Tuesday, July 22, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Nervous And Thirsty, Donetsk Braces For A Showdown

As separatist fighters dig in against a possible Ukrainian government offensive on the city of Donetsk, residents now face the possibility of being without water. Fighting around the city has damaged the city's water-supply system, and Donetsk could be dry in a matter of days.
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UN Security Council Condemns Downing Of Malaysian Airliner; Black Boxes Handed Over

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine with 298 people aboard.
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What The Russian Papers Are Saying About Flight MH17

Scrambling to explain the downing of the MH17 Boeing 777, Russia's print media is giving credence to Kremlin-friendly theories that to many outside the country would seem far-fetched.
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Video Obama Tells Russia To Use Influence With Rebels

U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Russia to use its influence to stop pro-Russian separatists from obstructing access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
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Flight MH17 Fact Sheet: Evidence Increasingly Points To Moscow

Evidence increasingly appears to show that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was brought down by pro-Russian separatists -- and that Moscow is hindering the investigation.
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Video Dutch Experts Begin Inspecting Crash Victims

Ukraine says it will hand over control of an investigation into the Malaysian airliner crash to international experts and suggested the Netherlands should lead the process.
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Video Kerry Blames Separatists For MH17

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says separatists in eastern Ukraine used a surface-to-air missile from Russia to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane on July 17.
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Australia Honors Victims Of MH17

Memorial services have been held in Australia to honor those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.
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Russian Ban On Moldovan Fruit Takes Effect

Russia’s agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, says a ban that it announced on July 18 against imports of fruit from Moldova has gone into effect immediately.
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Border With Russia Helps Luhansk Republic Hang On

The Ukrainian government has intensified efforts to reestablish its authority in Luhansk Oblast. But the breakaway region's control of a section of the border with Russia is proving a difficult lifeline to sever.
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