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Savchenko's Request To Replace Judge Rejected

The request of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko to replace the judge at her trial has been rejected. More

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Russian Lawmaker May Lose Immunity

Russia's lower house of parliament may pave the way for the prosecution of the only member who voted against the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year. More

Moscow Says New U.S. National Security Strategy 'Anti-Russian'

Moscow says the new U.S. new national security strategy is "anti-Russian." More

VIDEO: Ukrainian soldiers traded heavy fire with separatists as they tried to evacuate a wounded soldier from the no-man's-land between the two sides. The fighting broke out on March 25 in the village of Pisky north of separatist-held Donetsk.

Video Three Killed After Bus Hits Mine In Eastern Ukraine

Three people have been killed in eastern Ukraine after the bus they were riding in struck a land mine. More

Chechnya Speaker Vows To Arm Mexico If U.S. Gives Weapons To Ukraine

The head of the legislature in Russia's Chechnya region says that Russia will provide arms to Mexico if Washington supplies weapons to Ukraine. More

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Video Ukrainian Oligarch Tears Into RFE/RL Journalist

One of Ukraine's richest and most powerful men responds to a question from RFE/RL with an expletive-filled rant. More
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Features & Commentary

News Analysis: Ukraine Risks 'Feudalization' As Conflict With Oligarchs Boils Over

A devastating economic crisis, an open conflict with Russia, and now a war between Kyiv and one of Ukraine's leading oligarchs. Is Kyiv making a serious effort at breaking the oligarchs' grip over Ukraine or is the country in for another round of self-destructive infighting that could produce political and economic disaster?

'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt talks frankly about the mistakes made by the European Union with regard to Russia, what he thinks the Russian president's next moves are likely to be, and why the bloc needs to engage more deeply with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Bildt spoke on March 22 with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on the sidelines of a Brussels Forum held by the German Marshall Fund.

How A Soviet Emigre Family Took Kefir Mainstream In America

The Smolyansky family, which emigrated to Chicago from Soviet Ukraine in 1976, has built a growing empire based on kefir, a tangy cultured-milk product popular across Eastern Europe but, until recently, largely unknown to American consumers.

Kyrgyz Mercenary Details Russian Military Role In Ukraine

A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has spoken in detail about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov says Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region -- and that Moscow has stepped up the provision of heavy weaponry.

One Year Later, Crimea's Tatars Even Further In The Shadows

Crimean Tatars, the native inhabitants of the Black Sea peninsula, almost universally opposed Russia's 2014 annexation. A year later, they say their rights, safety, and traditions are under attack.

One Year After Annexation, Remembering The Crimea That Fought Back

As Russia celebrates one year since its militarized annexation of Crimea, some residents on the peninsula are eager to remind the Kremlin that many people resisted the scheme -- and remain opposed to it today. The Crimean Desk of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Stop The Presses: Moscow Cracks Down On Journalists In Annexed Crimea

Russian security agents on March 13 raided the homes of the families of two Ukrainian journalists in the Russia-annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea. The raids seem to be part of a systematic policy to control the media in the disputed area.

IMF Loan Package For Ukraine Promises Pain, Questionable Gain

The benefits of the newly approved International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan package will come in the long term. But for ordinary Ukrainians, the pain from its conditions will be immediate.

A Bipartisan Cause In Washington: Arming Ukraine Against Russia

Democrats and Republicans may agree on little in Washington, but there is an exception: providing arms to Ukraine.

Is A Savchenko Deal In The Offing?

A lawyer for Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot jailed in Russia for her alleged role in the death of two journalists, says he has video evidence proving his client is innocent. The latest claim comes amid a flurry of diplomacy aimed at her release -- and her own decision to give up a hunger strike after 83 days.
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