Saturday, August 30, 2014


Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk "has the kind of abilities that can be helpful to him as a new leader in the European Union," Joanna Wajda says.

Interview: Would A Tusk Presidency Help EU Look East?

RFE/RL speaks to Joanna Wajda, the Brussels correspondent for Polish public broadcaster TVP, about what to expect if Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is chosen as the president of the European Council. More

WATCH: Thousands of children displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are preparing for their first day of school in Russia. In Tomsk, Siberia, many displaced families are scrambling to enroll their children in local schools. Most rely on donations to provide their children with backpacks, uniforms, and other school supplies. (Melanie Batchina, RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video For Displaced Ukrainians, A Troubled Return To School

As children across the world prepare to head back to school, those displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are bracing for their first day of school -- far away from home. More

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini (left) is widely tipped to replace Catherinie Ashton (right) as the EU's foreign policy chief. (file photo)

News Analysis: Why EU Is Likely To Pick Newbie To Succeed Ashton

A foreign-policy neophyte viewed by eastern Europeans as being soft on Moscow is tipped to be the EU's new foreign policy chief. How come? More

Pro-Russian separatists patrol beside a destroyed war memorial near the city of Donetsk on August 28. Despite continued fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine, most interested parties seem to be going out of their way to avoid calling the conflict a "war."

There's A Word For What's Going On In Ukraine... But What Is It?

It's been called everything from an "invasion" and an "incursion" to a "cross-border crisis" and "escalated aggression." We look at the difficulty of describing what, exactly, is taking place in Ukraine -- and what's stopping officials from using the word "war." More

A group of Russian servicemen, who were detained by the Ukrainian authorities in southeastern Ukraine, arrive at a news conference in Kyiv on August 27.

In Russia, Ukraine Conflict Hits Home With Secret Funerals, Missing Men

Amid scenes of Russian paratroopers being paraded by the Ukrainian military, secret Russian funerals, and mothers asking where their sons are, fighting in eastern Ukraine appears now to be tangibly touching Russians. More


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