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A T-90 tank of the Russian Army is brought to full combat alert at an uknown location on August 25.

Russia Holds Snap Military Exercises, Deepening Neighbors' Alarm

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced large-scale snap military exercises on land and in the Black and Caspian seas, increasing worries in Ukraine and other Western neighbors about Moscow's intentions. More

A composite photo of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) and his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak

Dueling Indictments As Russia, Ukraine Target Each Other's Military Leaders

Russia and Ukraine traded salvos this week with dueling criminal investigations against each other's top military brass, a new front in the ongoing conflict between the two countries. More

Olympic Weightlifting Medalists Fail Doping Retests From 2008

Eleven Olympic weightlifting medalists will be stripped of their medals after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during Independence Day celebrations in Kyiv on August 24: “The enemy has bring Ukraine to its knees,” he said.

Ukraine Celebrates 25 Years Of Independence As Tensions With Russia Worsen

Ukraine marked 25 years of independence from the Soviet Union on August 24 with a massive parade of soldiers and heavy weaponry through central Kyiv, in a show of force designed to boost the morale of the country’s servicemen and reassure Ukrainians amid heightened tensions with Russia. More

The Daily Vertical: Ukraine At 25 (Transcript)

The very idea of an independent Ukraine is offensive to Vladimir Putin, who has famously said that Ukraine "isn't a real country." More

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How To Manufacture A War

The picture just got a lot clearer about how the war in the Donbas was started. More
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War Of Words Over Ukraine 'Combat' Photo

A controversy is escalating in Ukraine over a photo that seems to capture the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in a single frame. It could be one of the greatest war photographs ever taken – or a fake.

Audio Slide Show Behind The Scenes In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings 

A tycoon and power broker with close ties to Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk has influenced policy for two tumultuous decades in Ukraine. As a peace deal he helped push through in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists threatens to unravel, the outsize role of a man critics call the "Prince of Darkness" is in the spotlight again.

Punitive Medicine? Crimean Tatars Shaken By Leader's Confinement To Mental Asylum

Russia's confinement of a Tatar activist to a psychiatric clinic in Crimea is raising fears that Moscow is reviving a Soviet-era practice to intimidate opponents of the peninsula's annexation into silence.

Have Assault Rifle (Replica), Will Travel: Kalashnikov Opens Shop At Moscow Airport

Forget duty-free vodka and "matryoshka" dolls: Travelers looking for a last-minute souvenir of Russia can now pick up an assault rifle -- well, a plastic replica -- before heading for flights out of Moscow's main airport.

Video Failed 1991 Coup Changed U.S. Diplomacy Toward U.S.S.R.

A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington's perspective during those heady events.

In Ukraine, Attacks On Journalists Chill Media Landscape

Journalists who have challenged Ukraine’s authorities or reported from separatist-held areas are coming under attack. Extreme nationalists have unleashed a torrent of criticism that has inspired public contempt for journalists, while leaks have exposed their personal data. At the same time, journalists have received death threats, been physically assaulted, and in one case killed.

Video Guns Of August: Fears Of Full-Scale War Return As Casualties Mount In Ukraine

Fighting is flaring this summer in eastern Ukraine, where government forces and Russia-backed separatists are locked in a deadly standoff that is escalating two years after it began. Amid mounting casualties, there are fears an unraveling cease-fire could give way again to full-scale war.

'Like Being A Slave': Workers On Russia's Bridge To Crimea Report Abuse, Deceit

Desperately in need of money, Vyacheslav Abdullin thought he had the answer when he found work building the Kerch Strait Bridge, a top-priority project for Moscow to link Russia with the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea. But after just one month on the job, Abdullin left -- penniless, fed up with what he said were inhuman working conditions, and furious at his employers' broken promises -- to walk the 600 kilometers back to his wife and children.

Russian, Ukrainian Marchers To Meet In Kyiv

Two religious processions converging on Kyiv -- one from the east, another from the west -- have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital.

Kyiv Notebook: Fear Of 'Dark Times' After Journalist's Killing

The death of a passionate investigative reporter in a car bombing in the Ukrainian capital has sent shock waves through Kyiv and its journalist community.
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