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Kyiv Lists Russian Military Units Allegedly In Ukraine

Ukrainian chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko, in an interview published by Ukraine's Defense Ministry on April 18, said that "regular Russian army troops are still in Ukraine" despite a cease-fire agreement signed in February which ordered the withdrawal of foreign fighters from the front line. More

Lukashenka To Skip Moscow Parade

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says he will travel to Moscow to participate in events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on May 7 and 8, but he will not attend a Victory Day military parade in the Russian capital on May 9. More

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Crimean City Cuts Off Ukrainian TV

The main cable-television provider in the city of Yevpatoria, in the Ukrainian region of Crimea that was annexed by Russia in March 2014, has stopped distributing five Ukrainian television channels. More

Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a meeting in Moscow earlier this year.

Hollande To Discuss Ukraine With Putin During Visit To Armenia

French President Francois Hollande will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24. More

UN: Human Rights Threatened By Ukraine Cease-Fire Violations

UN officials say they are increasingly worried that a dire human rights situation in parts of eastern Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further because of violations of a February cease-fire agreement. More

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Video Kyiv Alleges Journalist's Slaying Ordered

Officials in Kyiv have suggested the April 16 killing of Ukrainian pro-Russian journalist Oles Buzyna was not a random slaying but a carefully timed hit.

The Future Of The Past: Ukraine Pushes De-Communization, Amid Russian Protests

Ukraine has adopted a raft of de-communization laws aimed at asserting control over the country's understanding of its 20th-century past. Moscow, however, sees the move as an impermissible assault on Russia's own self-image.

Conflict Of Interest? A Tale Of Two Ukrainian Oligarchs And One Deputy Minister

The tangled relationship between Ukraine's deputy energy minister and two leading tycoons illustrates the challenge Kyiv faces as it tries to curb the influence of the country's oligarchs.

Video Ukrainian Art Group Goes Viral With Music Videos Mocking Separatists

A string of satirical musical clips mocking Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine has gone viral on YouTube.

Dispute Rages Over Soviet General's Grave In Ukraine

A political scandal is mounting over the grave of a Soviet military commander in central Kyiv, amid claims Ukraine plans to demolish the monument and cremate his body.

Russia's Missing Article: Censorship, Prudence, Or A Win For Moscow's Troll Army?

A newspaper in the Russian region of Buryatia excised an article about a local soldier who was allegedly severely injured while fighting for the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Is it a case of heavy-handed censorship or was it an example of the successful functioning of the Kremlin's notorious "troll army"?

Interview: Amnesty International Says Separatists 'Executed' Captive Ukrainian Soldiers

Amnesty International says "shocking new evidence" shows pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine have killed soldiers in their captivity execution-style.

Happiness On The Front Line

Shchastya lies a few kilometers from the rebel-held city of Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine. Shchastya means "happiness" in Ukrainian. But in this war-ravaged town, there's not much cause for rejoicing.

Letters From Donbas, Part 4: 'Everything's Been Looted And Destroyed'

From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty.

Five Things To Know About U.S. Senator Robert Menendez's Corruption Charges

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (Democrat-New Jersey) faces a 14-count indictment on corruption charges. He's also a top foreign policy voice who has sparred with U.S. President Barack Obama on issues such as Iran and Ukraine.
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