NEWS WATCH: Thousands Mourn Assassinated Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ManyrememberMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) Tens of thousands of people have come out in Moscow to mourn former deputy prime minister and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot and killed late Friday. Many carried Russian flags and the photo of the 55-year-old politician, who was one of the most vocal opponents of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

NEWS WATCH: US, EU Concerned Over Ukraine Peace Agreement


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: Putin: ‘Ceasefire Agreed’ In Ukraine After Talks In Minsk


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KIEV/MINSK (BoputinnsNewsLife)-- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, February 12, that a ceasefire had been agreed in eastern Ukraine, starting February 15.

70th Anniversary Liberation Auschwitz Held Amid Controversy


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

AuschwitznowOSWIECIM, POLAND (BosNewsLife)-- Government leaders and survivors are among those marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet forces of Nazi-death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in ceremonies overshadowed by new concerns over rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and a row between Poland and Russia. Tuesday's event in Poland was expected to be the last big anniversary in which remaining elderly survivors would be able to come and pay their respects at the former camp, which became a symbol of the Holocaust.

Pro-Russian Rebels Give Presents To Enemy On Christmas Day


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: Ukrainians Pray As Elections Begin Amid War


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: ‘Russia Open For Peace Plan Amid New Fighting’


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

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KIEV , UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- A town in eastern Ukraine has came under heavy shelling by pro-Russian seperatists,  a day after the Russian and Ukrainian leaders met in Belarus, to discuss the escalating crisis in east Ukraine.