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News Team 07 May 2014 5 52
Peter Oliver remains in Kiev, Ukraine, where violence continues to escalate. Improvised f ire bombs and heavy stones fly over flaming barricades of tyres and burnt-our cars. Taking advantage of a brief hiatus in the conflict between anti-government protesters and police, Peter manages to get closer to the barricades, just before violence erupts again with renewed vigour.
Meanwhile, Paula Slier is in another Ukrainian city, Donetsk, covering a pro-government protest - an event that goes largely underreported in mainstream Western media. She interviews participants about why they support the government in its stance against joining the EU. When her work is done, Paula reveals what she loves about working as a reporter.
While his colleagues cover the escalating Ukrainian conflict, Egor Piskunov is whiling away the hours in Montreux, Switzerland waiting for the outcome of the Geneva II peace talks on Syria.
RT correspondents Maria Finoshina and Murad Gazdiev report from two once beautiful cities now devastated by military conflict. Aleppo in Syria is under constant threat of jihadist invasion, while the inhabitants of Donetsk in Ukraine wait for a much-wanted ceasefire to come into force.
It's Paula Slier's last day reporting from Ukraine. She goes back to an anti-government separatist base under the command of Givi to learn how they see the prospects for the current ceasefire. Meanwhile in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Ilya Petrenko attends a space rocket pre-launch press conference.
Maria Finoshina finds her way into Lugansk city to report on the situation there. She finds the place devastated and almost deserted. In the meantime, Peter Oliver shows us his home in Berlin, his pets and also introduces us to his fiancé who moved to Germany with him.
In Beslan, Bricio Segovia returns to the "City of Angels" to attend the memorial ceremony commemorating those who died in a school siege 10 years ago. In London, Harry Fear works on his report on NATO. He explains the writing process and various ways of making a news package.
In Gaza City, Harry Fear interviews a UN field director. Robert Turner fills him in on the Relief and Works agency’s progress in building new schools for Gaza’s displaced children. In Ukraine, Roman Kosarev reports on the latest developments in the Malaysian plane crash investigation.
Thabang Motsei continues her train journey across Russia in winter, and has no trouble entertaining herself while on board. A stop in a Siberian town then gives her the chance to try sledging. Meanwhile, in Brussels, Margaret Howell has the difficult task of getting an interview with a pediatric nurse for her report on child euthanasia.