• Sentsov in Washington: Disconnect Russia from SWIFT

    During a discussion in Washington, the Ukrainian filmmaker and former political prisoner of Russia Oleh Sentsov called for Russia to be disconnected from the SWIFT interbank communications system. In his opinion, this would be the most effective way to put pressure on the Kremlin, Ukrinform reports.

    When asked how the US could influence Russia, Sentsov said: “I have a very short answer to this: disconnect SWIFT… It’s a more realistic step than extremely lengthy negotiations. My messages here, …

  • Zelensky: Defeat of Russian army in 1920 is an example of Ukraine and Poland uniting

    Ukraine and Poland should emphasize those aspects of their history which unite them, and not those which divide them, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a press conference after meeting with his Polish colleague Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.

    “In our relations, we are focusing on that which unites us (and I am convinced that this will continue). For example, the Battle of Warsaw, the hundredth anniversary of which we will commemorate in August,” he said.

    During this battle in 1920, …

  • PACE to appeal Russian delegation’s credentials

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) intends to appeal the Russian delegation’s credentials on Monday, said Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko, Ukrinform reports.

    Honcharenko said that the relevant procedure is initiated by delegates standing up during the voting to support the credentials of national delegations. This will be the first item on the agenda for the PACE winter session, which began on January 27.

    “We will stand. We need the support of 10 and 30 delegates,” …

  • Zelensky: Polish president to visit Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his Polish colleague Andrzej Duda might visit Ukraine in 2020.

    “This year we are planning to hold a number of joint events. I believe that one of them will be a visit by Mr President Duda to Ukraine,” said Zelensky during a joint press conference with Duda in Warsaw.

    In May 2020, Poland will hold presidential elections.

    During the first four years of his presidency, Duda visited Ukraine four times.

    However, Duda’s last visit was accompanied …

  • First Ukrainian President Kravchuk: Donbas could return to Ukraine 'on its own'

    The Donbas could return to Ukraine’s control on its own if the country’s government demonstrates persistence, said Ukraine’s first ever president, Leonid Kravchuk.

    “He (Russian President Vladimir Putin) has not yet taken the Donbas. I believe that the Donbas could come back to Ukraine on its own with the help of the global community, with the help of our active, persistent, goal-oriented, systematic day-to-day work,” Kravchuk told the TV channel Pryamiy in an interview.

    He believes that a …

  • France is unhappy Zelensky not making progress settling situation in Donbas

    France thinks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has not been making enough effort to resolve the conflict in the Donbas after the Normandy Format summit in Paris in December last year, Oleg Voloshyn, a former MP who was part of the Ukrainian delegation to the summit, told 112.Ukraine in an interview.

    “France cannot understand why, after quite a successful summit, held at President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative, there has been another pause,” said Voloshyn. According to him, the …

  • Kaczynski: Russia attacks where it sees weakness and a chance of victory

    Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s Law and Justice party, said that Russia “attacks where it sees a weak spot and a chance of victory”. “This was the case in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine. However, it has problems wherever decisive resistance arises, even diplomatic,” he told Bild in an interview, Polskie Radio reports.

    He pointed out that this also applies to Poland and the Baltics, which is why the presence of NATO troops in these countries is important.

    “Germany should send more troops, …

  • Peskov names reason for Medvedev’s resignation

    The Russian government considered it necessary to resign so that President Vladimir Putin could more effectively implement the provisions of the address which he gave to the Federal Assembly on January 15, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov in an episode of “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on the TV channel Russia-1.

    “It was the government’s decision,” said Peskov. According to him, the cabinet’s ministers decided to give Putin a carte blanche to accomplish the new tasks. Peskov remarked that, in …

  • Japan suspects Russian diplomats of spying

    The Japanese police believe that two members of the Russian trade office have been gathering secret information. This hypothesis was put forward after a former telecommunications company employee admitted that he had stolen and sold work-related information. The Russian embassy in Japan expressed regret that Japan has joined the “anti-Russian speculations on the topic of spy mania”.

    “We are sorry that Japan has joined the anti-Russian speculations popular in the West on the hackneyed topic of …

  • Poland to demand reparation from Russia for World War II

    Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice, told Bild in an interview that Russia must pay Poland reparation for World War II.

    Kaczyński would not specify the possible reparation amount before the special commission has announced its results, DW notes.

    However, the Polish politician expressed doubt that during the current generation’s lifetime Moscow will ever admit responsibility for “destroying Poland’s economy, roads, factories, historical buildings and cultural …