• Stoltenberg: NATO and Russia held 'frank and serious talks'

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO and Russia had a "frank, serious and actually good meeting", despite “profound disagreements" between the two, referring to talks held between representatives of NATO and Russia in Brussels, Deutsche Welle reported.

    "NATO and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements … (and) today's meeting did not change that," Stoltenberg said following the first such meeting in two years.

    "Allies do not recognize Russia's illegal annexation of …

  • Rasmussen: Denmark will support Ukraine, but expects progress in the implementation of reforms

    The Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Rasmussen, stated that Denmark sees much potential in Ukraine and awaits further reforms from the country’s leadership. “It is important that Ukraine continues the reform process. I congratulated the Prime Minister and the President of this country for those reforms that Ukraine implemented in recent years,” Rasmussen reported during a joint press conference in Kiev on Tuesday after negotiations with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

    He added that, …

  • Polish MP: Evidence of Russian war crimes in the Donbas will be handed over to The Hague

    Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Strelkov, leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have been indicted as war criminals in the Polish report to The Hague.

    RBC-Ukraine reports that the evidence of Russian war crimes in Donbas in 2014 will be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as Polish Parliamentarian Małgorzata Gosiewska told the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada. Gosiewska is co-author of the report "Russian Crimes in the East of Ukraine."

    "I hope that in the coming …

  • Russia begins military exercises in Crimea

    In particular, exercises aimed at detecting submarines are being performed

    The Russian Federation has began military training in annexed Crimea which includes aircraft exercises and airborne troops landing. This was stated by the acting head of the Department of Information Support of the Black Sea Fleet, Captain 2 Rank Nikolai Voskresensky, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Today, Ka-27 and Mi-8 helicopters from the separate mixed aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet, in areas of amphibious polygon …

  • Relatives say Crimean Tatars who were detained in Yalta were taken to the FSB

    On the morning of April 18th, in the village Krasnokamianka (Big Yalta), two local residents were detained - Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov. They are currently being interrogated by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Simferopol.

    The relatives of the detainees said this to Krym.Realii, commenting on the situation.

    "At the moment, Refat Alimov’s relatives and I are near the FSB. At this time, we do not understand what is happening or what we should expect," the sister of Arsen …

  • Switzerland grants $200 million loan to the National Bank of Ukraine

    The National Bank of Ukraine signed a loan agreement with the Swiss National Bank. In an official statement, the National Bank of Ukraine said, “The agreement finalizes the agreement made between the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the President of Switzerland, Johann Schneider-Ammann, on an increase of humanitarian and financial assistance to Ukraine from Switzerland.”

    According to the report, the purpose of the loan agreement between the National Banks of Switzerland and Ukraine …

  • In a framework of the program 'Come Home', more than 50 separatists returned to Ukrainian-held territory from DPR and LPR

    More than 50 people who were members of separatist groups returned to Ukraine from the so-called DPR and LPR as a result of the Security Service of Ukraine’s (SSU) program ‘Come Home’.

    "This program is becoming more successful. Today we can say that more than 50 separatists have returned to Ukrainian territory under the program,” the Chief of Staff of the Head of the SSU, Olexandr Tkachuk, said at a briefing in Kiev on Monday.

    He said that these people went through "a very difficult path of …

  • Ukraine officially dismisses 197 Crimean judges

    The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has officially dismissed 197 judges of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    According to the Chairman on Legal Policy and Justice, Ruslan Knyazevich, Parliament approved the decision to dismiss the Crimean judges “who switched sides and violated their oath to the Ukrainian State.”

    Similarly, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) recently disclosed the names of 1,391 of its former employees who defected following the Ukrainian Revolution in …

  • Stratfor: Reintegration of the Donbas could drag on for a decade

    Lauren Goodrich, a senior analyst with the American company, Stratfor, and a specialist on Eurasia and the Soviet Union, stated in an interview with Apostrophe that the reintegration process for the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions could last for many years ahead. According to her, the cessation of hostilities can’t be expected in the near future.

    “I don’t believe that we can expect the cessation of ceasefire violations in the near future because it looks like the …

  • OSCE monitors threatened by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine

    Members of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine were threatened by pro-Russian separatists on two separate occasions, as stated in a press release issued by the SMM.

    According to the report, while in the city of Donetsk in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), an armed separatist approached members of the OSCE mission, “claiming that he had seen SMM vehicles near a Ukrainian Armed Forces excavator and said he would open fire at the monitors if this were to happen again.” …