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Russian, German Diplomats Call For 1,000 OSCE Observers For Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier have called on the OSCE to double the number of observers it has in Ukraine to 1,000. More

Handcuffed Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko reacts inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow on March 4.

Savchenko Asks For More Balanced Diet

Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko's lawyer Mark Feigin said on March 6 his client was asking to be given fruit juice and vegetable and fruit puree by her Russian jailers rather than broth, which was her initial request after breaking her fast the previous day. More

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (right) talks to journalists prior to the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Riga on March 6.

Ukraine Conflict Tops Agenda Of EU Meeting In Riga

The two-day talks start on March 6 amid heightened tension over Moscow's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of a fragile cease-fire agreement between Ukrainian government forces and the rebels. More

A worker checks the gas-distribution system "Donetsk 1" in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, on March 3.

Ukraine Makes New Gazprom Payment

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on March 6 it had received a pre-payment for gas from Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz ensuring supplies to Ukraine through mid-March. More

EU Removes Four Ukrainians From Sanctions List

The European Union has removed four Ukrainians from a sanctions list due to lack of evidence. More

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Video 'I'm A Russian Occupier' -- Video Sings Praises Of Russian Imperialism

A new video titled I'm A Russian Occupier defends Russia's occupation of neighboring countries and warns the world not to "mess" with Russians. More

Nemtsov Conspiracy Theory Snowballs In Russia

Senior Russian officials and prominent talking heads are claiming that “the West” is responsible for opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s slaying in central Moscow. More
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Features & Commentary

EU Lawmaker Tells Of Shelling And 'Chaotic Retreat' After Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire

A Belgian lawmaker observed pro-Russian rebels' offensive on the town of Debaltseve and Kyiv's "chaotic" retreat during his visit to eastern Ukraine last week.

U.S. Grad Students Find 'Suspicious' Russian Stock Trading Before Crimea Takeover

A pair of U.S.-based doctoral students have uncovered “suspicious” trading on Russian stock markets ahead of the Kremlin’s push to annex Crimea, suggesting some insiders knew something was afoot.

'Better The Brits Than NATO:' Security Analyst Plays Down U.K. Troops In Ukraine

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on February 24 that Britain would send military personnel to Ukraine soon to help train its army. RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak spoke to Judy Dempsey, senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of the blog Strategic Europe about the significance of the move.

As Minsk II Flounders, Europe Scrambles For A Backup Plan

As hopes for implementation of the Minsk II agreement on stabilizing eastern Ukraine fade, the European Union is wrestling with the question, "What next?"

In Ukraine's West, Patriotism Is One Thing. Fighting's Quite Another

Ukraine's western regions were a driving force behind last year's Maidan protests. Since the start of the war, however, they've been criticized for a growing reluctance to send their men to the front. Many fighting-age men say that loyalty to their country does not translate to loyalty to their government.

Fake Photos? Ukrainian Deputy Rejects U.S. Senator's Claims Of Misinformation

A U.S. senator has accused a Ukrainian parliamentary delegation of providing his staff with misleading photos of Russian tanks allegedly entering Ukraine. But the deputy said to have provided the photos denies the account.

Video 'Ashamed' Russian Students Ask Ukraine To 'Forgive Us'

A group of Russian students has rejected the Kremlin’s narrative of the Ukraine conflict, releasing a video in which they ask Ukrainians for forgiveness.

Letters From Donbas, Part 3: 'Dirt, Tears, and Blood'

Thousands have fled eastern Ukraine since the conflict erupted in April. Some have since returned. Other people chose to stay and tough it out. From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty.

Photogallery Second Chance For Pets Abandoned In Ukrainian War Zones

In the eastern Donbas region, volunteers delivering food and supplies to Ukrainian soldiers aren't leaving empty-handed. They're carrying out animals abandoned by their owners and left to fend for themselves in the war zone.

Volunteer Now! Russia Makes It Easy To Fight In Ukraine

Officially, Russia has no soldiers in Ukraine. But it does have volunteers -- hundreds of men and women eager to take up arms in defense of "Novorossia." And the Kremlin's got no problem with that.
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