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Belarus's Alyaksandr Lukashenka (left) and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbaev will then travel to Moscow.

Belarusian, Kazakh Leaders To Visit Kyiv

The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan will visit Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early next week. More

 EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini talks to European Council President Donald Tusk during an EU leaders summit in Brussels, December 18.

Tusk: Russia Is EU's Biggest 'Challenge'

European Council President Donald Tusk says the European Union needs a strategy for dealing with Russia that lasts for years, not months. More

Obama Signs Ukraine Aid Bill

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill authorizing new sanctions against Russia on December 18 but said that he would not impose them "at this time." More

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (left) talks to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on December 18.

EU Adopts Tougher Crimea Sanctions

The European Union on December 18 agreed new sanctions against Moscow-annexed Crimea as EU leaders prepared to discuss a "tough and responsible" strategy toward Russia following its involvement in Ukraine. More

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

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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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