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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right)with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.

Biden Urges Poroshenko To Quickly Establish Unified Government

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to quickly reestablish a unified government and carry out reforms sought by the West. More

U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry (right) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) during a press conference in Munich ahead of the international security conference.

Assertive Russia Looms Large At Annual Munich Security Conference

The war in Syria, the refugee crisis and Russia's border-bending interference on Europe's eastern edge topped the agenda as senior officials gathered in Munich, Germany, for a high-profile annual security conference.conference. More

OSCE Official Warns Of Worsening Rights Situation In Eastern Ukraine

A top OSCE official has warned that the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening and the transatlantic security organization is still barred from entering the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula to investigate alleged abuses there. More

Tatars Held After Raids In Crimea

Russian authorities that control Crimea have arrested at least nine Crimean Tatars after a series of raids on their homes on the Russian-occupied peninsula. More

A Ukrainian serviceman walks through a destroyed school in the village of Pisky near Donetsk late last year.

Video HRW: Hundreds Of Schools Destroyed In Ukraine War, Military Use Must Stop

Hundreds of schools have been destroyed during the war in eastern Ukraine, including many that were used for military purposes by both sides in the conflict, Human Rights Watch says in a new report. More

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Beyond Containment

NATO's moves to bolster Europe's defenses were a big step toward deterring Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. But meeting Moscow's broader challenge to the West will require more than a military approach. More

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Russian Media See NATO 'Beachhead' Near Russia’s Borders

News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war.
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IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko

The head of the International Monetary Fund's blunt criticism of Ukraine marks a new low point for a beleaguered administration in Kyiv's efforts to battle corruption.
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Video Singer Hopes To Take Crimean Tatar Tragedy To Eurovision

It is becoming increasingly likely that Ukraine's submission to this year's Eurovision song contest will be 1944, a song by singer Jamala that evokes the horrific deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
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EU Debate Initiative Sparks Fears Of Concessions To Russia

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini initiated an internal debate last month with a group of fellow European commissioners on how to improve cooperation with Russia, causing concern among EU members that want to keep up the pressure on Moscow over its interference in Ukraine, sources have told RFE/RL.
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Cybersleuths: Wristwatch Given To Wounded Soldier 'Proves' Russian Role In Ukraine War

An open-source investigation group called the Conflict Intelligence Team alleges that a commemorative wristwatch secretly given by the Russian state to one of its soldiers shows that Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine was authorized at the highest level.
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Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power

Ukraine is pushing ahead with plans to modernize its aging, Soviet-designed nuclear power plants as part of a grander vision to merge with EU energy markets and further cut ties with Russia.
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Video Ukraine's Decommunization Gets Boost As 175 Towns, Villages Renamed

The so-called decommunization of Ukraine edged forward on February 4 as parliament approved the scrapping of 175 names of towns, villages, and districts across the country and replaced them with non-Soviet alternatives.
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Video MEPs Condemn Russia's 'Unprecedented' Abuses Against Crimean Tatars

The European Parliament has passed a resolution slamming the "unprecedented levels of human rights abuses" being perpetrated against Crimean Tatars by Russian authorities in the Moscow-annexed Ukrainian region. Since the beginning of the year, Crimean Tatars have endured a wave of searches, interrogations, confiscations, and other harassment.
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Kyiv Criticizes French TV Documentary On Maidan Protests

The Ukrainian Embassy in Paris has expressed disappointment at a French television channel's decision to collaborate on, and air, a documentary that Kyiv argues grossly distorts events of the country’s 2013-14 upheaval that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
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Separatist Leader Admits To Razing Ukrainian Village, Hails 'Good' Soviet Ideology

A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has admitted to burning down a village at the height of fighting more than a year ago, while praising a proposal for restoring the place.
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