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Azov Regiment Stands Off With Rebels In Seaside Ghost Towni
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July 02, 2015
A former holiday resort on the Sea of Azov, the town of Shyrokyne now stands largely abandoned, patrolled by fighters on both sides of Ukraine's conflict. Members of the Azov Regiment, a former volunteer militia now included in the National Guard, are holed up in burned-out buildings near the coast as they trade fire with pro-Russian separatists. Askold Sirko of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service interviewed the fighters during a lull in the hostilities.

Azov Regiment Stands Off With Rebels In Seaside Ghost Town

A former holiday resort on the Sea of Azov, the town of Shyrokyne now stands largely abandoned, patrolled by fighters on both sides of Ukraine's conflict. Members of the Azov Regiment, a former volunteer militia now included in the National Guard, are holed up in burned-out buildings near the coast.

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Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's G-Word Problem

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 As Russia's Economy Suffers, Young Family Tightens Its Belt

For over a year, Russia has been feeling the economic impact of a falling ruble, collapsing world energy prices, and Western sanctions. For Russian citizens, the downturn translates into a soaring cost of living that requires major adjustments at work and at home.


Video Illegal Amber Digging Lays Waste To Ukrainian Forest

Industrial-scale mining is causing devastation to swaths of forest in western Ukraine. The country's Interior Ministry says the business is controlled by criminal gangs that make up to $500 million a year. Despite the fact that the activity is illegal, the gangs carry out their work quite openly.

Video Young Activist Rises To Forefront In Armenian Protests

Vaghinak Shushanian celebrated his 24th birthday this week among thousands of fellow protesters fighting rising electricity prices in Armenia. Shushanian is already a veteran activist who advocates for change on a wide range of social causes.


Video Kadyrov Fumes As Sanctions Hit Horses

Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov has been left fuming by the impact of Western sanctions on one of his favorite hobbies – his stable of racehorses. Restrictions have been imposed on the the horses in a number of countries,and he accused the West of harming “horses’ rights.”

Video Fight The Power: Armenian Woman Boycotts Electricity As Protests Grow

Thousands of Armenians have rallied in Yerevan this week to protest against rising electricity prices. Hasmik Khachikian, a seamstress and single mother, has joined the demonstrations in the streets, but is also staging her own protest at home by refusing to pay for power.


Video Armenian Protestors Confront Police

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, 12 hours after police had violently broken up an earlier demonstration. Defying the crackdown, the protesters marched towards the police lines and chanted slogans.

Video What Do Ukrainians Think Of Yanukovych's Latest Appearance?

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spoke to BBC television in Moscow in his first extended interview with Western media since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service asked residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk for their reactions.


Video Death-Defying Tractor Treat

Residents of Ukraine's central Cherkasy region didn't let the conflict to the east interfere with a bit of fun during their fourth annual Tractor Fest. Farmers and others in the village of Yablunivka showed off their skills as they stacked hay bales and sliced cake with machine-operated tools.

Video Scientists Race To Solve Riddle Of Kazakh Saiga Deaths

Around 40 percent of the critically endangered Saiga antelope have died in Kazakhstan in recent months. Western scientists say there's no evidence for local speculation about fuel spills from Russian rockets causing the die-off -- but are still scratching their heads as to what's behind it.


Video Breaking HIV Prejudice In Moldova

In Moldova, stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS remains widespread, and many sufferers have also been subjected to discrimination. This spring, a campaign was launched in which HIV-positive people agreed to have their photos proudly displayed on billboards with the slogan "my condition is not a secret."

Video Migrants Stream Through Macedonia To Reach EU

Macedonia has become a major transit country for migrants trying to reach the more prosperous parts of the European Union. The Macedonian Unit of RFE/RL's Balkan Service met some of the people making the long journey across southeastern Europe in search of better opportunities.


Video Saakashvili Gets Down To Business In Odesa

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has begun his new role as the governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, where he has pledged to modernize institutions and root out corruption. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service followed Saakashvili as he met with Odesa residents and introduced his new police chief.

