changed control of the Senate in 2001. 
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Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves

July 30, 2014
Peter Baker, Alan Cowell, James Kanter | The New York Times
The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in Ukraine.
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Poll: Americans Want to Pull Back From World Stage

July 28, 2014
Janet Hook | Wall Street Journal
Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Janet Hook reports.
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