Sunday, May 01, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

'Too Many Troops Willing To Fire'

With so many opposing troops massed in close proximity along the line of separation, you can expect more civilians to be caught in the line of fire in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL spoke to International Crisis Group adviser Paul Quinn-Judge about the scale of the problem.
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Belarus Tennis Player Escapes Ban Despite Positive Drug Test

A tennis player from Belarus has escaped punishment after testing positive for meldonium, the same substance found in Maria Sharapova's sample at the Australian Open.
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U.S. Bill Links Russia Sanctions Relief To Crimea's Return

A new bill in the U.S. Congress would prevent the White House from lifting a raft of sanctions against Russia until Ukraine restores control over Crimea, which Moscow forcibly annexed in 2014, or settles the peninsula's status to Kyiv's satisfaction.
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Ukraine Contact Group Seeks Easter Truce

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine says it aims for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine to begin with the start of the Easter and May holidays.
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Crimea Reporter Faces Separatism Rap

Officials in Russia-annexed Crimea have charged Mykola Semena, a contributor to a news site about Crimea run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), with calling for separatism.
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Video Ukraine Says Stronger Cease-Fire Needed To Make Political Progress

Ukraine told the UN Security Council that its cease-fire with separatists in the east must be strengthened before progress can be achieved on a political solution to the two-year conflict.
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UN Raises Ukraine Death Toll Estimate To 9,333

The United Nations on April 28 raised its estimate of the total killed during the conflict in eastern Ukraine to 9,333 from 9,160 in March.
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U.S. Bill Backs More Defense Spending For Europe, Ukraine

A key U.S. congressional committee has backed a substantial increase in defense spending to reassure European allies jittery about Russian military maneuvers.
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Video Ukraine Truce Violations At 'Worrying Levels'

The security situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening, with cease-fire violations at their highest level in months, the chief OSCE monitor warned on April 28.
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Poroshenko Says Sister Of Jailed Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Is Back In Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the sister of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, Vira Savchenko, has returned to Ukraine after she was prevented from leaving Russia at the end of a visit related to her sister's case.
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