Video A Look Behind Separatist Lines In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian forces repelled an attack by Russia-backed separatists on the town of Maryinka, west of Donetsk, on June 14. One separatist unit on the front lines is known as "The Fifteen," because its fighters come from across the 15 post-Soviet states.


Video Dramatic Battles Rock Ukrainian Village

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service has brought further dramatic evidence that the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is not being observed. Video shot in the village of Pisky on June 6 shows Ukrainian troops defending the village with machine guns, and taking cover in trenches.

Video Donetsk Artist Fights Guns With Mockery

Serhiy Zakharov was imprisoned and beaten by Russian-backed separatists for poking fun at their rule. He has since fled the city, and is now on a tour of European galleries with a provocative installation.


Video Russian-Made Uniforms Aid Separatists

Moscow maintains that it is not directly involved in the separatist conflict in Ukraine, but a steady flow of so-called volunteers from Russia are signing up to fight -- and some businesses are also contributing. One businessman has turned his factory over to producing uniforms for separatists.

Video Dramatic Aerial Footage Of Deadly Fire Near Kyiv

A massive fire broke out at a fuel depot near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on June 9, when this footage was taken. At least five people died in the blaze, including three firemen. Emergency crews continued to battle the fire on June 10, but officials said there is no threat of the blaze spreading.


Video At Home In A Donetsk Bomb Shelter

When shelling started in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, some residents took shelter in their basements. What they thought was a short-term situation has now dragged on for a year. Petr Shelomovskiy of RFE/RL's Current Time TV program visited one shelter in Donetsk.

Video 'Waiting To Die' -- Under Fire In The Trenches Of Ukraine

Ukrainian fighters from the OUN volunteer battalion were coming under fire from Russian-backed separatists night and day on June 6-7. The volunteers said the separatists were using mortars, but they were able to respond only with small arms fire.

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Heatwave Boosts Ice Price In Pakistani
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July 02, 2015
Ice dealers are making a tidy profit in Pakistan, where a heatwave, Ramadan fasting, and electricity outages have combined to cause a surge in demand.
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Video Heatwave Boosts Ice Price In Pakistan

Ice dealers are making a tidy profit in Pakistan, where a heatwave, Ramadan fasting, and electricity outages have combined to cause a surge in demand.
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Video Iraqi Turkomans Prepare To Fight Islamic State Militants

Ethnic Turkomans in the Kirkuk region of Iraq have responded to a call to arms issued by a Shi’ite cleric to fight against Islamic State militants.
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Video Armenian Protestors Vow To Continue As Crowds Dwindle

Protestors in Yerevan chose a new leadership and vowed to continue their blockade of a central boulevard until the Armenian government reverses an electricity price hike. The number of people at the protests has fallen significantly since its peak in late June.
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Video Kyrgyz Rally For Dismissed Judge

Supporters of a judge who was dismissed for criticizing lawmakers rallied on June 30 in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, accusing members of parliament of interfering in the judicial system.
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Video Yerevan Protest Continues

Armenian protesters stayed for another night and day on central Yerevan's Baghramian Avenue in spite of a deal offered by the president to mitigate rising electricity prices. Some activists have left the site of the mass demonstrations, but others have vowed to remain until their demands are met.

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Armenia -- A demonstrator holds an Armenian flag as others shout slogans during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan, June 25, 2015
Electric Yerevan

Protests Gain Power

Nightlife In Donetsk

Drinking After Curfew

Kids On Parade

Russia's 'Child Soldiers'

Georgia -- Georgian national game "Leloburti" in Shukhuti, Region of Guria. 12Apr2015
Georgian 'Lelo'

A Muddy, Bloody Game

Armenian Diaspora

'There Is Only The Earth'

Casualties Of War

Abandoned In Debaltseve

World's End

Remains Of The Gulag

Ukraine Crisis

Children Of War

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