Sunday, May 24, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

One Ukrainian Serviceman Killed

A Ukrainian military spokesman says one Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and five wounded in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists over the past 24 hours.
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Russia To Adopt 'Tough' Position If Kyiv Defaults

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia would adopt he calls a tough position if Ukraine decides not to repay debts owed by its previous government.
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Russia: EU Missed Chance To Narrow Split

Russia says the two-day EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has lost "another opportunity to make a step toward bridging a widening gap on the continent."
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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.
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Depardieu At Cannes: 'I Like Putin Very Much'

Gerard Depardieu, the famous French-actor-turned-Russian-citizen, reiterated at the Cannes Film Festival that he likes President Vladimir Putin "very much."
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Video Anti-Maidan Activist Booed By Moscow Students

Students at a prestigious Moscow university angrily disrupted a lecture by Nikolai Starikov, the leader of a pro-Kremlin group that has backed separatist militants in eastern Ukraine.
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Finland Instructs Nearly 1 Million Reservists, Amid Tension With Russia

The Finish military has sent letters to 900,000 reservists to collect their contact details and remind them of their duties "in the event of war."
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Hollande Says Russia And Rebels Need To Be Pressured To Respect Truce

French President Francois Hollande has said that pressure needed to be applied on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to respect a cease-fire he helped broker in February.
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Captured Russians 'Following Orders'

A Kyiv court has ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured in eastern Ukraine to be placed in pretrial detention until July 19.
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Torture Of Ukraine POWs 'Widespread'

Amnesty International says both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are almost daily perpetrating war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners.
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