NEWS WATCH: NATO Pressured as 230,000 Flee Battles in Eastern Ukraine

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLifeREUTERS462447_Articolo KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- The NATO military alliance has come under pressure to increase security as hundreds of thousands of people flee battles between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

BREAKING NEWS: Pro-Russian Forces Kidnap Priest In Crimea; Tensions Rising

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By Stefan J, Bos Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRIESTNOWKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- A Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest was kidnapped Saturday, March 15, by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, adding to concerns the tensions may turn into a religious and ethnic conflict, church sources said.

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: Battles Rage In Eastern Ukraine As Government Rejects Ceasefire

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KYIV,EPA1462750_Articolo UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian separatists for a cease-fire to prevent what they called a "humanitarian catastrophe." At least one person was killed and 10 injured in the latest shelling that started early Sunday and continued throughout the day, officials said.

Burma Crackdown On Local Bible Studies, Worship, report

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Burma, also known as Myanmar, are imposing new restrictions on Christian and other religious activities in the Kachin State region, an influential religious rights group said Monday, October 31

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Tense Calm Amid Scepticism Over Talks

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 Protesters clash with police in Kiev By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Braving freezing temperatures, thousands of protesters were weighting their options amid confusion if and when the president would meet their demands for early elections, closer ties with the European Union, and more freedom in this former Soviet nation.

BREAKING NEWS: 100 Killed In Ukraine; Church Cancels Prayers For Government

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife clashKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- The influential Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) says it has removed prayers for the government from its liturgy, after as many as 100 people died when a truce broke down between security forces and anti-government protesters.Thursday's clashes came while European Union ministers attempted to talk with the embattled president Viktor Yanukovich.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Tymoshenko On Hunger Strike Against “Fake” Election

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Uzhhorod, Ukraine UZHHOROD, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine’s detained former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has launched a hunger strike to protest alleged vote rigging in Sunday's parliamentary election. Western observers have also expressed concerns about the ballot, in which the ruling Party of Regions claimed victory, while a far-right party entered the political arena for the first time.

NEWS WATCH: Most Vote For Independence In Ukraine’s East Amid Deadly Clashes

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ukraine-donetsk-protests-referendum KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Initial election results of Sunday's blood-stained referendum in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region claim nearly nine out of 10 voters want to breakaway from the country.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Says Russia Launching War; Several Killed

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio... RealAudioMP3  By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ukrainenowwKYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia on Sunday, April 13, of waging war against Ukraine and said he had decided to launch what he called a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" in eastern Ukraine.