• Ukrainian forces advance to Yasynuvata

    Over the last week, reports from the battlefield in eastern Ukraine have been overshadowed by news of Nadiya Savchenko. Nevertheless, the conflict remains very much active, especially in the strategically important town of Yasynuvata, where the Donetsk-Horlivka and Donetsk-Konstantinovkа junction is located, as Chetvertaya Vlast reported.

    Reports suggest that Ukrainian forces have advanced towards the Yasynuvata and even managed to take control of the Donetsk-Horlivka route as well as a …

  • Poll suggests Dutch opposition to Ukraine's Association Agreement is growing

    The percentage of Dutch citizens who oppose the ratification of the Association Agreement of Ukraine with the European Union is increasing. Forty-four percent of those interviewed by the I &O Sociological Research company noted that they would vote against the referendum on this issue if it took place today, as reported by the Dutch edition Volkskrant on March 12th. While in February, the number of opponents to the Association Agreement was only 38%.

    The percentage of supporters of the …

  • Kremlin envoy: Russia planned to shoot down a plane carrying Turchynov during the annexation of Crimea

    The Presidential Envoy of the newly created Crimean Federal District, Oleg Belaventsev, stated in an interview with Russian channel NTV that the Russians planned to shoot down a plane carrying the then acting President of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, during the annexation of Crimea, Radio Svoboda reported.

    According to Belaventsev, Turchynov was planning to fly to Crimea with the Special Forces at the beginning of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia. “But here we make the …

  • Condoleezza Rice tells Ukraine to wait until the sanctions affect the Russian economy

    The former United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, believes that the US has to help Ukraine and strengthen its security. At the same time, it is necessary to adhere to the Minsk Agreements and wait until sanctions and low oil prices impact the Russian economy.

    “I believe that we should help Ukraine to protect itself. I believe that people should have the ability to protect themselves with the help of small arms. However, the American Government didn’t choose this path and I …

  • Spain places United Russia MP on international wanted list

    A Deputy of the United Russia Party, Vladislav Reznik, and his spouse Diana Gindin, were declared internationally wanted by Spain, as reported by RBC on March 12th. The MP’s lawyer, Alexander Gofshtein, has confirmed this information. There is no information about the search for him in the Interpol database yet.

    Earlier, Rosbalt reported the transfer of documents to the international search organization by Spain to the Interpol General Secretariat.

    According to the edition, the Spanish Court …

  • Der Taggespiegel: Russian hackers threaten German power grids

    German energy sector companies are being threatened by hacker attacks, which may be supported by Russian secret services, as reported on Saturday, March 12th, by Tagesspiegel. According to the letter, which the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution sent to various German economic associations, there is evidence that a large-scale attack by the hacker group, Sofacy, is being prepared. In the worst case this may lead to damage of power plants and networks.

    Malicious software, …

  • Poroshenko considers holding referendum on autonomy for Luhansk and Donetsk

    The first Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Zerkalo Nedeli, Sergey Rahmanin, wrote an article in which he cited a source that stated that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, is considering holding a referendum to allow the citizens of Ukraine to decide on the autonomy of breakaway territories of the Donbas. According to him, this referendum would be an alternative to elections in the separated areas of Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.

    “According to our sources, Poroshenko occasionally returns …

  • Ilya Novikov: The US Government insists on the immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko

    The U.S. is insisting on the immediate and unconditional release of Nadiya Savchenko, as reported on Saturday, March 12th, by the attorney for the Ukrainian, Ilya Novikov, who, in his own words, has been in the United States for three weeks, with breaks only to attend the court hearings in Savchenko’s case.

    During this time, he says he has had nearly three dozen meetings with American politicians and diplomats regarding the release of the Ukrainian pilot. And in Washington, he said, they are " …

  • Polish Defense Minister: Plane crash that killed Polish President in 2010 was an act of terrorism

    Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that the plane crash near Smolensk that took the life of President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish officials was an act of terrorism. Macierewicz said that the act was aimed at depriving Poland of the people who led the country to independence. The Minister did not directly say that Moscow was responsible, BBC reported.

    Earlier, an inquiry found that the plane crashed due to pilot error, but Poland recently opened a fresh probe into the crash. …

  • Kasyanov: Russian FSB didn't have a problem with Kadyrov's controversial Instagram post

    PARNAS Chairman Mikhail Kasyanov announced that the FSB told him that they did not find anything wrong with a video posted by Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov that showed Kasyanov through the optical site of a rifle.

    The video appeared on Kadyrov’s infamous Instagram account on February 1st and showed Kasyanov and another PARNAS leader, Vladimir Kara-Murza, through the crosshairs of a gun. "Kasyanov arrived in Strasbourg to acquire money for the Russian opposition. Those who haven't understood it …