• Several Crimean cities and regions left without electricity

    For an unknown reason, several towns and regions in Crimea are left without power.

    According to Cryminform, Simferopol, Alushta, Yalta, and the northern and western regions of Crimea and Sevastopol were cut off from power at 13:15 yesterday. The Emergency Situations Ministry, the Ministry of Fuel and Power for the republic and Krymenergo have yet to give an explanation as to what caused this incident. According a source in the Kerch City Council, a voltage drop occurred at a central …

  • Estonian court approves extradition of former separatist fighter to Ukraine

    The Tallinn District Court granted an appeal filed by the Government of Estonia against the decision of the lower court and now, Estonian citizen Vladimir Polyakov, suspected of terrorist activity in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, can be extradited to Kiev, BaltNews reported. On May 19th, the Tallinn District Court granted the appeal filed by the Government of Estonia and overturned the decision of Tallinn Administrative Court of 3rd of February 2016.

    The Court issued a new decision, according …

  • Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs: Normalization of relations between Russia and NATO won't happen soon

    The Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Kaljurand, stated that the normalization of relations between Russia and NATO shouldn’t be expected, Postimees reported.

    “The normalization of relations between Russia and NATO isn’t expected, that is why the current policy on Russia will be discussed in Warsaw,” Kaljurand believes.

    “The relations are frozen because Russia violated international law by annexing the Crimea,” the Foreign Minister added.

    According to Kaljurand, the NATO-Russia …

  • Peskov: Moscow is following the discussion of sanctions against Russia with great interest

    Dmitry Peskov, Russian diplomat and Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated that the Kremlin is following the issue on sanctions against Russia with great interest, but Moscow itself will not discuss this issue.

    “We watch with great interest how the issue on sanctions is being discussed by all the countries, which are all taking on serious losses because of these sanctions,” TASS quoted Peskov as saying. “We continue to treat the allegations or, more correctly, attempts to …

  • The Pentagon warns Russia of the risks of an 'accidental confrontation'

    Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work stated that the cases of Russian aircraft maneuvering near U.S. ships and aircraft can cause an “accidental confrontation.”

    “One minor incident, of which both parties will accuse each other, may lead to an accidental confrontation, and none of us is interested in that,” he said at the American-Norwegian Defense Conference in Washington.

    Work noted that the U.S.A. has already seen “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers made by Russian aircraft and ships.”

    In …

  • The FBI is investigating links between U.S. banks and the doping scandal in Russia

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has uncovered a probable link between American banks and the Russian doping scandal. The investigation is looking into such crimes as money laundering, bribery and conspiracy.

    The FBI is investigating the probable involvement of U.S. banks in the Russian athlete doping scandal, according to CBS News, citing a source close to the investigation. "According to a person familiar with the investigation, the FBI is trying to find out if there is any U.S. …

  • Ukrainian cities of Dnipropetrovsk and Dniprodzerzhynsk were given new names

    Ukrainian Parliamentarians decided to rename the major Ukrainian regional center Dnipropetrovsk to “Dnipro” and Dniprodzerzhynsk to “Kamianske” within the adopted law on de-communization. The MPs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted in favor of renaming both cities and a number of others under the said law. According to the 112.ua website, the draft of this resolution was approved by 247 Parliamentarians after much lively debate.

    The People’s Deputy from the Opposition Bloc, Oleksandr Vilkul …

  • Lithuania and Romania demand that NATO’s presence be strengthened for protection against Russia

    Lithuania and Romania are seeking opportunities to strengthen security and increase deterrents against aggression. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, and the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, demand an increased presence of NATO in their countries. The heads of both countries stated this during a joint press conference in Vilnius during President Iohannis’s visit to Lithuania, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “We understand the ongoing situation in Romania in the Black Sea that arose …

  • Ukrainian politician: Peaceful de-occupation of the Donbas will take five years

    The Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, George Tuka, said that Ukraine will have to wait five years for a peaceful end to the occupation of the Donbas. As he stated in an interview on Channel 5, an OSCE police mission should be put in place in the Donbas to ensure the return of the occupied territories.

    "We are not talking about a three to five year war, rather a de-occupation time frame. One of the ways the President says we …

  • Crimean Tatar flag was hoisted on the Ontario Parliament

    For the first time in history the Crimean Tatar flag was raised over the Ontario Parliament. The President of Crimean Tatar Community of Ontario, Rustem Irsay, raised the flag, stating that this event shows significant support from Canada for Crimean Tatars who suffered from genocide, Krym.Realii reports.

    According to him, the association requested the former President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Ontario, Yvan Baker, who is currently a member of the legislative assembly, to raise the …