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Five Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In East

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and three injured by a land mine in the restive east. More

WATCH: U.S. Senator Slams Putin, Warns Of Islamic State

Video U.S. Senator: Strong Hand Needed To Deal With Putin, Islamic State

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker says "freedom-loving" countries have to be united and firm in responding to both an aggressive Russia and the rise of the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

Tymoshenko Calls Party Office Bombing 'Terrorist Attack'

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says an explosion at her party's offices in the city of Sumy was politically motivated. More

Ukrainian Veterans, Nationalists Rally

At least 1,000 members of volunteer military units and nationalist organizations have marched in Kyiv demanding a resumption of military activity against separatists in eastern Ukraine. More

Sluggish Reforms Delay Ukraine Loans

Ukraine's Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko has disclosed that the government failed to get $3 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank this week because it has not complied with their demands for reform. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: The Aces Up Putin's Sleeve

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

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.

Video Armenian Protesters Chafe At Comparisons To EuroMaidan

Many observers in Russia and the West are comparing the ongoing Armenian protests against rising electricity prices to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. But spokespeople in Yerevan are resisting this attempt to broaden the framing of their project.

Estonian Defense Chief: NATO Must 'Neutralize' Putin's Perceived Advantage

Estonia's defense chief has welcomed the U.S. decision to preposition military equipment in the Baltics and other countries on the eastern edge of the alliance, saying that a strong presence is required to diminish the potential threat of a Russian attack.

Consumer-Rights Advocate Calls Putin 'Paranoid' After 'Foreign-Agent' Slur

A Russian consumer-protection group lambasted by President Vladimir Putin as a "foreign agent" over cautionary advice to Russians traveling to annexed Crimea has accused Putin of "paranoia" and called him "badly informed."

APC Weddings, Tank Biathlon: Russia's Martial Mood

As the Kremlin pumps up patriotism amid war in Ukraine and a confrontation with the West, a mania for all things military is penetrating deep into civilian life in Russia. It's a boon for a Defense Ministry looking to burnish its reputation, but the country's liberals accuse the authorities of dangerously "militarizing" the national conscience.

Historian Timothy Snyder: 'History Is Always Plural'

Yale University historian Timothy Snyder speaks with RFE/RL about the interpretation and reinterpretation of the bloody 20th-century history of Eastern Europe, caught between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union.

Video Saakashvili Hits Ground Running In Odesa

Odesa's freshly appointed governor, Mikheil Saakashvili, is tackling his new job head on. The former Georgian president is touring markets, boarding trams, rubbing shoulders with locals, and pledging to restore order in the Ukrainian city.

Historic NATO-Russia Pact Could Be History

Russia's continued bullying of Ukraine and a possible U.S. intention to put tanks and heavy weapons back in Eastern Europe appear to signal the demise of the historic NATO-Russia Founding Act that "definitively" ended the Cold War.

'Gifts, Prizes, Winnings' A Windfall For Ukraine Judges

Several judges at a prominent Kyiv court have reported large sums of money from "gifts, prizes, and winnings" on official income declarations. Anticorruption activists suspect the public servants are using this column in the declarations to "legalize" bribe money.
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