Sunday, April 20, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Ukrainian, Russian Church Leaders Trade Accusations On Easter

As millions of Christians around the world began celebrations for Easter, the heads of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches made critical statements over the crisis in Ukraine.
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Moldovan Foreign Minister Says Ukraine Crisis Has Led To Reevaluation Of CIS

In a wide-ranging interview, Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman discusses the Ukraine crisis, Moldova's EU integration, and the role of Russian-language media.
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Another Convict Reportedly Executed In Belarus

Minsk-based Vyasna (Spring) human rights center says that another convict has been executed in Belarus.
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​Russia Accuses OSCE's ODIHR Of Bias

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of being biased for failing to criticize Ukraine's ban on most Russian men from entering the country.
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U.S. Slams Anti-Semitic Flyer In Ukraine

The White House says reports of an anti-Semitic flyer distributed in eastern Ukraine are “utterly sickening” and that U.S. President Barack Obama was disgusted by the leaflet, whose origins remain murky.
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​Kremlin Spokesman Admits Troops Stationed At Ukraine Border

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russia does have troops near the Ukrainian border and that some of those forces are stationed there "on a permanent basis."
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Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis.
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Ukraine's PM Outlines Plans For Constitutional Reforms

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and acting President Oleksandr Turchynov have spoken about constitutional reform in a joint television address.
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Video Jews Get Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine.
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Minsk Allows Belarus Opposition To Hold Chornobyl March

City authorities say they will allow Belarusian opposition groups to hold a "Chornobyl Path" march on April 26.
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