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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko assured the IMF that his government remains committed to reform and purging corruption.

Poroshenko Assures IMF He's Committed To Reform After Warning

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko assured the International Monetary Fund he remains committed to pursuing economic reforms and purging corruption from his government. More

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde

Lagarde Warns Stalled Reforms, Corruption Threaten IMF Program

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told Ukraine that it must enact promised reforms and root out corruption or risk losing the support of the financial organization. More

Caspian Flotilla Joins Huge Russian Exercises

Russia says more than 20 warships and support vessels have departed from their bases in the Caspian Sea and begun training as part of massive combat readiness exercises across the country's southwest. More

Three Civilians Killed As Minibus Hits Land Mine In Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine says three civilians were killed and two others wounded when a minibus hit a land mine in the country’s east. More

U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clappe testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 9.

U.S.: IS, 'Assertive' Russia Among Unprecedented Challenges

U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper says that Russia remains intent on pursuing an "assertive foreign policy" in 2016, including hampering Ukraine's Western aspirations. More

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Features & Commentary

Video Singer Hopes To Take Crimean Tatar Tragedy To Eurovision

It is becoming increasingly likely that Ukraine's submission to this year's Eurovision song contest will be 1944, a song by singer Jamala that evokes the horrific deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

EU Debate Initiative Sparks Fears Of Concessions To Russia

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini initiated an internal debate last month with a group of fellow European commissioners on how to improve cooperation with Russia, causing concern among EU members that want to keep up the pressure on Moscow over its interference in Ukraine, sources have told RFE/RL.

Cybersleuths: Wristwatch Given To Wounded Soldier 'Proves' Russian Role In Ukraine War

An open-source investigation group called the Conflict Intelligence Team alleges that a commemorative wristwatch secretly given by the Russian state to one of its soldiers shows that Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine was authorized at the highest level.

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power

Ukraine is pushing ahead with plans to modernize its aging, Soviet-designed nuclear power plants as part of a grander vision to merge with EU energy markets and further cut ties with Russia.

Video Ukraine's Decommunization Gets Boost As 175 Towns, Villages Renamed

The so-called decommunization of Ukraine edged forward on February 4 as parliament approved the scrapping of 175 names of towns, villages, and districts across the country and replaced them with non-Soviet alternatives.

Video MEPs Condemn Russia's 'Unprecedented' Abuses Against Crimean Tatars

The European Parliament has passed a resolution slamming the "unprecedented levels of human rights abuses" being perpetrated against Crimean Tatars by Russian authorities in the Moscow-annexed Ukrainian region. Since the beginning of the year, Crimean Tatars have endured a wave of searches, interrogations, confiscations, and other harassment.

Kyiv Criticizes French TV Documentary On Maidan Protests

The Ukrainian Embassy in Paris has expressed disappointment at a French television channel's decision to collaborate on, and air, a documentary that Kyiv argues grossly distorts events of the country’s 2013-14 upheaval that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.

Separatist Leader Admits To Razing Ukrainian Village, Hails 'Good' Soviet Ideology

A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has admitted to burning down a village at the height of fighting more than a year ago, while praising a proposal for restoring the place.

Seeking Asylum In Ukraine, Russian Dissidents Get Cold Shoulder

More than 200 Russian dissidents have fled to Ukraine over the past two years, but only a handful have been granted political asylum. Some fear they could be sent back and are warning that Ukraine is not a safe place for embattled Russian opposition activists.

Tatar Leader Vows Crimea Blockade Will Continue

Crimean Tartars have led a months-long blockade of Crimea to push for its return to Ukrainian rule. Despite growing hardships, one leading activist is adamant the action must continue.
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