Ari Shapiro http://kuow.org en Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk http://kuow.org/post/leaflets-given-donetsk-jews-made-waves-worldwide-not-donetsk A development in Eastern Ukraine has set social media on fire and triggered outrage around the world.<p>In the city of Donetsk, someone <a href="http://www.interpretermag.com/russian-separatists-in-donetsk-reportedly-order-jews-to-register-or-face-expulsion/" target="_blank">distributed fliers ordering Jews to register</a> with the separatists who have taken over government buildings.<p>Even though nobody in Ukraine believed the leaflet was real, the fliers hit a nerve.<p>It all started at a Donetsk synagogue after evening prayers two nights ago, when a group of masked men in camouflage showed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:39:01 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32838 at http://kuow.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk Opposing Protests Pull Eastern Ukraine In Two Directions http://kuow.org/post/opposing-protests-pull-eastern-ukraine-two-directions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The deal struck in Geneva today aims to end the violence Ukraine has seen over the last few months. There were snipers shooting at protesters in Kiev's Independence Square. In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists forced their way through police barricades to overtake government buildings. But not every protest has been violent. Today, people who oppose the separatists staged a demonstration in the city of Donetsk, and NPR's Ari Shapiro was there.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: This is Victory Park, right on the banks of the Kalmius River. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32753 at http://kuow.org Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly http://kuow.org/post/ukrainian-tanks-roll-above-them-russian-flags-fly Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with the latest from eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is continuing an operation to oust pro-Russian militants from occupied government buildings, but today, it experienced a setback. Ukraine's defense department confirms that some of its armored personnel carriers began flying the Russian flag. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32686 at http://kuow.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32634 at http://kuow.org Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants http://kuow.org/post/ukraines-army-launches-campaign-against-eastern-militants Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32610 at http://kuow.org Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times http://kuow.org/post/ukrainian-jews-celebrate-passover-uncertain-times At Passover celebrations around the world tonight, the youngest child will sing a song in Hebrew. "Why," the youngster will ask, "is this night different from all other nights?"<p>Adults in Ukraine can ask a similar question this year: What makes this Passover different from all others? It's a question Rabbi Alexander Duchovny has been thinking about a lot. "Passover is <em>z'man cheruteinu,</em> time of our liberty — time of freedom," he says. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32534 at http://kuow.org Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times Defiant Of Deadline, Pro-Moscow Occupiers Persist http://kuow.org/post/defiant-deadline-pro-moscow-occupiers-persist Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. In eastern Ukraine, people are bracing for possible war. The government gave a deadline of this morning for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their weapons. Instead, the demonstrators took over still more government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32522 at http://kuow.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low http://kuow.org/post/between-friends-family-and-country-ukranian-police-lie-low <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRu5am9Rx0</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32439 at http://kuow.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades http://kuow.org/post/ukrainian-prime-ministers-visit-seen-behind-barricades Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32396 at http://kuow.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/molotov-cocktails-and-razor-wire-inside-occupied-building-ukraine <em>In Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, activists who want to align the country more with Russia seized a regional administration building in the center of town last weekend. NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro went inside the building Friday and reports on what it was like:</em><p>Overnight, reports said pro-Russian protesters here in Donetsk had reinforced the barricade surrounding the 11-story government building that the demonstrators have occupied since Sunday. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32349 at http://kuow.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? http://kuow.org/post/god-save-queen-and-donetsk-too The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been the center of a standoff since Sunday, with demonstrators pleading for the city to join Russia, while government leaders insist it will remain part of Ukraine.<p>In the midst of this tug-of-war, there's a third country that may have a claim on the city — though admittedly, a much looser one.<p>"God Save The Queen" isn't just the British national anthem, it's also the name of a campaign to bring Donetsk under the sheltering wing of Her Majesty's United Kingdom.<p>(You read that correctly: the UK. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32317 at http://kuow.org God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism http://kuow.org/post/ukraines-rust-belt-mix-nostalgia-and-nationalism To say that the town of Perewalsk in eastern Ukraine has fallen on hard times would be an enormous understatement. The small industrial town near the Russian border is a collection of concrete buildings with no windows, falling-down houses and empty, abandoned factories; there's a chemical smell in the air.<p>In the middle of this dystopian landscape, there's an even more unexpected sight: an 80-year-old woman in a bright purple coat and headscarf, happily digging with a shovel in the dirt.<p>She introduces herself as Lida Vasilivna.<p>"This is basically my garden. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32252 at http://kuow.org In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism Ukrainian Protesters Seize Weapons, Raising The Stakes http://kuow.org/post/ukrainian-protesters-seize-weapons-raising-stakes The drive to Luhansk takes you past fields of corn and sunflowers that are just beginning to sprout. You pass the town of Yennakieva, where the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was born. Eventually the fields give way to factories, and about 15 miles from the border with Russia, you hit the industrial city of Luhansk.<p>Police have blocked off the center of town. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32235 at http://kuow.org Ukrainian Protesters Seize Weapons, Raising The Stakes In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero http://kuow.org/post/eastern-ukraine-normality-rules-except-ground-zero In the eastern city of Donetsk, protesters hung a huge banner declaring a government office building to be the "People's Republic of Donetsk."<p>These pro-Moscow activists want to pull away from Europe and align Ukraine more with Russia. The protests in Donetsk and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine are the focus of the ongoing crisis in the country and it has international repercussions that reach well beyond the country's borders.<p>Yet life in the rest of Donetsk is going on completely as normal.<p>The occupied government building in the center of town is surrounded by razor wire and sandbags. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32162 at http://kuow.org In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity http://kuow.org/post/ukraines-winter-discontent-gives-way-spring-austerity After a long winter of protests, Ukrainian activists overthrew their president in February. Now, Ukrainians are staring at the bill they have to pay.<p>The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Ukraine's new government implement austerity measures in exchange for loans. Russia is threatening to raise Ukraine's heating gas prices by 80 percent. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:57:13 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32051 at http://kuow.org Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity