Friday, July 25, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

EU To Expand Ukraine Sanctions List

The European Union on July 25 is expected to add to its sanctions list 15 Ukrainian and Russian individuals and 18 entities over their role in the Ukraine crisis.
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Watchdog Warns Kyiv Of War Crimes Over Grads Use

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Ukraine to stop using unguided rockets which it said have killed at least 16 civilians in several recent attacks.
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As Attention Focuses On Dead, Ukraine Crash Site Remains Gray Zone

As the world's attention focuses on the sad task of burying the dead, the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine remains unsecured and barely open to investigators. That could make it increasingly difficult to ever prove decisively what brought the plane down.
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Resigns

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned after two major partners in his coalition announced their withdrawal to allow President Petro Poroshenko to start the procedure for new parliamentary elections.
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Ukraine's Communists To Appeal Breakup

Members of the Ukrainian Communist Party's parliamentary faction say they will file a court appeal against the parliament speaker's decision to dissolve their faction.
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Kyrgyz Official: Five Years Needed To Join Customs Union

Kyrgyzstan says it will need until 2020 to complete everything necessary to join the Russia-led Customs Union.
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EU Envoys Mull Tougher Russia Sanctions

European Union ambassadors are set to discuss widening sanctions on Russia after the downing of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, allegedly by Moscow-backed rebels.
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U.S.: Name Separatists Terrorist Group

Less than a week after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine, a group of U.S. senators has urged the president to consider designating Ukraine's separatists a "foreign terrorist organization."
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Ukraine Separatist Admits Having Buk Missiles

In an exclusive interview with Reuters news agency, pro-Russian separatist commander Aleksandr Khodakovsky has admitted the separatists had the type of antiaircraft missiles Washington says were used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine.
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War Crime Question Hovers Over Malaysian Airliner Tragedy

Countries seeking to prosecute those responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week face a complex legal question: Is the tragedy a war crime?
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