• Economists debunk myth about damages to West caused by Russian sanctions

    The Russian food embargo imposed in 2014 in response to Western sanctions did not cause significant damage to countries in the European Union. Experts from the Gaidar Institute, RANEPA (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry for Economic Development of the Russian Federation all arrived at the same conclusion after having analyzed the Eurostat data and the United Nations Comtrade database.

    The biggest …

  • Turkish MoD condemns annexation of Crimea

    During an official visit to London, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense and General of the Army of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, held a meeting with Turkish Defense Minister, Fikri Işık, as reported by the press service of Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

    The Turkish Defense Minister noted that his country condemns the annexation of the Crimea and supports Ukraine in its quest for independence and sovereignty. He stressed that the improving relationship between Turkey with Russia will have no impact …

  • Russia files new lawsuit against Ukrainian military leaders

    The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation reported that it has initiated two new criminal proceedings regarding military actions in the Donbas. The first case concerns genocide of the national group of Russian-speaking people from January to August 2016, the website of the Russian Investigative Committee said.

    The high military leadership of Ukraine, including the Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, are …

  • Steinmeier: Progress on Minsk II is urgently needed

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that there is still a lot of work to be done to reach a full implementation of the ceasefire agreement in the Donbas region. However, progress on it is "urgently necessary," the German Foreign Minister said during a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Berlin.

    "With regard to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, we must also talk …

  • IMF to consider next tranche to Ukraine on September 14

    The IMF will consider the allocation of the next tranche of financial assistance to Ukraine on the 14th of September, 2016 as evidenced by information in the schedule of meetings of the Executive Board of the Fund, posted on the IMF website.

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the IMF has officially included this issue in the agenda after his conversation with the MD of the Fund, Christine Lagarde. "At the end of my conversation with Christine Lagarde, the International …

  • UK to train 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers in accordance with NATO standards

    In 2017 Great Britain will train 5,000 Ukrainian servicemen in accordance with NATO standards, as was said by the British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, during a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak.

    "The volume of training and advisory support from Britain is expected to increase. Five thousand Ukrainian servicemen will be trained in accordance with NATO standards next year - this is the new goal of the British training mission in Ukraine," Fallon stated, …

  • Russia scrambled more than 20 fighters in Crimea

    Air force units from the Southern Military District of Russia are training to repel a massive raid of imaginary enemies as part of the Caucasus-2016 exercises, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported Thursday.

    "As part of the Caucasus-2016 exercises more than 20 fighter planes of the Southern Military District (SMD) were scrambled in 10 minutes to repel a massive air attack by the imaginary enemy. The crews of Su-30SM, Su-30M2 and Su-27SM3 fighter planes of the 4th Army Air …

  • Kyiv Court of Appeal does not recognize Russia's aggression against Ukraine

    The Kyiv Court of Appeal has dismissed a crucial lawsuit on the recognition of Russia’s armed aggression in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian open-court.org portal reported. The plaintiff,  Ukrainian activist Stanislav Batryn, stated that he refuses to give up and will file an appeal to the Court of Cassation, noting that the Court has committed a number of procedural violations.

    Batryn believes that there is also positive news. “The statements by skeptics that a petition by a …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russian army is conducting exercises in the Donbas

    The large-scale military exercises that have recently been conducted by the Russian army are also taking place in the occupied Donbas.

    This was stated in a report from the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

    According to the report, command-staff exercises of the 1st (Donetsk) and 2nd (Luhansk) Army Corps (AC) of the Center of the Territorial Forces (Novocherkassk) of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation continue on the Perevalskiy and …

  • Russian MoD says increase in military awards is due to performance during exercises, not war in Ukraine

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has refuted Bellingcat’s assumption regarding the link between the mass award of medals to Russian servicemen and its participation in the conflict in the Donbas. As the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry says, the increase in the number of awards in the Russian Army from 2014 to 2016 is caused by the activation of military drills and the Olympic Games in Sochi.

    The relative increase in the number of awarded servicemen from 2014 to 2016 is caused by the …