Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Rescue workers and local residents remove debris of an apartment building near Donetsk hit by an air strike. The war-torn Donetsk region's self-styled leaders say the situation there is now "extremely serious."

Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region's damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be "desolation." More

WATCH: Two Polish migrants, Bartosz Maroszek and Maciej Wiczynski, tell RFE/RL why they support Scottish independence.

Video Meet Some Of The Poles Who Will Help Decide Scotland's Future

Whether Scotland becomes independent or not will rest in part on the votes of some 160,000 nationals from other European Union countries who are resident there. That includes tens of thousands of Poles -- some of whom have been actively campaigning for a "yes." More

Scottish independence supporters gather outside Usher Hall ahead of the "A Night for Scotland" concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 14.

Nine Things To Know About This Week's Scottish Referendum

On September 18, voters in Scotland will decide whether to stay in the United Kingdom or split off as an independent country. Here are nine things to know. More

PHOTO GALLERY: HRW Says Disabled Children In Russia Face Violence, Isolation, Neglect

Photogallery HRW Says Disabled Children In Russia Face Violence, Isolation, Neglect

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a new report in which it finds that nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they face violence, neglect, and isolation. HRW says that many children are needlessly removed from their parents, convinced by doctors that they are incapable of adequately caring for their offspring. More

Chrystia Freeland: "Some of the institutions we have, like Radio Free Europe, for fighting that kind of [Russian] propaganda have atrophied, and some of our intellectual muscles that we used to use in how we respond to that propaganda have atrophied, too."

Canadian Politician: Support, But Also Skepticism, For Ukrainian Government

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service's Maryana Drach spoke to Canadian politician and journalist Chrystia Freeland about Western policies toward Ukraine and the role of Russian propaganda. More


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