Friday, May 22, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Video Anti-Maidan Activist Booed By Moscow Students

Students at a prestigious Moscow university angrily disrupted a lecture by Nikolai Starikov, the leader of a pro-Kremlin group that has backed separatist militants in eastern Ukraine.
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Finland Instructs Nearly 1 Million Reservists, Amid Tension With Russia

The Finish military has sent letters to 900,000 reservists to collect their contact details and remind them of their duties "in the event of war."
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Hollande Says Russia And Rebels Need To Be Pressured To Respect Truce

French President Francois Hollande has said that pressure needed to be applied on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to respect a cease-fire he helped broker in February.
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Ukraine Arrests Russian Suspects

A Kyiv court has ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured in eastern Ukraine to be placed in pretrial detention until July 19.
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Torture Of Ukraine POWs 'Widespread'

Amnesty International says both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are almost daily perpetrating war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners.
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Video Disagreements Shadow EU Summit

Participants at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit have agreed on a final document affirming the bloc's relations with six neighboring countries in spite of sharp differences on key issues.
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EU, Ukraine Sign $2 Billion Loan Deal At Eastern Summit

The European Union and Ukraine have signed a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion) loan deal to help revive Ukraine's ailing economy.
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Shelling Kills Worker In Ukraine

One worker has been killed and two wounded in eastern Ukraine in heavy shelling of a plant belonging to the country's largest steel compan
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Soldiers Tell OSCE They Are In Russian Army

European mediators in the Ukrainian crisis say two men captured by Kyiv's troops had confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces sent in to back up pro-Moscow separatist fighters.
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EU Partnership Summit Gathers

The European Union on May 21 reassured its six Eastern European partners that the 28-nation bloc "is as committed as ever" to building closer reations with them.
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