Thursday, December 18, 2014

Latest Ukraine News

Putin To Hold News Conference

The economy and international affairs will be key topics at Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference on December 18. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech in the Polish parliament in Warsaw on December 17.

Poroshenko Sets 'Euro-Atlantic' Course

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 17 that he will soon ask parliament to abandon the country's neutral "nonbloc" status, and suggested he would steer the country closer to NATO. More

Georgian Ex-Official Joins Ukraine Ministry

A former deputy interior minister of Georgia, Ekaterina Zguladze, has been appointed to a similar post in Ukraine. More

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov  (file photo)

Kadyrov 'Wants To Fight' In Ukraine

The Kremlin-backed head of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, has sparked controversy by saying he is "ready to resign and fight" alongside pro-Russian separatists in their conflict with governent forces in eastern Ukraine. More

Obama To Sign New Russian Sanctions Bill

The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation implementing new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine by the end of the week. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Donetsk Snapshot: The Frightening Rise Of Denunciations

There are increasing reports of people being detained in the separatist-held parts of southeastern Ukraine solely on the strength of denunciations from their neighbors. The practice mirrors the Stalin-era phenomenon that is credited with inflaming and intensifying his reign of terror. More

Podcast: What Happens Next?

By all accounts, 2014 was a momentous year. So what happens now? Listen to a special year-end edition of the Power Vertical Podcast. More
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Features & Commentary

U.S. Says Russia Sanctions Vindicated As Ruble Tumbles

As Russia’s currency plunges, the Obama administration is delivering a message about the impact of Western sanctions: We told you so.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Letters From Donbas

What is day-to-day life really like in Ukraine's separatist-held territories? RFE/RL invited ordinary people behind rebel lines to share their impressions.

Opera Star Under Fire For Backing Ukraine Separatists

Opera star Anna Netrebko is under fire for backing separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Crimea Is A 'Sacred' Land. But For Whom?

Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on December 4 by invoking Kievan Rus leader Vladimir the Great, who is said to have been baptized on the peninsula in the 10th century and converted the medieval Slavic state to Orthodox Christianity.

Who Are Ukraine's New Foreign-Born Ministers?

Ukraine has taken the unusual decision to hand key government posts to three foreigners. The new ministers, who hail from the United States, Georgia, and Lithuania, received Ukrainian citizenship hours before the government was approved.

'No Big Brother!' Ukrainian Journalists Oppose Kyiv's New Ministry Of Information

Ukrainian journalists are protesting the government's creation of a new Ministry of Information that Kyiv says is needed to confront Russian propaganda. Some journalists fear their own efforts to gather truth could become subject to oversight.

End Of South Stream: Winners & Losers

Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 1 announced that Russia was abandoning plans for the South Stream natural gas pipeline meant to supply energy directly to Europe without transit through Ukraine. Who are the winners and losers if Putin makes good on his word?

Crimean Tatars Cry Foul Following Latest Arrest

Crimean Tatars are denouncing a sweeping crackdown on their community following the detention of a fourth man over clashes with police earlier this year. Crimean Tatar leaders have opposed the annexation of their peninsula by Russia.

East Or West? Divided Moldova's Tense Election Season Comes Down To The Wire

On November 30, voters will weigh in on the European-integration path Moldova has followed actively since 2009. But the country is deeply divided, and forces supporting closer relations with Moscow and the Russia-led customs union are making themselves heard.
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