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Russia: Ukrainian Hostage Freed In Afghanistan

Russia says a Ukrainian who was being held prisoner by Afghan militants has been freed. More

Hollande, Merkel, Putin 'Back' Ukraine Truce Plan

The French Presidency says France, Germany, and Russia back plans for a complete cease-fire in eastern Ukraine from next week. More

KLM Drops Inflight Recording By Controversial, Ukrainian-Born Pianist

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has dropped a recording from its inflight playlist by a controversial Ukrainian-born classical pianist. More

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Jaresko (right) and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (file photo)

Ukraine Debt Deal Likened To Default

Top ratings agencies say they see the debt restructuring deal Ukraine struck with creditors this week as tantamount to a default. More

White House Criticizes Ukraine Separatist Plans For Local Elections

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is criticizing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine for threatening to take more territory and hold their own elections. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: Ukraine Names Names

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. More

Video The Daily Vertical: A Song Of Defiance

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Features & Commentary

At Ukrainian Camp, Orphans Learn Painful Past Doesn't Mean Grim Future

For 20 years, orphans from across Ukraine have been setting up camp in the Carpathian Mountains to learn lessons of life and better living.

New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

Report With Tally Of 'Russian War Casualties' Causes Stir

A Russian-language website has caused a stir with a report asserting that more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Just Say 'Nyet:' Hash Article, Cleaning Products Latest To Be Banned In Russia

Last week, California wines and French meat were attacked. Today, it's Wikipedia and washing detergents -- all part of the Kremlin's dizzying parade of bans and blacklists on foreign products since the West imposed sanctions on Russia last year.

Eight Russians Who Have Taken A Stand

On August 25, 1968, eight Soviet citizens were arrested on Red Square for protesting the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and most suffered years of exile or imprisonment for their quixotic gesture. Here are eight Russians who have suffered for protesting today.

As In 1968, A Few Brave Russians Swim Against The Tide

In 1968, eight Soviet citizens protested in Red Square against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Now many Russians are facing the same test of courage as they take public stands against the policies of President Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian 'Cyborg': 'They Tried To Break Me, But It Didn't Work'

Ukrainian paratrooper Oleksandr Mashonkin was captured after the hellish fighting at the Donetsk airport in January -- and thrust into another nightmare. The "cyborg," who was released in a prisoner exchange after 197 days in captivity in Donetsk, says he and fellow prisoners were beaten with “pipes, stools, table legs” and even a cross wielded by a priest.

Cultivating Ties: Ukraine Feeds China's Growing Appetite For Crops

Ukraine’s economy is reeling as the conflict with Russia-backed rebels in the east drags on, but all is not doom and gloom. Agriculture is on the rebound, and one of Moscow's geopolitical allies – China – has emerged as one of Ukraine’s biggest crop purchasers.

Gay-Pride Event Banned In Odesa

An Odesa court has banned a gay-pride festival that was originally planned for this weekend in the Ukrainian port city, saying the event could lead to violence.

The Crimes Of Russian Soldiers Abroad

As the trial of a Russian private accused of slaughtering an entire Armenian family in January gets under way in Gyumri on August 12, RFE/RL takes a look at some of the worst crimes Russian soldiers have been accused of committing abroad, off the battlefield.
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