Thursday, May 07, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Ukraine, Rebels Hold Talks On Shaky truce

Ukrainian and separatist representatives have met in Minsk for the first time since the two sides signed a peace deal in February.
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Poroshenko Warns Of Worsening Conflict

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko warned on May 6 of a growing threat of large-scale military action in the east of the country.
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Moldova's Mysterious Magnate

Who exactly is Ilan Shor, the 28-year-old millionaire who may be behind Moldova's 'heist of the century'?
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Belarus Requires The Idle To Pay For Not Working

A new measure adopted by Belarus says people who work less than half the year will have to pay the government for their idleness.
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Newspaper Says Russian Report Blames Kyiv For Downing Of MH17 Airliner

An independent Russian newspaper has published what it said was a report by Russian military engineers suggesting a Malaysian airliner shot down in Ukraine was hit by a Russian-made surface-to-air BUK missile fired by Ukrainian forces.
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Kyiv Says 5 Troops Die As Talks Resume

Ukraine says five of its soldiers were killed in clashes in the east despite the resumption of talks between the government and pro-Russian rebels over an endangered truce deal.
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Savchenko Detention Extended

A court in Moscow on May 6 extended the pre-trial detention of Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko until June 30.
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More Fighting Reported in Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine’s military said on May 6 that five of its soldiers were killed and 12 wounded during the previous 24 hours amid reports of more fighting in eastern Ukraine.
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EU Criticizes Belarusian Decision To Expand Statkevich's Punishment

The office of the European Union’s foreign policy chief has criticized a decision by a Belarusian court to add further punishments to a sentence against opposition politician Mikalay Statkevich.
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Cuba's President Arrives In Moscow Ahead Of Victory Day Parade

Cuban President Raul Castro has begun a visit to Moscow that was set to include a World War II victory parade and meetings with Russia's leadership at a time of thawing ties between Havana and Washington.
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