• Poroshenko thanks Russians at Nemtsov event for solidarity with Nadiya Savchenko

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his gratitude to the Russians who, during the events held in memory of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, also expressed support for Nadiya Savchenko, the former Ukrainian pilot who is standing trial in Russia for the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine.

    “Thank you to all those concerned in Moscow who showed solidarity with our Nadiya Savchenko. This is a manifestation of dignity. Just 2 years ago, we …

  • Bessmertniy: Russia is continuing to supply arms and soldiers to separatists in eastern Ukraine

    According to the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on the situation in the Donbas, Roman Bessmertniy, there can be no question of the lifting of sanctions as long as Russia continues to supply soldiers, equipment, weapons and ammunition to the occupied Donbas.  

    "Such dynamics coming from Russia, Europe and the World will not only stop sanctions from being lifted but will also add more", said Bessmertniy on Friday in an interview to the "Black Mirror" program on channel …

  • TripAdvisor map showing Ukrainian Crimea sparks outrage in Russian Duma

    A Spravedlivaya Rossiya (A Just Russia) party State Duma Deputy, Oleg Mikheev, sent the Russian Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, an official request asking him to check the TripAdvisor website, which shows the Russian-occupied Crimea as part of Ukraine, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.

    According to Mikheev, this could indicate that the organization is conducting undesirable activities in Russia. In the request, a copy of which was made available to the agency, Mikheev writes that …

  • Poklonskaya threatens to initiate legal proceedings against Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs

    Russian Crimea’s Chief Prosecutor, Natalia Poklonskaya, is threatening the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, because of his statement concerning the creation of a new National Guard unit, in Ukraine, which will help take back Crimea from Russia.

    “Due to such statements, Avakov may be punished by the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. There are some proceedings against him in Ukraine which are pending and, as far as I know, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine …

  • European Commission postpones decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine

    The European Commission will submit a legislative initiative to abolish visas for Georgia.  This will be submitted to the Council of the EU next week.  Such an initiative for Ukraine, however, has been postponed.  This was reported via Twitter by a correspondent of Radio Liberty in Brussels, Ricard Yozvyak.

    “The proposal for the visa liberalization of Georgia will be made by the European Commission next week.  Ukraine will probably have to wait until after the referendum on the Association …

  • Three Ukrainians freed from LPR captivity

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has confirmed that three prisoners have been released by militants of the so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR).  The exchange was conducted as per the “six for three” practice.  He received this information from the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).

    On the 26th of February, Poroshenko posted on Facebook that the three released prisoners were on their way home.

    Kiev and separatists of the Lugansk region discussed the details of the exchange at …

  • 49% of Dutch people aren't aware of upcoming vote on Ukraine-EU Association Agreement

    Almost half of Dutch citizens do not know about the referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (EUAA), which will take place on the 6th of April 2016, according to the results of a TNS Nipo poll, as reported by the daily publication De Telegraaf.

    The researchers found that 49% of the residents of the Netherlands do not know about the referendum.  "It seems that too few people will vote," the edition notes.  In particular, only 21% of the respondents said that "of course" they will vote …

  • Ukrainian activists resume blockade of Russian trucks

    The Freedom Party has resumed the blockade of Russian trucks who are currently on Ukrainian territory.  The leader of the organization, Oleh Tyahnybok, confirmed this on Facebook.

    “It is unacceptable that the government is allowing Russian businesses to use the Ukrainian transport infrastructure.  It undermines the faith of the Western allies who believe in Ukraine’s intentions to actually confront the aggressor, as well as the desire to continue the sanctions against Russia.  The actions of …

  • Resolution on Armenian Genocide sparks lively debate in German Bundestag

    Yesterday in the Bundestag (Parliament) of Germany a resolution on the Armenian Genocide as proposed by the Green Party, was discussed.

    The representatives of the ruling coalition of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) chose not to jeopardize the negotiation process on the issue of refugees with Turkey.  The Green Party has proposed to vote on the resolution after the next month’s summit with the EU on the issue of refugees.

    The parties have agreed to revise the …

  • Russia marks one year since Nemtsov assassination

    Thousands of supporters of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov are marching through the streets of Moscow on the one year anniversary of his assassination.

    Moscow’s Metropolitan Police have estimated that 7,500 are in attendance, while independent groups have estimated that as many as 25,000 are paying their respects to Nemtsov in the streets of the Russian capital.

    The march began at 2:00 pm Moscow time at Strastnoi Bulvar and will finish at Prospekt Akademika Sakharova.

    While …