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  • MH17 crash investigators hampered by fighting in Ukraine
    July 28, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    A team of international crash investigators and police officers was forced to cancel a visit to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane Sunday in eastern Ukraine.  Heavy fighting […]

  • Europe raises stakes with tour of former Soviet states
    May 14, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    The President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy visited Georgia Wednesday – the latest stop on a tour of former Soviet states which aim to sign Association Agreements with […]

  • Putin lobbies for Chinese backing in Ukraine standoff
    May 8, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to travel to China later this month, hoping to seal energy deals and build diplomatic relations amid a souring of relations between Moscow and […]

  • Europe looks to US, Qatar gas to reduce reliance on Russia
    March 21, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    As Russia and the West enact tit-for-tat sanctions over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, European leaders meeting in Brussels are discussing ways to reduce the continent’s dependence on Russian gas imports.  […]

  • Russia-Ukraine standoff prompts energy fears in Europe
    March 5, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Gas prices have risen in Europe over fears the standoff between Russia and Ukraine could result in disruptions to supply and possibly undermine the continent’s economic recovery. However, it’s not […]

  • Olympics takes aim at Russia’s smoking, drinking problem
    February 13, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Organizers at the Winter Olympics in Sochi hope the Games will inspire healthy living in Russia – a country that suffers from high rates of premature deaths due to so-called […]

  • EU calls for Ukraine elections, shies away from sanctions
    February 11, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    The European Union has called for the formation of a new government in Ukraine, to be followed by free and fair presidential elections. But it stopped short Monday of calling […]

  • Ukraine faces debt downgrade as Russia puts loan on hold
    January 31, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    As cities in Ukraine remain in the grip of protests and political crisis, a rating agency has downgraded the country’s sovereign debt.  Russia, meanwhile, says it will put a loan […]

  • Ukraine protesters remain defiant after government resigns
    January 29, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich has accepted the resignation of the government in a bid to quell violent anti-government protests that have gripped the capital Kiev and spread to other cities. […]