Thursday, August 25, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

War Of Words Over Ukraine ‘Combat’ Photo

A controversy is escalating in Ukraine over a photo that seems to capture the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in a single frame. It could be one of the greatest war photographs ever taken – or a fake.
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Russia Launches Large Snap Military Exercises

Russia says it has launched large-scale snap military drills on land and in the Black and Caspian seas.
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Dueling Indictments As Russia, Ukraine Target Each Other's Military Leaders

Russia and Ukraine traded salvos this week with dueling criminal investigations against each other's top military brass, a new front in the ongoing conflict between the two countries.
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Audio Slide Show Behind The Scenes In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings 

A tycoon and power broker with close ties to Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk has influenced policy for two tumultuous decades in Ukraine. As a peace deal he helped push through in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists threatens to unravel, the outsize role of a man critics call the "Prince of Darkness" is in the spotlight again.
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Punitive Medicine? Crimean Tatars Shaken By Leader's Confinement To Mental Asylum

Russia's confinement of a Tatar activist to a psychiatric clinic in Crimea is raising fears that Moscow is reviving a Soviet-era practice to intimidate opponents of the peninsula's annexation into silence.
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Olympic Weightlifting Medalists Fail Doping Retests From 2008

Eleven Olympic weightlifting medalists will be stripped of their medals after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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Ukraine Celebrates 25 Years Of Independence As Tensions With Russia Worsen

Ukraine marked 25 years of independence from the Soviet Union on August 24 with a massive parade of soldiers and heavy weaponry through central Kyiv, in a show of force designed to boost the morale of the country’s servicemen and reassure Ukrainians amid heightened tensions with Russia.
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The Daily Vertical: Ukraine At 25 (Transcript)

The very idea of an independent Ukraine is offensive to Vladimir Putin, who has famously said that Ukraine "isn't a real country."
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Report: Trump Aides Fought Release Of Ukraine's Tymoshenko In 2012

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign aides in 2012 reportedly fought the release of Ukrainian political leader Yulia Tymoshenko when she was in jail.
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Putin, Merkel, Hollande To Discuss Ukraine

The Kremlin has announced that the leaders of Russia, Germany, and France will meet on the sidelines of an upcoming G20 summit to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine.
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