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    For Ukrainians, Minsk Agreements are ‘Poison’
    Mar02

    For Ukrainians, Minsk Agreements are ‘Poison’

    Two years after the start of the Ukraine conflict, Ukrainians are coming under pressure from the West and Russia to comply with the Minsk agreements, and many here doubt the country will be able to enact the overdue constitutional reforms required to implement the peace deal. Politicians and analysts say Ukraine is being cornered by both Russia...

    European Rights Body Says Worried by Hate Speech in Georgia
    Mar02

    European Rights Body Says Worried by Hate Speech in Georgia

    The Council of Europe told Georgia on Tuesday to improve its anti-discrimination policies and legislation, saying it was worried by an increase in cases of hate speech and violence against religious and sexual minority groups. The criticism from the pan-European human rights body comes at a sensitive time for Georgia as it seeks to move closer to...

    NATO Commander: Russia Threat to US, Its Allies and Partners
    Mar01

    NATO Commander: Russia Threat to US, Its Allies and Partners

    NATO’s military commander has told the U.S. lawmakers that Russia poses a long-term threat to the United States and to its European allies and partners. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said that Russia is eager to exert unquestioned influence over neighboring countries....

    Ukrainian Pilot on Trial in Russia Threatens Hunger Strike
    Mar01

    Ukrainian Pilot on Trial in Russia Threatens Hunger Strike

    An imprisoned Ukrainian pilot on trial in Russia has threatened to go on hunger strike unless she is extradited back home after the verdict, her sister says. Closing arguments in the trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko begin on Wednesday, and the verdict is due shortly. Russian authorities have indicated that they expect Savchenko, who is...

    Moldova in Crisis as Corruption Threatens Stability
    Feb27

    Moldova in Crisis as Corruption Threatens Stability

    A financial crisis in Moldova has exposed deep-rooted corruption that is boosting pro-Russia parties and threatening Moldova’s stability. Monthslong protests around government buildings have raised comparisons with the uprising in neighboring Ukraine. Meanwhile, Western backers are withholding financial support until the government makes...

    Ukraine Pressured by Corruption, Renewed Fighting
    Feb27

    Ukraine Pressured by Corruption, Renewed Fighting

    Two years ago, Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution sought to do away with a corrupt oligarchy and put the country on the path toward a Western-style democratic society. But the reform-minded government is now under pressure as corruption persists and Russia shows no signs of letting up its attempts to destabilize the country. VOA Europe...

    Moldova’s Gagauzian Minority Caught Between Russia and Turkey
    Feb26

    Moldova’s Gagauzian Minority Caught Between Russia and Turkey

    Outside the government building in Comrat, the capital of Gagauzia, a group of gardeners takes care of plants in a small plot next to a statue of Russia’s communist revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin. Across the street is a Turkish library named after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The statue and the library together point to the dilemma faced by the...

    Two Years After Uprising, Ukraine Still Battling Corruption
    Feb26

    Two Years After Uprising, Ukraine Still Battling Corruption

    Two years after the Ukraine’s Euromaidan, the mass uprising that toppled the Russia-backed regime in 2013 and brought a pro-Western government to power, the country is still battling the corruption that the Euromaidan sought to purge. Last week, Ukraine’s government barely survived a no-confidence vote in parliament, triggered by the...

    Latvian FM: Substantial NATO Presence Needed in Baltics
    Feb26

    Latvian FM: Substantial NATO Presence Needed in Baltics

    Latvia’s foreign minister says NATO needs to increase its presence in the Baltic region, given Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and continued support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Edgars Rinkēvičs told VOA’s Russian service that the Western military alliance’s decisions and measures in support of collective...

    US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Spike in East Ukraine Fighting
    Feb25

    US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Spike in East Ukraine Fighting

    A senior official said the U.S. is “deeply concerned” about an escalation in the conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels in recent weeks in eastern Ukraine, despite a series of cease-fire attempts. Reports from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have indicated that a majority of cease-fire...

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