Thursday, April 24, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Lavrov Issues Ukraine Warning

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that Moscow will retaliate if Russian interests are threatened in Ukraine.
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Tiny Moldova Faces Its East-West Moment Of Truth

Moldova's European-integration policies are beginning to show results. But the closer the tiny country gets to the European Union, the harder pro-Russian forces try to pull it back into Moscow's orbit.
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Russian Authorities Deny Dzhemliev Barred From Entering Crimea

Russian authorities are denying that the veteran leader of the Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev, had been barred from entering Crimea for five years.
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Video Kyiv Poised To Relaunch Offensive In East

Ukraine's government says it has formally ended an Easter truce and is preparing a fresh military offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the east following the killing of a local politician.
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Jailed Belarusian Starts Hunger Strike

A jailed Belarusian opposition activist has started a hunger strike to protest his incarceration.
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Chubarov Denies Wanting Russian Citizenship

The head of the Crimean Tatar's main self-government body, the Mejlis, has denied reports that he intends to apply for Russian citizenship.
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Kerry Holds Telephone Talks With Russia, Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held separate telephone conversations with Russia's foreign minister and Ukraine's prime minister.
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Turchynov Wants New 'Antiterror' Operation

Ukraine's acting president has called for the relaunch of an "antiterrorist" operation against pro-Russian rebels in the east, citing the death of a politician from his party.
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Video Biden Pledges Backing For Ukraine

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has vowed support for Ukraine, which he said "is in a struggle for its very future."
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Photogallery Lukashenka: Learn From Kyiv's Errors

In Minsk, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has given his annual address to the nation, telling Belarusians to "learn from the mistakes of our neighbors."
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