In Moscow, the city government is installing decorations in celebration of Russian Orthodox Easter. For Orthodox believers it is the most important religious holiday of the liturgical year. This year, Easter will fall on May 1, and coincide with traditional labor day celebrations of the Communist Party.
Dutch citizens reject an EU Association Agreement with Ukraine in a non-binding referendum expressing mainly EU skepticism, but also concerns about Ukraine.Â Though it's not yet clear if Holland may officially change its support of the agreement, Dutch officials say the outcome of the vote will be considered, Ukraine's President says Kyiv will continue its push toward the European Union.
The worst fighting in years has been going on this week in Nagorno-Karabakh, the region inside Azerbaijan that is controlled by ethnic Armenians. Each side accuses the other of violating a cease-fire that was agreed Tuesday in Moscow.Â Russia, which has a military base in Armenia and sells weapons to Azerbaijan, sent Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Baku and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Yerevan to try to help the two former Soviet republics settle their long-standing…
The UN World Food Program has reported massive hunger in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region following two years of armed conflict. The WFP reports 1.5 million hungry people, which includes 300,000 in need of "immediate" food assistance. Despite hunger, children in the Donetsk region town of Amvrosiivka pass the time learning army tactics and weaponry with an eye toward a possible future in combat.
Several thousand anti-Kremlin activists gathered Sunday on the outskirts of Moscow in solidarity for their cause and to express their frustration with Russian President Vladimir Putin's tight grip on power. VOA's Michael Eckels reports from Moscow.
Despite a common culture and shared history, Russia and Ukraine have at times had a tumultuous relationship over the past century, the roots of which led to the current standoff between the two nations. From Moscow, Michael Eckels reports.
"Victory Day" on May 9 celebrates the end of World War II for the Soviet Union and its former republics. This year, Russia marks the end of one war, as conflict heats up in its one-time Soviet sister republic Ukraine. Michael Eckels reports for VOA from Moscow.
For the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russian workers carrying patriotic signs marched on Moscow's Red Square Thursday. Elsewhere in the Russian capital, communists observed their traditional holiday. And, as Michael Eckels reports from Moscow, other groups held their own May Day rally as well.