Kostyantyn Chernichkin, Kyivpost
Polling stations have opened in cities across the eastern Ukrainian oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk as residents go to polls to vote for seceding from Ukraine and creating a quasi-independent state in an act declared illegal by the central government in Kyiv and the West but supported by Russia. [more]
"Death to fascism," say notices pinned on the walls. On a bench is a box of Molotov cocktails, a board studded with nails to puncture car tires, a stack of rifles. Beyond stands a target for shooting practice – the scrawled figure has a swastika where its heart should be. [more]
Kostyantyn Chernichkin,
Ukrainian military forces have gained ground in the flashpoint cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in Donetsk Oblast over the past week, but government authorities in general have largely lost their grip in the tough industrial oblast, home to 10 percent of Ukraine’s population of 45 million. [more]
In the bloodiest day in Ukraine since government snipers claimed more than 50 lives during the EuroMaidan Revolution on Feb. 20, 46 people were killed in Odessa on May 2. [more]
Odessa, the Black Sea city of one million people noted for its seaside holidays and distinctive sense of humor, is deep in mourning this week as funerals take place for the 46 people killed in street fights and a fatal fire on May 2. [more]
Odessa took a dangerous step away from Ukrainian government control on May 4 as local police gave in to a mob and released 67 people they had been holding since the night of May 2 [more]
Соціологи Ірина Бекешкіна та Володимир Паніотто оцінили опитування школярів, яке викликало скандал у соціальних мережах [more]
Cancillería del Ecuador via flickr
Media crackdown in Turkey after the attempt of military coup. [more]
How much will changes in energy sector cost? [more]
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