• Lawyer: 2,200 inmates were transferred from Crimea to Russia

    According to Roman Martynovsky, a lawyer and expert from the Regional Center for Human Rights and the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, 2,200 prisoners were transferred from Crimea to Russia. He said this during an interview with Hromadske Radio.

    “Today, we have received reliable information confirming the fact that 2,200 prisoners were transferred from Crimea to Russia to serve their sentences. However, according to unconfirmed reports, that number could be as high as 7,000,” Martynovsky …

  • Lavrov: Peacekeepers will never be in the Donbas

    During an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that he categorically rejects Ukraine’s condition that security in eastern Ukraine be a precondition for elections in the Donbas. 

    "Now, security has suddenly become the main issue for Poroshenko, not only the ceasefire but also ensuring the presence of some security forces in the entire territory of the Donbas. I’d like to say: the Donbas will never agree to that," Lavrov stated.

    According to the …

  • Ukraine's Antonov to supply Saudi Arabia with aircraft

    The Ukrainian state-owned company Antonov has signed contracts to supply Saudi Arabia with aircraft and have also reached an agreement with Azerbaijan on the purchase of Ukrainian aircraft. This was announced by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, during a visit to the company on its 70th anniversary.

    “Even when the aggressive country of Russia completely closed its markets for our engineering and aircraft needs and stopped supplying us with components, we did not give up! We stayed …

  • Lavrov: Moscow's recognition of breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine would be 'counterproductive'

    The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that recognizing the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) in eastern Ukraine would be “counterproductive” at the moment. He said this during an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.

    “Recognizing the independence of the DPR and the LPR is counterproductive. It will give the West a reason to stop pressuring Kiev to implement the Minsk II agreements,” TASS quoted Lavrov as saying.

    Lavrov also …

  • European Broadcasting Union delegation arrives in Ukraine to discuss Eurovision 2017

    A delegation of the European Broadcasting Union arrived in Kiev to discuss the terms and conditions of the Eurovision song contest which will be held in Ukraine next year, Ukrainskie Novosti reported with reference to the Minister of Culture, Yevhen Nyshchuk.

    "Today, in Ukraine, a delegation of the European Broadcasting Union arrived,” Nyshchuk said.

    According to him, the delegation is meeting with the National Television Company.

    The Ukrainian contestant, Jamala, won Eurovision 2016 in …

  • Documentary film 'Donbas Seasons' caused a scandal in diplomatic circles

    The Ukrainian Ambassador to Tallinn, Viktor Kryzhanovsky, requested that an Italian documentary film called Donbass Seasons not be broadcast in the European Union. A major scandal has emerged in diplomatic circles over the Italian documentary film about the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    According to Rus.err (Estonian Public Broadcasting website), Kryzhanovsky appealed to the Estonian authorities with a request not to allow the screening of the documentary film Donbas Seasons in Estonia.

    As …

  • Trial of four Crimean Tatars begins in Russia

    Hearings on the “Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir”, in which four Crimean Tatars are accused of participating in an international terrorist organization, have begun in Russia’s North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don, Korrespondent.net reported.

    The defendants include Ruslan Zeytullaeva, Ferati Sayfullaeva, Rustem Vaitova and Nuri Primova.

    Charges were initially filed against the four Crimean Tatars on April 28th. They were arrested last winter in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

    Russia …

  • NATO Liaison Officer: NATO will increase its practical assistance to Ukraine

    At the summit in Warsaw, NATO will decide to increase its practical assistance to Ukraine, according to the NATO Liaison Officer in Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    “We expect… a joint political declaration, which confirms the unwavering support of NATO towards Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Vinnikov said during an interview with Segodnya.ua.

    “The adoption of the comprehensive support package will increase our practical assistance to Ukraine. It …

  • Nearly 30,000 Ukrainians have enlisted in the army this year

    More than 29,500 people have enlisted and signed contracts with the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the beginning of 2016. Of this amount, 3,000 are officers. This was reported by the press center of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    According the agency’s Facebook page, the placement of these contract servicemen in the military units was implemented according to the “maximum quality at optimum quantity” principle.

    “The priorities in these placements remain unchanged. The first …

  • Lutsenko: Prosecutor General's office is charging 700 with treason over annexation of Crimea

    The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, stated at a press conference in Kiev that the military prosecutor’s office is working on criminal proceedings against over 700 people charged with high treason.

    Lutsenko said "Our goal this year is to convict all traitors to Ukraine," referring to the events surrounding the annexation of Crimea.

    Lutsenko specified that more than 700 individuals are charged with article 111 "High treason" including members of Parliament, prosecutors, judges …