July 5, 2014
GROVELLING BECOMES HIM:
Vladimir Putin calls Obama for July 4th, asks him to 'cooperate' (The Week, 7/05/14)
Perhaps hoping to snag a last-minute invite to D.C's fireworks extravaganza, Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama on Friday to wish him a happy Fourth of July. Putin told Obama he hoped the two nations could "continue successful development on a pragmatic and equal basis despite the current differences and difficulties," according to a Kremlin statement.
Ukraine Claims Victory in Rebel Stronghold (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, JULY 5, 2014)
A rebel stronghold in east Ukraine has been taken by government troops, the country's president and a spokesman for the rebels said Saturday.President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that government troops took the city of Slovyansk, a city of about 100,000 that has been a center of the fighting between Kiev's troops and the pro-Russian insurgents, after a night of fighting.
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2014 10:06 AM