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    Eastern Ukraine Conflict Set to Escalate, OSCE Monitor Warns
    Dec02

    Eastern Ukraine Conflict Set to Escalate, OSCE Monitor Warns

    The head of the independent body monitoring the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine has told VOA the conflict is on the brink of a major escalation. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe report up to 7,000 cease-fire violations every week along eastern Ukraine’s 500-kilometer front line. Mission chief Alexander Hug...

    OSCE Monitors: Eastern Ukraine Conflict on Brink of Major Escalation
    Dec02

    OSCE Monitors: Eastern Ukraine Conflict on Brink of Major Escalation

    The head of the independent body monitoring the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine has told VOA the conflict is on the brink of a major escalation. Alexander Hug says heavy weapons are being used in civilian areas. As Henry Ridgwell reports, pro-Russian rebels continue to block monitors’ access to many of the conflict zones. …read more...

    EU’s Tusk Says Keeping West United Against Russia Harder With Trump
    Dec02

    EU’s Tusk Says Keeping West United Against Russia Harder With Trump

    It will be harder to keep the West united toward Russia with Donald Trump as United States president than it has been with Barack Obama, European Council President Donald Tusk said in comments published on Thursday. Trump’s election promise to improve Washington’s chilly relations with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have...

    Putin Delivers Conciliatory Annual ‘State of Nation’ Speech
    Dec01

    Putin Delivers Conciliatory Annual ‘State of Nation’ Speech

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual “state of the nation” address Thursday was less remarkable for what it contained than for what it lacked — anger and blame heaped on countries supposedly looking to make an enemy of Russia. Last year’s speech at the Kremlin to lawmakers and dignitaries, carried live on...

    Lithuanian Civilians, Fearing Russian Attack, Prepare for the Worst
    Dec01

    Lithuanian Civilians, Fearing Russian Attack, Prepare for the Worst

    Rasa Miskinyte spent last Saturday in a freezing forest near Lithuania’s capital learning to gather water from a pond with a condom, to filter it through sand, charcoal and cloth, and to make her own stove from a beer can. She thought some basic survival skills would be helpful if Russian troops ever entered Vilnius and her family escaped...

    Stranger Danger: Spyhunters Tell Lithuanians to be Wary
    Dec01

    Stranger Danger: Spyhunters Tell Lithuanians to be Wary

    A single mother takes a kindly man into her confidence. A student is plied with beer by a smiling stranger. Beguiling scenes. But Lithuanians are being urged in TV ads to be wary of the kindness of strangers and call a new “spyline” to check if they are being lured into espionage by foreign agents. By foreign agents, Lithuania means the Kremlin....

    Ukraine Missile Tests, Planned Near Crimea, Anger Russia
    Dec01

    Ukraine Missile Tests, Planned Near Crimea, Anger Russia

    Ukraine is due to start two days of missile tests Thursday, a move that has angered Russia, prompting it to put its air defense forces on high alert on the annexed Crimean Peninsula. The disagreement marks a fresh escalation in tensions between the onetime allies, whose relations collapsed in 2014 after Russia seized Crimea and backed pro-Russian...

    Giant Protective Arch Slides Over Chernobyl Site
    Nov30

    Giant Protective Arch Slides Over Chernobyl Site

    In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world’s largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the stricken reactor for the next 100 years. On April 26, 1986, a botched test at the Soviet nuclear plant sent clouds of smoldering...

    Peace Talks on Ukraine End Without Agreement
    Nov30

    Peace Talks on Ukraine End Without Agreement

    Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough Tuesday, with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that “lip service” statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace. Amid low expectations, the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia met in the...

    Ukraine’s Yanukovych Blames Radicals for Bloodshed During 2014 Protests
    Nov28

    Ukraine’s Yanukovych Blames Radicals for Bloodshed During 2014 Protests

    Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday blamed armed nationalist radicals for fomenting violence in the 2014 Maidan protests that led to scores of protesters being killed and ultimately prompted him to flee into exile. His testimony to a Ukrainian court via a video link from neighboring Russia was the first time Ukrainian...

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