Thursday, July 02, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Bellingcat Tracks Russian Fighters In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not involved militarily in Ukraine. A handful of resourceful digital-forensic investigators say they have enough evidence to say he's lying.
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Russia Dissatisfied With MH17 Report By Dutch Safety Agency

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency says a draft Dutch report into the causes of last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine "raises more questions than it gives answers."
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Ukraine Rebels, Russia Criticize Proposed Constitutional Changes

Russia has expressed "deep concern" over proposed changes to Ukraine's constitution, saying Kyiv "absolutely" ignored the demands put forward by separatist rebels.
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Russia: Ukraine Expulsion 'Unacceptable'

The Kremlin has denounced as "completely unacceptable" the actions of Ukrainian authorities toward a reporter with Russia’s Channel One television.
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Ukraine To Start Debt Restructuring Talks

Ukraine and its creditors agreed July 1 to start negotiations next week on restructuring the country's debt, after weeks of arguing in public.
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One Killed, 10 Injured In East Ukraine

The Ukrainian military says one of its servicemen has been killed and 10 others wounded in fighting in the country’s east.
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Poroshenko Unveils Constitution Changes

President Petro Poroshenko has proposed constitutional changes designed to give broader powers to Ukraine’s regions.
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Gazprom Cuts Off Gas To Ukraine

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on July 1 it was halting all natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kyiv announced the immediate suspension of Russian gas purchases a day earlier.
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Video Czech PM Stresses Unity

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says it is essential that international sanctions against Russia continue until all sides in the Ukraine conflict meet the terms of a cease-fire deal agreed to in February.
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Belarus Sets Presidential Election

The Belarusian parliament has set October 11 as the date for a presidential election.
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