• Kremlin: Microsoft and Google help Russian authorities block Telegram

    Interfax reports that Aleksandr Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media), has announced that Microsoft and Google will stop providing the messaging service Telegram with opportunities to bypass Russia’s blocking service.

    "Microsoft has stopped providing Telegram with the opportunity to use the Microsoft Download configuration file service; [additionally] Google has informed us that, at present, it has …

  • Ukraine intends to demand UN recognize Russia as sponsor of terrorism

    Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration Olena Zerkal wrote on her Facebook page that Ukraine plans to submit a memorandum on Russia's violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism to the International Court of Justice.

    “The fact that everybody knew why Russia used its veto at the UN Security Council in 2015 and blocked the creation of a tribunal to investigate the circumstances of the crash of the MH17 flight has been proven …

  • Ukraine imposes new sanctions against Russia

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) released an updated list of personal special economic sanctions and additional restrictive measures against Russia on May 2. These new measures were backed by a Decree of the President released on May 14, which appeared on the President’s website.

    The list includes 1,748 individuals and 756 legal entities. One year ago, sanctions targeted 1,228 individuals and 468 legal entities.

    During the meeting of the NSDC on May 2, it was …

  • Poroshenko and May discuss strengthening sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and British Prime Minister Theresa May recently discussed strengthening sanctions against Russia following the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait in annexed Crimea, a Ukrainian press service reports.

    “The Ukrainian President emphasized the necessity of strengthening international pressure on Russia in order to fully implement the Minsk agreements,” the statement reads. “The parties stressed the importance of continuing and strengthening …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko orders more antitank systems sent to Donbas

    In a Twitter post, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that, at a military meeting in Yavoriv, he ordered that brigades at the contact line be reinforced with Stugna anti-tank missile systems.

    The Stugna anti-tank missile system was developed by the design company Luch in 2010. The basic version consists of a launcher mounted on a tripod, a missile container, an aiming device, and a remote control that allows the operator to launch from a distance. It is considered to be the Ukrainian …

  • US Department of State agrees with findings of MH-17 investigation

    The State Department has released a statement on its website noting that the US does not doubt the findings of the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) in the course of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing in the Donbas.

    "It is time for Russia to cease its lies and account for its role in the shoot down [of the aircraft]," the press statement said.

    It also called on Moscow to respect and comply with UN Security Council resolution 216, which requires all states to …

  • OSCE: Situation in Donbas at its worst since start of 2018

    The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) considers the current state of affairs in the Donbas the most precarious since the start of 2018, first deputy head of the mission Alexander Hugt old DW in an interview.

    “If you compare with previous months, this is the worst period, when we are observing significant usage of heavy weapons. This is one of the most severe moments we have seen this year. Over the course of a day we have between 200 and 2,000 cases of ceasefire violations, it was last …

  • US Congress agrees to allocate $250 to Ukraine for military assistance in 2019

    On Thursday, the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress voted in favor of allocating $250 million to provide military assistance to Ukraine in 2019.

    The relevant item is included in the bill that was passed regarding financing and policies of the U.S. Department of Defense for the next year.

    A similar expenditure provision – encompassing the next several years – was established in the Law on Financing and Policy Directions of the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2018, $200 million was …

  • France and Russia want to create coordination mechanism in Syria

    France and Russia want to create a coordination mechanism between the leading powers in order to find a political solution to the problems in Syria,as stated on Thursday by French President Emmanuel Macron.

    According to Macron, the idea is to coordinate the efforts of the Astana Process, which includes Russia, Turkey, Iran, and a “small group,” the creation of which was initiated by France, and which includes the United Kingdom, Germany, Jordan, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

    “We need to …

  • Netherlands: MH-17 flight was shot down by Russian military

    The international investigative group has accused Russian soldiers of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane in the Donetsk province on July 17, 2014.

    Based on the forensic results, collected evidence and eyewitnesses’ photographic material, radar data and satellite pictures provided by Ukraine, Russia and the US, the international investigative group was able to provide irrefutable evidence of which kind of weapon was used to shoot down the Malaysian Boeing, where the weapon came from, and …