Thursday, July 30, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Savchenko Trial Opens In Russia

A Russian court has begun the trial of a Ukrainian air force pilot charged by Russian authorities in connection with the deaths of two Russian journalists covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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Russia Criticized For MH17 Veto

There has been widespread condemnation of Russia's decision to veto a UN draft resolution to create an international tribunal over the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine last year, with a number of countries pledging to explore other ways to ensure justice.
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IMF Leader Lauds Ukraine For Reform

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde July 29 lauded Ukraine's government for aggressively undertaking long-needed reforms.
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Ukraine Charges Russian Army Major With Terrorism

Ukraine's state security service identified a Russian army major who was detained with a cargo of military explosives in eastern Ukraine July 26 and said he has been charged with terrorism.
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Russia Vetoes UN MH17 Tribunal

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have created a tribunal to try those suspected of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
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Russian Veto Of MH17 Tribunal Leaves Few Good Alternatives

After Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to establish an international tribunal for MH17, proponents of the court are left with only weak second choices.
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Dutch PM Fails To Dissuade Putin From Veto Of MH17 Tribunal

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has made an "urgent" appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to veto a UN Security Council resolution to create a tribunal for a trial of those suspected of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
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Crimean Tatar Leaders Blocked From World Congress In Turkey

Russian officials have blocked Crimean Tatar leaders from leaving Crimea on the eve of a major world congress scheduled in Ankara this weekend.
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Crimea Visit Spotlights Kremlin Sympathies Beyond French Fringes

France's National Front aren't the only ones to love the Kremlin.
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OSCE Calls For Safe Conditions In Ukraine After Monitor Injured In Blast

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's special mission to Ukraine on July 28 made a fresh appeal to all sides in the military conflict in eastern Ukraine to guarantee safe conditions for its monitors after one of its officers was wounded during an exchange of fire.
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