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Ukraine: Protests Continue for Third Week in Kiev

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Protests in Kiev continued for a third week as security forces moved in to raid the opposition party’s headquarters Dec. 9, just one week after violent clashes erupted in the capital. Armed police cleared out encampments and cut off electricity to the occupied City Hall, allegedly using force against many of the demonstrators. The actions [read more]

Ukraine: Protestors Fill Streets of Kiev

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators filled the streets of Kiev Nov. 24 in what may have been just the first in a series of protests. The marches were spurred by the government’s decision to back out of talks with the European Union and to instead work on strengthening economic ties with Russia. Riot police were mostly [read more]

Europe: Travelers Warned of Measles Outbreak

Date: May 30th, 2012 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a measles outbreak warning for parts of Europe, particularly Ukraine, Romania and the United Kingdom. The CDC has strongly advised travelers who are going to the 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine, or the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, to ensure that they have been [read more]

Ukraine: Tours to Chernobyl to Begin in January

Date: December 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Anyone looking for a radiant travel experience will soon be able to tour the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl, thanks to a government program to begin in January that will take visitors to the contaminated zone around the reactor that exploded on April 26, 1986. The program will be run by [read more]

Ukraine: Police Hunt Serial Killer, Crime Up

Date: May 13th, 2009 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv reported that police are hunting for a serial killer they believe to be responsible for at least five murders of women ranging in age from 19 to 70 in Kyiv province. The suspect is male, approximately 35 years old, and is believed to dress in a police uniform or priest’s [read more]

Ukraine: Number of Protestors Grow in Kiev

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warned of a coup in Kiev Dec. 2, as he was informed of demonstrators’ plans to seize the parliament building. The protests began Nov. 21 when Ukraine announced plans to back out of talks with the European Union in order to strengthen ties with Russia. The number of demonstrators has grown [read more]

Poland and Ukraine: Soccer Rivalry Turns Violent at Euro 2012

Date: June 13th, 2012 | No Comments

A longstanding rivalry between Russian and Polish soccer fans turned violent—not for the first time—during the Euro 2012 Soccer Tournament. Dozens of men were seen kicking and beating each other and throwing stones outside the stadium prior to the June 12 match in Warsaw, and at least 10 people were injured. Using water cannons and [read more]

Ukraine: Chernobly to Open to Tourists

Date: November 30th, 2011 | 1 comment

The name Chernobyl calls to mind the worst nuclear disaster in history, but in December managers at the nuclear power station hope to start a new chapter for the “Chernobyl Dead Zone.” Managers have announced that they hope to open the site to tourists in December following a ministerial review of safety rules. According to [read more]

Ukraine: Missing Manhole Covers a Pedestrian Hazard

Date: October 20th, 2010 | No Comments

Watch your step when walking about the city of Kyiv. For much of this year the city has been experiencing a rash of missing manhole covers, with many accidents occurring when pedestrians fell in unaware. The covers are missing primarily because thieves pry them up and sell them as scrap metal. As the problem increased [read more]

Russia and Eastern Europe: Economic Crisis Raises Fear of Unrest

Date: April 1st, 2009 | No Comments

The global economic crisis has created fear of civil unrest in Russia and several Eastern European countries as millions have lost their jobs and are turning their anger against their governments. Russia has many towns throughout the country dependent on single industries, a carryover from the Soviet era, and when those industries fail the economies [read more]

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