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WATCH: The aftermath of a deadly shooting incident in eastern Ukraine.

Video Ukraine, Russia Clash Over Slovyansk Deaths

Ukraine and Russia have traded allegations following a deadly clash in eastern Ukraine. More

Watch: The aftermath of the shoot-out near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. (WARNING: Graphic Content)

Video Russia 'Outraged' At Slovyansk Shoot-Out

Following a deadly attack on a pro-Russian checkpoint in eastern Ukraine a pro-Russian local leader has announced a curfew and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to send Russian peacekeepers. More

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Patriarch Filaret (file photo)

Churches' Leaders Slam Ukraine Crisis

As millions of Christians around the world began celebrations for Easter, the heads of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches made critical statements over the crisis in Ukraine. More

​Russia Accuses OSCE's ODIHR Of Bias

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of being biased for failing to criticize Ukraine's ban on most Russian men from entering the country. More

U.S. Slams Anti-Semitic Flyer In Ukraine

The White House says reports of an anti-Semitic flyer distributed in eastern Ukraine are “utterly sickening” and that U.S. President Barack Obama was disgusted by the leaflet, whose origins remain murky. More

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Twitter Meme Mocks Russian Claims Over Slovyansk Shoot-Out

A calling card allegedly left at the scene of a shoot-out in Slovyansk on April 20 by the leader of a Ukrainian ultranationalist group has become an Internet sensation. RFE/RL correspondent Farangis Najibullah gives a rundown of some of the mocking tweets that accuse Dmytro Yarosh of having a hand in everything from the moon landing to this week's sinking of a South Korean ferry. More

Azerbaijan Arrests Prominent Journalist For Espionage

Rauf Mirkadyrov, a commentator for the independent Russian-language daily "Zerkalo," was taken into custody by security personnel at Baku's Heydar Aliyev airport on April 19 after being deported from Turkey, where he had lived with his family for the past three years. More
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Features & Commentary

Easter Mass Highlights Ukrainian Divisions

Many Ukrainians are united by a yearning for peace in the name of God and country. But divisions were also evident at Easter services in Kyiv.

Interview: 'The Maidan Represents Love'

Russian photographer Viktoria Ivleva was curious about how ordinary Ukrainians' feelings concerning the ongoing crisis, and found a way to see for herself. Using funds provided by her Facebook friends, She traveled to Ukraine and met with Ukrainians across the country -- from pro-Maidan supporters in Ukraine's west to pro-Russian protesters in the east. RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke with Ivleva about her experiences upon her return to Moscow.

Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis.

Video Jews Get Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine.

The Geneva Agreement -- On Paper And On the Ground

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union have reached an agreement in Geneva on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine. We take a look at the key points in the agreement and the steps taken -- or not taken -- thus far to implement them.

Kramatorsk Dispatch: Humiliating Capitulation Dampens Troops' Morale

The Ukrainian army is licking its wounds after a much-touted "anti-terrorist" operation to regain control of the country's east ended with pro-Russian separatists in Kramatorsk seizing six armored personnel carriers.

Interview: 'We May Already Be Past The Point Of No Return'

Ivan Lozowy, a Kyiv-based political analyst, traveled to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk this week. He talks to RFE/RL about Kyiv's failure to confront the separatist crisis and the role of the Donbas oligarchs in stirring up the unrest.

Nervous Kyiv Authorities Post Civil Defense Notices -- And Then Take Them Down

Alarming notices appeared across Kyiv this week advising residents on what to do in case war breaks out -- including responding to sirens and using bomb shelters. But almost as soon as they’d appeared, the bulletins were taken down.

Multimedia Horlivka Dispatch: Uneasy Calm Following Takeover

Horlivka, a sleepy industrial town in eastern Ukraine, is one of the latest cities to be gripped by separatist unrest in the country's Russian-leaning east.

German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany's largest-circulation tabloid wants two Soviet tanks removed from a Berlin war memorial in protest of what it calls Russia's "hegemonic military policies" in Ukraine.
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