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Debaltseve – Gunmen, Looting, And Bread Queuesi
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April 15, 2015
The town of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, fell to a Russian-backed separatist assault shortly after the Minsk cease-fire agreements were signed in February. A fraction of the pre-conflict civilian population now lives there. Those who remained have experienced looting, buried bodies being dug up, and bread queues controlled by gunmen. (Zinaida Burskaya, RFE/RL's Current Time, www.currenttime.tv)

Debaltseve – Gunmen, Looting, And Bread Queues

The town of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, fell to a Russian-backed separatist assault shortly after the Minsk cease-fire agreements were signed in February. The few people who remained have experienced looting, buried bodies being dug up, and bread queues controlled by gunmen.

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Video Kanye West Takes Plunge At Yerevan Gig

In Armenia, U.S. rapper Kanye West staged an impromptu concert to round off a visit to the capital, Yerevan. At the end of the concert, West jumped into a pond – followed by excited fans. West was visiting the country with his wife, TV celebrity Kim Kardashian – who is of Armenian descent.

Video Kardashians Visit Yerevan Landmarks

U.S. reality TV stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian visited the "Mother Armenia" monument in Yerevan on April 9. The celebrity sisters are shooting part of their TV show in Armenia, the home of their great-grandparents.


Video Remembering The Chisinau Ghetto

In July 1941, thousands of Jews were forced to move into a ghetto in Chisinau, the capital of present-day Moldova. Today, the history of that era is not well known to the people who live there. This film by RFE/RL's Moldovan Service seeks to reveal the fates of some of those who survived the ghetto.

Video Aftermath Of Attack On Prosecutor's Office In Northern Afghanistan

Smoke was seen rising from buildings in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif on April 9 after three gunmen stormed the regional prosecutor's office. Police said the armed men exchanged fire with security forces, killing three police officers and leaving some 27 people wounded.


Video U.S. Celebrity Kim Kardashian Arrives In Armenia

U.S. TV personality Kim Kardashian arrived in Yerevan late on April 8, accompanied by her husband, rapper Kanye West, their daughter, North West, and Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian. Journalists and fans surrounded the family at the airport and outside their hotel in the city center.

Video Hundreds Of Yazidis Released By Islamic State In Iraq

Some 200 members of the Yazidi religious minority arrived in Kirkuk on April 8 after they were released from captivity by the Islamic State militant group. Those freed were mainly women, elderly people, and people with disabilities.


Video Putin's 2008 Comments On Crimea, Before A Sharp Change Of Tack

In an interview with Germany's ARD television in 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow recognizes all of Ukraine's borders, and that there is no issue of ethnic conflict in Crimea. His comments stand in stark contrast with Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Video Demining Dog Helps Sappers Clear Battlefields Of Donbas

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has left some areas riddled with mines and mortars even after the combatants have moved on to other battlefields. A team of sappers is working to clear the minefields, a dangerous job that requires courage, patience, and the assistance of a Labrador retriever.


Video Mars One Finalist Ready To Die On Red Planet

Ljubinka Nikolic, a geologist from Serbia, has been pre-selected to take part in a Dutch initiative to establish the first human colony on Mars. Despite mounting criticism of the project, Nikolic is thrilled about the prospect of pioneering space travel to Mars and of taking a one-way trip.

Video Health Services Struggle To Cope In War-Torn Ukraine

An acute shortage of medicines has been reported in areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. Many pharmacies are closed, and hospitals are unable to care for patients with some serious conditions. In areas controlled by the government, health services are also feeling the strain.


Video Beer 'n' Blues, As Czechs Bid Fond Farewell To U.S. Army

Czechs have laid on a farewell concert in honor of the U.S. Army, capping three days of events as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment made its way across the country on the way back to base in Germany. (RFE/RL)

Video An Icon Of Spirit And Style Looks Back On Bosnian War

More than two decades ago, a photographer captured Sarajevo resident Meliha Varesanovic walking proudly in high heels and pearls as soldiers traded fire nearby. The image struck a chord with viewers around the world, becoming a symbol of dignity amidst the tragedies of the Bosnian war.


Video Family Of Afghan Woman Mourns Devout Life Cut Short

The brutal mob killing in Kabul of a woman named Farkhunda has shocked Afghanistan. As thousands have taken to the streets to demand justice, her family and friends are mourning privately. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spoke to those who remember Farkhunda as a kind and pious young woman.

Video Ukrainian Prisoners Abandoned By Their Guards

A prison in eastern Ukraine was abandoned by the guards when the area was captured by Russian-backed separatists, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves. Some took the opportunity to run away. But many others stayed – and are now baking bread for local people.


Video Flash Analysis: Saudi Air Strikes Bring New Player Into Yemen Conflict

What prompted Saudi Arabia's decision to get involved in the conflict in Yemen with air strikes targeting Huthi rebels? Mardo Soghom, RFE/RL's regional director for Iran and Iraq, says that Saudi Arabia sees Iran's growing influence in the region and fears losing control of oil routes.


Video The Daily Vertical: Bulldogs Under The Carpet

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Whitewashing Russia's Gulag History

Perm-36 is a memorial museum to Soviet repressions on the site of the world's only preserved gulag camp. Local historians who founded the museum have been replaced at the helm by a state organization. The ousted historians now fear the change of management means Soviet crimes will be whitewashed.


Video British Farmer Embraces Russian Nationalism

John Kopiski came from Britain to Russia to do business, but after meeting his Russian wife he decided to stay. Now, after many struggles, he has established a successful farm business. He has also become a staunch fan of Vladimir Putin – and Stalin.

Video Report Exposes Extent Of Alleged Karimova Corruption

Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, may have raked in as much as $1 billion via bribery, extortion and exploiting her position - according to a report by the Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. RFE/RL spoke to the OCCRP's Miranda Patrucic.

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RFE/RL Video Roundup - April 17i
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April 17, 2015
Floods force thousands from their homes in Kazakhstan, Kurdish Peshmerga forces train for urban warfare in Iraq, and Bosnians cook up a four-ton pot of soup, plus more stories from Pakistan.
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Floods force thousands from their homes in Kazakhstan, Kurdish Peshmerga forces train for urban warfare in Iraq, and Bosnians cook up a four-ton pot of soup, plus more stories from Pakistan.
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Video April 16

The Constitutional Court considers a controversial law enabling corrupt civil servants to be fired in Ukraine, protesters call on the government to do more to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.
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Video April 15

Serbian pensioners protest against austerity measures, Kyrgyzstan finds dangerous chemicals in Chinese toys, and a blind photographer exhibits her work in Belarus, plus stories from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Video April 14

Hundreds of balloons released for kidnapped Hazaras in Afghanistan, an exhibition marks the day Georgians defended their language from Soviet efforts to strip it of official status in Tbilisi, plus stories from Tajikistan and Pakistan. (RFE/RL)
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Video April 13

U.S. rapper Kanye West takes the plunge at an impromptu concert in Armenia, Christians celebrate Orthodox Easter in the war-torn city of Homs in Syria, ethnic Baluch accuse security forces of extrajudicial killings in Pakistan, plus stories from Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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