Ukraine Soldiers Flee War Zone

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Officials say heavy AP2518613_Articolofighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has forced hundreds of Ukrainian army soldiers to cross into Russia. Kiev says it will pressure Moscow to get them back.

NEWS WATCH: NATO Pressured as 230,000 Flee Battles in Eastern Ukraine

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KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- The NATO military alliance has come under pressure to increase security as hundreds of thousands of people flee battles between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

NEWS WATCH: Crimea To Join Russia Following Treaty; Officer Killed

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Orlando production abandoned amid Crimea unrestMOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL (BosNewsLife)-- Russia and Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula have agreed to make Crimea part of Russia, despite Western outrage and threats of more sanctions.  Tuesday's announcement came while pro-Russian forces reportedly attacked a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, killing one officer.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Crimea Votes To Join Russia Amid Tensions

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

VotingKYIV/CRIMEA (BosNewsLife)-- Some 95.5 percent of voters in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula decided Sunday, March 16, to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a controversial referendum that has raised concerns in the West, election officials said after half the ballots were counted. With thousands of Russian forces more or less looking over their shoulders, most voters in Crimea were expected to choose joining Russia in the referendum.

NEWS WATCH: FBI to support Russian security at Winter Olympics

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130204125446-2014-winter-olympics-in-sochi-russia-5-horizontal-galleryMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)--The recent attack which left at least five people dead in Stavropol, in southern Russia, has heightened security fears ahead of the Olympic Winter Games due to take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next month. The United States, which will send 250 athletes to compete in the games, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will have dozens of people in Moscow and some in Sochi to assist the Russians.

Nigeria Christians Mourn Victims Of New Attacks

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

nigeriaABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- Scores of Christian families in Nigeria have marked the country's 53 years of independence with little to celebrate as they mourned those who died in a new wave of Islamic attacks that killed more than 120 people in recent days.

Afghanistan Debates Execution Christian Converts

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

afghanistanKABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Afghanistan's tiny Christian minority faced more danger Monday, September 23, after a key legislator suggested that those who convert from Islam to Christianity "are to be executed," Catholics familiar with the situation said.