• Kyiv: Ukraine to spends almost third of its budget to pay off government debt in 2019

    According to the press service of the Finance Ministry of Ukraine, Ukraine’s budget for 2019 will provide 417 billion hryvnia for repayment and servicing of foreign and national debts.

    “2019 is the year of the largest challenge in the Ukrainian history of financing external and domestic debts. 417 billion hryvnia is provided for its repayment and servicing in the budget of Ukraine for 2019. This is almost a third of the budget. These debts were not created today but by previous governments and …

  • Ukrainian President: UN resolution on Crimea is a step towards the 'de-occupation' of the peninsula

    In a statement on his Facebook page, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomed the results of voting in the UN General Assembly on the resolution on the militarization of the Crimea and Sevastopol.

    “Today another important step has been taken towards the de-occupation of the Crimea. The resolution showed an unequivocal assessment of the world community about the continuing unlawful behavior of the Kremlin,” the president of Ukraine said.

    Poroshenko said that the support of the UN will be …

  • Putin condemns the inclusion of Jehovah's Witnesses in the list of extremist organizations in Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called the inclusion of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the list of extremist organizations “complete nonsense”, Putin stated at a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights.

    “There is a list of organizations, for example, that are allegedly involved in extremism and terrorism. There are 489 of them, 404 of which are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I will make an ominous pause here. There can be many claims against Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, …

  • DPR Deputy Minister of Revenues and Taxes arrested in Donetsk

    Mikhail Kalin, the former First Deputy Minister of Revenues and Taxes of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic was arrested in Donetsk on charges of unlawful seizure of property, reported journalist and blogger Denis Kazansky on Twitter.

    “Cleansing continues in Donetsk. Another associate of Zakharchenko-Timofeev has been arrested. Right after the Ukrainian secret subversive group blew up Zakhar [Zakharchenko], the arrests of his people began . It turned out that they all were scumbags, …

  • Volker: US will send more weapons to Ukraine

    In the next few months, the US intends to send Ukraine a new batch of weapons, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker announced at a press conference.

    According to him, the US has the opportunity to sell Ukraine additional weapons.

    “Announcements will be made, and Congress will be notified about the first tranches in the next few months,” Volker noted.

    He added that Washington will negotiate weapons shipments with Ukraine for as long as they are needed.

    The special representative …

  • Putin says it does not make sense to release Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov

    During a session of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has been considering the fate of prisoners, especially the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, but does not intend to “take a step towards Ukraine”.

    During the session, filmmaker Alexander Sokurov pointed out that Russia is experiencing great tension in connection with foreign policy problems. In this regard, he was particularly interested in the fate of the Ukrainian political …

  • Ukraine puts its cyber forces in combat mode

    Russia orchestrated a powerful DDoS attack on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry website at the same time as its border guards were attacking and capturing the Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait, said Major General Volodymyr Rapko, head of the Ukrainian General Staff’s Main Directorate for Communications and Information Systems, at a press conference on Monday, December 17.

    “In the entire state cybersecurity system, the Armed Forces of Ukraine hold one of the leading places. The relevant …

  • UN General Assembly condemns militarization of Crimea and the Sea of Azov by Russia

    The UN General Assembly supported the resolution proposed by Ukraine that expressed serious concerns regarding the militarization of the Crimea, the Sea of Azov and part of the Black Sea adjacent to the region, Interfax reports.

    The resolution also calls on Russia to release the Ukrainian military ships detained on November 25. Moscow’s use of force has been called by other nations to be unjustified.

    A separate paragraph of the resolution condemns the construction and opening of the bridge …

  • Russia to move additional fighter jets to Crimea

    Interfax reports that the Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighters will return to the Crimean airfield Belbek after the reconstruction of the airfield is complete.

    “On December 22nd, 2018 more than 10 Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighters from the fighter jets regiment of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army will fly from the Krymsk airfield in the Krasnodar region to Belbek in the Republic of Crimea to the place of their permanent deployment,” said the Russian Ministry of Defense in a statement.

    The fighters …

  • Russia caught interfering in Moldovan elections

    Chisinau has declassified a report investigating interference by the Open Dialogue Foundation and its Russian founder, Lyudmila Kozlovskaya, in Moldova’s internal affairs by financing Moldovan political parties, reported the Moldovan state news agency, citing the press service of the Moldovan parliament.

    “The commission has reached the conclusion that Open Dialogue’s actions were of a subversive nature and constituted a threat to the state security of the Republic of Moldova,” the report …