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    Pentagon: Despite Minsk II, More Than 400 Ukraine Troops Killed
    Mar03

    Pentagon: Despite Minsk II, More Than 400 Ukraine Troops Killed

    More than 400 Ukrainian troops have died in fighting since the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was adopted one year ago, with Russia playing a major role in the violence. In an interview with VOA, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter, whose responsibilities include Ukraine, Russia and Eurasia, said the U.S. has seen a...

    Minsk Deal Legitimizes Ugly Facts on the Ground, Critics Say
    Mar03

    Minsk Deal Legitimizes Ugly Facts on the Ground, Critics Say

    Western and Russian diplomats are meeting this week to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts in eastern Ukraine, where fighting continues between Russia-backed separatists and government forces despite attempts for a truce. While top U.S. officials are touting the importance of a full implementation of the Minsk agreement, critics say that the...

    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, despite the failure of Russia to provide the necessary security conditions. VOA Europe Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Kyiv and the scene of a bloody crackdown two years ago by forces loyal...

    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...

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