Thursday, August 28, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Russian Court Orders Psychiatric Examination For Ukrainian Officer

A Russian court has refused to free a Ukrainian Air Force officer on bail and ordered her to be sent to Moscow for a psychiatric examination.
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Moldova: Romanian Gas Is 'Independence'

Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca has marked the anniversary of his country’s 1991 declaration of independence from the Soviet Union by inaugurating a new natural-gas pipeline link with Romania.
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U.S.: Reports Indicate 'Russian-Directed' Battle In Ukraine

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says reports from eastern and southeastern Ukraine "indicate that a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely under way" against government forces in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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Moldova Inaugurates Gas Pipeline From Romania

Moldova is celebrating the completion of a natural-gas pipeline from Romania that will reduce its reliance on Russia for energy supplies.
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Video Russian Soldiers Are In Ukraine

It's a claim authorities in Kyiv have made for months, but in recent days the evidence has become undeniable. Russian soldiers are now being captured -- and perhaps dying -- in Ukraine.
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Video Poroshenko, Putin Shake Hands In Minsk

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will work on an urgent cease-fire plan aimed at defusing the separatist conflict in the country's east following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Belarus Activist Gets 10 Days In Jail

A well-known opposition activist in Belarus has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.
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Poroshenko, Putin May Meet In Minsk

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to take part in talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a summit in Belarus’s capital, Minsk, on August 26.
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Kyiv Confronts 'Russian' Armor As Moscow Announces New Aid Convoy

Ukraine says border guards have attacked a column of armored vehicles it says entered its territory from Russia, as Moscow announced its intention to send a second aid convoy into the country.
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First Belarus Iraq Visit Since Saddam

The Belarusian foreign minister has visited Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003.
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