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Ukraine's Asset-Declaration System 'Ready To Go'

Ukraine is to officially launch on September 1 a delayed online system that monitors the incomes and assets of government officials. I More

EU Prepared To Prolong Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine

European Union ambassadors appear set to prolong asset freezes and visa bans against 146 individuals and 37 entities that, according to the EU, are responsible for actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity. More

Relatives Of MH17 Victims Appeal To EU Over Radar Data, Intelligence

Frustrated relatives of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine have appealed to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine, and the United States to provide investigators with intelligence and radar data about the tragedy. More

Kazakhstan Hunts Man Suspected Of Fighting Alongside Ukrainian Separatists

A court in Kazakhstan’s northwestern city of Aqtobe has added to the country's wanted list a local resident suspected of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. More

Russian Man Jailed For Joining Ukrainian Forces

A court in Russia has jailed a Russian man for fighting against Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. More

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Features & Commentary

Death At Hands Of Police Sparks Public Anger, Reform Pledge In South Ukraine

Ukraine's interior minister has vowed there won't be any "whitewash" as authorities investigate the death this week of a 31-year-old man at the hands of a half-dozen policemen with the man's family looking on.

War Of Words Over Ukraine 'Combat' Photo

A controversy is escalating in Ukraine over a photo that seems to capture the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in a single frame. It could be one of the greatest war photographs ever taken – or a fake.

Audio Slide Show Behind The Scenes In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings 

A tycoon and power broker with close ties to Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk has influenced policy for two tumultuous decades in Ukraine. As a peace deal he helped push through in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists threatens to unravel, the outsize role of a man critics call the "Prince of Darkness" is in the spotlight again.

Punitive Medicine? Crimean Tatars Shaken By Leader's Confinement To Mental Asylum

Russia's confinement of a Tatar activist to a psychiatric clinic in Crimea is raising fears that Moscow is reviving a Soviet-era practice to intimidate opponents of the peninsula's annexation into silence.

Have Assault Rifle (Replica), Will Travel: Kalashnikov Opens Shop At Moscow Airport

Forget duty-free vodka and "matryoshka" dolls: Travelers looking for a last-minute souvenir of Russia can now pick up an assault rifle -- well, a plastic replica -- before heading for flights out of Moscow's main airport.

Video Failed 1991 Coup Changed U.S. Diplomacy Toward U.S.S.R.

A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington's perspective during those heady events.

In Ukraine, Attacks On Journalists Chill Media Landscape

Journalists who have challenged Ukraine’s authorities or reported from separatist-held areas are coming under attack. Extreme nationalists have unleashed a torrent of criticism that has inspired public contempt for journalists, while leaks have exposed their personal data. At the same time, journalists have received death threats, been physically assaulted, and in one case killed.

Video Guns Of August: Fears Of Full-Scale War Return As Casualties Mount In Ukraine

Fighting is flaring this summer in eastern Ukraine, where government forces and Russia-backed separatists are locked in a deadly standoff that is escalating two years after it began. Amid mounting casualties, there are fears an unraveling cease-fire could give way again to full-scale war.

'Like Being A Slave': Workers On Russia's Bridge To Crimea Report Abuse, Deceit

Desperately in need of money, Vyacheslav Abdullin thought he had the answer when he found work building the Kerch Strait Bridge, a top-priority project for Moscow to link Russia with the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea. But after just one month on the job, Abdullin left -- penniless, fed up with what he said were inhuman working conditions, and furious at his employers' broken promises -- to walk the 600 kilometers back to his wife and children.

Russian, Ukrainian Marchers To Meet In Kyiv

Two religious processions converging on Kyiv -- one from the east, another from the west -- have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital.
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