Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Medics carry a wounded Ukrainian soldier to an ambulance at a military hospital in Kyiv before being transported to Germany on September 2.

Video Kremlin: Comment On Capturing Kyiv 'Taken Out Of Context'

The Kremlin has backtracked after President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying his military could capture Kyiv in two weeks if he gave the order, while Ukrainian government forces suffered new losses in the fighting against separatists the West says are backed by Russian soldiers. More

Crimea Chief Says Gays Not Needed

The senior official in Crimea says sexual minorities "have no chance" on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. More

Putin Reportedly Tells EU: 'If I Want, I Can Take Kyiv In Two Weeks'

Vladimir Putin has reportedly warned the European Union that the Russian military could take Kyiv in two weeks if he gave the order. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko waves to cadets at a military academy in Kyiv on September 1. Poroshenko said the events of the past few days show Russia has launched a "direct and open aggression" against Ukraine.

Ukraine Troops Abandon Airport; Int'l Talks Adjourn

Ukrainian military officials say government forces have pulled back from the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk following clashes with pro-Russian separatists. More

U.S. Senators Call To Arm Ukraine

Two top U.S. lawmakers have called for the United States to arm Ukraine in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. More

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Russian Photographer In Ukraine's Fate Still Unclear, Despite Cryptic 'RIP' Tweet

The fate of a Russian photographer who disappeared nearly a month ago in eastern Ukraine remains a mystery despite scattered claims that DNA testing confirmed Andrei Stenin was dead. More

Chechens Now Fighting On Both Sides In Ukraine

A former Chechen rebel commander has appealed to the West to provide "comprehensive military assistance" to the Ukrainian people, whom he describes as victims of Russian imperial aggression, just as the Chechens were 20 years ago. More
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Features & Commentary

Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists

After enduring a night of beatings at the hands of rebel forces, she was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection, and subjected to public humiliation and physical attacks. Irina Dovgan, a woman detained and accused by pro-Russian separatists of spying for Ukrainian forces, tells her story.

Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Interview: Will A Tusk Presidency Help EU Look East?

RFE/RL speaks to Joanna Wajda, the Brussels correspondent for Polish public broadcaster TVP, about what to expect after Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was chosen as the president of the European Council.

Video A Troubled Return To School

As children across the world prepare to head back to school, those displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are bracing for their first day of school -- far away from home.

There's A Word For What's Going On In Ukraine... But What Is It?

It's been called everything from an "invasion" and an "incursion" to a "cross-border crisis" and "escalated aggression." We look at the difficulty of describing what, exactly, is taking place in Ukraine -- and what's stopping officials from using the word "war."

In Russia, Ukraine Conflict Hits Home With Secret Funerals, Missing Men

Amid scenes of Russian paratroopers being paraded by the Ukrainian military, secret Russian funerals, and mothers asking where their sons are, fighting in eastern Ukraine appears now to be tangibly touching Russians.

Video Russian Soldiers Are In Ukraine

It's a claim authorities in Kyiv have made for months, but in recent days the evidence has become undeniable. Russian soldiers are now being captured -- and perhaps dying -- in Ukraine.

Donetsk POW March: When Is A Parade A War Crime?

The parading of Ukrainian prisoners of war through the streets by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine disgusted many. But does it constitute a violation of international law?

Moscow Skyscraper Stunt Sparks Memes, Suspicion, And Confusion

Ever since a prankster adorned a skyscraper in downtown Moscow in Ukraine's national colors, blue and yellow have been popping up all over the Russian Internet -- raised suspicions over all things yellow and blue in the capital.

Interview: Economist Says Food Ban 'Certainly Against Russian Economic Interests'

Sergei Guriyev, former dean of the prestigious New Economics School in Moscow who left Russia in 2013 amid a crackdown on critics of the Kremlin, discusses Russia's ban on Western food imports and the dangers protectionist policies pose for the country's economic growth.
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