NEWS WATCH: Ukrainians Pray As Elections Begin Amid War

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Laura Ierbishopaci KIEV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which suffered persecution under Communism, has urged voters to act against corruption and political candidates to stay away of populism.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine: ‘Rebels Heard Shooting Down Malaysia Plane; 298 Killed’

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent mourning KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine has released what it says are intercepted phone calls in which pro-Russian separatists admit to shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, killing all 298 people on board. The Boeing 777 went down in eastern Ukraine while on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Most of the victims, 293 according to Dutch officials, came from the Netherlands.

NEWS WATCH: US, EU Concerned Over Ukraine Peace Agreement

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BRUSSELS/KEPA1654760_ArticoloIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The United States and the European Union have expressed caution about a new Ukraine peace agreement reached during talks in Minsk between the Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders. Thursday's accord includes a ceasefire starting Sunday, followed by the withdrawal of weapons, the establishment of a demilitarized zone and the exchange of prisoners.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Rival Protests Escalate Amid Military Tensions

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Russiansoldiers By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukrainian Christians gathered for prayers as pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kyiv rally on Ukraine's disputed Crimea's peninsula with clubs and whips on Sunday, March 9, while thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations. The protests came while Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede "an inch" of its territory to Moscow.

NEWS WATCH: US VP Warns Europe of Missile Threats

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest bideneurope11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has called on America's European allies to step-up their defense efforts, saying they the face growing security threats from outside Europe. Biden made the comments in Bucharest, Romania Thursday, October 22, before ending his Central and Eastern European tour in the Czech Republic.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Metropolitan Kirill “Interim Leader” Of Russia’s Orthodox Church

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By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The ruling body of the Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday, December 6, elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the interim leader of the country's main denomination following the death on Friday, December 5, of Patriarch Alexy II, the patriarchate said.

Russian Orthodox Church Enthrones New Leader

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife, reporting from Budapest patriMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Russian Orthodox Church enthroned Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Sunday, February 1, the 16th patriarch of at least an estimated 75 million followers, amid pressures to overcome internal divisions and to reach out to non-Orthodox believers.

Pro-Russian Rebels Give Presents To Enemy On Christmas Day

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife UkrainiansoldierdecoratesKIEV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Some pro-Russian rebels have used the Orthodox Christmas to reach-out to their enemy in eastern Ukraine. With Jesus saying in the Bible: "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," they gave Christmas presents to Ukrainian troops. It happened while they provided safe passage to some 50 Ukrainian soldiers.

NEWS WATCH: Russia’s 70th Anniversary of Battle of Stalingrad Sparks Debate

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Listen here to the BosNewsLife News report BosNewsLifeStalingrad  By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondenty BosNewsLife The-Battle-of-Stalingrad-01VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA (BosNewsLife)-- For one day the southern Russian city of Volgograd was called Stalingrad, again, as Russia remembered the bloodiest battle in human history. Survivors were among those commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad, which ended here exactly 70 years ago.

NEWS WATCH: Moscow Warns of Escalation after US Closes Consulate, Missions

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow is considering its response to what some Russian politicians have called a "diplomatic war" with the United States. The developments came after the U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in retaliation to what Washington called "unwarranted" Russian action.