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After yesterday’s 5-hour meeting with diplomats from Ukraine and Russia, Germany’s Foreign Minister told reporters: “things can get even worse." Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have won enough ground to make a ceasefire unlikely — while separatists say new Russian arms and soldiers are on the way. Today, it’s reported that “dozens” of civilians, including children, were killed trying to flee from the fighting with each side blaming the other for the attack. We’ll update the action and what’s at stake for Western Europe, the US, NATO, and Vladimir Putin.

Also, the National Guard is deployed to Ferguson, Missouri, and conversations with “The Most Wanted Man in the World.”

Banner Image: A military helicopter flies above a Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine, parked at a camp near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov Region, August 14, 2014. Artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine's separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time on Thursday, killing at least one person, as a large Russian aid convoy rumbled towards the border. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

National Guard Rolls into Ferguson, Missouri 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Governor Jay Nixon called out the National Guard today in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white policeman gunned down young African-American Michael Brown 10 days ago. The President has been briefed about an investigation by Attorney General Eric Holder. The family of Michael Brown hired forensic pathologists to perform a second autopsy. Jason Rosenbaum is in Ferguson for St. Louis Public Radio.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio (@jrosenbaum)

Dozens of Civilians Killed in Ukraine While Diplomacy Continues 33 MIN, 27 SEC
The Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met for 5 hours yesterday in Berlin with the goal of “making steps toward a ceasefire possible.” Their conclusion was that “things can get even worse.”

Anton Troianovski, Wall Street Journal (@AntonWSJ)
Charles Kupchan, Council on Foreign Relations / Georgetown University (@CFR_org)
Matthew Rojansky, Wilson Center (@MatthewRojansky)
Kurt Volker, McCain Institute for International Leadership (@kvolker)

Edward Snowden, the NSA and Other Whistleblowers 9 MIN, 47 SEC

Since Edward Snowden leaked hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents he took from the NSA, both detractors and supporters have waited to hear Snowden’s own explanation. During several weeks in Moscow, James Bamford says spent a total of three solid days with Edward Snowden. Bamford is the author of The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. His report on the meetings appears in the latest Wired magazine, with the title, “The Most Wanted Man in the World".

James Bamford, journalist and author (@WashAuthor)

The Shadow Factory

James Bamford

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