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Ukraine Signs New Russian Gas Deal

Kyiv has signed a new agreement to buy Russian gas over the next three months at a price of $248 per thousand cubic meters. More

Savchenko Lawyer In Russia 'Extremism' Probe

A lawyer for Nadia Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison, says Russian authorities are investigating him for potential "extremist" language posted on his Twitter account. More

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) shakes hand with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk after talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on April 1.

Merkel: Ukraine Deal Not Fully Implemented

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says fighting in eastern Ukraine has been reduced in recent weeks but that the Minsk cease-fire plan has not yet been fully implemented. More

A light installation shows the official logotype of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during its unveiling ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater building in Moscow in October 2014.

FIFA Urged To Take World Cup From Russia

Thirteen U.S. senators have written to FIFA, soccer's world governing body, urging the organization to replace Russia as host of the 2018 World Cup. More

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Ukrainian Communist Party Chief Summoned For Questioning

Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko has been summoned by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) for questioning over a recent trip to Russia. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: The Kolomoyskiy Point

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More

Audio Podcast: Can Ukraine's Oligarchs Be Housebroken?

Petro Poroshenko's battle with Ihor Kolomoyskiy heralds the start of a tricky and dangerous stage in Ukraine's post-Euromaidan efforts to build a law-based state. More
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'Just Give Us Our Freedom,' Says Wife Of Exiled Crimean Tatar Leader

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the long-time leader of the Crimean Tatars has been banned from the peninsula since Russia annexed the Ukrainian region in March 2014. But his wife, Safinar Dzhemileva, remains in Crimea and spoke recently to Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service.

Crimean Tatar TV Counts Minutes To Impending Shutdown

The only Crimean Tatar television channel in Crimea could be closed down on April 1 if it's not able to register with the Russian government. Locals see the pressure against ATR television as part of a broader campaign of intimidation against Crimean Tatars since Russia occupied Crimea last year.

Video 'I Wanted To Die' -- In Russia, A Woman's Life Unravels After Trip To Kyiv

The director of a Ukrainian choir in Russia has had her life turned upside down since the crisis erupted in Ukraine.

In Dnipropetrovsk, Kolomoyskiy's Departure Leaves No One Indifferent

This week's surprise ouster of oligarch and Dnipropetrovsk Governor Ihor Kolomoyskiy has prompted strong emotions among locals, who -- love him or hate him -- acknowledge the key role he's played in keeping the eastern region safe.

News Analysis: Ukraine Risks 'Feudalization' As Conflict With Oligarchs Boils Over

A devastating economic crisis, an open conflict with Russia, and now a war between Kyiv and one of Ukraine's leading oligarchs. Is Kyiv making a serious effort at breaking the oligarchs' grip over Ukraine or is the country in for another round of self-destructive infighting that could produce political and economic disaster?

'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt talks frankly about the mistakes made by the European Union with regard to Russia, what he thinks the Russian president's next moves are likely to be, and why the bloc needs to engage more deeply with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Bildt spoke on March 22 with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on the sidelines of a Brussels Forum held by the German Marshall Fund.

How A Soviet Emigre Family Took Kefir Mainstream In America

The Smolyansky family, which emigrated to Chicago from Soviet Ukraine in 1976, has built a growing empire based on kefir, a tangy cultured-milk product popular across Eastern Europe but, until recently, largely unknown to American consumers.

Video Kyrgyz Mercenary Details Russian Military Role In Ukraine

A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has spoken in detail about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov says Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region -- and that Moscow has stepped up the provision of heavy weaponry.

One Year Later, Crimea's Tatars Even Further In The Shadows

Crimean Tatars, the native inhabitants of the Black Sea peninsula, almost universally opposed Russia's 2014 annexation. A year later, they say their rights, safety, and traditions are under attack.

One Year After Annexation, Remembering The Crimea That Fought Back

As Russia celebrates one year since its militarized annexation of Crimea, some residents on the peninsula are eager to remind the Kremlin that many people resisted the scheme -- and remain opposed to it today. The Crimean Desk of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
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