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29 July 2020
Nobody's Child: Inside Ukraine's Controversial Surrogate Adoption Industry
Ukraine is one of the few countries in the world that allows commercial surrogacy. But when something goes wrong, human lives hang in the balance, and critics say the business should be stopped or at least regulated.
10 July 2020
Ukraine: Fueling Its Future Defense From Soviet ICBMs
As the U.S. and Russia debate extending their New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty past 2021, it’s a question that can come to mind: What happens to nuclear weapons that countries agree to decommission? In eastern Ukraine’s Pavlohrad Chemical Plant, many of them essentially get a second chance. Our #InUkraine program this spring took a look at how the Pavlohrad Chemical Plant converts solid fuel from Soviet-era ICBMs into propellant for new missiles.
19 June 2020
In Second Wave, Consecutive Days Of Record New COVID-19 Cases Hit Ukraine
Authorities in Ukraine said lockdowns may be reimposed at a regional level after days of record new coronavirus cases. One badly hit region in western Ukraine quickly announced a return of preventive measures, including restricting road travel beyond the region, a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people, and closures of indoor cafes and restaurants.
21 May 2020
Ukrainian Prisoners Pay A Price For Less Crowded Conditions Amid COVID-19 Threat
Detainees at Kyiv's notoriously overcrowded Lukyanivska prison, parts of which are 160 years old, have been offered a way out of overcrowded cells with up to a dozen inmates and poor sanitation. But there's a catch. More spacious, refurbished cells, with fewer prisoners and modern bathrooms, come at a price.
15 May 2020
The Death Of Stalin: Unique Propaganda Footage Shows Dictator's Funeral
Largely unseen footage of the funeral and official mourning following the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin is featured in a new documentary, State Funeral, by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. It's being shown on Current Time, the Russian-language network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. The mourning events were held at factories, on collective farms, town squares, and in meeting halls across the Soviet Union.
14 May 2020
Media Rights: How Current Time’s Audience Stacks Up
2019 revealed few bright spots in the media landscape of Current Time’s broadcast zone. The Baltics still top the non-profit Reporters Without Borders’ annual ranking of press freedom in the region, but with concerns raised about Lithuanian security institutions’ newfound ability to shut down media outlets deemed to pose a national security threat. Hopes for independent media Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine have not yet been entirely met, the report found. Meanwhile, the environment for indepe
13 May 2020
Eurasia’s Coronavirus Economy: Comeback On The Way?
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned predicting the economic future into a dice roll, but data from the International Monetary Fund suggests some potential trends to watch. Their forecast: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, all members of the European Union, will encounter the largest reduction in economic growth, but also the biggest rebound in 2021. Ukraine will suffer more than Russia, but likely experience the same level of comeback.
11 May 2020
Despite COVID-19, Ukraine’s Seasonal Workers Set Their Sights On EU Farms
Ukrainian seasonal workers supply much of the spring labor on farms in the EU. But the obstacles for bringing these workers to EU farms do not lie only with coronavirus lockdowns and fear of the virus’ transmission.