Saturday, August 30, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

EU To Debate Tougher Russian Sanctions

EU leaders meet in Brussels on August 30 to discuss firmer action against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
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EU Foreign Ministers Want Tougher Russia Sanctions

Several European Union foreign ministers have accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow should be punished with harsh additional economic sanctions.
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Words Of War For The Ukraine Conflict

It's been called everything from an "incursion" to "escalated aggression." We look at the difficulty of describing what, exactly, is taking place in Ukraine -- and why officials aren't using the word "war."
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Russia Demands Ukraine Release Embassy Employees Held On Weapons Charges

Russia says employees of its embassy in Ukrainian capital are being held by Kyiv authorities on weapons charges and is demanding their immediate release.
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Russia Shuts McDonald's Outside Moscow

McDonald's has temporary closed three more restaurants in Russia following inspections by Russia's food safety agency.
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NATO Chief Accuses Russia Of 'Direct' Military Involvement In Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said the government will ask parliament to abandon Kyiv's nonaligned status and set the country on a path toward becoming a NATO member, a move that would be certain to anger Russia.
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Obama Warns Russia Over 'Ongoing Incursion' Into Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama says the "ongoing incursion" into Ukraine by Russia will only lead to additional costs for Moscow.
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In Russia, Ukraine Conflict Hits Home With Secret Funerals, Missing Men

Amid scenes of Russian paratroopers being paraded by the Ukrainian military, secret Russian funerals, and mothers asking where their sons are, fighting in eastern Ukraine appears now to be tangibly touching Russians.
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Video Poroshenko Convenes Emergency Meeting, Says Russian Troops In Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has convened an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council after accusing Russia of sending troops into Ukraine.
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Russian Psychiatric Exam For Savchenko

A Russian court has refused to free a Ukrainian Air Force officer on bail and ordered her to be sent to Moscow for a psychiatric examination.
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