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Russia: EU Missed Chance To Narrow Split

Russia says the two-day EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has lost "another opportunity to make a step toward bridging a widening gap on the continent." More

Gerard Depardieu speaks at a press conference in Cannes on May 22.

Depardieu At Cannes: 'I Like Putin Very Much'

Gerard Depardieu, the famous French-actor-turned-Russian-citizen, reiterated at the Cannes Film Festival that he likes President Vladimir Putin "very much." More

Finland Instructs Nearly 1 Million Reservists, Amid Tension With Russia

The Finish military has sent letters to 900,000 reservists to collect their contact details and remind them of their duties "in the event of war." More

French President Francois Hollande (left) with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Paris last week.

Hollande Says Russia And Rebels Need To Be Pressured To Respect Truce

French President Francois Hollande has said that pressure needed to be applied on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to respect a cease-fire he helped broker in February. More

The OSCE reported that both prisoners said they had been to Ukraine "on missions" from Russia.

Captured Russians 'Following Orders'

A Kyiv court has ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured in eastern Ukraine to be placed in pretrial detention until July 19. More

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After Novorossia

If and how the separatist-held territories of Donbas will be reintegrated into Ukraine will be the main battleground in the conflict's endgame. And for scenarios of how this may go, look at postwar Bosnia and Croatia. More

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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.

Video Anti-Maidan Activist Booed By Moscow Students

Students at a prestigious Moscow university angrily disrupted a lecture by Nikolai Starikov, the leader of a pro-Kremlin group that has backed separatist militants in eastern Ukraine.

Out With A Whimper: Novorossia, 2014-2015

Separatist authorities in Ukraine's self-declared Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics have announced they are abandoning plans to create a pro-Kremlin breakaway state. We look at the brief history of the so-called Novorossia project.

Soccer Club Gives Ukraine Something To Cheer About

For a country weary of war, soccer club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has given Ukrainians reason to smile.

Russian POW Video Raises War Crime Questions For Ukraine

Did Kyiv violate the Geneva Conventions by releasing an interrogation video of an alleged Russian soldier captured fighting alongside separatists in eastern Ukraine?

Businesses Torched Amid Deepening Crackdown On Crimean Tatars

Members of the Muslim Crimean Tatar minority say the enterprises that bring them their livelihood have become targets in a persistent clampdown since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.

Sanctions Loosen As Assets Of Yanukovych Allies Elude Ukraine's Grasp

Freed from European Union sanctions, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's deputy chief of staff is suing the EU and warning the current leaders in Kyiv that they will someday face prosecution over financial activities. After more than a year in power, Ukraine's pro-Western government has had little success in prosecuting allies of Yanukovych and bringing allegedly embezzled assets back into the country's war-drained coffers.

Postcommunist Kids Are No Know-It-Alls, After All

The survey's results appear to dash the widely held assumption about the former communist countries of Europe that while they performed poorly in many areas, at least students there were well educated in math and science.

Polish Citizens, Lawmakers Get Defensive

From lawmakers to university students, Poles are answering the call to defend their country.

Questions Raised Over Poroshenko's Role In Valuable Kyiv Land Deal

An investigation by RFE/RL's Ukrainian-language television program, Schemes, has uncovered evidence suggesting President Petro Poroshenko used questionable means -- including his presidential power -- to obtain some of the most valuable land in Kyiv for a private family mansion.
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