No, Russia Did Not Detonate A Tactical Nuke In Ukraine 

The net (i.e. the Facebook newsfeed of your Uncle Louie) is abuzz with reports that a tactical nuclear weapon was detonated in war-torn Donetsk, Ukraine, with videos showing a bright flash followed by a rising mushroom cloud in the distant. The videos appear to be real, but they're not showing a nuclear reaction. » 2/09/15 2:30pm 2/09/15 2:30pm

Ukrainian Wildfires May Bring Chernobyl's Radiation Back to Life

The legacy of the world's worst nuclear accident lives on—and it might be causing new problems, according to researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. » 2/09/15 7:35am 2/09/15 7:35am

This Footage of Ukrainian Aftermath Is Why We Need Drone Journalism

On Friday, January 16, The New York Times published a report detailing Ukrainian rebels' conflict to seize the Donetsk airport, now a bombed-out shell of its former self. Although the Ukrainian Army says it's rebuffed the attack, it would've been the rebels' first major advance in months since the cease fire on Sept.… » 1/18/15 11:28am 1/18/15 11:28am

"High-Energy Objects" Colliding with Flight MH17 Caused It to Explode

A preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board into what caused the devastating crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has confirmed what many already feared. » 9/09/14 8:00am 9/09/14 8:00am

Pro-Russian Militants Shot Down This Soviet-Era UAV over Ukraine

This weekend, Ukraine's band of pro-Russian militants bagged themselves a big old bird when they knocked this Soviet-era reconnaissance UAV out of the skies over Shahtersk. » 8/04/14 12:11pm 8/04/14 12:11pm

A Tweetbot Caught the Russian Gov't Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There's a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address. » 7/18/14 6:44pm 7/18/14 6:44pm

Listen to a Wiretap of Ukraine Rebels: "We Just Shot Down a Plane"

Ukraine has released audio from phone calls made between rebels and Russian officers after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. You can listen to it here. » 7/18/14 4:15am 7/18/14 4:15am

Riding Crimea On Victory Day

An amateur filmmaker rode a motorcycle from Moscow to newly-Russian Crimea for the Victory Day parade. How has the peninsula changed since the surprisingly bloodless annexation? Here's his perspective. » 6/02/14 2:16pm 6/02/14 2:16pm

Ukrainian tank goes kamikaze on a road near Crimea

A car dash cam in Mariupol—an Ukrainian city 310 miles (500 kilometers) from Crimea—captured this tank wreaking havoc through a street, smashing through a billboard, and invading road lanes going in the opposite direction. Luckily, the car driver avoided a potential collision and continued to drive like nothing had… » 5/10/14 6:53am 5/10/14 6:53am

Google Maps Stays Neutral By Only Showing Your Side in Border Disputes

Border disputes are still going on in a bunch of places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's favorite online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing… » 4/02/14 2:40pm 4/02/14 2:40pm

Darth Vader Will Run For President of Ukraine

In perhaps the most unexpected turn of events in Ukrainian politics, RT News says that Darth Vader, Sith Lord of the Galactic Empire, has declared himself a candidate in the Ukrainian presidential election. The political force is strong with this one. » 3/29/14 5:08pm 3/29/14 5:08pm

What the Ukrainian Crisis Means for Astronauts in Space

Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only way to get up to the International Space Station is on a Russian Soyuz. That's why the six humans currently orbiting in space—including two Americans and three Russians—might be paying attention to what's happening on earth two hundred miles below. As… » 3/04/14 1:20pm 3/04/14 1:20pm

Video: Russian attack helicopters entering Ukraine

This is pretty damn scary but, according to local media, this video allegedly shows about ten Russian attack Mi- 24 Hind helicopters entering Ukrainian air space through Crimea, the autonomous Ukrainian republic where 58.5-percent of the population are ethnic Russians. » 2/28/14 3:50pm 2/28/14 3:50pm

Tour the Opulent, Evacuated McMansions of Ukraine's Fallen Leaders

Earlier this week, surreal images emerged of Ukrainian protesters storming the palace of President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the capital city after violent unrest. Now, protesters have made their way into another mansion, the home of attorney general Victor P. Pshonka. No ostriches, as were found on Yanukovych's… » 2/25/14 2:40pm 2/25/14 2:40pm

The Mobile App Driving Venezuela's Anti-Government Protests

Zello is a walkie-talkie app made by a small company based in Austin, Texas—but if you've heard of it, it's probably because you've been following the news in Venezuela or Ukraine. Some of its biggest users are protesters taking to the streets. The app's creators hadn't planned on getting involved in political… » 2/25/14 12:20pm 2/25/14 12:20pm

Incredible drone video shows Ukraine's riot battlefield from above

A drone films protesters clashing with police forces as tires and Molotov cocktails burn in Kiev's Independence Square. The battle has started again, after yesterday's failed truce. At least 75 have been killed on since last Tuesday, according to Ukraine's government officials. » 2/21/14 10:44am 2/21/14 10:44am

Shocking image of Kiev's Independence Square before and after the riots

Kiev grows more violent every day as Ukrainians riot against its authoritarian government. Witnessing the transformation through media outlets could never sum up the amount of devastation conveyed in this single image of the city's Independence Square. » 2/19/14 6:29pm 2/19/14 6:29pm

Urban Explorers Immortalize Forgotten Corners of the Soviet Bloc

Crazy Guy Dangles Above the Earth at Terrifying Heights

"Mustang Wanted" is a crazy Ukrainian guy who loves having his photo taken as he dangles from buildings at preposterous heights. The resulting images will stop your heart. » 3/26/13 2:09pm 3/26/13 2:09pm