Thursday, May 05, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Belarusian Who Fought Against Ukraine Separatists Jailed

A Belarusian national accused of fighting alongside Ukraine's extremist Right Sector has been sentenced by a district court in Minsk to five years in prison.
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IMF To Visit Kyiv To Review Reform Program

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it will send a mission to Kyiv from May 10 to May 18 to review whether the new Ukrainian government's reform program is sufficient to restore disbursements from a $17.5 billion bailout loan.
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NATO's New Commander: 'Ready To Fight If Deterrence Fails'

NATO's new supreme commander, General Curtis Scaparrotti, says Russia's aggressive behavior must be met by force should deterrence fail.
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One Dead In East Ukraine Mine Blast

A blast at a mine in a separatist-controlled part of eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region has killed at least one miner.
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Night Wolves Arrive In Bratislava

Russia's controversial Night Wolves motorcycle gang laid wreaths at a monument to Soviet soldiers in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, on May 4 as they continued a journey aimed at reaching Berlin before May 9.
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Bellingcat Report Says Russian Buk 332 Shot Down Flight MH17 

A team of open-source researchers investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says it has positively identified a Russian Buk missile launcher that shot down the plane.
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Video EU Enlargement Chief: No 'Discount' For Turkey On Visa Liberalization

The European Union's top enlargement official says that Turkey will not get an easier ride than Ukraine, Georgia, and Kosovo in securing a liberalized visa regime with the 28-member bloc.
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Flower Politics: In Moscow, No Wreath For 'Hero City' Kyiv Ahead of Victory Day

In the run-up to celebrations marking the defeat of Nazi Germany, a memorial in Moscow to Kyiv's heroism is conspicuously without flowers.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Backs German Plan To Send Troops To Lithuania

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has given his backing to German plans to send troops to Lithuania to reassure NATO’s Eastern European allies wary of a resurgent Russia.
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U.S. Troops In Moldova For Joint Exercises

U.S. and Moldovan military forces have begun joint military exercises that are scheduled to last for more than two weeks.
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