Accessibility links

Breaking News

Caught In-Between in Ukraine, Russia's Hangover, Afghanistan's Election Crisis, and more

Empty Beaches At Crimea's Tourist Resorts
please wait

No media source currently available

0:00 0:02:13 0:00

Empty Beaches At Crimea's Tourist Resorts

RFE/RL's Weekly Rundown, a concise look at our top stories this week:

Caught In-Between In Ukraine: Abducted Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko is facing charges in a Russian court, while Moscow has issued warrants for Ukraine's interior minister (who's stream-of-consciousness Facebook page is something to behold) and a regional governor. Such cases have become the latest complication in the deteriorating relations between the two countries. Former pro-Russian separatist stronghold, Slovyansk is now back under the control of the Ukrainian government, but Kyiv still has a long road ahead toward rebuilding the city and gaining the trust of some residents.

Russia's Hangover: After every party, comes a hangover. Is Russia about to have a big one over Ukraine? The EU's enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fuele, says EU member states are working on an additional set of sanctions against Moscow because of Russia's destabilizing presence in eastern Ukraine, even while the Kremlin warns Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova about the dangers of choosing the EU over Russia. (Somehow, Serbia gets a pass.) Crimea's disastrous tourist season is dealing a harsh blow to the annexed region's already flailing economy. Enter diplomat John Tefft, the man who has apparently been tapped to manage Washington’s tattered ties with Moscow, and who has already raised Russian hackles for his visibility during Ukraine's 2004 “Orange Revolution” and Georgia's 2008 war with Russia. It's a good thing Russian citizens have a Crimea-focused "opera-rally" and one of Prague's most famous "art galleries" to keep the good times rolling.

Afghanistan's Election Crisis: There is no underestimating the anger that supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah feel over initial election results showing him way behind his rival. But how much power does he have to make trouble if the crisis continues? A look at the potential outcomes.

Remembering Srebrenica: Several thousand people gathered in Srebrenica for the 19th anniversary of the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces during the country's 1992-95 war. RFE/RL's Balkan Service caught up with one young man who recalled the day in 1995 when he appeared on television with Bosnian Serb commander General Ratko Mladic shortly before the massacre, as Mladic patted his head, assured Muslim civilians that they were not in danger and offered chocolates to children.

Eyeing Iran: Tehran is mourning the loss of a key figure of the Islamic revolution, but the life of judge and cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani will be defined by his willingness to execute opponents of the regime. Plus, an explainer on what Iran can offer Iraq to help fight ISIL.

INFOGRAPHIC: July 11 is World Population Day and this year's theme is "Investing in Young People." So, which countries have the youngest populations?

For news from all of RFE/RL's broadcast regions, follow us online and on Twitter and Facebook.