• Mingarelli to become next EU Ambassador to Ukraine

    The European External Action Service has finally decided on a candidate to replace Jan Tombiński as Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. Italian citizen Hugues Mingarelli, who prevailed over other candidates in internal competition, will become the new Ambassador to Ukraine, European Pravda reported.

    “Since 2012, Mingarelli has been responsible for the 'hot' Mediterranean region in the European External Action Service, including Syria, where full-scale civil war continues …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador calls on Germany to condemn visit of German politician to Crimea

    Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, has urged the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to condemn the visit of German politician, Andreas Maurer, to Crimea.

    Melnyk wrote this on Twitter.

    “I urge the German Foreign Ministry to strongly condemn the illegal visit of Andreas Maurer, a member of the Left Party, to Crimea. They should also condemn other illegal visits,” Melnyk wrote.

    Since last week, the Russian media and Russian-controlled Crimean officials have been reporting on the …

  • Ukrainian deputies refuse to investigate offshore scandal

    The Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) was not able to create a Temporary Investigative Commission to investigate the offshore account scandal as there were not enough votes in favor of the action. In order to create the commission, 226 votes were needed but only 108 deputies voted in favor of the project.

    The Vidrodzhennya (Revival) party did not have any votes in favor of the project. Of the Opposition Bloc party members, only one member voted in the commission’s favor. Of the 142 …

  • Russia to ease food embargo

    The Russian Government has decided to ease the food embargo and allow the import of beef, poultry and vegetables. All of these products will be used for baby food production, the Ministry of Agriculture told TASS on Wednesday.

    “In order to stimulate domestic baby food production, the Government regulation of 27 May 2016 excludes raw materials used for baby food production from the embargo,” as TASS cited a representative of the Ministry.

    These products will be allowed for import if its …

  • Stoltenberg: European NATO countries will increase defense spending for the first time in 10 years

    The defense expenditures of NATO’s European member countries have increased for the first time in nearly a decade. This was said by NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, during an interview with the Financial Times.

    The newspaper notes that this increase shows that there is considerable concern over Russian aggression and the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean region.

    “The 2016 forecast indicates that this will be the first time in many years that there is an increase in defense …

  • Moscow City Court upholds extension of house arrest for Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature

    The Moscow City Court found the house arrest extension for the Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature, Natalia Sharina, to be legal. Sharina is accused of embezzlement and extremism, as reported by attorney, Ivan Pavlov.

    “The Judicial Board dismissed our appeal and the extension of house arrest was found legal,” 112.ua quoted Pavlov as saying. Earlier, the Presnensky Court upheld the extension of the house arrest for Sharina until 29th of July.

    In October 2015, a search of the …

  • At least 1,000 NATO soldiers will be sent to Poland

    According to Polish Radio, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz stated after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that at least one NATO battalion consisting of a thousand soldiers will be deployed in Poland after the summit in Warsaw.

    Macierewicz said that in support of strengthening the Alliance, the battalion will be sent to Poland and to three other Baltic States as well. "Our conversation today confirmed that combat battalion groups will be stationed both in Poland …

  • NATO will consider Ukraine’s application to join the Alliance in accordance with the usual procedure

    The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, is confident that nobody can prevent Ukraine from accession to NATO. If Ukraine files an application to join NATO, it will be considered as all other applications, Stoltenberg stated in Warsaw.

    “No one has the right to intervene or veto this process. This is a very important principle – each state, including Ukraine, has a sovereign right to choose its own path, including decisions on which arrangements in the …

  • Lawyer: 2,200 inmates were transferred from Crimea to Russia

    According to Roman Martynovsky, a lawyer and expert from the Regional Center for Human Rights and the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, 2,200 prisoners were transferred from Crimea to Russia. He said this during an interview with Hromadske Radio.

    “Today, we have received reliable information confirming the fact that 2,200 prisoners were transferred from Crimea to Russia to serve their sentences. However, according to unconfirmed reports, that number could be as high as 7,000,” Martynovsky …

  • Lavrov: Peacekeepers will never be in the Donbas

    During an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that he categorically rejects Ukraine’s condition that security in eastern Ukraine be a precondition for elections in the Donbas. 

    "Now, security has suddenly become the main issue for Poroshenko, not only the ceasefire but also ensuring the presence of some security forces in the entire territory of the Donbas. I’d like to say: the Donbas will never agree to that," Lavrov stated.

    According to the …