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    In Crimea, Locals Divided Over Russia’s Kerch Strait Span
    May18

    In Crimea, Locals Divided Over Russia’s Kerch Strait Span

    The newly-opened bridge linking Crimea and Russia carries traffic both ways, but the political divide its construction has come to symbolize is most apparent to those who call the territorially contested peninsula home. As Russian President Vladimir Putin led the televised, inaugural crossing of the controversial span on Tuesday—ensconced in the...

    Putin: Russia to Press Ahead With Military Modernization
    May17

    Putin: Russia to Press Ahead With Military Modernization

    President Vladimir Putin says Russia will maintain a high tempo of modernizing its military arsenals this year. Speaking Thursday at a meeting with the top military brass in the southern Russian city of Sochi, Putin said the Russian air forces would receive 160 new aircraft this year and the army is to get 500 new armored vehicles and artillery...

    German-Russian Pipeline Project Takes Shape Amid US Protest
    May17

    German-Russian Pipeline Project Takes Shape Amid US Protest

    Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in...

    Millions Face Food Insecurity and TB Outbreak In Eastern Ukraine
    May17

    Millions Face Food Insecurity and TB Outbreak In Eastern Ukraine

    Close to 3.5 million people caught up in the conflict in eastern Ukraine urgently need humanitarian aid according to the United Nations. Populations caught in the crossfire now face growing food insecurity and outbreaks of diseases like tuberculosis. For VOA, Henry Ridgwell visited the front line earlier this week. …read more Source: Voice...

    Millions Face Food Insecurity, TB Outbreak in Eastern Ukraine Fighting
    May17

    Millions Face Food Insecurity, TB Outbreak in Eastern Ukraine Fighting

    Nearly 3.5 million people caught up in the conflict in eastern Ukraine urgently need humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations, which says its assistance program has received a fraction of the funding it needs. Populations live under the constant threat of artillery and gun fire, mines and unexploded ordinance, and now face growing food...

    Moscow Formally Protests Journalist’s Arrest in Ukraine
    May17

    Moscow Formally Protests Journalist’s Arrest in Ukraine

    Moscow is protesting the arrest of a journalist in Ukraine, and the Council of Europe and other human rights groups have expressed concern. Ukraine’s domestic security agency, the SBU, detained Kirill Vyshinskiy, the head of the Ukraine office of Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency, on treason charges. His arrest followed SBU raids of...

    Russian Bikers, Crimeans Cross ‘Putin’s Bridge’ in Inaugural Drive
    May16

    Russian Bikers, Crimeans Cross ‘Putin’s Bridge’ in Inaugural Drive

    Leather-clad bikers with Russian national flags joined motorists driving for the first time across a newly-opened bridge linking Crimea with Russia on Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday unveiled the new bridge to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. He chatted to workmen in overalls and drove a heavy,...

    US Envoy Visits Ukraine Frontlines
    May16

    US Envoy Visits Ukraine Frontlines

    Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatist rebels in the east is entering its fifth year. Since February, there has been an uptick in fighting along the 450-kilometer contact line. The United States’ Special Envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, along with U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, took a trip to the front lines Tuesday to witness...

    US Envoy to Ukraine Anticipates Russian Return to Talks
    May16

    US Envoy to Ukraine Anticipates Russian Return to Talks

    Amid rumors among Russian media outlets that Moscow’s top envoy to Ukrainian peace negotiations has resigned, the top U.S. interlocutor says he expects Russia to return to the table with a peacekeeping proposal. U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, who last met with his Russian counterpart Vladislav Surkov in...

    US Special Envoy at Ukraine Frontlines
    May16

    US Special Envoy at Ukraine Frontlines

    Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatist rebels in the east of the country is entering its fifth year. Since February, there has been an uptick in fighting along the 450-kilometer contact line. VOA joined the United States’ Special Envoy for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, along with U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on a trip...

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