Saturday, April 18, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Lukashenka To Skip Moscow Parade

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says he will travel to Moscow to participate in events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on May 7 and 8, but he will not attend a Victory Day military parade in the Russian capital on May 9.
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Crimean City Cuts Off Ukrainian TV

The main cable-television provider in the city of Yevpatoria, in the Ukrainian region of Crimea that was annexed by Russia in March 2014, has stopped distributing five Ukrainian television channels.
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Hollande To Discuss Ukraine With Putin During Visit To Armenia

French President Francois Hollande will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24.
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Video Kyiv Alleges Journalist's Slaying Ordered

Officials in Kyiv have suggested the April 16 killing of Ukrainian pro-Russian journalist Oles Buzyna was not a random slaying but a carefully timed hit.
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UN: Human Rights Threatened By Ukraine Cease-Fire Violations

UN officials say they are increasingly worried that a dire human rights situation in parts of eastern Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further because of violations of a February cease-fire agreement.
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Ukrainian Judges Dismissed Over Corruption Allegations

Ukraine's High Commission for Judges' Qualification has fired six judges across the country.
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The Future Of The Past: Ukraine Pushes De-Communization, Amid Russian Protests

Ukraine has adopted a raft of de-communization laws aimed at asserting control over the country's understanding of its 20th-century past. Moscow, however, sees the move as an impermissible assault on Russia's own self-image.
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Russia Charges Jailed Ukraine Director

Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who was arrested last year by Russian authorities controlling Crimea and accused of plotting terrorist attacks, has received the final version of his indictment.
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Kremlin Slams U.S. Trainers In Ukraine

Russia has criticized the arrival of 300 U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine to train troops from the National Guard, saying their presence could destabilize the situation in the conflict-torn country.
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Dutch Shift Priority In MH17 Crash Probe

The Netherlands says that, with nearly all of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 identified, efforts has shifted to finding those responsible for shooting the plane down over Ukraine last year.
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