NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Ruling Party Claims Victory In Controversial Vote

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Listen to the BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspodent BosNewsLife reporting from Uzhhorod, Ukraine UZHHOROD, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Anti-government voters in western Ukraine have expressed concern that the party of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has claimed victory in parliamentary elections. Sunday's vote was overshadowed by the jailing of the country's top opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Her fans and others say the outcome will lead to more social tensions and split the former Soviet nation.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Prays, Remembers Victims Of Clashes

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Listen to BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio:RealAudioMP3 Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Linda Bordoni. protestersmournKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of Ukrainians have commemorated as many as four anti-government protesters killed in recent clashes with police. Sunday's massive prayer service in the capital Kiev came just hours after opposition leaders rejected an offer by the president to lead an interim government, as protests spread throughout the country.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Disabled Orphans Face Abuse, New Report Shows

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife DSC03846-copy-259x300 KIEV, UKRAINE-- With the world focused on war in Ukraine, many disabled children living there are apparently forgotten. International rights activists have expressed concern that thousands of minors are being condemned to live in orphanages and institutions where they face neglect and abuse.

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: Crimea To Join Russia Following Treaty; Officer Killed

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Listen to BosNewsLife via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Orlando production abandoned amid Crimea unrestMOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL (BosNewsLife)-- Russia and Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula have agreed to make Crimea part of Russia, despite Western outrage and threats of more sanctions.  Tuesday's announcement came while pro-Russian forces reportedly attacked a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, killing one officer.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Orthodox Church Leader Dies While Rebels Regroup

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife metropolitanKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Metropolitan Volodymyr, who led Ukraine's Moscow-linked Orthodox Church for more than two, often turbulent, decades has died, leaving behind members struggling to overcome hardship in the war-torn east. News of his passing prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to express his condolences to the church.

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: 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.

Ukraine’s Christian Hero Svetlana Milchevich Dies At 64

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(FOLLOWING REACTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, AND BROADCASTS BY THE RUSSIAN SERVICES OF RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONAL, BOSNEWSLIFE RECAST THIS NEWS STORY). By BosNewsLife News Center d0bcd0b0d0bcd183d0bbd18fBUDAPEST/UZHHOROD (BosNewsLife)-- Svetlana Milchevich, an evangelical Christian who became a voice of the voiceless with her public fight against abuse of power and corruption by Ukrainian authorities, has died after officials refused to allow her to seek medical treatment in neighboring Hungary. She was 64.

Christians Struggling In Ukraine’s Wartorn East

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By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. BosKIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Christians are among those needing "urgent help" this winter in war-torn eastern Ukraine as churches, homes, and businesses are in ruins, and more than 1.5 million people have been displaced, locals and aid workers say.