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Ukraine LGBT Activists Worry About Future

They doubt that an official investigation into attacks upon a gay-rights march in Kyiv last month will yield results
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Russia, Ukraine Clash Over Politics, Gas

Hostility deepens over differing interpretations of Minsk peace deal, break-down of negotiations over Russian gas supplies to Ukraine
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Russia: New US Military Strategy Is Confrontational

Strategy, released by Pentagon Wednesday, says Russia had repeatedly demonstrated it does not respect sovereignty of its neighbors and is willing to use force to achieve its goals
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Talks Collapse; Ukraine Halts Purchases of Russian Gas

Kyiv says Moscow's price is too high, but it will still route Russian gas to EU through pipelines in Ukraine
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Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, Middle East

White House says president told his Russian counterpart that he needs to remove all 'troops and equipment' from Ukrainian territory.
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NATO Warns Heavy Fighting Could Resume in Ukraine

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he's not ready to declare cease-fire dead, despite repeated violations, because it remains best hope for peace
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Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal

Diplomatic efforts follow increasingly frequent and widespread cease-fire violations, with Kyiv accusing separatist rebels of ramping up attacks
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US to Position Tanks, Arms in 7 European Nations

Defense Secretary Carter says equipment, along with resources for NATO's high-readiness task force, is part of two-pronged US plan meant to underscore commitment to alliance
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Video Freedom House: Democracy Under Attack in Eurasia

Russia earns its largest rating decline in a decade because of suppressing dissent at home and seeking to destabilize Ukraine
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Russia Slams EU Decision to Extend Sanctions

The Russian government said it would retaliate with an extension of countersanctions
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EU Extends Russia Sanctions for 6 Months

Sanctions target Russia's energy, defense and financial sectors and have been in place since July 2014, some four months after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula
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Video One Year In, Ukraine's President Faces Huge Challenges

Petro Poroshenko has put Ukraine on European path, but analysts say more reforms are needed
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Video Artisan Cheese Makers Emerge from Russian Ban on Western Foods

One Italian shop in Moscow has made a clever advertisement making light of political tensions
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US: Russian Forces in Ukraine Are Thwarting Peaceful Solution

But Russia's Putin says Western powers must also influence government in Kyiv if peace is to be achieved
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Video UN: ‘Dangerous New Era’ for World’s Record 60M Refugees

Global response to largest refugee crisis on record has been pitifully inadequate, according to world body’s latest annual report
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Russia May Toughen Counter-sanctions Over Ukraine

Comments by economic adviser Belousov follow preliminary decision on Wednesday by EU to extend Russia sanctions until end of January 2016
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EU Agrees to Extend Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

Decision, reached by EU envoys Wednesday in Brussels, is expected to be formally approved by bloc's 28 FMs in Luxembourg next week
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Video White House: US Obligated to Protect NATO Allies

Statement follows warnings by Russia against US buildup in Eastern Europe
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Video Ukraine Coking Plant Caught in Crossfire

Avdiivka facility appears to have become direct target of Russia-backed rebels; some fear the separatists may try to seize it
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Video Power Urges Ukrainian People to Keep Pressing for Reform

US envoy to UN makes appeal during visit to Ukraine; also pledges continued US support for Kyiv’s new pro-Western government
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Pope Urges 'Sincere Effort' from Putin on Ukraine

Call comes during Vatican meeting between pontiff and Russian leader whom many in West blame for being behind the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine
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Poll: Many in NATO Nations Reluctant to Give Military Aid to Ukraine

Fewer than half of respondents in Britain, Spain, France, Italy and Germany back defending NATO allies if Russia attacks, Pew survey finds
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On The Scene: VOA Travels Through Donetsk, Ukraine

Residents tell Dan Schearf they can spend hours getting in and out of rebel-controlled city, which witnessed worst fighting in months last week
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Poll: Americans and Europeans Differ on Aid to Ukraine

Americans are less willing than Europeans to send economic aid to Ukraine but more willing to use force against Russia if it attacked a neighboring NATO country
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Video Russia-backed Rebel Colonel Vows to ‘Liberate’ More of Ukraine

The OSCE says both sides are building up forces and moving weapons in violation of a February agreement
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US Treasury Chief Urges Ukraine to Keep Working on Debt Restructuring

Ukrainian leaders are in Washington to push the IMF to release the second installment of a $17.5 billion loan
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Jeb Bush: Russian Aggression Requires Stronger US Action

US Republican presidential candidate stakes position ahead of speech at European economic conference in Berlin
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Video In Donetsk, Frequent Shelling Fuels Distrust

In rebel-held parts of Ukraine, remaining residents long for peace and point fingers at both sides
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Video G-7 Leaders Affirm Russia Sanctions

US President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel say Russia sanctions should stay until Moscow implements Ukraine truce
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Video Obama to Focus on Russia, Islamic State at G-7

Although formal purpose of talks is trade, conflict in Ukraine and strategy against IS are expected to dominate discussions in Germany
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