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Jun 2, 2014

Serbian PM demands OSCE apology over allegations of censorship

BELGRADE, June 2 (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister
demanded an apology from Europe’s chief security and rights
watchdog on Monday after it accused his government of trying to
smother online criticism of its handling of devastating floods
last month.

Dunja Mijatovic, freedom of media representative for the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said
in a statement last week she was deeply concerned about what she
described as a “worrying trend of online censorship in Serbia”.

May 22, 2014

Balkans confronts risk of disease after devastating floods

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO, May 22 (Reuters) – Serbia’s agriculture
ministry appealed for chlorine bleach, quicklime and
disinfectant on Thursday to stem the risk of disease after the
worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory.

The regional death toll ticked up to 50, and may rise
further given a list of missing in Serbia that runs into the
hundreds.

May 15, 2014

Rebel commander warns of onslaught on Ukrainian forces

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – A senior rebel commander in Ukraine’s separatist eastern region has threatened an onslaught on Ukrainian military checkpoints if they are not withdrawn on Thursday, according to a video posted on the Facebook page of a rebel politician.

Sergei Zdrilyuk, dressed in military fatigues, clearly tired and sometimes mixing his words, said he had covert groups already in place. “I am ready to draw the first blood myself.”

May 15, 2014

Insight – Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels

SLAVIANSK Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – He is a man with three names, sought by Ukrainian intelligence as the top Russian operative in the separatist east. He moves through the streets in a black Mercedes, his face with pencil moustache hidden behind tinted windows, and his aim is to “destroy” Ukrainian forces that venture onto his territory.

In a leaflet distributed this week in the rebel Donetsk region, “Colonel Igor Strelkov” assumed command of all rebel forces there and called for Russian army help to ward off what he calls the threat from the Kiev “junta” and from NATO.

May 15, 2014

Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – He is a man with three names, sought by Ukrainian intelligence as the top Russian operative in the separatist east. He moves through the streets in a black Mercedes, his face with pencil moustache hidden behind tinted windows, and his aim is to “destroy” Ukrainian forces that venture onto his territory.

In a leaflet distributed this week in the rebel Donetsk region, “Colonel Igor Strelkov” assumed command of all rebel forces there and called for Russian army help to ward off what he calls the threat from the Kiev “junta” and from NATO.

May 7, 2014

Multi-ethnic Odessa wrestles with legacy of day of killing

ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Odessa: the very name conjures up an archetypal melting pot, a balmy oasis of tolerance and diversity, as well as a tsarist port of imperial grandeur, immortalized in film.

But can a city forever associated with a massacre of civilians more than a century ago now avoid becoming known as the place where Ukraine’s regional unrest sparked into nationwide conflict?

May 7, 2014

Both sides bury dead as Ukraine slides towards war

KRAMATORSK/ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Both sides have been burying their dead as Ukraine slides further towards war, with supporters of Russia and of a united Ukraine accusing each other of tearing the country apart.

It was generally quieter on Tuesday than past days in most of eastern and southern Ukraine, but violence flared at dusk in the eastern port of Mariupol, where a spokesman for pro-Moscow militants told Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency that one person was killed and three wounded in an attack on a checkpoint.

Apr 25, 2014

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 24 (Reuters)
- U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on
Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military
stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the
border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.

The Ukrainian offensive amounts to the first time Kiev’s
troops have used lethal force to recapture territory from the
fighters, who have seized swaths of eastern Ukraine since April
6 and proclaimed an independent “People’s Republic of Donetsk.”

Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine forces say kill separatists in Slaviansk operation

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 24 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces
clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the
separatist-held city of Slaviansk on Thursday, seizing rebel
checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled
overhead.

Reuters journalists saw a Ukrainian detachment with five
armoured personnel carriers take over a checkpoint on a road
north of the city in late morning after it was abandoned by
separatists who set tyres alight to cover their retreat.

Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Putin warns of consequences

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of “consequences” if Kiev used the army against its own people.

Interior Ministry forces backed by the army removed three checkpoints manned by armed groups in the separatist-controlled town of Slaviansk, the ministry said in a statement.