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  • A piece of a plane with the sign "Malaysia Airlines" lies in the grass as a group of Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysian passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    ALLARD: The wake-up call of the Malaysian Air shootdown

    For the second time in three months, a Malaysian 777 aircraft, carrying 295 passengers and crew, is at the center of an international tragedy. Unlike the previous catastrophe, we know exactly where this one crashed and why: Shot from the sky over eastern Ukraine as it cruised smoothly at an altitude of 33,000 feet. We know that because, at this writing, un-named US intelligence officials are confirming that the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, a weapon system that has been the pride and joy of Russian defenses ever since the Cold War.

  • Soft Soap Kerry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    ALLARD: Putin and the Cold War II

    Last week provided numerous examples of sudden "discoveries" by a media establishment clearly out of its depth reporting on Cold War II.

  • An US F16 fighter jet takes off from a Romanian air base in Campia Turzii, Romania, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Some 450 U.S. and Romanian troops are taking part in the Dacian Viper 2014 joint military exercise in Transylvania, northwestern Romania flying U.S. F-16 fighter jets of the U.S. 31st Fighter Wing alongside Romanian Mig-21 Lancers.The weeklong exercise, the fourth of its kind, was planned before Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea, according to officials.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Flying blind: Russia blocks U.S. from treaty-approved spy flights

    The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

  • Russian officers gesticulate to the driver of Russian tank T-72B at the Ostryakovo railway station not far from Simferopol, Crimea, Monday, March 31, 2014. Russian tanks T-72B will be stationed on former Ukrainian military bases. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Outgunned Ukraine strives for military overhaul

    Tanks headed north into Ukraine this week from Russian-controlled Crimea. Not at the head of an invading army, but on a trainload of military equipment in such poor shape that Moscow had no use for it.

  • President Barack Obama Obama, accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during their joint news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama doubts Russian retreat in Ukraine, threatens tougher sanctions

    President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that it will be difficult to roll back Russia's military land grab in Ukraine, even as Congress seemed to break a political logjam in Washington that has held up financial aid to the embattled European nation.

  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe's orbit.

  • The head of Crimea's Russia-backed leader Sergei Aksyonov gestures as people celebrate in Lenin Square, in downtown Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Polls have closed in Crimea's contentious referendum on seceding from Ukraine and seeking annexation by Russia. The vote, unrecognized both by the Ukrainian government and the West, was held Sunday as Russian flags fluttered in the breeze and retirees grew weepy at the thought of reuniting with Russia. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov)

    Crimea votes in favor of secession; U.S. rejects

    Citizens of Crimea voted on Sunday overwhelmingly in favor of splitting off from Ukraine to become a part of territorial Russia, a development likely to further stoke Cold War style tensions that have been escalating for weeks between Moscow and the West

  • CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Brennan: Russia 'absolutely' could invade eastern Ukraine

    CIA Director John O. Brennan said Tuesday that the Russian military "absolutely" has the capability to invade eastern Ukraine and that only Russian President Vladimir Putin knows whether such an invasion will occur.

  • Mystery Men: Some of the troops on patrol in Crimea in unmarked uniforms are Spetsnaz, special forces who are contracted professionals rather than draftees. Russian President Vladimir Putin has built a military force capable of reclaiming territory lost in the Soviet demise. (Associated Press)

    Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine

    President Vladimir Putin has turned a once-moribund Russian military into a lean, quick-strike force that can invade Chechnya, Georgia and now Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

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