Monday, January 26, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Armed Men Raid Crimean Tatar TV

Armed, masked men in unmarked military clothing have surrounded the headquarters of the only television channel broadcasting in the Crimean Tatar language on the annexed Black Sea peninsula.
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Obama Seeks To Increase Russia Pressure

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is considering all options short of military action to turn up the pressure on Russia after Moscow-backed separatists launched a new offensive in eastern Ukraine.
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Duma Speaker Says Court Must Decide Savchenko's Fate

Russian Duma Head Declines To Seek Savchenko's Release
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Ukraine Mourns Mariupol Victims

Ukraine is holding a day of national mourning, following a series of rocket attacks in the southeastern city of Mariupol that killed 30 people and injured more than 90 others.
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Russia Blocks UN Statement Condemning Mariupol Attack

Russia has blocked a UN Security Council statement that would have criticized a pro-Russian Ukrainian separatist leader and condemned a recent increase in violence in eastern Ukraine
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Mariupol: A Strategic And Symbolic Target For Pro-Russian Rebels

In launching an offensive against the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol, pro-Russian separatists have selected a target of both strategic and symbolic importance in their bloody conflict with the government in Kyiv.
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Analysis: Ukraine's $50 Billion Question

Can tens of billions of dollars in Western aid jumpstart Ukraine's embattled economy or does Kyiv need the current crisis as a stimulus to implement reforms that it has avoided for the past two decades?
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Video Rebel Offensive Targets Mariupol

Ukraine's Interior Ministry says at least 30 civilians were killed and scores more were injured on January 24 when the government-held port city of Mariupol was targeted by heavy barrages of Grad rockets as part of a Russian-backed separatist offensive.
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Auschwitz Event Exposes Russia-Europe Tensions

A claim by the Ukrainian president's administration that it was mostly Ukrainians who liberated Auschwitz and Europe threatens to deepen a rift that reflects current animosity and deep historic tension between Moscow and its Soviet-era subjects.
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Moldovan Parties Form Minority Government

Two pro-European parties have agreed to form a minority government in Moldova after months of negotiations following last year's parliamentary election.
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