Thursday, January 29, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

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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Kremlin Seethes Over Polish WWII Commemoration Plan

The Kremlin has lashed out at Warsaw over plans for a meeting in Poland marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
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Minsk Says Ukraine Talks Set For Friday

A new round of talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine is due to take place on January 30 amid an escalation in fighting and mounting casualties, according to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, which will host the meeting.
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Ukrainian Pilot In Russian Custody Transferred To Prison Hospital

A lawyer for Nadia Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian jail since mid-December, has been transferred to a prison hospital due to severe weight loss.
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Deputy Chairman of Crimean Tatar Mejlis Detained

Russian authorities say a deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis has been detained on suspicion of organizing "mass disorder" in the regional capital, Simferopol, last year.
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Video EU Ministers Meeting To Discuss Russia Sanctions As Ukraine Fighting Rages

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has claimed more lives as EU foreign ministers prepared to discuss the possible extension and expansion of sanctions against Moscow for its role in the conflict.
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Lukashenka Says War In Ukraine May Spread Into Russia, Belarus

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says that Moscow is deeply involved in the "crisis" in Ukraine and expressed fear that the war there could spill over into Belarus and Russia.
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Russian Woman Accused Of Treason Over Troop Report

A Russian woman has been jailed on suspicion of treason after she called the Ukrainian Embassy with information about possible Russian troop movements.
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