Saturday, August 29, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Ukraine Debt Deal Likened To Default

Top ratings agencies said August 28 they see the debt restructuring deal Ukraine struck with creditors this week as tantamount to a default.
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White House Criticizes Ukraine Separatist Plans For Local Elections

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is criticizing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine for threatening to take more territory and hold their own elections.
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Ukraine Parties Merge

The parties of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Kyiv's Mayor Vitaly Klitschko have merged ahead of local elections in October.
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New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
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Russia Burns Food For BMW Racing Team

Russia’s agricultural oversight agency has reportedly burned 1.5 tons of food imported for a BMW car racing team taking part in an event in Moscow.
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Organization Launched To Support Russian 'Volunteers' In Ukraine Conflict

A former leader of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has announced the launch of a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed.
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Estonia Plans Fence Along Russian Border

Estonia says it plans to build a fence along part of its eastern border with Russia to safeguard its security and protect the EU's passport-free Schengen Area.
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Final MH17 Crash Report Due In October

The Dutch Safety Board has announced that the final report into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year will be published on October 13.
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Seven Soldiers Killed In East Ukraine

A Ukrainian military spokesman says seven servicemen have been killed and 13 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
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Ukraine Reaches Debt-Restructuring Deal

Kyiv has reached a debt restructuring deal with a group of international creditors under which part of its debt will be written off.
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