Friday, February 12, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

EU Set To Drop Most Sanctions On Belarus For Good

EU foreign ministers are poised to allow most of the bloc's sanctions against Belarus to expire when they meet next week in Brussels, diplomatic sources have told RFE/RL, but an arms embargo will apparently remain in place.
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Biden Urges Poroshenko To Quickly Establish Unified Government

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to quickly reestablish a unified government and carry out reforms sought by the West.
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Assertive Russia Looms Large At Annual Munich Security Conference

The war in Syria, the refugee crisis and Russia's border-bending interference on Europe's eastern edge topped the agenda as senior officials gathered in Munich, Germany, for a high-profile annual security conference.
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OSCE Official Warns Of Worsening Rights Situation In Eastern Ukraine

A top OSCE official has warned that the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening and the transatlantic security organization is still barred from entering the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula to investigate alleged abuses there.
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Russian Media See NATO 'Beachhead' Near Russia’s Borders

News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war.
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IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko

The head of the International Monetary Fund's blunt criticism of Ukraine marks a new low point for a beleaguered administration in Kyiv's efforts to battle corruption.
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Tatars Held After Raids In Crimea

Russian authorities that control Crimea have arrested at least nine Crimean Tatars after a series of raids on their homes on the Russian-occupied peninsula.
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Video HRW: Hundreds Of Schools Destroyed In Ukraine War, Military Use Must Stop

Hundreds of schools have been destroyed during the war in eastern Ukraine, including many that were used for military purposes by both sides in the conflict, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
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Poroshenko Assures IMF He's Committed To Reform After Warning

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has assured the International Monetary Fund he remains committed to pursuing economic reforms and purging corruption from his government.
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Lagarde Warns Stalled Reforms, Corruption Threaten IMF Program

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told Ukraine that it must enact promised reforms and root out corruption or risk losing the support of the financial organization.
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