Saturday, April 25, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

'Cutthroats And Bandits': Volunteer's Stint With Ukraine Rebels Turns To Nightmare

A Russian businessman who spent six months alongside insurgents in eastern Ukraine returns with tales of looting, drinking, and murder.
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Ukrainian Soldier Killed Near Mariupol

One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and two wounded in shelling by pro-Russian separatists near the port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.
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Russia 'Indignant' Over Polish Biker Ban

The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has protested Poland's decision to refuse entry to a group of Russian motorcyclists on a tour it says is meant to commemorate Soviet war victories during World War II.
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Putin, Hollande Huddle On Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on the sidelines of ceremonies in Yerevan commemorating the 100th anniversary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
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Russia Adds Charge Against Savchenko

Investigators have brought an additional charge against Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko in what the prosecution called it's "final" case against her, alleging that she illegally crossed the border from Ukraine into Russia.
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Moscow Wary Of EU Partnerships

Russia says it has a negative view of the EU's Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Latvia next month, calling it "anti-Russian."
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Bishkek, Dushanbe Move Victory Parades

Kyrgyzstan has moved its military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II from May 9 to May 7.
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Berlin Nod To Russian Trade Concerns

A leaked letter from German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urges the European Union to quickly ease "Russian concerns" regarding the implementation of a free-trade agreement with Ukraine.
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Russian Wildfire Relief Takes Backseat To Donbas Aid Convoys

As wildfires burn, leaving thousands homeless in Russia's Khakasia region in Siberia, activists say they are having difficulty getting donated aid to victims.
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Russia Regrets Treason Charges

The Russian state has apologized to Svetlana Davydova, a woman who faced treason charges after telephoning the Ukrainian Embassy to report possible Russian troop movements near the two nations' border.
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