Wednesday, September 24, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Delegates To UN Conference Claim Harassment By Kremlin

Members of ethnic minority groups from Russia have accused the Kremlin of preventing them from attending a United Nations conference in New York this week.
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Moldovan Court Rejects Referendum On Direct Presidential Poll

Moldova's Constitutional Court has rejected a plan to hold a referendum to decide whether the president should be elected by popular vote rather than by parliament.
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Kyiv To Withdraw Heavy Weapons

Kyiv says Ukrainian government forces are preparing to withdraw artillery and heavy armored vehicles within a proposed 30-kilometer buffer zone.
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Another Makarevich Concert Canceled, This Time In St. Petersburg

A concert by Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich in St. Petersburg has been canceled following his public criticism of Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine.
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Crimean Leader Says Mejlis Does Not Exist

Crimea's Russian-backed leader, Sergei Aksyonov, says the self-governing body of the peninsula's Crimean Tatar community, the Mejlis (Assembly), does not exist.
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Poroshenko Says No Military Solution To Ukraine Crisis

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine must be ready to defend itself if the peace process with the pro-Russian rebels fails.
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Germans To Sue Ukraine Over MH17

A German lawyer plans to sue Ukraine for negligence for the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.
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Video Kyiv Won't Pull Back Troops

A Ukrainian military spokesman says Kyiv will not pull back its troops from the front line in eastern Ukraine until a new cease-fire is fully implemented.
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Video Thousands March Against War In Moscow, St. Petersburg

Moscow has seen its largest opposition protest since President Vladimir Putin's inauguration to a third presidential term in May 2012.
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New Russian Convoy Enters Ukraine

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says Russia has delivered what it says is a third shipment of aid to the rebel-controlled eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
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