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Ukraine -- Former Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili shows off his identification card as the head of an advisory council in Kiev, February 17, 2015

Poroshenko Considering Saakashvili For Governor

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is considering appointing Mikheil Saakashvili, the fiercely pro-Western former president of Georgia, as governor of Ukraine's southwestern Odesa region. More

Hollande, Merkel Urge 'Concrete Results' From Putin

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “rapidly” implement measures agreed under the Minsk cease-fire agreement. More

Aleksandr Zakharchenko (file photo)

Ukraine Separatist Vows To Retake Towns

A self-proclaimed leader of the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has pledged to take control of cities controlled by Ukraine's government. More

Alleged Nazi Wanted In Russia Dies

A Canadian man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal who participated in a 1943 massacre of villagers in Belarus has died, his lawyer says. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Poroshenko Signs Ukraine Debt Law

President Petro Poroshenko has signed legislation granting Ukraine's cash-starved government the right to stop payments to foreign debt holders. More

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What Putin Got Wrong

Putin has managed to baffle, bewilder, and distract everybody with his hybrid war in Ukraine. But the consequences of his failures and mistakes will likely be much more enduring than his shock-and-awe tactics. More

Audio Briefing: Endgame Diplomacy

The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of the Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday. More
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Features & Commentary

Ukrainian Bloggers Hunt Down Russian Soldiers In War-Torn East

Ukrainian bloggers are using social networks to track down alleged Russian soldiers fighting alongside separatist rebels in Ukraine's east. They say they are building a damning case against Russia.

Photogallery Afghanistan To Ukraine: 'The Enemies Of Our Enemies Are Our Friends'

It took Afghan mujahedin nearly 10 years, and foreign weapons, to repel its Soviet invasion. A quarter-century later, Rostyslav Khotyn of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service traveled to Afghanistan to see what that war could tell him about the current conflict in his own country.

The Mysterious Assassination Of A Rebel Commander In Ukraine

The assassination of Aleksei Mozgovoi, a separatist commander in eastern Ukraine and proponent of the idea of an independent Novorossia, has led to a lot of finger pointing.

News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.

Video Anti-Maidan Activist Booed By Moscow Students

Students at a prestigious Moscow university angrily disrupted a lecture by Nikolai Starikov, the leader of a pro-Kremlin group that has backed separatist militants in eastern Ukraine.

Out With A Whimper: Novorossia, 2014-2015

Separatist authorities in Ukraine's self-declared Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics have announced they are abandoning plans to create a pro-Kremlin breakaway state. We look at the brief history of the so-called Novorossia project.

Soccer Club Gives Ukraine Something To Cheer About

For a country weary of war, soccer club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has given Ukrainians reason to smile.

Russian POW Video Raises War Crime Questions For Ukraine

Did Kyiv violate the Geneva Conventions by releasing an interrogation video of an alleged Russian soldier captured fighting alongside separatists in eastern Ukraine?

Businesses Torched Amid Deepening Crackdown On Crimean Tatars

Members of the Muslim Crimean Tatar minority say the enterprises that bring them their livelihood have become targets in a persistent clampdown since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.

Sanctions Loosen As Assets Of Yanukovych Allies Elude Ukraine's Grasp

Freed from European Union sanctions, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's deputy chief of staff is suing the EU and warning the current leaders in Kyiv that they will someday face prosecution over financial activities. After more than a year in power, Ukraine's pro-Western government has had little success in prosecuting allies of Yanukovych and bringing allegedly embezzled assets back into the country's war-drained coffers.
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