Monday, March 30, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

One Ukrainian Soldier Killed, Three Wounded In East Ukraine

The Ukrainian military says that one soldier has been killed and three wounded over the previous 24 hours in the country's east despite a six-week-old cease-fire with Russian-backed rebels.
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EU Leaders Postpone Kyiv Visit

EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini has postponed a planned visit to Ukraine on March 30 after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did the same.
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Soros Ready To Invest $1 Billion In Ukraine If West Helps

Billionaire financier George Soros says he is prepared to invest $1 billion in Ukraine if Western countries help support private investment there.
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Crimean Tatar TV Counts Minutes To Impending Shutdown

The only Crimean Tatar television channel in Crimea could be closed down on April 1 if it's not able to register with the Russian government. Locals see the pressure against ATR television as part of a broader campaign of intimidation against Crimean Tatars since Russia occupied Crimea last year.
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'Unity Rally' In Dnipropetrovsk

Residents of the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk have held what they called a “unity rally” meant to help mend a rift between President Petro Poroshenko and the regional governor he recently fired.
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Russian Orthodox Priest Suspended After Blessing Ukraine-Bound Fighters

The Russian Orthodox Church has suspended a priest for incendiary comments he made during a send-off for dozens of fighters preparing to join pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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Two Ukrainian Officials Detained On Corruption Charges To Be Released

A court in Kyiv has refused to sanction the arrest of two top officials detained on corruption charges.
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Video 'I Wanted To Die' -- In Russia, A Woman's Life Unravels After Trip To Kyiv

The director of a Ukrainian choir in Russia has had her life turned upside down since the crisis erupted in Ukraine.
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Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Say 'Lawmaker' Killed

Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region say a member of their legislative body and an aide have been shot dead.
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Moldovan Farmers Demand Subsidies, Protest Tax Hike

Hundreds of Moldovan farmers protested on March 27, demanding increases in state subsidies and condemning the government's plan to increase the VAT tax on farm products from 8 percent to 20 percent.
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