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Ukraine fighting to keep its territory

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

The trouble in Ukraine continues after a year of bloodshed, with the latest fighting near the already leveled airport of Donetsk. It started with the blow-up of the corrupt government of President Viktor Janukovych, who fled to Russia with nearly $17 billion looted from Ukraine’s treasury. He was succeeded in Kiev by President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Then Russia peeled off Crimea and part of eastern Ukraine,

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