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Nadia Savchenko's trial starts on July 30

Lawyers Say Savchenko Has Alibi

The lawyers of jailed Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko said on July 28 that they have proof she was already captive when the two Russian journalists she is accused of killing died in shelling. More

Crimean Tatar Leaders Under Pressure

Russian investigators have summoned Crimean Tatar leaders ahead of a major world congress scheduled for Ankara this weekend in a move that has sparked concern that the authorities are trying to pressure the group. More

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt

U.S. Slams Russia's Actions In Ukraine

​The United States says Russia "continues to fuel the conflict" in Ukraine despite a cease-fire agreement signed in February in Minsk. More

Russia 'To Veto' UN MH17 Resolution

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations says Moscow will veto a UN Security Council resolution aimed at creating a tribunal to prosecute those guilty of shooting down a Malaysian passenger airliner over eastern Ukraine. More

Yaroslav Babych was found hanged on July 26.

Azov Commander Found Dead

A high-ranking commander of Ukraine's Azov battalion has been found dead in his apartment in the town of Bucha, outside Kyiv. More

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Ukraine As A Bargaining Chip?

Speculation is rampant that the West cut a deal with Moscow at Ukraine's expense. Does it hold up to scrutiny? More

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia Fights The Law

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. More
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Features & Commentary

Lack Of Funds Threatens Efforts To Recover Ukraine's Dead Soldiers

A single crew of volunteers has been in charge of recovering the bodies of soldiers missing in action in eastern Ukraine. But now the group may have to end its activities due to a lack of resources.

Volunteer Rebel Sheds Light On Russian Military Involvement In Eastern Ukraine

Russian troops regularly enter separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine and serve there on a rotational basis, according to a volunteer who has been fighting with the insurgents since October. Rustam, a Russian citizen from Tatarstan's Saba district who gave only his first name, made the claims in a telephone interview with RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service on July 20.

Avoiding Lustration in Ukraine: Senior Prosecutor Evades Sweep Of Yanukovych-Era Officials

Ukrainian prosecutor Oleh Valendyuk should have been out of a job last fall, the victim of a lustration law meant to clear away members of former President Viktor Yanukovych's team after his ouster at the hands of pro-European protesters. Instead, Valendyuk holds a higher position than ever: he is the top prosecutor in the capital, Kyiv.

Russia's RT Spins And Spins Over New MH17 Footage

Russia's Kremlin-controlled RT has heavily spun previously unreleased footage of the MH17 crash site that is consistent with indications that the Malaysian airliner was mistakenly shot down by Russian-backed rebels who thought they had destroyed a Ukrainian military jet.

Video Dutch City Struck By MH17 Tragedy Takes Solace In Sunflowers

Residents of the Dutch city of Hilversum remember those lost in the downing of MH17 by celebrating new life in the form of Ukrainian sunflowers.

Photogallery MH17 Downing: One Tragedy, One Truth, But Many Stories

Leaked findings on the downing over eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet point the finger at pro-Russian rebels using a Russian-supplied weapon -- and could scarcely be more at odds with assertions and suppositions flowing out of Russia in the year since the disaster.

Lenin Out: Ukrainian Soccer Club To Change Name Amid Decommunization

A Mariupol soccer club is looking for a new name as Ukraine begins to implement decommunization laws.

Has The War In Ukraine Moved To A Second Front?

The violent weekend clashes between Ukrainian police and armed fighters from the Right Sector nationalist group have the potential to move the Ukrainian conflict to a new front on its westernmost border. We look at the multiethnic, independent-minded region of Transcarpathia, where some residents' roots lie closer to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania -- and even Russia -- than they do to Ukraine.

Who Are The Russian Generals That Ukraine Says Are Fighting In The Donbas?

A new dossier by the Ukrainian security service has named five Russian generals who have allegedly participated in military activities with separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia has consistently denied any military involvement in the conflict there.

Bellingcat Tracks Russian Fighters In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not involved militarily in Ukraine. A handful of resourceful digital-forensic investigators say they have enough evidence to say he's lying.
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