• Ukraine and Poland agree to joint customs control

    Ukraine and Poland have agreed to introduce joint customs control on the border, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced at a press briefing after meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

    “We have agreed on an intergovernmental level that we will carry out joint customs control as an effective means of fighting corruption and smuggling,” Zerkalo Nedeli cites Poroshenko as saying.

    Poroshenko commented that this step will make the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU even …

  • Moldovan government approves the change of official language to Romanian

    The Moldovan government approved a bill to amend the Constitution and change the official language from Moldovan to Romanian, Interfax reports.

    According to the bill, it was proposed to replace the phrase in the 13th article of the Constitution that says “Moldovan language functioning on the basis of Latin writing” with “Romanian language.”

    None of the members of the government were opposed to the initiative.

    On December 5, 2013, the Constitutional Court of Moldova ruled that the state …

  • UN General Assembly to consider resolution on Crimea on December 19

    The United Nations General Assembly plans to consider a resolution on human rights in the annexed Crimea December 19, as reported on Twitter by the press service of the Ukrainian mission of the United Nations.

    “Voting in the UN General Assembly on the Ukrainian draft resolution entitled ‘Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)’ will take place on December 19,” the report said.

    Permanent Representative of the …

  • Canadian government allows supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine

    Canadian government has allowed Canadian defense companies to sell weapons to Ukraine.  Canadian officials hope that the step will influence the Trump administration to follow suit.

    Canadian media reports that Ukraine has been added to Canada's automatic firearms country control list.

    According to the website of the Canadian government, the decision was made on Nov. 23. It was released publicly on Wednesday, December 13.

    Last fall, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Canadian Prime …

  • PACE urges Russia to stop supporting militants in Donbass

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called on the Russian Federation to stop supporting militants in Donbass, as reported on the official website of PACE.

    “Adopting a draft resolution, based on the report prepared by Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania) the Committee called on all member States ‘to use their joint political efforts to put an end to this conflict and the sufferings of the civil population,’” the report said.

    It was stated that all sides of the war should “ …

  • Germany allocates €14.3 million to ensure drinking water supply along the demarcation line in Donbas

    The federal government of Germany has decided to allocate to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) an additional EUR 14.3 million to ensure the supply of drinking water to people living near the line of contact in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, LB.ua reported, citing the press service of the Embassy of Germany in Ukraine.

    “Since the beginning of the conflict, Germany has been a major donor to Ukraine in terms of both humanitarian aid and cooperation for …

  • US Envoy for International Energy Affairs: we support those who oppose Nord Stream 2

    Sue Saarnio, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, spoke about this in an interview with BBC Ukraine during her visit to Ukraine.

    "We are on the side of those countries that oppose Nord Stream 2. We believe that it does not contribute to the diversification of energy supplies nor the diversification of routes.”

     “We believe that it is dangerous for Europe to depend on almost 75% of supplies from one source," she said.

    Saarnio also said that the US understands …

  • Ukraine conducts ecological assessment of the Kerch bridge built by Russia

    Ukraine has conducted an environmental assessment of the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, in order to initiate a trial at the international level. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko discussed the assessment at a press briefing, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "This aspect of our work is very important as it may counteract a possible ecological catastrophe that may arise from the construction of the Kerch Bridge." Today, an environmental assessment is underway as part of the criminal …

  • Classes in the Russian Kemerovo region closed due to high radiation levels

    Three primary classrooms in the school town of Osinniki in Kemerovo Oblast, Russia have been closed due to excess concentration levels of radioactive substances.  

    This was reported by the Press Office of the regional Federal Bailiff Service’s Office.

    “Dangerous levels of radon and thoron were found on the grounds of a comprehensive school in Osinniki," the statement said. Radiation was detected during a routine inspection by the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and …

  • New Prime Minister of Poland calls for closer ties with Ukraine

    The new Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, said in his first speech to the Sejm that his government will pursue a policy of rapprochement of the countries of the region, including  Ukraine, Radio Poland writes.

    "This applies in particular to the Visegrad Group and the Three Seas Initiative. We also want to return to the real strategic partnership in the east and intend to expand our relations with Ukraine, Lithuania, and Georgia and provide them with a new position, although it …