• Military expert: It would take Russia several hours to take away Ukraine's presence in the Black Sea

    After the annexation and militarization of Crimea, it would take just a few hours for Russia to relieve Ukraine of its status of maritime power and to block the country from accessing the Black Sea. This was said by the Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament, Mykhailo Samus, during an interview with Radio Krym.Realii.

    “Russia can easily, and within a few hours, block access to the sea for Ukraine and also deprive Ukraine of its maritime power status. We …

  • One fifth of Russian Olympic athletes will not be allowed to participate in Rio games

    According to the calculations of the R-Sport agency, more than 80 Russian athletes have been disqualified from the Rio Olympics.

    Based on the results of the weightlifting world championships in 2014 and 2015, the Russian team won the maximum number of Olympic tickets. There were 10 spots in total, of which six were for men and four were for women. However, the executive board of the International Weightlifting Federation (the IWF) deprived Russia of two of the quotas, one male and one female, …

  • Kiev asserts that the seizure of Russian property abroad is possible after court ruling

    The First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Natalia Sevostyanova, stated that the seizure of Russia’s property abroad may become one outcome of Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The law suite was submitted as a result of the events in Crimea and the Donbas in 2014.

    “The Court can’t issue a decision, for example, to return Crimea to Ukraine. But it can determine that the rights of citizens and the property rights of the State [Ukraine] were …

  • Herashchenko: Brexit will have a negative impact on Ukraine

    According to the First Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, Irina Herashchenko, the UK’s decision to leave the EU will have a negative impact on Ukraine, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    Herashechenko wrote on her Facebook page that the results on the UK’s national referendum, in which 52% voted to leave the European Union, will delay the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

    "The consequences of the British referendum will have a negative impact on Ukraine. …

  • Poroshenko expresses disappointment over Brexit vote

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko express his disappointment with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and said he hopes that Brexit will not affect the extension of sanctions against Russia, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    “I hope that sanctions against Russia as an aggressor country will continue,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

    The Ukrainian President added that he believes the UK will remain part of a “united Europe”, despite the Brexit vote.

    “I believe that, despite the results of the …

  • Michael McFaul: Putin is the main winner in the Brexit vote

    Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter that the main winner of Brexit is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “Shocked by Brexit vote! Losers: EU, UK, US, those that believe in utility of a strong, united, democratic Europe. Winners: Putin,” McFaul tweeted.

    The former Ambassador also congratulated the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and the head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, saying it was …

  • 80% of Ukrainian reservists are ready to go to the front

    The Head of the Reservist Department in the of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Mikhail Scherbina, stated that the army reservists are willing to be deployed to the front line in case of aggression against Ukraine.

    “We held a survey and 80% of reservists stated that if the situation escalates, they will come back to the army. These people have served their term, paid their debt and now live their peaceful lives. All of them say – we will live our nornal lives until it's …

  • Putin: The West could have prevented World War II

    Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the West could have prevented World War II if it had responded to the Soviet Union’s proposal on collective defense in time, as reported by Russian Interfax news agency.

    “The main lesson of the past war is that it could have been prevented. The uncontrolled Nazis and their accomplices needed to be firmly restrained. This did not happen,” Putin said this while speaking before the State Duma.

    According to Putin, the West had rejected direct …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry intends to gather proof of racial discrimination against Crimean Tatars

    The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine intends to gather information regarding racial discrimination against the Crimean Tatars by "authorities" in annexed Crimea, Krym.Realii reported.

    Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called on Crimean Tatars living in Crimea to pass information about cases of racial discrimination to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, including through the media.

    "We need to collect and systematize all these cases in order to show that we are talking exactly about racial discrimination, …

  • Ukrainian Azov and Donbas National Guard regiments will return to the front line

    The Adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, Zorian Shkiriak, stated that the National Guard regiments Azov and Donbas will soon return to the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

    “First of all, it is about operative rapid brigades of the National Guard and the special-task regiments Azov and Donbas. They will return to the frontline and fulfill their functions of direct contact with the enemy,” the Ministry’s press service reported.

    According to Shkiriak, these regiments have repeatedly proved …