As Eastern Europe prepares to mark 20 years since the fall of communism, many countries find themselves grappling with spiraling racist violence. Why have ultranationalist groups been gaining momentum and claiming a rising number of victims?
With an overwhelming majority of 363 votes, Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has dismissed Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Ukraine will settle its Russian gas bills on June 5, officials confirmed, and one said Kiev expects an apology from Moscow for comments that cast doubt over its ability to pay.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko has said he will not allow Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych to change the constitution, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has found itself with two mayors after a Kyiv court decision returned a previously sacked mayor to office, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
The Ukrainian State Science and Research Institute in Kyiv confirms that 10 animals in the Crimean Zoo died earlier this year as a result of poisoning, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) has officially asked Moscow to provide classified archival documents on the famine of the 1930s in Ukraine that killed millions, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Ukrainian police have arrested two people suspected of setting off the explosions in a bank in the southeastern city of Melitopol, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
The lilacs at the Gryshko Botanical Garden in Kyiv are a hallmark of the Ukrainian capital. In mid-May, at the peak of lilac season, hundreds of thousands of people flock to see the flowers in full bloom.
Two explosions have injured 21 people in a bank in southern Ukraine, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former premier Viktor Yanukovych, longstanding rivals, are on the verge of clinching a deal to form a "broad coalition" in parliament, Ukrainian media reported on May 31.
The EU must seize the opportunity and set out an unashamedly political external energy strategy that puts its own interests first -- preeminent among them reducing dependence on Russia as a supplier or transit country.