• Latvian Minister of Internal Affairs: EU should not hesitate to allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians, Georgians

    The European Union should not delay the decision to cancel visa regimes for Georgia and Ukraine, as stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Latvia, Rihards Kozlovskis, Delfi reported.

    According to an Advisor to the Minister, Daiga Holma, at a meeting concerning the European Commission's proposal to abolish visa regimes for citizens of Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Kosovo, Kozlovskis supported abolishing visas for citizens of these states.

    He particularly singled out Georgia and Ukraine, …

  • The Kremlin says it is unaware of the lawsuit against Russia over MH17 crash

    The Kremlin appears to still be unaware of the fact that relatives of some passengers of the Boeing-777 that crashed over the Donbas filed a lawsuit against Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin with the European Court of Human Rights. Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for the President of Russia told Interfax that he has no information on this lawsuit yet.

    On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over the Donbas. All 298 people on board …

  • Media: Trudeau will visit Kiev to sign a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning an official state visit to Ukraine, Ukrinform reported, citing several sources involved in the preparation of the visit.

    According to sources, Trudeau plans to sign an agreement on a free trade agreement while in Kiev.

    "Now, the agreement on a free trade zone between Ukraine and Canada must pass legal and linguistic proofreading, and then it will be ready for signing,” the source stated.

    Details of the visit have yet to be approved, but most …

  • Heavy artillery bombardment reported near Avdiivka

    Ukrainian military command reported that on Saturday, at around 11:00 pm Kiev time, heavy bombardment of the Ukrainian positions began near Avdiivka.  According to the reports, several mortars hit residential area near Avdiivka, setting several houses on fire.

    "Today around 11 pm the enemy opened intense fire on our positions near Avdiivka. Several shells hit houses in residential area causing them [the houses] to catch fire," a statement issued by Ukrainian Command read.

    The statement, …

  • Italian Lombardy region to consider a resolution to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia

    The party Lega Nord (Northern League) will soon submit a resolution to the Council of the northern Italian region of Lombardy demanding that the Crimea be officially recognized as a part of the Russian Federation.

    According to the secretary of Lega Nord, the national MP Paolo Grimoldi, the document will be submitted to the regional Council in early June.

    "We are optimistic and hope that the resolution will be adopted," the politician said.

    The document calls for the regional executive body, …

  • Russia is ready to begin talks on restoring air travel with Ukraine

    As was stated by the head of the Russian Ministry of Transportation, Maxim Sokolov, the Russian Federation is ready to resume the dialogue regarding flight connections with Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.

    "We are open to this dialogue. There have been no discussions with Ukrainian authorities concerning the development of flight connections since the end of last year," Sokolov said.

    Earlier it was reported that losses for Russian airports caused by the suspension of flights to Ukraine, Egypt …

  • Sweden and Finland strengthen cooperation with NATO

    The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, stated in an interview that Sweden and Finland, which aren’t members of NATO, attended a NATO Ministerial meeting that took place on the 20th of May, as reported by a correspondent for European Pravda in Brussels.

    “Finland and Sweden – EU Member States, but not NATO Member States - will join us. It will be an important indicator of our level of cooperation,” Stoltenberg stated.

    The High Representative of the …

  • Antoni Macierewicz: Poland is subject to Russian provocations on a daily basis

    The Polish Minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz, discussed the threats coming from Russia. According to the Minister, only those countries bordering the Russian Federation realize how dangerous the situation is.

    Macierewicz indicated that Poland is subject to Russian provocations on a daily basis. Among these provocations, the Polish Minister listed the violation of military space, increased military presence in Kaliningrad and the deployment of Iskander missile systems.

    In his …

  • US to provide over 28 million dollars in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

    Nancy Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and Rob Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, stated during a meeting in Kiev that the U.S.A. will provide an additional $28 million in humanitarian assistance to support those affected by the conflict in the Donbas and the annexed Crimea.

    According to them, this assistance will help to address the needs …

  • 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 …