• UNESCO to implement monitoring mechanisms in the Crimea

    The Programme and External Relations Commission of the 199th session of the UNESCO Executive Board considered the report and made a decision on "Monitoring the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)," the Ukrainian delegation to UNESCO reported on Facebook.

    "The decision assumes that during the next (200th) session of the UNESCO Executive Board, the Director-General should submit a progress report on the implementation of previous decisions. In particular, on establishing the …

  • White House: The incident with Russian planes buzzing a US Navy ship is 'beyond legal norms'

    The White House has responded to the media reports regarding the incident between Russian military aircraft a U.S. Navy warship in the Baltic Sea, noting that such actions of the Russians are not in compliance with professional military standards. “The White House is aware of the incident you are talking about,” the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, stated, responding to the journalist’s request to comment on the media reports.

    “This incident is far from being in accordance with …

  • Ukrainian positions fired on 50 times on Thursday

    As of 18:00 local time on Thursday, Ukrainian positions had been fired on 50 times throughout the day by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas, according to the Ukrainian Armed Force’s Facebook page.

    “At night the enemy fired on Avdiivka nine times using small arms and rock-propelled grenades. Since 6:00 am illegally armed groups three times fired from 82mm mortars near Zaitseve, once [fired] on the positions of Avdiivka [and once on] the Butovka mine. Later, 120mm were used by them [ …

  • Ukrainian court issues arrest warrant for the head of Crimea

    The court issued a warrant for the arrest of Sergey Aksyonov, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine stated. He said that the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea petitioned the arrest of Aksyonov as part of the previously initiated criminal proceedings on the transfer of ownership of the children's camp Artek to Russia, RBC reported.

    The report said that Aksyonov was charged with the abuse of power, the establishment of an illegal governing body, according to the Prosecutor's Office, called the "Council …

  • Media: Presidential Q and A session was rehearsed ahead of time with Putin

    According to a report by news agency RBC, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, several hundred participants of a future meeting with the Head of the State gathered for rehearsal and instruction on Tuesday. As a result of the audition, the organizers selected a few dozen people who would ask questions to the President. Some would ask while others would announce the topics prepared in advance by the organizers. The rest explained that they would be present at the meeting as the extras and would not be …

  • Russian court fines newspaper for 'abuse of the freedom of the press'

    After a warning issued by Roskomnadzor, the global judicial district of Moscow’s Presnensky District Court imposed a fine in the amount of 44,000 rubles on The New Times and its chief editor, Yevgenia Albats for abuse of the freedom of the press.

    The Court found that the edition violated article 13.15, paragraph 2 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation (abuse of the freedom of the press) and imposed an administrative penalty in the amount of 4,000 rubles on Albats and …

  • Ukraine and Israeli company Orbit discuss upgrading Ukrainian military aircraft

    The work group for the Ukrainian Air Forces Command discussed the modernization of military aircraft and helicopters with representatives of the Israeli company, Orbit, according to the Ministry of Defense.

    As reported on Tuesday by the Press Service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, at the meeting with the Ukrainian Air Forces Command, the representatives of Orbit spoke about the company's activities, their developments and also introduced a new communications system, Orion, which is now …

  • Russian delegate Boris Gryzlov to be more engaged in international negotiations on Ukraine

    A source in the Russian Security Council stated that one of the objectives of Boris Gryzlov, who was excluded from the Security Council membership by the President of Russia, was better engagement in international negotiations about Ukraine.

    “The President made a decision based on the tasks he posed to Boris Gryzlov. The expansion of opportunities for international dialogue with a view to settling the situation in Ukraine is among these tasks. It will require Boris Gryzlov to participate in …

  • Russia to spend $200,000 on preserving Lenin's body in 2016

    The Federal Security Service (FSS) has posted information about the maintenance required to preserve Lenin’s body. The estimated worth of the procedure is 13,081,500 rubles, or about $200,000. This amount was calculated by a scientific assessment of the necessary medical and biological preparations.

    According to the commentary given to TASS by the official representative of FSS, Sergey Devyatov, the All-Russian Research Institute of Medicinal Plants has been preserving Lenin’s body since 1924. 

  • US calls on Ukraine to form a new cabinet as soon as possible

    According to the Voice of America, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said at a briefing in Washington that the United States called upon the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to promptly approve a new Government which will support political and economic reforms, especially credit programs approved by International Monetary Fund.

    "In our view, it is important that the Verkhovna Rada forms the new Cabinet of Ministers committed to necessary reforms, especially those recommended by the IMF as soon …