Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Ukrainian servicemen man positions with APCs and tanks near the town of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, on September 21.

Kyiv Says Preparing To Withdraw Heavy Weapons In East

Kyiv says Ukrainian government forces are preparing to withdraw artillery and heavy armored vehicles within a proposed 30-kilometer buffer zone. More

Andrei Makarevich

Another Makarevich Concert Canceled, This Time In St. Petersburg

A concert by Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich in St. Petersburg has been canceled following his public criticism of Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine. More

Sergei Aksyonov

Crimean Leader Says Mejlis Does Not Exist

Crimea's Russian-backed leader, Sergei Aksyonov, says the self-governing body of the peninsula's Crimean Tatar community, the Mejlis (Assembly), does not exist. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says sending more troops into eastern Ukraine will only be met by more Russian forces.

Poroshenko Says No Military Solution To Ukraine Crisis

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine must be ready to defend itself if the peace process with the pro-Russian rebels fails. More

Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is seen at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80 kilometers east of Donetsk.

Germans To Sue Ukraine Over MH17

A German lawyer plans to sue Ukraine for negligence for the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine. More

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Images And Memories: Tell Us Your Ukraine Story

Our correspondent will be traveling through Ukraine to talk to people about their treasured family photographs and the stories behind them. Do you have photos you'd like to share? Let us know! More

Russian Photographer In Ukraine's Fate Still Unclear, Despite Cryptic 'RIP' Tweet

The fate of a Russian photographer who disappeared nearly a month ago in eastern Ukraine remains a mystery despite scattered claims that DNA testing confirmed Andrei Stenin was dead. More
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Features & Commentary

Ukraine's Cryptic, Clever (And Always Insulting) Lexicon Of War

As the conflict simmers in eastern Ukraine, supporters from both camps fight on in a war of words. The result is a torrent of new slurs -- often cryptic, at times inventive, always insulting. Here are some of the most common terms.

Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region's damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be "desolation."

Canadian Politician: Support, But Also Skepticism, For Ukrainian Government

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service's Maryana Drach spoke to Canadian politician and journalist Chrystia Freeland about Western policies toward Ukraine and the role of Russian propaganda.

News Analysis: New Russia Sanctions Seen As Burning Slowly

The United States and the European Union have announced a new round of sanctions, but analysts see the measures having more of a long-term impact than an immediate one.

Self-Exiled Blogger: 'Crimea Is A Big Prison'

Crimea blogger Yelizaveta Bohutskaya says freedoms are dwindling in the annexed peninsula, which she fled this week after her home was raided by security forces.

Singing Trucker Hits Kremlin On All Cylinders

Vitriol meets diesel oil when a professional Ukrainian singer turned American truck driver gets behind the wheel.

Photogallery After An Era Of New Horizons, EU Turns Its Gaze Inward

The incoming European Commission has indicated that further enlargement will no longer be a priority for the 28-member bloc. What does that mean for EU hopefuls to the east and south?

Profiles: Russians Who Dare To Protest Ukraine War

During the past several weeks, a handful of Russians have braved public disapproval and likely arrest to stage solitary protests against Moscow's actions in Ukraine. RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke to six of them.

As Renewed Fighting Grips SE Ukraine, Neighboring Region Braces For Violence

After renewed fighting erupted near Ukraine's southeastern cities of Donetsk and Mariupol, residents in neighboring Zaporizhzhya are making preparations should the conflict reach their province.

News Analysis: NATO Upgrades By Going Back To Basics

At its summit in Wales, NATO rediscovered and reaffirmed its original reason for existence -- protecting its member states.
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