Wednesday, April 16, 2014


A World-War-II-era Russian tank on display at the Soviet war memorial near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany's largest-circulation tabloid wants two Soviet tanks removed from a Berlin war memorial in protest of what it calls Russia's "hegemonic military policies" in Ukraine. More

Pro-Russian gunmen stand guard outside the mayor's office in Slovyansk, Ukraine, on April 14. Can Kyiv prove some are Russian servicemen?

In Eastern Ukraine, The Hunt For A Smoking Gun -- And A Real Russian Holding It

As separatist takeovers heat up in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv is struggling to prove it's Moscow stirring the pot. More

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square on April 14, angry at the new government's apparent inaction in eastern Ukraine.

Fear, Anger In Kyiv Over Inaction In Eastern Ukraine

It's no secret many on the Maidan are underwhelmed by Kyiv's new authorities -- and dismayed by the slow response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. And this week, they took to the streets to vent their anger. More

The appointment of Victoria Nuland as U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, whose candidacy was backed by foreign-policy hawks, is seen by some as the beginning of a tougher stance toward Moscow.

U.S. Takes Off The Gloves In Rhetorical Rumble With Russia

Its "reset" policy with Moscow effectively buried, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has ramped up the rhetoric as it battles with the Kremlin for control of the narrative in the Ukraine crisis. More

Afghan presidential candidate and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah leads in the preliminary vote count issued on April 13.

Interview: Afghanistan's Abdullah Vows To Make 'Meritocratic Appointments'

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his fiercest rivals, from government if he wins Afghanistan's presidential election. He spoke to RFE/RL about contesting the possible second round and his plans should he win. More


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