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Ukraine Energy Firms Turn To Arbitrator Over Crimea Losses

Two Ukrainian energy companies that lost control of assets in Crimea when Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula have asked a UN arbitrator to award compensation. More

Grenades Found In Odesa On Anniversary Of Deadly Clash

Police in Ukraine's Black Sea port city of Odesa say they found three hand grenades on May 2 ahead of a commemoration ceremony for the 48 people who were killed in a 2014 clash between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian demonstrators. More

Ukraine Accuses Russia-Backed Separatists Of Breaking Easter Cease-Fire

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and several troops wounded in Ukraine’s east, the Ukrainian government said on May 1. More

Democrat Congressman Eliot Engel (pictured) announced the new bill with Republican Adam Kinzinger. (file photo)

U.S. Bill Links Russia Sanctions Relief To Crimea's Return

A new bill in the U.S. Congress would prevent the White House from lifting a raft of sanctions against Russia until Ukraine restores control over Crimea, which Moscow forcibly annexed in 2014, or settles the peninsula's status to Kyiv's satisfaction. More

The United Nations has raised its estimate of total fatalities during the conflict in eastern Ukraine to more than 9,300. (file photo)

Ukraine Contact Group Seeks Easter Truce

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine says it aims for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine to begin with the start of the Easter and May holidays. More

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The Briefing: Odesa Heats Up

Tensions are high in the Ukrainian city of Odesa on the second anniversary of clashes between pro-Kyiv demonstrators and Moscow-backed militants that killed dozens of people. More
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'Too Many Troops Willing To Fire'

With so many opposing troops massed in close proximity along the line of separation, you can expect more civilians to be caught in the line of fire in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL spoke to International Crisis Group adviser Paul Quinn-Judge about the scale of the problem.

Video Chernobyl's Ring Of Fire: Signs Point To Rising Risk

Decades of extensive studies have led a leading Chernobyl researcher to warn that a bolt from the blue, or the strike of a match, could lead to forest fires that send clouds of toxic, radioactive fallout spewing into the skies above Europe.

Disaster Workers Return On Anniversary

A visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone might seem like an adventure to the tourists who flock there for a glimpse at disaster. Not so for the hundreds of thousands who were sent in to clean up the world's worst nuclear accident.

Volodymyr Hroysman: Ukraine's Would-Be Prime Minister Is Loyal Poroshenko Ally

The man identified by Ukraine's outgoing prime minister as his successor is a 38-year-old loyalist of President Petro Poroshenko who was thrust onto the national scene after the Euromaidan unrest that toppled a government.

Video What Now For Ukraine's EU Association Agreement?

Dutch voters have upset the European apple cart by voting against an EU Association Agreement with Ukraine in a closely watched test of anti-Brussels sentiment.

Video Dutch Vote On Ukraine Deal Could Reverberate Throughout Europe

The Dutch have begun casting ballots to decide whether their government should ratify an Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. But it is a vote that means a lot more than just free trade and closer ties between Kyiv and Brussels.

Panama Papers In Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A massive data leak suggests the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan are engaged in shadowy operations to hide wealth abroad, even as they openly condemn the removal of wealth from their countries.

Letters From Donbas, Part 7: 'How Long Can You Postpone Your Life?'

More than 1 million people have fled eastern Ukraine since war erupted in April 2014. Some have since returned. Others never left. From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of separatist-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service continues to publish their testimonies. The names of the authors of the letters have been changed to protect them.

Spike In Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Threatens Fragile Cease-Fire

An uptick in fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists reported by OSCE monitors in recent weeks has weakened a shaky truce between the combatants.

Russia's Patriotic Chess Star From Crimea Sets His Sights On World Title

Crimean-born, Russian chess star Sergei Karjakinspeaks about his upcoming bid to become world chess champion, his decision in 2009 to play for Russia instead of his native Ukraine, and his staunch support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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