Thursday, February 11, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Russian Media See NATO ‘Beachhead' Near Russia’s Borders

News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war.
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IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko

The head of the International Monetary Fund's blunt criticism of Ukraine marks a new low point for a beleaguered administration in Kyiv's efforts to battle corruption.
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Tatars Held After Raids In Crimea

Russian authorities that control Crimea have arrested at least nine Crimean Tatars after a series of raids on their homes on the Russian-occupied peninsula.
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Video HRW: Hundreds Of Schools Destroyed In Ukraine War, Military Use Must Stop

Hundreds of schools have been destroyed during the war in eastern Ukraine, including many that were used for military purposes by both sides in the conflict, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
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Poroshenko Assures IMF He's Committed To Reform After Warning

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has assured the International Monetary Fund he remains committed to pursuing economic reforms and purging corruption from his government.
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Lagarde Warns Stalled Reforms, Corruption Threaten IMF Program

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told Ukraine that it must enact promised reforms and root out corruption or risk losing the support of the financial organization.
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Caspian Flotilla Joins Huge Russian Exercises

Russia says more than 20 warships and support vessels have departed from their bases in the Caspian Sea and begun training as part of massive combat readiness exercises across the country's southwest.
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Three Civilians Killed As Minibus Hits Land Mine In Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine says three civilians were killed and two others wounded when a minibus hit a land mine in the country’s east.
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U.S. Rejects Moldovan 'Unification Plot' Claim

The United States has rebuffed a pro-Russia politician's claim that Washington was "plotting" Moldova's unification with European Union and NATO member Romania.
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Video Singer Hopes To Take Crimean Tatar Tragedy To Eurovision

It is becoming increasingly likely that Ukraine's submission to this year's Eurovision song contest will be 1944, a song by singer Jamala that evokes the horrific deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
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