• Shoygu meets with Serbian Defense Minister in Moscow

    Russia’s Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, and his Serbian counterpart, Zoran Đorđević, met in Moscow to discuss the possibility of military and technical cooperation between the two countries. This was reported by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service.

    Shoygu congratulated Đorđević on his recent appointment and also mentioned that the Serbian Defense Minister’s first foreign visit in his new role was to Moscow.

    “We appreciate your cooperation and hope that in your new role, you will …

  • German MEP Michael Gahler: Ukraine should be given defensive weapons

    MEP of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Michael Gahler, has said that Ukraine needs to be provided with intelligence equipment and defensive weapons due to the deteriorating situation in the Donbas, Radio Polsha reported.

    A similar opinion was expressed by the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok. However, he warned that the supply of defensive weapons should be implemented in such a way that Russia would not consider it to be a violation …

  • Political analyst Andrey Piontkovsky: Russia's provocations in Crimea are just the beginning

    Well-known Russian political analyst Andrey Piontkovsky believes that Russia’s provocations against Ukraine are just the beginning of the campaign, as stated in an interview with Obozrevatel.com.

    "There have been lots of surprises already. They will be seen at least within a month before elections in Russia,” Piontkovsky stated. The State Duma elections are scheduled for September 18, 2016. He also reminded readers that threats—like “the death of our servicemen will not be unavenged”—against …

  • Russian military has been tasked with developing appropriate response to Ukraine's alleged terror plot in Crimea

    At the Russian Security Council Meeting on the incident in the Crimea on Thursday, August 11th, the relevant ministries and agencies were tasked to develop and propose specific steps regarding Ukraine in response to alleged actions of "Ukrainian saboteurs" on the peninsula, as reported by Vedomosti, quoting a source close to the Ministry of Defense.The newspaper’s informant reported that the Security Council of the Russian Federation has identified measures to strengthen security on the …

  • Ukrainian who was charged with organizing terror attack in Crimea rejected the accusations

    Volodymyr Serdyuk, a Ukrainian citizen suspected of organizing sabotage in the Crimea by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), has rejected all accusations against him.

    On the 14th of August, an interview with Serdyuk was released on the website of the Ukrainian public TV channel, Hromadske.tv. During this discussion, Serdyuk said that the only true information given about him was his name, surname and place of military service.

    He went on to confirm that he served in the 37th battalion. …

  • Ukrainian headquarters: Russia provided separatists with Tavolga anti-tank grenade launchers

    The headquarters of the Ukrained Armed Forces reported on their Facebook page that a new, more powerful handheld antitank grenade launcher, RPG-27 Tavolga, is now being used by the separatists in the Donbas region.

    "Separatists of the illegally armed groups have begun to use a wider range of anti-tank weapons, in particular ones that are more powerful," stated the message.

    The staff noted that this weapon is a far more powerful and dangerous modification of the famous RPG-7B and is used to …

  • Lavrov: Russia is not interested in severing diplomatic relations with Ukraine

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia is not interested in breaking off diplomatic relations with Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported.

    Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Lavrov said “I do not think that we are now in a situation in which someone is interested in severing diplomatic relations. This is an extreme measure.”

    “I think the main thing now is to not succumb to emotions, not to fall into some extreme …

  • Ukraine is investigating corruption scheme involving top Trump advisor during Yanukovych presidency

    Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) has discovered handwritten ledgers apparently linking Paul Manafort, the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, to more than $12 million in undisclosed payments during his time as advisor to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, The New York Times reported.

    The ledgers are currently being investigated by Ukraine’s newly-formed NABU as possible evidence of widespread corruption during the Yanukovych presidency. Investigators believe …

  • Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Canada sees no proof supporting Russia’s accusations against Ukraine

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Dion, said in his statement that Canada found no evidence to support Russia’s recent accusations against Ukraine regarding the situation in the occupied Crimea.

    “I’m concerned by the increase in tension between Russia and Ukraine, and by the actions and rhetoric that are contributing to this tension. We have seen no evidence to support recent Russian accusations. At this critical juncture, Canada calls on all parties to intensify diplomatic efforts and …

  • Ukraine has exported more than $1 billion of wheat in 6 months

    In January—July 2016 wheat exports generated revenues of $1.121 billion for Ukraine, as reported by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.

    It was reported that Egypt has become the largest market for Ukrainian wheat, importing $217,993 million, which represents 19.43% of the total volume. Indonesia is the second at $157,785 million, representing 14.06%, and the third, Bangladesh, $135.668 million, representing 12.09% of the total volume.

    Wheat imports over the same period totaled only $127,000. …