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  • Here’s How to Ensure Radical Transparency in Ukraine: Install Cameras Everywhere

    On Saturday, June 6, approximately 200 people gathered in the great hall of the Vyshhorod state administration building to welcome home 120 soldiers returning from the war in eastern Ukraine.

    Vyshhorod District Head Alexander Gorgan presented certificates to those soldiers who had completed one year of military service, which entitles them to land, medical care, and preferential hiring. It was by all accounts an ordinary town-and-gown ceremony in Vyshhorod, a small city north of Kyiv.

    But something was clearly different: Gorgan gave his cell phone number to local residents and encouraged them to contact him with their problems.

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  • Father of Recovering Kremlin Critic Vladimir Kara-Murza Says His Son Was Poisoned

    Vladimir Kara-Murza has regained consciousness in a Moscow hospital after falling gravely ill on May 26, and the Russian opposition leader's father now says his son was poisoned.
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  • Russia's Secret Funerals

    Sgt. Leonid Kichatkin of the Russian 76th Airborne Division and Russian soldier Anton Tumanov died in August 2014 while fighting in eastern Ukraine. Their deaths amply demonstrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine is false.
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  • War in Ukraine of Global Significance, Says Archbishop

    "To those from outside, [the fighting in Ukraine] may seem like a regional conflict, but that's really not the case," said Archbishop Zoria Yevstratiy of Chernihiv of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Kyiv Patriarchate. 

    In an interview at the Atlantic Council on May 19, Yevstratiy described the situation in Ukraine as unique and of global significance.

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  • Remembering Roman

    Every Memorial Day, friends leave small bottles of Jack Daniel's and an American flag on Roman Kupchinsky's gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Kupchinsky was a warrior, both on and off the battlefield. A man of passion who fought for his ideals with a singular determination, he devoted his life to seeing Ukraine become free. He came of age on the battlefields of Vietnam, but most of his fighting was done not with violence, but with words.

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  • Melinda Haring

    Melinda Haring

    Editor, UkraineAlert

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  • 'Russian Propaganda is Really Working,' Warns Crimean Activist

    Activist Urges US Government to Step Up Efforts in Crimea

    Russia has banned Taras Berezovets from visiting his family in Crimea. His crime: launching Free Crimea, a nongovernmental organization focused on disseminating impartial information about Crimea, in December 2014. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) considers it an extremist organization.

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  • Klitschko: Economic Success Will Unite Country

    Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko is no pushover. The former professional boxer turned politician has never been knocked down in a professional boxing match. Known for his powerful punches, Klitschko's 87 percent knockout rate is the second-best knockout-to-fight ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history.

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  • Ukrainian Fighter Pilot’s Case More About Politics, Less About Law, Says Attorney

    When Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine captured a fighter pilot loyal to Kyiv in June 2014, they got more than they bargained for. Nearly a year later, Nadiya Savchenko is on trial in Russia, and at the center of an international imbroglio. “This isn’t an ordinary case,” Russian attorney Mark Feygin said at the Atlantic Council on April 14, about his client. “It should be understood as a political affair, not a legal one.”

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  • Ukraine Roars Back to Life

    Politics in Ukraine had become a rather dull affair. That all changed when President Viktor Yanukovych overreacted to peaceful street protests with excessive force. The security services clubbed protestors who were protecting the Maidan – the hub of all protest activity after Yanukovych unexpectedly rebuffed the European Union– early Saturday morning. His overreaction brought an estimated 1 million people to the streets on Sunday. One sign summed up the zeitgeist: “I’m Ukrainian and I can’t calm down.”
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