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Russian President arrives to meet German Chancellor

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discuss conflicts in Syria and Ukraine as well as energy issues. IMAGES

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Manafort’s defence attorney arrives at court

President Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort leaving his hotel and arriving at court in Alexandria where lawyers will begin their closing arguments in his explosive trial. Paul Manafort is accused of bank fraud and evading tax on millions of dollars he earned working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. IMAGES

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Frontline pizza: Ukrainian veterans feed soldiers in hotspots

As the war goes on in Ukraine’s separatist east, some veterans of the conflict are risking their lives by going back to the frontline to bring pizza to those still in the trenches.

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Ceremony in Georgia for 10th anniversary of war with Russia

Georgia commemorates the 10th anniversary of the war with Russia. Georgian government officials and visiting foreign ministers from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, as well as Ukraine’s vice premier, attend a ceremony at the monument for Georgian soldiers killed in the 2008 war. IMAGES

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Ukraine teens pen plays to bridge war divide

A theatrical workshop in Kiev tries to bring together teenagers from different parts of the war-torn country. The project brings together 20 teenagers aged 14 to 16 from both western and eastern Ukraine, two culturally distinct regions, between which misunderstanding can be immense. The Donbass region, in the east of the country, has been ravaged by armed conflict for four years.

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Ukraine marks two years since reporter’s unsolved murder

Ukrainians and foreign diplomats mark two years since the murder of top journalist Pavel Sheremet. The award-winning Russian-Ukrainian journalist for Ukrainska Pravda, who was known for his fearless criticism of the Kremlin and Kiev leaders, died when a bomb planted in his car exploded during the morning rush hour in 2016.

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How Russian Journalist Arkady Babchenko Faked His Own Death (HBO)

In late May, Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was reportedly found dead in his apartment in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in what authorities said was the Kremlin’s latest assassination of a dissident reporter.

Less than 24 hours later, the 41-year-old walked into the police press conference about his own assassination, alive and well.

His “murder,” he explained to the stunned room who might as well have just seen a ghost, had been part of an elaborate sting operation by Ukraine’s secret service, the SBU, to catch Russian hitmen who were really out to kill him and as many as 29 others, according to Ukrainian intelligence.

The stunt grabbed headlines around the world — and soon triggered a wave of condemnation from fellow journalists. Now, they argued, any time a reporter actually was killed by Russia or any other repressive government, critics would dismiss the reports as “fake news.”

Despite the blowback, Babchenko has remained unrepentant, telling VICE News that the plot to murder him left him with little choice but to cooperate with the SBU’s plan.

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