• Kadyrov's spokesman files request to open criminal case against Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin

    Alvi Karimov, spokesman for Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov, has filed a request to open a criminal case against Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin, who recently published a report criticizing the leader of Chechnya.

    The request was filed with the Russian Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General, Interfax reported.

    Karimov said that the report written by PARNAS’ Deputy Chairman Ilya Yashin was done in a “provocative and aggressive manner” directed against Kadyrov and the people of …

  • Pyatt: Crimea has become a disaster area in regard to human rights

    The US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, stated that the annexation of Crimea and the retaliation against the Crimean Tatars has not fallen off the American diplomatic radar. “We aren’t going to forget about the situation with the Crimean Tatars. Crimea has become a human rights disaster area,” the Ambassador said in his interview with the ZIK Ukrainian TV Channel.

    Pyatt added that this issue is present in their constant dialogue with Russia. The US Ambassador to Ukraine reiterated that …

  • Leader of Ukrainian Self-Reliance party comments on being a candidate for Prime Minister

    The leader of the Self-Reliance party (Samopomich), Andriy Sadovyi, commented on the possibility of his appointment as the Prime Minister of Ukraine should all pro-European factions unite with him as the leader. In a conversation with Dozhd, he stated that it was wrong and irresponsible to participate in a process over which he has no control. Sadovyi said that it is indecent to talk about new candidatures, while there is an active Prime Minister of Ukraine.

    “It took longer than expected and …

  • Ukrainian Embassy in Austria to respond to right-wing references to 'Russian Crimea'

    Ukrainian Ambassador Alexander Scherba wrote on Facebook that the Ukrainian Embassy in Austria will take official steps regarding the statements of Austrian right-wing politician Norbert Hofer “regarding the fallacy of recognizing Crimea as Russian territory.”The Ambassador noted that by failing to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the leader of the Freedom party of Austria “decided to try on the Kosovorotka (traditional Russian shirt) of the Russian nationalists.” Scherba summed up his …

  • French newspaper raises questions over Lesin's death

    Recently deceased Mikhail Lesin, former mass media adviser to the Russian President and former head of Gazprom-Media, could also have been the “main formal liaison” between Russian authorities and the United States. French newspaper Le Figaro quoted a source close to US intelligence in their report that offers to carefully study Lesin’s apparent assassination.

    Lesin was one of the richest men in Russia. Le Figaro’s source said that he could have filled the role of “informal liaison” under …

  • Additional police forces deployed to Avdiivka, Ukraine

    A Spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the Donetsk region, Vyacheslav Ambroskin, wrote on his Facebook page that a detachment of police officers from the regional Chief Directorate was deployed to Avdiivka in order to prevent infiltration by subversive and reconnaissance groups.

    "In agreement with ATO leadership [Ukrainian Armed Forces], I have made a decision on the deployment of a combined detachment of police officers from the regional Chief Directorate... This is primarily due to the …

  • Head of OSCE Mission in Ukraine to visit Donbas region

    The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, is scheduled to visit the Donbas region from March 16th to 20th to assess the security situation, Interfax reports.

    "From the 16th to the 20th of March, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, will visit eastern Ukraine to assess the security situation as well as to call upon all parties concerned to contribute to peace and …

  • French Foreign Minister acknowledges Minsk Agreements have been broken

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, Jean-Marc Ayrault, acknowledged that the Minsk Agreements have been broken in eastern Ukraine. He urged Moscow and Kiev to "do everything possible" to return stability to the region. He stated this after official representatives of the EU, USA, Germany, UK and Italy held informal meetings in Paris on Sunday, March 13, 2016, a UKRINFORM correspondent reports."We have also assessed the situation in Ukraine. Frank-Walter [ …

  • Ukraine to begin criminal proceedings against leader of so-called LPR in absentia

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has started the criminal proceedings of the Head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR), Igor Plotnitskyi, in absentia. The case against him was brought to court, the Chief of Staff to the Head of SBU, Oleksandr Tkachuk, said."The Security Service has started the criminal proceedings in absentia of Mr. Plotnitskyi. The conviction concerns the kidnapping of Nadezhda Savchenko and her illegal traffic to the Russian Federation. In the framework …

  • Putin announces withdrawal of ‘main part’ of Russian forces from Syria

    Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of the main part of Russian forces from Syria, as reported by TASS.

    During a meeting at the Kremlin, Putin said that the pullout would start on Tuesday, March 15th.

    "I believe that the tasks assigned to the Ministry of Defense, as a whole, were met. Therefore, I order to begin withdrawing the main part of our military factions of the Syrian Arab Republic starting tomorrow," Putin stated.

    The comments come amid new peace talks in Geneva aimed at …