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In tiny Moldova, Russia is repeating its Ukraine playbook

Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.

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Several thousand civilians are trapped on Ukraine's latest battlefield

Heavy fighting is raging once again in eastern Ukraine. After five months of a fragile ceasefire, Ukrainian rebels went on the offensive again a couple of weeks ago, and the Ukrainian army has been fighting them in the town of Debaltseve. But along with the soldiers are several thousand civilians living in squalid conditions in the town.