Thursday, February 26, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Saakashvili, Nuland Discuss Ukraine Crisis

A U.S. State Department official says former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Washington this week to discuss the Ukraine crisis.
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Gazprom 'Ready' To Divide Ukraine Gas Bills; EU Plans Talks

Russian gas giant Gazprom says it is willing to discuss alterations to the current gas agreement with Kyiv but also warns time is running out for Ukraine to order further shipments.
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OSCE Decries Kyiv' Treatment Of Russian Journos

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media says recent measures limiting Russian journalists from fulfilling their professional activities in Ukraine are “excessive.”
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NATO Chief Tells Russia To Get Arms Out Of Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia should withdraw some 1,000 items of military equipment that it has in eastern Ukraine.
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EU, U.S. Call On Russia To Release Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko

The European Union and the United States have issued fresh calls on Russia to release hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.
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Ukraine 'Starts Withdrawing Weapons'

The Ukrainian military said it was starting to withdraw heavy weapons from the front line in its conflict with Russian-backed rebels on February 26 after reporting that there were no combat fatalities for a second straight 24-hour period.
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Ukraine: Second 24-Hour Period Without Combat Deaths

Ukraine's military has reported there were no combat fatalities in the conflict zone in the east for a second straight 24-hour period.
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Kyrgyz Request To Extradite Bakievs

The leader of Kyrgyzstan has strongly urged Belarus to extradite former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev and his brother Janysh Bakiev, calling his predecessor's family "monsters" and "cannibalistic" killers.
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Purportedly Leaked Document 'Shows Kremlin Had Advance Plan To Seize Crimea'

The Russian daily newspaper Novaya Gazeta has published a purported Kremlin plan for Russia to intervene in Ukraine and seize Crimea more than two weeks before President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted.
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Saakashvili Lobbies In Washington For Arms To Be Sent To Ukraine

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says he is meeting with U.S. lawmakers and officials in Washington to discuss "increasing legislative pressure" to provide weapons to Ukraine.
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