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A woman in Kyiv adds a candle to an impromptu memorial for the victims of rocket attacks on Mariupol, which killed dozens of people on January 24.

Ukraine Mourns Mariupol Victims

Ukraine is holding a day of national mourning, following a series of rocket attacks in the southeastern city of Mariupol that killed 30 people and injured more than 90 others. More

Russia Blocks UN Statement Condemning Mariupol Attack

Russia has blocked a UN Security Council statement that would have criticized a pro-Russian Ukrainian separatist leader and condemned a recent increase in violence in eastern Ukraine More

WATCH: Dozens killed as rockets hit Mariupol In southeast Ukraine (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Rebel Offensive Targets Mariupol

Ukraine's Interior Ministry says at least 30 civilians were killed and scores more were injured on January 24 when the government-held port city of Mariupol was targeted by heavy barrages of Grad rockets as part of a Russian-backed separatist offensive. More

Report Links Kremlin To Litvinenko Death

A report in the British newspaper "The Telegraph" says the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted communications between the primary suspects in the murder case of former Russian spy Aleksandr Litvinenko, linking his poisoning to the Russian government More

Top Russian Coach Quits Amid Doping Scandals

Russia's top track and field coach has resigned following a series of doping scandals involving Russian athletes. More

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Poisoned Dogs Reported Across Russia Amid Vigilante 'Dog Hunt'

Reports of dead dogs have been flooding in from across Russia, days after vigilantes announced a nationwide campaign to poison strays. Animal rights activists say family pets, too, are being killed.​ More

'Integration' With Russia Rives South Ossetia's Political Scene

While in Abkhazia, government and opposition alike were concerned that the provisions of a new strategic treaty on relations with Russia threatened to nix the republic's hard-won quasi-independent status, in South Ossetia the legislature and executive are at odds. More
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Mariupol: A Strategic And Symbolic Target For Pro-Russian Rebels

In launching an offensive against the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol, pro-Russian separatists have selected a target of both strategic and symbolic importance in their bloody conflict with the government in Kyiv.

News Analysis: How Best To Help Ukraine Is The $50 Billion Question

Can tens of billions of dollars in Western aid jumpstart Ukraine's embattled economy or does Kyiv need the current crisis as a stimulus to implement reforms that it has avoided for the past two decades?

Auschwitz Ceremony Lays Bare Russian Tension With Europe

A claim by the Ukrainian president's administration that it was mostly Ukrainians who liberated Auschwitz and Europe threatens to deepen a rift that reflects current animosity and deep historic tension between Moscow and its Soviet-era subjects.

In Brutally Critical Open Letter, Russian-Born Scholar Talks Of His 'Overwhelming Nausea' Over Putin's Russia

Maksim Frank-Kamenetsky, a Soviet-born biophysicist who lives in Boston, recently spent four months in his homeland. What he saw in Russia prompted him to sound the alarm in an open letter to Russians.

'The Payback Will Be Ruthless': Scholar's Open Letter To Russia Pulls No Punches

After returning to his homeland for a four-month visit, Maksim Frank-Kamenetsky, a Soviet-born biophysicist who lives in Boston, penned the following open letter to Russians.
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.

Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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