Rebels Release Polish Priest Amid Fighting In East Ukraine

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Dutchpoliceindonetsk KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- An ethnic Polish priest who was abducted by armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has been freed, but his release did little to ease tensions as Ukrainian government forces advanced to the rebel-held stronghold of Donetsk.

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 ALERT: Christians Concerned AS Ukraine’s Pro-Russian Rebels Reject Ceasefire

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By Stefan J. Bos. Chief International Correspondent seperatistsKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Non-Russian Orthodox Christians in eastern Ukraine fear for their after pro-Russian separatists in the east rejected a presidential peace offer.

NEWS WATCH: Pro-Russia Rebels Shoot Down Ukraine Army Plane; Dozens Killed

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

vatiphotoKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukrainian officials say dozens of people have died after pro-Russian forces shot down a military aircraft in the east, amid heavy fighting and U.S. concerns over Russian tanks entering the country. 

BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine Bishop Released By Separatists; Pressure On Church Remains

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent evangelicalchristiansKYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The national bishop of Ukraine's largest Pentecostal-Charismatic denomination, has been freed after being abducted by suspected pro-Russian separatists, his brother and a mission group leader confirmed Saturday, May 17.

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’s East Prepares For Controversial Vote; Christians Spread Gospel

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife donetskKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine's interim President Olexander Turchynov has warned two regions in eastern Ukraine that Sunday's referendums on declaring independence could lead to their destruction. His comments came while Christians were distributing Bible books to help ease tensions, following deadly clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.

NEWS WATCH: NATO Warns Russia Of “Historic Mistake” In Ukraine

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3  By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- The NATO military alliance has warned Russia against making what it calls an "historic mistake" by supporting calls for secession in eastern Ukraine, that Moscow itself admitted could spill into a civil war.  

Russia Closing Evangelical Church; Targets Groups

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By BosNewsLife News Center putinnMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Evangelical Churches and Christian groups in Russia that are involved educational, social and charitable work are facing harassment from authorities resembling the Soviet-era, rights activists say. One church was reportedly liquidated over alleged illegal "non-religious educational activity", in the heavily Orthodox, post-Communist nation.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Orders Withdrawal Forces Amid Rising Tensions

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3  By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife  OBAMANOWWWWWW KYIV/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of all its forces from Crimea, following the Russian takeover of the peninsula. Monday's announcement came while Western concerns over Ukraine was expected to dominate a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands.