Tuesday, September 02, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Putin Reportedly Tells EU: 'If I Want, I Can Take Kyiv In Two Weeks'

Vladimir Putin has reportedly warned the European Union that the Russian military could take Kyiv in two weeks if he gave the order.
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Mogherini Praises Moldova's 'West' Path

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, who will be the next EU foreign affairs chief, has praised Moldova for choosing "the path of going toward the West."
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Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists

After enduring a night of beatings at the hands of rebel forces, she was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection, and subjected to public humiliation and physical attacks. Irina Dovgan, a woman detained and accused by pro-Russian separatists of spying for Ukrainian forces, tells her story.
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Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
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Nazarbaev: Astana Could Quit EES

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said his country could quit an economic alliance with Russia and Belarus if membership ever threatens its independence.
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Ukraine Troops Abandon Airport; Int'l Talks Adjourn

Ukrainian military officials say government forces have pulled back from the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk following clashes with pro-Russian separatists.
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U.S. Senators Call To Arm Ukraine

Two top U.S. lawmakers have called for the United States to arm Ukraine in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukraine Says Naval Ship In Flames

A Ukrainian naval vessel was in flames in the Azov Sea after being attacked by artillery from pro-Russian separatists along the shore.
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Putin Calls For 'Statehood' Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said talks on ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine must discuss statehood for the region.
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EU To Prepare Fresh Russian Sanctions

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says EU officials will draw up proposals for new sanctions on Russia over its action in Ukraine within a week.
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