• At least 2 killed in Ukraine ammunition depot explosion.

    At least two people have been killed in the Ukrainian town of Svatove after a series of blasts at a ammunition depot.

    Local media has said the Ukrainian security forces were investigating and claimed it could be a terrorist act.

    The town lies in a government-controlled part of the Luhansk region. In addition to the two casualties, four civilians and four servicemen were wounded.

    According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry statement, the fire was started by "the release of a flare that fell onto …

  • Soccer World Cup in Russia agreed before vote.

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there was a deal in place for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup - before the vote took place.

    The 79-year-old Blatter is serving a 90-day ban alongside Uefa chief Michel Platini.

    Asked whether it was a mistake to hold voting for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments simultaneously, Blatter replied that before the ballot: "It was agreed inside the group that we go to Russia because it has never been to eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America.

    "And so we …

  • US commerce secretary visits her roots in Ukraine.

    Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secretary and Hyatt Hotel heiress, visits her great-grandfather's birthplace in central Ukraine.

    This is the first time Pritzker is visiting the small town of Velyki Pryts'ky, 50 miles southeast of Kyiv, with a population of just 800. Pritzker's great-grandfather emigrated from Ukraine to the US over one hundred years ago

    After the informal press conference she was whisked off on a tour of the town by a rabbi.

    Local residents were in awe of the high-profile …

  • Suspended OSCE monitor turns out to be a Russian GRU officer.

    As reported by Ukrainian TSN news service, a monitor from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine in the town of Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk region, who has been suspended for misbehavior apparently involving alcohol, has turned to be an officer from Russia's GRU Main Intelligence Directorate.

    A TSN journalist once heard an OSCE SMM monitor who later introduced himself as Maksim Udovichenko promoting Russian propaganda among locals in Luhansk region while being not on OSCE …

  • Ukraine rises in World Bank's Doing Business rankings.

    Ukraine's ranking has risen over 13 positions in the annual ranking on the status of doing business published by the World Bank’s  Doing Business-2016. Ukraine holds the 83rd place in the ranking.

    Results of a new study, which covers the second half of 2014 and first half 2015, was published on the Doing Business website.

    A key reform that bolstered a raise in the Ukraine rating is simplification of Ukraine business registration.

    Ukraine has been rising in the ranking for the second …

  • Russia's military casualties concealed.

    As reported by StopFake.org, Russia has been concealing its military casualties as part of propaganda war.

    In the four weeks since Russia entered the conflict in Syria, Moscow has waged a fierce campaign for the hearts and minds of ordinary Russians.

    Public support for the Syria intervention was initially limited. But as Russian war correspondents have filed patriotic reports from the urban front lines, and the defense ministry has posted bombing videos on social media, support has increased, …

  • Ukrainian ceise-fire shaken.

    As reported by a military spokesman Oleksandr Zavtonov, a Ukrainian soldier was killed by fire from Russia-backed separatists near the Donetsk airport on October 26.

    It is the first reported Ukrainian military death since mid-October, as the fragile cease-fire negotiated in Minsk in February has generally held.

    At the same time a separatists spokesman accused the Ukrainian military of launching an attack on the airport. Officials in Kyiv denied that claim.

    AFP reported that local residents …

  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce visits Ukraine.

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will fly to Kyiv today.The Commerce Department noted that upon arriving in Kiev, Pritzker will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and will discuss "progress on the country’s ambitious economic reform agenda."

    "During the bilateral talks, Prime Minister of Ukraine and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce will discuss the Ukraine government’s program of economic reforms, the major achievements of the parties …

  • Because of war Ukrainian women are forced to leave their children.

    The war in Donbass forces Ukrainian women to leave their children in orphanages and shelters.

    An episode aired on Ukrainian TSN channel talks about Ukrainian women who have had to leave their children in orphanages because the war took from them everything they had.

    In Mariupol Care shelter there are children whose parents have submitted applications to leave them there due to their financial situations.  

    During the war there are many who have lost their homes and ended up on the street. …

  • Cossacks from Luhansk Pro-Kremlin republic are ready to resist Russian military

    Cossack armed units of the Luhansk Pro-Kremlin republic intend to start armed resistance to Russian military after November 7.

    The statement was made by the Press department of the Ukrainian Ministry of defense.

    The situation around Russian forces trying to exert control over the Cossack units in the separatist’s republic is spiraling out of control.

    On November 7th the representatives of the Cossacks are going to hold a meeting to express their "no confidence" of the authorities of the …