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    Crimea’s Tatars say Climate Worsening Under Russian Rule
    Mar21

    Crimea’s Tatars say Climate Worsening Under Russian Rule

    Crimea’s Tatar minorities were the most outspoken opponents of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula. A year later, the Tatar community says there is a climate of fear as activists and their relatives have been intimidated, abducted, and even killed. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Crimea. …read more...

    Crimea’s Tourism Slowly Recovering After Russia’s Annexation
    Mar21

    Crimea’s Tourism Slowly Recovering After Russia’s Annexation

    One year after Russia controversially annexed Crimea from Ukraine, sparking the worst tensions with the West in more than two decades, the Black Sea peninsula’s key tourism industry is slowly beginning to attract visitors again. Tour operators say income remains steady but sanctions, border controls and bureaucracy pose challenges....

    Crimean Trade Struggling to Recover After Russia’s Annexation
    Mar21

    Crimean Trade Struggling to Recover After Russia’s Annexation

    One year after Russia controversially annexed Crimea from Ukraine, sparking the worst tensions with the West in decades, the Black Sea peninsula is largely cut off from mainland Ukraine. Trade is faltering and most goods have to be brought in by ferry, raising prices and waiting times, and lowering the quality of products available. As...

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield issues prime directive: improve quality of life for all
    Mar21

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield issues prime directive: improve quality of life for all

    VANCOUVER – Astronaut Chris Hadfield has commanded the International Space Station, made three flights into space and orbited the globe more than 2,300 times. Yet he still spends time marvelling on the small things that put him there, such as the elegant mechanics of a set screw.”I constantly remind myself that, in fact, this is just...

    Journalists Say Press Freedom Has Suffered in Crimea
    Mar21

    Journalists Say Press Freedom Has Suffered in Crimea

    The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is alarmed by the media environment in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine one year ago. The New York-based global watchdog group said in a statement published on its website Thursday that the climate for press freedom had steadily deteriorated in Crimea since March 2014....

    Crimea’s Remaining Ukrainians Under Pressure to Become Russian
    Mar21

    Crimea’s Remaining Ukrainians Under Pressure to Become Russian

    After Russia controversially annexed Crimea from Ukraine a year ago, Ukrainian citizens and military were pushed to choose between becoming Russian or leaving. Most chose Russian citizenship, and troops joined the Russian military. And some of the Ukrainians remaining in Crimea find themselves under increasing pressure to switch sides....

    Ukrainian Ambassador: ‘We Are Still Way Off From Being a Leading Fighting Force’
    Mar21

    Ukrainian Ambassador: ‘We Are Still Way Off From Being a Leading Fighting Force’

    On Wednesday, after a phone call between Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the White House announced a new program to train 750 Ukrainian troops in the western city of Yavoriv near the Polish border. For Ukrainian Ambassador Olexander Motsyk, the new initiative is vital not just because Kiev faces a sustained...

    EU links lifting Russia sanctions to peace in Ukraine
    Mar21

    EU links lifting Russia sanctions to peace in Ukraine

    BRUSSELS — European Union leaders said Thursday that they won’t lift economic sanctions against Russia until the peace agreement on eastern Ukraine is fully implemented. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk met Thursday with Tusk ahead of the summit and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to divide Europe over Ukraine....

    Soccer Is the Continuation of Putin’s War By Other Means
    Mar21

    Soccer Is the Continuation of Putin’s War By Other Means

    Russia and Ukraine don’t much like each other right now — or at least, their governments don’t like each other. And — always sensitive to politics — soccer administrators have taken note: Russian and Ukrainian teams have been deliberately kept apart in both the Champions League and the Europa League, the continent’s top two...

    Russia, Ukraine Seek Gas-Supply Deal Until Bill Dispute Settled
    Mar20

    Russia, Ukraine Seek Gas-Supply Deal Until Bill Dispute Settled

    Ukraine and Russia said Friday that they would seek to negotiate a deal that would ensure natural-gas deliveries to Ukraine and the European Union until a dispute over unpaid bills has been settled. …read more Source: The Wall Street...