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Pilot Nadia Savchenko in a Moscow court.

Poroshenko Awards Savchenko Highest National Honor

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has awarded the country's highest national honor to pilot Nadia Savchenko. More

Main Witness: I Didn't See Killer

The woman who was with Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov when he was gunned down near the Kremlin says she did not see the killer because he came from behind. More

Ukrainian Lawmaker Leaves Russia After Police Drop Claims

A lawyer for Oleksiy Honcharenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker who was detained in Moscow on March 1, says his client has returned to Ukraine. More

Ukrainians With Czech Roots Head To Ancestral Homeland

Ukrainians of Czech descent have started leaving eastern Ukraine for the Czech Republic. More

A victim of shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramotorsk on February 10

UN Says Death Toll In 'Merciless' Ukraine War Exceeds 6,000

The UN human rights chief says more than 6,000 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since it erupted in April 2014. More

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Audio Podcast: The Kremlin's War Plan

Weeks before Viktor Yanukovych fell, plans to intervene in Ukraine were circulating in the Kremlin. More

The Daily Vertical: Moscow's Ace In The Hole

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. 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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