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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on October 16 in Milan

Russia Defiant Despite Swedish Sub Report, German MH17 Conclusion

Russia appears to have suffered setbacks over Ukraine and over Moscow's muscle-flexing in the Baltic Sea, with German intelligence reportedly convinced pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine downed a Malaysian airliner in July and Sweden scouring its coastal waters for what could be a crippled Russian submarine. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to journalists as he leaves after a multilateral meeting on Ukraine's crisis on the sidelines of the 10th ASEM summit in Milan on October 17.

Ukraine 'Will Have Gas This Winter'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the country will have natural gas from Russia this winter. More

A screen grab from a Dozhd TV report on Lyudmila Bogatenkova, from the Stavropol branch of Russia's Soldiers' Mothers Committee

Russian 'Soldiers' Mothers' Activist Detained

Russian authorities have detained the local head of a group that has publicly alleged direct Russian troop involvement in neighboring Ukraine, in a move that the Soldiers' Mothers network called an "act of intimidation" over Lyudmila Bogatenkova's work. More

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Podcast: Ukraine's Loyalist Russians

The vast majority of Ukraine's ethnic Russians are, in fact, loyal Ukrainian citizens. More

In Luhansk, Death For A Cartoon?

If a Luhansk-based news portal is to be believed, defamation comes with a heavy price in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic. More
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Features & Commentary

Insult Evolves Into Homage As Donetsk Airport Defenders Dubbed 'Cyborgs'

It started as something of an insult but turned into a badge of pride. Meet Ukraine's "cyborgs."

Conflict With Russia Reaches Ukrainian Stores

Under new local legislation passed by Kyiv authorities, stores in the Ukrainian capital must now separately label Russian-imported goods. A similar initiative is already in place in three other Ukrainian cities, where special brigades have been deployed to check compliance.

Defense Minister: Kyiv's Least Secure Job

For the third time in six months a Ukrainian defense minister has been forced out. Why is Kyiv repeatedly replacing its top military official in the midst of a war?

On The Front Lines In Donetsk, Life Is Both Normal -- And Far From It

The death toll continues to mount in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, where at least two civilians were killed by weekend artillery fire between government forces and pro-Russia militia fighters. But in many ways, life in the Donbas city remains surprisingly normal, with well-stocked supermarkets and freshly planted flowers. RFE/RL's Russian Service speaks to one Donetsk resident about daily life in the city.

The Mysterious Professor Haag: Russian Media's Favored 'Expert' Has Dubious Credentials

A man identified as German Professor Lorenz Haag has been widely quoted in Russian media as praising the Kremlin and defending Russia's actions in Ukraine. The "professor's" credentials, however, are a matter of serious doubt.

Video In Western Ukraine, Attitudes Cooling Toward IDPs

People displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are facing increasing difficulty finding accommodation in other regions, signaling a shift in attitudes toward internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Despite Cease-Fire, Fight Continues For Donetsk Airport

There is supposed to be a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. So why is there so much fighting around Donetsk airport?

Economist Critical Of Kremlin Says He Was Ousted From Influential Journal

Sergei Aleksashenko, a leading Russian economist, says his critical views of the Russian government's handling of the economy have cost him his job as editor of a prominent economic newsletter.

Russia Mulls Special Day To Recognize Its 'Polite People'

Russia is preparing to dedicate a special calendar day to commemorate the "little green men" who helped seize the Crimean peninsula. The proposed date -- October 7 -- also just happens to be President Vladimir Putin’s birthday.

Crimean Tatars Complain Of Campaign Of Harassment, Intimidation

Two young Crimean Tatar men were hustled off in a van late one evening last week. Activists say the abductions are just part of a wave of repression against Crimean Tatars for opposing Russia's annexation of the region in March.
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