Sunday, May 29, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Five Ukrainian Soldiers Die In 24 Hours

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another four wounded in fresh clashes with  Russia-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
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17 Die In Fire At Ukraine Old Folks' Home

At least seventeen people have died and one is missing after a fire broke out at a home for the elderly in a village near Kyiv, Ukraine's state emergency service said in a statement on May 29.
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Kyiv Says Fighting In East Intensifies

The Ukrainian military says that fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists has intensified in eastern Ukraine.
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Video In Crimean Port, A Hospital Reportedly Takes A 'Potemkin' Approach To Impress

The Potemkin village, that tried and true manifestation of Russian bureaucratic ingenuity whose place in popular lore has been cemented for centuries, has been given a modern update -- the annexed peninsula of Crimea now reportedly has its own "Potemkin hospital."
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Former NATO Chief Named Poroshenko Adviser

Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he will do his "utmost to promote security, economic reforms, and stronger EU ties" in his new capacity as an adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
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Ukraine Files Defense In $3 Billion Russia Eurobond Case

Ukraine has filed its defense with a British court over a $3 billion debt to Russia, arguing that the original loan agreement with its neighbor was invalid.
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Video Savchenko Open To Presidential Bid, 'If You Want Me'

Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian airwoman who spent nearly two years in Russian captivity before her return in a prisoner swap this week, says she's ready to run for president if that's what Ukrainians want.
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G7 Pledges Focus On Economic Growth, Tackling Extremism 

After two days of talks in Japan, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) leading economic powers have set global growth as an "urgent priority."
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Gorbachev Banned From Entering Ukraine For Five Years Over Crimea Remarks

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has imposed a ban against former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that forbids him from entering Ukraine for five years.
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Ukraine Cuts Key Interest Rate For Second Month Amid Disinflation

Ukraine's central bank has trimmed its benchmark interest rate, citing a "steady disinflation trend," or a slowdown in inflation.
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