Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Latest Ukraine News

Kerry To Meet Merkel In Berlin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on October 22, in a visit to mark next month's 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. More

EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger (file photo)

Progress Reported In Brussels Gas Talks

European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has announced substantial progress was reached in October 21 talks between representatives of Ukraine and Russia on gas supplies, but a final deal has yet to be agreed. More

Sakharov Prize Winner To Be Announced

The European Parliament is due to announce the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on October 21. More

A ball of fire is seen following an explosion on the outskirts of the eastern city of Donetsk on October 20. Human Rights Watch cited "particularly strong evidence" that Ukrainian military forces had used cluster munitions on several occasion in Donetsk, a rebel stronghold with a prewar population of around 1 million people.

HRW Says Kyiv Used Cluster Bombs

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Ukrainian government forces of using cluster munitions in populated areas in the eastern city of Donetsk earlier this month. More

Radoslaw Sikorski

Sikorski: Putin Offered To Divide Ukraine

Polish parliamentary speaker Radoslaw Sikorski says that in 2008 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then-prime minister that they divide Ukraine between themselves. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Lavrov Slams U.S. For 'Double Standards' Over IS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has slammed what he calls Washington’s “double standards in order to implement geopolitical designs,” including over the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

Audio Podcast: Ukraine's Loyalist Russians

The vast majority of Ukraine's ethnic Russians are, in fact, loyal Ukrainian citizens. More
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Features & Commentary

The Slow, Dangerous Work Of Recovering Ukraine's War Dead

A single volunteer organization has taken on the challenge of retrieving the bodies of slain fighters from the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. We look at the grim work of the Black Tulip organization.

Kremlin 'Cheerleaders' To Sing At London's Royal Albert Hall, Raising Hackles

Two Kremlin-friendly Russian singers will perform this week at London's top concert hall, despite calls on Britain to bar them from entering the country. Iosif Kobzon and Valeria have actively backed Russia's actions in Ukraine.

After Detention And Torture, Donetsk Artist's Work Turns Grim

The Donetsk street artist best known for his satirical depiction of a suicidal separatist commander is now working on a more serious comic book based on his time as a captive of pro-Russian separatists.

Insult Evolves Into Homage As Donetsk Airport Defenders Dubbed 'Cyborgs'

It started as something of an insult but turned into a badge of pride. Meet Ukraine's "cyborgs."

Conflict With Russia Reaches Ukrainian Stores

Under new local legislation passed by Kyiv authorities, stores in the Ukrainian capital must now separately label Russian-imported goods. A similar initiative is already in place in three other Ukrainian cities, where special brigades have been deployed to check compliance.

Defense Minister: Kyiv's Least Secure Job

For the third time in six months a Ukrainian defense minister has been forced out. Why is Kyiv repeatedly replacing its top military official in the midst of a war?

On The Front Lines In Donetsk, Life Is Both Normal -- And Far From It

The death toll continues to mount in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, where at least two civilians were killed by weekend artillery fire between government forces and pro-Russia militia fighters. But in many ways, life in the Donbas city remains surprisingly normal, with well-stocked supermarkets and freshly planted flowers. RFE/RL's Russian Service speaks to one Donetsk resident about daily life in the city.

The Mysterious Professor Haag: Russian Media's Favored 'Expert' Has Dubious Credentials

A man identified as German Professor Lorenz Haag has been widely quoted in Russian media as praising the Kremlin and defending Russia's actions in Ukraine. The "professor's" credentials, however, are a matter of serious doubt.

Video In Western Ukraine, Attitudes Cooling Toward IDPs

People displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are facing increasing difficulty finding accommodation in other regions, signaling a shift in attitudes toward internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Despite Cease-Fire, Fight Continues For Donetsk Airport

There is supposed to be a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. So why is there so much fighting around Donetsk airport?
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