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Kyiv Slams French Lawmakers' Crimea Visit

Ukraine has condemned the visit of a group of French lawmakers to Russia-annexed Crimea. More

Google Maps had briefly changed about 900 Crimean place names, using names Ukraine plans to give to towns and streets under legislation passed in Kyiv last year banning Soviet symbols. (file photo)

Google Maps Reverts To Soviet-Era Place Names In Crimea 

U.S. tech giant Google has reinstated existing Soviet-era place names on online maps of Russia-annexed Crimea after it angered Moscow by changing them to correspond with names that Ukraine hopes to adopt in future under its "decommunization" law. More

Relatives cry over the coffins of three children killed by a grenade explosion in the Yenakiyeve area near Donetsk earlier this month.

U.S. Diplomats Accuse Russia Of Undermining Ukraine Peace Plan

Two top U.S. diplomats working to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine have accused Russia of continuing to supply separatist fighters with fuel and weapons and creating a "deteriorating security situation" in the region that is as bad as it was a year ago. More

Further Delay In IMF's Ukraine Bailout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that it has not yet decided to resume a bailout of Ukraine, which was halted over corruption concerns last year. More

Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, downplayed U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks on Crimea.

Ukraine Downplays Trump Crimea Stand

Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations has downplayed a comment by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he would consider recognizing Russia's widely condemned annexation of Crimea. More

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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.

Kyiv Notebook: Fear Of 'Dark Times' After Journalist's Killing

The death of a passionate investigative reporter in a car bombing in the Ukrainian capital has sent shock waves through Kyiv and its journalist community.

'I'm Not Afraid': Online Revelations Of Sexual Violence Spark Debate In Russia

All this month, women in Ukraine, Russia, and other countries have been posting stories of the sexual violence they have endured. In Russia, the harrowing accounts of what comes across as pervasive harassment and abuse have provoked a wide-ranging social self-examination that seems unwelcome to the ruling political and religious elites.

Ukraine's Sentsov 'Victim Of Vindictive System,' Says European Filmmaker

Russia's politically charged imprisonment of Crimean film director Oleh Sentsov has outraged critics as a perceived effort to suppress dissent on the Ukrainian peninsula following its forceful annexation by Moscow in 2014. Mike Downey, a film producer and the deputy head of the European Film Academy, talks about why the case remains important to people across Europe.

NATO-Russia Council: From High Hopes To Broken Dreams

The NATO-Russia Council began as a promising effort to bury the Cold War past, but it has been on a downhill slide for the better part of a decade.

Ukrainians 'Inhabit' Lenin's Shadow On Site Of Toppled Statue

Thanks to a temporary art installation that put a staircase in place to allow people to ascend to where a statue of the Soviet founder once stood, Ukrainians are getting a chance to stand in Vladimir Lenin's shoes, so to speak.

Eastern Angst: Brexit Vote Sends Jitters Through Countries On EU's Fringe

As Europe grapples with Britain's decision to leave the EU, the bloc's eastern partners are weighing the implications of a Brexit for their own countries.

Confessions Of A Ukrainian 'Political Prisoner'

Following his recent release in a prisoner swap, Hennadiy Afanasyev, a photographer from Crimea convicted in Russia of plotting terrorist attacks on the Moscow-occupied peninsula, tells why he decided to recant his testimony implicating fellow Ukrainians.

Kremlin Propaganda In Czech Republic Plays Long Game To Sow Distrust In EU

Sowing distrust and disbelief in Europe and its institutions is the main aim of Russian propaganda in the Czech Republic, according to a new study. And unlike the attention-grabbing tactics used during the Soviet era, Moscow is playing a sophisticated long game.

Flood Of Weapons Makes Eastern Ukraine Ripe For Arms Trade

The arrest in Ukraine of an alleged French nationalist with a cache of weapons has raised fears the conflict-wracked east of the country has become an arms bazaar for would-be terrorists abroad.
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