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Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armored vehicle near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, on August 29.

EU To Debate Tougher Russian Sanctions

EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss firmer action against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. More

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said that "if Russia does not change its stance, then we can't do anything but sharpen ours." (file photo)

EU Foreign Ministers Want Tougher Russia Sanctions

Several European Union foreign ministers have accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow should be punished with harsh additional economic sanctions. More

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on August 29.

U.S. Imposes More Iran Sanctions

The United States has announced newly imposed sanctions against more than 25 Iranian entities and individuals that Washington accuses of a range of transgressions. More

Putin Hopes Russia Won't Lose Right To Host 2018 World Cup

President Vladimir Putin says he hopes Russia will not lose the right to hold the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament following calls by some in the West to strip Russia of the honor because of its role in the Ukraine crisis. More

Russia Demands Ukraine Release Embassy Employees Held On Weapons Charges

Russia says employees of its embassy in Ukrainian capital are being held by Kyiv authorities on weapons charges and is demanding their immediate release. More

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Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

LIVE Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have force-marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war along the city's main street in a bid to mock Kyiv's Independence Day celebrations. More

Audio Podcast: What Does Putin Want?

Does Vladimir Putin have a master plan in Ukraine? Or is he winging it? And is the elite behind him? Listen to the latest Power Vertical Podcast. More
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Features & Commentary

News Analysis: Why EU Is Likely To Pick Newbie To Succeed Ashton

A foreign-policy neophyte viewed by eastern Europeans as being soft on Moscow is tipped to be the EU's new foreign policy chief. How come?

Words Of War For The Ukraine Conflict

It's been called everything from an "incursion" to "escalated aggression." We look at the difficulty of describing what, exactly, is taking place in Ukraine -- and why officials aren't using the word "war."

In Russia, Ukraine Conflict Hits Home With Secret Funerals, Missing Men

Amid scenes of Russian paratroopers being paraded by the Ukrainian military, secret Russian funerals, and mothers asking where their sons are, fighting in eastern Ukraine appears now to be tangibly touching Russians.

Video Russian Soldiers Are In Ukraine

It's a claim authorities in Kyiv have made for months, but in recent days the evidence has become undeniable. Russian soldiers are now being captured -- and perhaps dying -- in Ukraine.

Russian Senator Fights Foreign Films 'Demonizing' Russia

A senior Russian lawmaker has called on the government to limit cinema showings of foreign films that "demonize" Russia and urged domestic filmmakers to nurture the image of the positive Russian "patriot."
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.

Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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