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According to a new report, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are receiving weapons and equipment from Moscow.  (file photo)

Report Says Russia At War With Ukraine

A Washington-based think tank on international affairs has released a scathing report on Russia's "direct military intervention" in eastern Ukraine, concluding that President Vladimir Putin has led his country into war and has lied about it. More

One of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine earlier this month. A new Russian presidential decree could make efforts to track down information about Russian military activities in Ukraine or elsewhere illegal if such military activities are officially defined as "special operations."

New Russian Decree Could Stymie Antiwar Efforts

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that classifies military losses during special operations in peacetime. More

Report: Russia Massing Troops On Border

The Russian Army has brought large numbers of troops and hundreds of pieces of military hardware to an area near the Ukrainian border, a Reuters correspondent reports. More

Study: Russian, Ukrainian Economic Competitiveness Dropped

According to a global ranking, Russia and Ukraine have seen their economic competitiveness plummet over the past year. More

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Biden Defends Russia Cooperation

Vice President Joe Biden says the United States should pursue cooperation with Russia on areas of mutual interests as long as it is not "asked to back off matters of principles" crucial to the "security and well-being" of Washington and its allies. More

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Audio Briefing: Endgame Diplomacy

The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of the Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday. More

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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Features & Commentary

Photogallery Afghanistan To Ukraine: 'The Enemies Of Our Enemies Are Our Friends'

It took Afghan mujahedin nearly 10 years, and foreign weapons, to repel its Soviet invasion. A quarter-century later, Rostyslav Khotyn of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service traveled to Afghanistan to see what that war could tell him about the current conflict in his own country.

The Mysterious Assassination Of A Rebel Commander In Ukraine

The assassination of Aleksei Mozgovoi, a separatist commander in eastern Ukraine and proponent of the idea of an independent Novorossia, has led to a lot of finger pointing.

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.
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