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Aug 24, 2015

Migrants trudge through Balkans in “dramatic” challenge to Europe

MIRATOVAC, Serbia, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Long lines of
migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through
southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and
buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly
desperate journey to western Europe.

State authorities and aid agencies threw up tents and
scrambled to supply food and water to thousands surging through
the western Balkans, their numbers swelling since Greece began
ferrying migrants from overwhelmed islands to the mainland.

Aug 24, 2015

Long lines of migrants enter Serbia en route to Europe

MIRATOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) – Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe.

State authorities and aid agencies threw up tents and scrambled to supply food and water to thousands surging through the western Balkans, their numbers swelling since Greece began ferrying migrants from its overwhelmed islands to the mainland.

Sep 29, 2014
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An American rebel in Ukraine

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Yasynuvata, Ukraine

By Marko Djurica

He stood beside a jeep, wearing the Russian army’s tight, black boots and trousers, that most of the insurgents wear, and a green military jumper. A small compass and large hunting knife in a sheath hung on his belt, an AK47 was slung over his shoulder. He looked straight at me through a balaclava. As I approached, he seemed to get bigger and bigger.

 

I was in Ukraine again, where the West and Russia have taken opposing sides in a separatist war with the pro-Russians in the East.

Sep 29, 2014

American becomes a rebel with a cause in east Ukraine

YASYNUVATA Ukraine (Reuters) – With his face hidden behind a camouflage balaclava and an assault rifle slung over his shoulder, “Hunter” looks like other separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine.

What distinguishes him from his brothers in arms in the Vostok (East) battalion, an irregular pro-Russian militia fighting government forces, is his American accent – and English is the only language he knows.

May 20, 2014

Floods affect over 1 million in Balkans, destruction ‘terrifying’

MAGLAJ Bosnia/KRUPANJ Serbia (Reuters) – Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the “terrifying” destruction to that of the country’s 1992-95 war.

The extent of the devastation became apparent in Serbia too, as waters receded in some of the worst-hit areas to reveal homes toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock.

May 19, 2014

Bosnia says one million affected by floods, destruction ‘terrifying’

MAGLAJ, Bosnia/KRUPANJ, Serbia (Reuters) – More than a quarter of Bosnia’s four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century, the government said on Monday, warning of “terrifying” destruction comparable to the country’s 1992-95 war.

The floods extended across Serbia and Bosnia, where receding waters in some of the worst-hit areas are now revealing the extent of the devastation. Homes have been toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock.

May 18, 2014

More than 20 dead, thousands evacuated in Bosnia, Serbia floods

OBRENOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) – More than 20 people have been killed in the worst floods in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia, authorities said on Saturday, with thousands evacuated from towns still under threat from rising rivers.

The death toll in Bosnia alone reached 19, including nine found on Saturday when waters receded from the northeastern town of Doboj.

May 17, 2014

Bodies pulled from submerged homes, thousands evacuated in Balkans flooding

OBRENOVAC, Serbia, May 17 (Reuters) – Seven bodies were
pulled from flooded homes in Bosnia and the army rushed to free
hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia on Saturday
during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.

Soldiers steered huge amphibious vehicles through streets
under 2-3 metres of water in the town of Obrenovac, 30 km (18
miles) southwest of the Serbian capital Belgrade, trying to
rescue an estimated 700 people crammed into the top floors of
the Jefimija primary school.

May 17, 2014

Bodies pulled from flooded homes in Bosnia, Serbia

OBRENOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) – Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.

A Reuters photographer in the town of Obrenovac, 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the Serbian capital Belgrade and the worst hit by days of heavy rainfall, estimated the water level at 2-3 meters.

Dec 20, 2013
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Ukraine Euromaidan

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Kiev, Ukraine

By Marko Djurica

Slava Ukraini, Heroyam Slava!

At the beginning I didn’t understand what they were chanting.

The speaker at the podium repeated, “Slava Ukraini” and a mass of people responded in one voice: “Heroyam Slava!”

“What does that mean?” I asked.

“Glory to Ukraine!  Glory to its heroes!” was the answer I got from a girl wrapped in a blue and yellow flag.