Monday, April 21, 2014


Two elderly women place prayer candles in Kyiv's St. Michael's monastery on Easter Sunday.

Easter Mass Highlights Ukrainian Divisions

Many Ukrainians are united by a yearning for peace in the name of God and country. But divisions were also evident at Easter services in Kyiv. More

Photographer Victoria Ivleva (center) traveled across Ukraine in recent weeks, from the pro-West Maidan in Kyiv to pro-Russian demonstrations in Donetsk.

Interview: 'The Maidan Represents Love'

Russian photographer Viktoria Ivleva was curious about how ordinary Ukrainians' feelings concerning the ongoing crisis, and found a way to see for herself. Using funds provided by her Facebook friends, She traveled to Ukraine and met with Ukrainians across the country -- from pro-Maidan supporters in Ukraine's west to pro-Russian protesters in the east. RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke with Ivleva about her experiences upon her return to Moscow. More

Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman (file photo)

Moldovan Foreign Minister Says Ukraine Crisis Has Led To Reevaluation Of CIS

In a wide-ranging interview, Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman discusses the Ukraine crisis, Moldova's EU integration, and the role of Russian-language media. More

Many activists camped out on Kyiv's Independence Square say they have no intention of packing up and leaving despite the Geneva accords. (file photo)

Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis. More

A woman walks past a swastika and the inscription "Death to Jews" painted on a wall in an underpass in Kyiv.

Video Jews Get Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine. More


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