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A special commemoration was held in Kyiv to honor  the victims of the catastrophic 1930s famine.

Ukraine Marks Holodomor

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has compared the Holodomor of 1932-33 with the current war in eastern Ukraine, saying the war is a continuation of imperial genocide against the Ukrainian people. More

Serbia To Revoke Businessman's Citizenship

Serbia says it will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, sanctioned by the European Union and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges. More

Gorbachev To Discuss Merkel's Views With Putin

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says he will relay a conversation he had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Russian President Vladimir Putin. More

Detained Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko in a Moscow court on November 11

Ukrainian Pilot Held In Russia To Represent Parliament In PACE

Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko says Nadiya Savchenko, an air force pilot who is in Russian custody, will represent her country's parliament in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk before a meeting of the national security council in Kyiv in early November.

New Ukraine Coalition Agreed

Ukraine's newly agreed five-party ruling coalition has reportedly set the country's membership of NATO as its major goal. More

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Eight Tweets That Show How The Maidan Is Being Remembered Differently

On Twitter, the one-year anniversary of the Maidan is being marked starkly different by supporters of Ukraine and Russia. More

Concerns Raised Over Crimean Tatars Fighting With IS

Ruslan Saitvaliyev, the leader of the recently revived Crimean Muftiate of Taurida, has said that as many as 500 militants from Crimea are fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group. More
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'They Want To Frighten People' -- Donetsk Native Recalls Captivity In Rebel-Held City

Donetsk native Svitlana Matushko spent seven days in the basement of the former Ukrainian secret services building in the eastern Ukrainian city. She tells how the separatist authorities there are using terror to push out all those who oppose their agenda.

Video Faces Of The Maidan: Where Are They Now?

One year after the beginning of the Maidan protest movement that changed the course of Ukraine's history, RFE/RL went back to talk to some of the memorable people who were heavily involved in those tumultuous events.

Video Russian Oysters? Foie Gras? Not A Problem, Say Farmers In Sanctions-Hit Russia

Initiatives are cropping up across Russia to replace Western food products banned by Moscow. But consumers are already feeling the sting of sanctions.

In Ukraine, Grief, Pride, And Anger As Families Remember Euromaidan Dead

As Ukraine prepares to mark one year since the Euromaidan revolt broke out in Kyiv, the anniversary is stirring up painful memories for families of those killed during the protests.

Video Interview: Ukrainian 'Cyborg' Describes Nine Days Defending Donetsk Airport

RFE/RL's Ukraine Service caught up with Serhiy Halyan, one of the Ukrainian troops -- admiringly dubbed "cyborgs" for their staunch defense of the international airport on the war-torn outskirts of Donetsk -- who survived a surreal nine days at the airport and whose father is a Russian army colonel.

Under Fire In Ukraine, OSCE Questions Its Worth

Since March, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has maintained a special monitoring mission in Ukraine. In July, it added a second mission along the Russian side of the border. But with Ukrainian anger rising over the OSCE's role, the Vienna-based agency appears to be doing some soul-searching.

How The 'Rosetta' Comet Discovery Narrowly Avoided The Soviet Dustbin

The speeding comet that a European spacecraft has landed on was discovered by a Soviet astronomer who nearly tossed a key photograph of the celestial body in the waste basket.

Video Full Transcript: Interview With New EU Enlargement Chief Hahn

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, the EU's new neighborhood and enlargement negotiation commissioner, Johannes Hahn, speaks about his view on the latest developments in Ukraine, the future of the Eastern Partnership and his approach to Belarus and Azerbaijan. In his first extended appearance for international media he also set out his strategy for Western Balkan countries such as Serbia, Bosnia, and Macedonia.

News Analysis: What's Behind The Resurgence Of Fighting In Eastern Ukraine?

With new convoys of heavy military equipment arriving in separatist-held eastern Ukraine from Russia and a significant uptick in fighting, the Minsk conflict-resolution process in Ukraine seems stymied. Has the conflict entered a new, more dangerous phase?

Russian Gangs Of New York

"Things have gotten more boring," says Alexandre Grant, the man who has chronicled the rise and fall of Russian-speaking gangsters in New York City for more than two decades.
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