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    UN: Deaths Top 6,000 in E. Ukraine Conflict
    Mar02

    UN: Deaths Top 6,000 in E. Ukraine Conflict

    The United Nations says the number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting broke out in April now tops 6,000. A new report by the U.N. Human Rights Office says fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government and the ensuing death toll continue to escalate in spite of successive cease-fires. U.N. human rights...

    US Calls for Investigation of Boris Nemtsov Murder
    Mar02

    US Calls for Investigation of Boris Nemtsov Murder

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician and activist Boris Nemtsov. Former Russian chess champion and rights activist Garry Kasparov says he is shattered by the news and says it comes amid an atmosphere of propaganda and hatred aimed at opponents...

    Kerry Meets With Lavrov in Switzerland
    Mar02

    Kerry Meets With Lavrov in Switzerland

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Switzerland where he will meet with is Russian counterpart Monday. Kerry arrived in Switzerland late Sunday ahead of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the conflict in Ukraine and the shooting of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Kerry has called for a thorough investigation...

    Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol
    Mar02

    Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

    Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined...

    Bill Browder Tells VOA Russian About Boris Nemtsov Murder
    Mar01

    Bill Browder Tells VOA Russian About Boris Nemtsov Murder

    British citizen Bill Browder is the co-founder of the Hermitage Capital Management fund that has been described as one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia from 1995 to 2006. A noted critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Browder was banned from Russia in 2006 after calling attention to corruption and tax evasion by Russian...

    Ukraine: Rebels Using Cease-fire to Regroup
    Mar01

    Ukraine: Rebels Using Cease-fire to Regroup

    Ukraine’s military said on Sunday a cease-fire had been fully observed in eastern separatist territories overnight, but warned that pro-Russian rebels were using the truce to regroup for new attacks on government positions, especially around the port of Mariupol. A drop in violence and moves by both sides to withdraw heavy weapons from the...

    Estonia Votes in Parliamentary Election
    Mar01

    Estonia Votes in Parliamentary Election

    Estonians are voting Sunday in a national parliamentary election. The coalition government of Prime Minister Taavi Roivas is expected to win as the Baltic state, a member of the West’s NATO military alliance that was once part of the Soviet Union, contends with a militarily resurgent Russia and a pro-Kremlin opposition party. By mid-day, 42...

    Russian Opposition Marches in Tribute to Murdered Leader Nemtsov
    Mar01

    Russian Opposition Marches in Tribute to Murdered Leader Nemtsov

    Thousands of people gathered in central Moscow Sunday for a march to mourn murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Russian authorities, usually slow to give permission for large opposition rallies, gave quick approval for Sunday’s memorial march. Nemtsov, 55, was to have led an anti-war and anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Instead, as many as...

    Rebels Withdraw Heavy Arms in Eastern Ukraine
    Feb28

    Rebels Withdraw Heavy Arms in Eastern Ukraine

    Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine continued withdrawing tanks and other military vehicles Saturday from the front lines, obeying a cease-fire reached in mid-February. Ukraine said there was a decrease in violence Friday night into Saturday. Ukraine’s military reported its first deaths in three days earlier on Friday. A Ukrainian...

    Nemtsov to RFE/RL: ‘We Must Free Russia From Putin’
    Feb28

    Nemtsov to RFE/RL: ‘We Must Free Russia From Putin’

    Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was looking ahead to a planned opposition rally Sunday that he anticipated would be an important step in a long struggle, though in an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service earlier this month, he portrayed the demonstration as just a first step in a long struggle. “If you think that [authorities]...

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