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#Eastern Europe

Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early on June 5, 2022. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP
Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukr... […]

War, hunger, Covid-19 cast gloomy shadow over Europe

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the list of Europe's woes keeps growing as it battles rising food and energy prices and continued disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
Despite Hungarian government claims of providing for hundreds of thousands of refugees, only an estimated 10 to 20% of Ukrainians stay more than a few days, relief organisations say. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP
Despite Hungarian government claims of p... […]

Hungary’s neutral war stance puts off Ukraine refugees

Like Kristina Novytska, most Ukrainian refugees in Hungary are keen to leave the country, whose nationalist leader's neutral stance on the war is an exception in the EU
Signs of drug use are seen on a man's arm as he chats with a doctor with the Romanian anti-AIDS Association (ARAS) in Bucharest on September 6, 2021. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
Signs of drug use are seen on a man's ar... […]

In Covid’s shadow, HIV on the march in Eastern Europe

In a Bucharest back street, drug addicts rush towards an ambulance handing out free syringes. While the eyes of the world are on the pandemic, the fight against HIV has slowed in Eastern Europe
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near the town of Zolote, in Ukraine's Lugansk region, on April 8, 2021. Photo: Str / AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench on th... […]

Growing Russia-Ukraine tensions: a timeline

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, accused of massing troops near its border and on the Crimean peninsula it annexed in 2014, have intensified since the start of the year. A timeline.