Tuesday, September 16, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

EU, Ukraine To Approve Association Agreement

The parliaments of Ukraine and the European Union are expected to ratify a landmark accord on closer ties on September 16.
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U.S. Presses Belarus On 'Disappeared'

A U.S. State Department official says Belarus should extend the statute of limitations on the investigation into the disappearance of two critics of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka 15 years ago this week.
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NATO Chief Warns Of Russia, IS Threats

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says alliance members must come together to battle security threats both from Russia and Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region's damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be "desolation."
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Zhirinovsky Says Russian Election Results Rigged

Russian ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky claims regional elections in five Russian constituencies, including Moscow, were rigged.
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Kremlin Ally: Ban Euronews Over Putin-Hitler Footage

A pro-Kremlin legislator says Russia should ban Euronews over footage showing Ukrainian forces using an image depicting President Vladimir Putin as Adolf Hitler for target practice.
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Ruble Hits Low Against Dollar

The Russian ruble fell to a historic low against the U.S. dollar after the West imposed new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
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Military Exercises Begin In Ukraine

Military exercises involving some 1,300 personnel from 15 nations have begun in western Ukraine.
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Ukrainian Defense Minister Says Kyiv Receiving Weapons

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey says that unnamed NATO member countries are delivering weapons to Kyiv to fight pro-Russian separatists.
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Canadian Politician: Support, But Also Skepticism, For Ukrainian Government

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service's Maryana Drach spoke to Canadian politician and journalist Chrystia Freeland about Western policies toward Ukraine and the role of Russian propaganda.
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