Saturday, January 31, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Video Ukraine Peace Talks Reportedly Postponed As Casualties Mount

Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels traded accusations over deadly attacks in eastern Ukraine as planned peace talks in Minsk were reportedly postponed.
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Meet Yevgeny Fyodorov, The Russian Lawmaker Who Wants More Western Sanctions

More Western sanctions? Bring 'em on, says a four-term lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party.
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Rebel Says Pro-Kyiv Forces Surrounded

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti has quoted pro-Russian rebel leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko as saying his forces have surrounded Ukrainian units near Debaltseve, a flashpoint in the recent escalation of a conflict that has killed more than 5,100 people in eastern Ukraine since April.
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Russia Charges Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko With Illegal Border Crossing

A lawyer for Nadia Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian jail since mid-December, says new a charge has been filed against his client.
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Russian Woman Accused Of Treason Over Suspected Troop Deployment

Svetlana Davydova’s husband said his wife phoned the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow in April and said that a military base near their home had emptied out, suggesting the soldiers may have been deployed to Ukraine.
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Anti-Putin Protester Takes NYC Opera Stage

A protester climbed onto the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City after a performance by Russian classical music titans Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev and held up a sign criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine.
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Georgia Fears Crimea-Style Moscow Move

Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili has warned that Russia could annex the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia as it did Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
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EU Extends Russia Sanctions

The European Union has decided to extend until September an initial group of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials due to the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and has plans for further action.
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Video Separatists Plan 'Summit Of Unrecognized States'

The self-declared Donetsk People's Republic says it wants to host a summit of separatists, including participants from Texas, Venice and Spain's Basque region.
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Lukashenka Warns Russia, West Against Pressure

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has displayed defiance toward Russia and the West, warning them in a marathon news conference that he would bow to nobody's will.
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