• Macierewicz: Brexit will not weaken NATO

    On the 24th of June, Antoni Macierewicz stated that withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU won’t affect the relationship of the country to NATO and will not weaken the Alliance, Radio Polsha reported.

    “There are no reasons for hysteria. The European Union is a union of sovereign and independent states. Each country has a right to decide its own fate. The United Kingdom made its choice,” Macierewicz stated.

    The Polish Minister of National Defense noted that the possibility of the …

  • Separatists attacked Ukrainian positions during Poroshenko's visit to the front

    Andriy Lysenko, Presidential Administration spokesperson, stated at a daily briefing that separatists from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic shelled military positions in the area Vodyane while President Poroshenko was there.  

    "There were mortar fires near Zaitseve, Mayorsk, Avdiivka and Vodyane, and in Pisky, illegally armed groups opened fire from cannon artillery. Yesterday, the Ukrainian President visited these areas," he stated.

    Lysenko added that Poroshenko inspected some of the …

  • Herashchenko: We are preparing a harsh reaction to PACE's declaration

    On the 25th of June, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko wrote on her Facebook that  the Ukrainian delegation to PACE is disappointed by the statement of the President of PACE, Pedro Agramunt, who proposed and endorsed the statement on the shared values of PACE with the Russian Federation.

    “On Friday, the President of PACE, Pedro Agramunt, who sneaked the statement to the Bureau and supported it, showed himself in all his glory. Agramunt supported the statement that PACE has shared …

  • Russia and China sign joint agreement on the promotion of information and cyberspace

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on the promotion of development in the field of information and cyberspace, Rosbalt reported. In addition, more than 30 agreements were signed on cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, foreign policy, infrastructure, technology and innovation, agriculture, finance, energy, media, Internet and sports. The signing of the agreements took place after Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin held talks in …

  • Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved strategy to reform public administration

    The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a strategy for the reform of public administration for 2016-2020, including the plan for its implementation.

    "I propose to support this strategy and start the process of reforming public administration," Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    According to her, the strategy provides for both short and long-term objectives. The latter include, for example, the reform …

  • Lysenko: The bodies of 26 Russian soldiers were transported across the border from Donetsk

    According to the Ukrainian Spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO [conflict zone] issues, Andriy Lysenko, the bodies of 26 Russian soldiers were transferred across the border from Donetsk to Russia, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    He also noted that three Russian soldiers were killed and three were injured in the Donbas over the weekend.

    "Yesterday the soldiers were killed and three injured. They served in the so-called 6th regiment, 11th regiment and 100th brigade of the enemy. The day …

  • Pope Francis uses term genocide to describe massacre of Armenians during WWI

    During his visit to Yerevan, Pope Francis used the term genocide to describe the massacre of Armenians in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire, Radio Svoboda reported.

    Addressing the President of Armenia and the diplomatic corps on June 24th, Pope Francis used the Armenian term "Mets Exern" (the evil), but then added the words "this genocide" to the prepared text in order to describe what he had called "the first among a series of disasters of the last century."

    In April of 2015, Francis held a mass in …

  • Russian State Duma adopts new package of anti-terrorism laws

    On Friday, the Russian State Duma (Parliament of Russia) tightened a number of laws, adopting amendments from the so-called "Yarovaya's Package.” Changes in the law include the articles on failure of an individual to report certain crimes, as well as inducement, recruitment or other involvement in the organization of mass disorder. In addition, the concept of "international terrorism" was introduced.

    "Yarovaya's Package" lowers the age of criminal responsibility for terrorism. Now people as …

  • Separatist leader compared Brexit with events in the Donbas in 2014

    The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, congratulated British citizens on the result of the referendum to withdraw from the EU, at the last meeting of the spring session of the DPR People’s Council.

    "In fact, this [the results] is a very significant thing, because now Britain has done what we did two years ago: we also held a referendum, voted, and withdrew from Ukraine," Zakharchenko said.

    He added that he also congratulates UK citizens on the …

  • Latvia reported presence of Russian submarine near its cost

    The Armed Forces of Latvia detected a Russian submarine not far from the Latvian border once again.

    "On April 30, a Russian Kilo class submarine together with the Victor Konetsky sea tug boat were detected in the exclusive economic zone at a distance of 8 nautical miles from the border of Latvia," informed the National Armed Forces of Latvia on their Twitter page.

    As the relations between Russia and NATO continue to deteriorate, Russia has stepped up the activity of its fleet and aviation in …