Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova is a Bulgarian journalist covering the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Turkey

Turkey faces prospect of Syrian refugee wave amid currency crisis

At Turkey's southern border, locals fear another wave of refugees could damage the struggling local economy even more.

Turkey faces prospect of Syrian refugee wave amid currency crisis

Middle East

Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria

Opposition-controlled Idlib province sees massive protests, as Turkey announces new meeting between Erdogan and Putin.

Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria

Battle for Idlib

Turkey deploys reinforcements to Syrian border

Troops and tanks amassing along the border with Syria in anticipation of a major offensive and ensuing refugee crisis.

Turkey deploys reinforcements to Syrian border

Battle for Idlib

Idlib: Temporary lull sets in after days of intense bombardment

Air attacks and shelling have receded in northwest Syria, allowing a small number of displaced civilians to return home.

Idlib: Temporary lull sets in after days of intense bombardment

Battle for Idlib

Rebels, Turkey prepared for battle, but assault could be delayed

While Syrian forces and rebels step up preparations for battle for Idlib, sources say all-out attack may not start soon.

Rebels, Turkey prepared for battle, but assault could be delayed

Battle for Idlib

Syria: Opposition-held areas bombed as Turkey reinforces outposts

Syria and its Russian ally pound opposition-held Idlib, and Hama provinces in second day of escalation.

Syria: Opposition-held areas bombed as Turkey reinforces outposts

Battle for Idlib

After Tehran talks, Syria and Russia forces step up Idlib attacks

Rebel commanders say offensive has not yet started despite escalation that killed at least six civilians.

After Tehran talks, Syria and Russia forces step up Idlib attacks

Battle for Idlib

Everything you need to know about the looming battle for Idlib

Who are the main players, what are the likely scenarios and what will be the human cost? All questions answered.

Everything you need to know about the looming battle for Idlib

Syria's War

As Idlib offensive looms, residents fear chemical attacks

Idlib civilians reject reconciliation with Syrian government and fear use of chemical weapons during possible offensive.

As Idlib offensive looms, residents fear chemical attacks

Russia

Meet the football ultras 'all of Russia hates'

The Red-White Djigits are the only remaining ultras movement in Russia that openly espouses antifa ideas.

Meet the football ultras 'all of Russia hates'

World Cup 2018

Russia 2018: Saransk's white elephants

What will Ronaldo find?

Russia 2018: Saransk's white elephants

Russia

Alexei Navalny: Putin's sole political nemesis

Alexei Navalny has emerged as the only political leader able to mobilise the Russian streets against the Kremlin.

Alexei Navalny: Putin's sole political nemesis