Wednesday, August 20, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Video Chaos In Kerch: Russia Struggles To Ferry Tourists To Crimea

Moscow says it is eager to get Russian holidaymakers to the recently annexed Crimean peninsula. But the flood of tourists has proven too much for the Kerch ferry crossing, the only link between Crimea and Russia.
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Maids, Crooks, And Working Girls: How Hollywood Portrays Ukraine

Ever wonder how Western popular culture tends to depict Ukrainians? One Kyiv filmmaker has assembled a compilation of dozens of film and TV references to Ukraine -- and the results aren't pretty.
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Russia Testing Air-Defense Systems

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on August 20 that it is conducting more military exercises in southern Russia as fighting intensified in neighboring Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
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Putin, Poroshenko To Meet In Minsk

As fighting continued between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, Kyiv and Moscow announced that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine will meet in Minsk next week.
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Kyiv Says Battle Moves Into Luhansk

​A spokesman for Kyiv's military says government forces on August 19 were fighting pro-Russian separatists within Luhansk, one of two rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine.
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Red Cross, Russia To Discuss Ukraine Aid

A representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross is due in Moscow to discuss with Russian officials the delivery of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine.
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Ukraine Says Dozens Killed In Attack On Refugee Convoy

A spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council says "dozens" of civilians have been killed in a rebel attack on a convoy of people trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine.
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Video Russian Rocker Called A 'Traitor' For Performing For IDPs In Ukraine

Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich performed a concert for displaced children in eastern Ukraine last week. Now Russian lawmakers want to punish him for "treachery."
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Kyiv Blames Separatists For Attack On Refugee Convoy; 'Many' Dead

Separatists denied they were responsible after authorities in Kyiv blamed them for missiles that struck a convoy of buses carrying refugees from the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, leaving many dead, including women and children.
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Lavrov Claims Humanitarian Convoy Cleared; Kyiv Defers To ICRC

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says agreements have been reached with Ukraine and the International Red Cross that clear the way for Russian humanitarian shipments into eastern Ukraine.
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