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Section: The Guardian (The United Kingdom)

    Welcome to the most corrupt nation in Europe
    Feb04

    Welcome to the most corrupt nation in Europe

    While the conflict with Russia heats up in the east, life for most Ukrainians is marred by corruption so endemic that even hospitals appear to be infected. Can anyone clean the country up?Ukraine’s National Cancer Institute occupies three smoke-grey, six‑storey blocks in a residential district on the edge of Kiev. The external walls are...

    ‘We fight for democracy’ – Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth respond to propaganda warning
    Feb03

    ‘We fight for democracy’ – Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth respond to propaganda warning

    Answering a plea from Ukrainian students to counter ‘rampant Kremlin propaganda’ a group of pro-Moscow youth activists release a tit-for-tat video supporting Russian rhetoric. RFE/RL reportsLast week Kiev university students released an impassioned video appeal to their Russian counterparts urging them to question the ‘rampant Kremlin...

    Thousands flee Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine – in pictures
    Feb03

    Thousands flee Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine – in pictures

    More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from the town of Debaltseve, an army stronghold that has been under attack from pro-Russian separatists this week. Those who remain lack food, water and basic medical supplies … …read more Source: The...

    Thousands urge Putin to free Russian mother of seven accused of treason
    Feb03

    Thousands urge Putin to free Russian mother of seven accused of treason

    Petition calls on president to allow Svetlana Davydova to return home while she awaits trial over Ukraine embassy warningTens of thousands of Russians have signed a letter asking Vladimir Putin to release a woman detained on charges of treason.Svetlana Davydova faces up to 20 years in prison on accusations that she called the Ukrainian embassy in...

    Q&A: Should US send lethal military assistance to Ukraine?
    Feb03

    Q&A: Should US send lethal military assistance to Ukraine?

    Officials in Washington have floated the idea of sending lethal aid to Kiev for the fight against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL explains what the move could mean for the conflictAs the crisis in eastern Ukraine shows no sign of abating despite the ceasefire agreement reached in September 2014, pressure is growing for...

    Ukraine: US considers military help for Kiev as separatists plan to mobilise army
    Feb02

    Ukraine: US considers military help for Kiev as separatists plan to mobilise army

    John Kerry, US secretary of state, will use visit to Ukrainian capital to consider options amid frustration in the west at failure to find diplomatic solutionThe high-stakes poker game over east Ukraine continued on Monday, with US officials floating the idea of sending lethal military assistance to the government in Kiev, while Russia-backed...

    Ukrainian rebels’ call to arms ‘shows they are weak’ – video
    Feb02

    Ukrainian rebels’ call to arms ‘shows they are weak’ – video

    Plans by pro-Russian rebels to expand their army to 100,000 people shows they are struggling, says the Ukrainian military. Rebel leaders announce a call to arms on Monday, after recent losses to Ukrainian forces. Alexander Zakharchenko, the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, says the expansion will be a...

    British Army faces radical shakeup
    Feb02

    British Army faces radical shakeup

    • New head of army plans to cut top brass• Emphasis on non-violent warfareAfter the huge mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and confronted now by new threats amid extraordinary geopolitical shifts, senior British army officers under the incoming chief of the general staff, Sir Nick Carter, are planning potentially far-reaching reforms.An...

    US increasingly concerned that Russia is intent on partitioning Ukraine
    Feb02

    US increasingly concerned that Russia is intent on partitioning Ukraine

    With rebels having seized extra 200 square miles of territory, US’s leaking of talks about sending weapons to Kiev may be Obama’s way of warning Putin to back offThe public disclosure that the US is considering supplying lethal weaponry to Ukraine in its battle with Russian-backed separatists reflects heightened American concern that...

    Donetsk opera house: tanks on the street but the show must go on
    Feb02

    Donetsk opera house: tanks on the street but the show must go on

    The city’s opera house remains open despite the dangers posed by the conflict between local separatists and Ukrainian forcesBy now in Donetsk, everyone from children to pensioners can differentiate between the sound of incoming and outgoing fire, or identify a mortar or Grad rocket from its pitch. At the Donbass Opera, however, people are...

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