FROM Roland Oliphant
Russia Endorses Sunday's Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine Last weekend, pro-Western parties won an overwhelming majority in the parliament of Ukraine. But there was no voting in parts of Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists plan their own, separate elections this coming Sunday. Roland Oliphant is in Donetsk, an eastern industrial city, for the Daily Telegraph .
Putin Offers Peace Plan on Eve of NATO Summit Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko have a “similar understanding” about a settlement with pro-Russian separatists when they conduct talks on Friday in Belarus. Meantime, NATO begins a summit meeting tomorrow in Wales. Roland Oliphant is Moscow Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.
Pro-Russian Protests in Eastern Ukraine Flare Up Secretary of State John Kerry today told a Senate Committee that the seizure of government buildings in three East Ukrainian cities has been fomented by Moscow. "And equally as clear, must be the reality that the United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behavior." At the hearing, Kerry and John McCain exchanged harsh words over the US reaction to what’s happening in Ukraine. Roland Oliphant is there for the Daily Telegraph .
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship? Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.