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An armed man in military fatigues stands guard outside a regional administration building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk on April 23.

Video Kyiv Poised To Relaunch Offensive In East

Ukraine's government says it has formally ended an Easter truce and is preparing a fresh military offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the east following the killing of a local politician. More

The head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, speaks during a news conference in Simferopol on  April 22.

Chubarov Denies Wanting Russian Citizenship

The head of the Crimean Tatar's main self-government body, the Mejlis, has denied reports that he intends to apply for Russian citizenship. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (file photo)

Kerry Holds Telephone Talks With Russia, Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held separate telephone conversations with Russia's foreign minister and Ukraine's prime minister. More

An armored personnel carrier with a Russian flag drives in Slovyansk on April 21.

Turchynov Wants New 'Antiterror' Operation

Ukraine's acting president has called for the relaunch of an "antiterrorist" operation against pro-Russian rebels in the east, citing the death of a politician from his party. More

WATCH: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Kyiv

Video Biden Pledges Backing For Ukraine

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has vowed support for Ukraine, which he said "is in a struggle for its very future." More

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Families Of Iranian Political Prisoners Protest Alleged Prison Raid

Families of political prisoners have demonstrated outside the presidential office in Tehran against what they say was a brutal raid at a notorious prison in the Iranian capital where their relatives are being held. More
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Easter Mass Highlights Ukrainian Divisions

Many Ukrainians are united by a yearning for peace in the name of God and country. But divisions were also evident at Easter services in Kyiv.

Interview: 'The Maidan Represents Love'

Russian photographer Viktoria Ivleva was curious about how ordinary Ukrainians feel concerning the ongoing crisis, and found a way to see for herself. Using funds provided by her Facebook friends, she traveled to Ukraine and met with Ukrainians across the country -- from Euromaidan supporters in Ukraine's west to pro-Russian protesters in the east. RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke with Ivleva about her experiences upon her return to Moscow.

Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis.

Video Jews Get Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine.

The Geneva Agreement -- On Paper And On The Ground

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union have reached an agreement in Geneva on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine. We take a look at the key points in the agreement and the steps taken -- or not taken -- thus far to implement them.

Kramatorsk Dispatch: Humiliating Capitulation Dampens Troops' Morale

The Ukrainian army is licking its wounds after a much-touted "anti-terrorist" operation to regain control of the country's east ended with pro-Russian separatists in Kramatorsk seizing six armored personnel carriers.

Interview: 'We May Already Be Past The Point Of No Return'

Ivan Lozowy, a Kyiv-based political analyst, traveled to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk this week. He talks to RFE/RL about Kyiv's failure to confront the separatist crisis and the role of the Donbas oligarchs in stirring up the unrest.

Nervous Kyiv Authorities Post Civil Defense Notices -- And Then Take Them Down

Alarming notices appeared across Kyiv this week advising residents on what to do in case war breaks out -- including responding to sirens and using bomb shelters. But almost as soon as they’d appeared, the bulletins were taken down.

Multimedia Horlivka Dispatch: Uneasy Calm Following Takeover

Horlivka, a sleepy industrial town in eastern Ukraine, is one of the latest cities to be gripped by separatist unrest in the country's Russian-leaning east.

German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany's largest-circulation tabloid wants two Soviet tanks removed from a Berlin war memorial in protest of what it calls Russia's "hegemonic military policies" in Ukraine.
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