Thursday, July 31, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Top U.S. Democrat Calls For Lethal Aid For Ukraine

A leading Democrat in the U.S. Senate has called for giving the Ukrainian military "defensive" lethal aid, a move that President Barack Obama has thus far refused.
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EU Releases New Sanctions List

The European Union has released the list of the individuals and entities targeted in the EU's latest round of sanctions against Russia for Moscow's actions in destabilizing Ukraine.
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Russia Defiant In Face Of Sanctions

Russia says unprecedented Western sanctions imposed on its financial, arms, and energy sectors over the Ukraine crisis would hurt the United States and the European Union.
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Russia Restricts Imports Of Fruit, Vegetables From Poland

Russia's food safety watchdog says it has imposed "restrictions" on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland beginning August 1.
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Ten Weeks In The Hands Of Ukrainian Separatists

Ukrainian theater director Pavel Yurov and Denis Grishchuk, a Kyiv-based artist, were freed earlier this month after being held for 70 days by pro-Russian separatists. They shared their story with RFE/RL.
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Most Russians Think Kyiv Downed MH17

A public-opinion poll in Russia has found that the majority of residents in Russia's big cities believe that the Malaysian passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine killing 298 people on July 17 had been shot down by the Ukrainian army.
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Belarus To Host Ukraine-Russia Talks

Belarus says it will host talks between Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE on the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
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Twenty Killed In Ukraine's East Clashes In Last 24 Hours

Nineteen people lost their lives in the last 24 hours in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk, where Ukrainian army is conducting a military operation against pro-Russian separatists.
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Obama's Russia Envoy Nominee: U.S. Will 'Never Accept' Crimea Takeover

John Tefft also stressed that Washington cannot ignore Russia's "fundamental challenge to the international order" in the Ukraine crisis.
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Ex-Yukos Official Satisfied With Court Award

But the defunct oil giant's former vice president, Leonid Nevzlin, also said it might take some time to see any of the $50 billion.
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