Wednesday, April 23, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Video Kyiv Poised To Relaunch Offensive In East

Ukraine's government says it has formally ended an Easter truce and is preparing a fresh military offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the east following the killing of a local politician.
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Jailed Belarusian Starts Hunger Strike

A jailed Belarusian opposition activist has started a hunger strike to protest his incarceration.
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Chubarov Denies Wanting Russian Citizenship

The head of the Crimean Tatar's main self-government body, the Mejlis, has denied reports that he intends to apply for Russian citizenship.
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Kerry Holds Telephone Talks With Russia, Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held separate telephone conversations with Russia's foreign minister and Ukraine's prime minister.
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Turchynov Wants New 'Antiterror' Operation

Ukraine's acting president has called for the relaunch of an "antiterrorist" operation against pro-Russian rebels in the east, citing the death of a politician from his party.
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Video Biden Pledges Backing For Ukraine

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has vowed support for Ukraine, which he said "is in a struggle for its very future."
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Photogallery Lukashenka: Learn From Kyiv's Errors

In Minsk, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has given his annual address to the nation, telling Belarusians to "learn from the mistakes of our neighbors."
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Biden Says U.S. Stands With Kyiv Leaders

Speaking on a visit to Kyiv, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that the United States stands ready to help Ukraine's economy but that more must be done to fight the "cancer" of corruption.
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Tatar Leader Barred From Crimea

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev has been barred from entering Crimea for the next five years.
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OSCE Official Meets Pro-Russia Separatist Head

An OSCE mediator has held a meeting with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk.
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