• Merkel's plans for negotiations on Ukraine at G20 summit will not include Poroshenko

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she hoped to discuss Ukrainian and Syrian issues as well as the refugees’ problems in the course of bilateral negotiations during the G20 summit in China, as indicated in a video message on Saturday.

    The German Chancellor noted that she hoped for a dialogue "about how to proceed with the Ukrainian question." However, she did not specify whom she plans to negotiate about Ukraine with, the Voice of America reports.

    Earlier, the Kremlin announced …

  • Czech Foreign Minister promises to use legal mechanisms against 'DPR consulate' in Ostrava

    Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek promised to use legal measures against the diplomatic mission of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Ostrava. This was communicated by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, on Twitter after meeting with his Czech counterpart.

    "Lubomir Zaoralek assured that the Czech Republic will use legal mechanisms against the fake offices in Ostrava and prevent the recurrence of such cases," he wrote.

    As previously reported the Ukrainian Foreign …

  • Lithuania donates unused ammunition to Ukraine

    The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania donated ammunition that is no longer in use by the Lithuanian Armed Forces to Ukraine. The transfer took place on the 2nd of September, the Defense Ministry reported on Saturday.

    “The ammunition was transferred to Ukraine in accordance with the decision of the Defense Resources Agency in response to Ukraine’s request for support in 2014,” the report says. The ammunition was made available after the Lithuanian Army’s rearmament in …

  • Putin and Erdogan agree to establish joint investment fund

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed to create a joint investment fund between the two countries, according to Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukaev, Reuters reported.

    Putin and Erdoğan discussed the possibility on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China.

    "We are concluding work on the formation of a Russian-Turkish investment fund. At the end of August, Turkey made the necessary legislative changes to create a corresponding partner to our …

  • Ukraine expects to receive $1.52 billion in aid

    The Ukrainian government plans to establish a coordinating council for the program to restore peace in the Donbas. On Saturday, September 3 in an interview with Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli, Vadym Chernysh, the Minister for the Issues of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine said that the EU, UN and World Bank estimated the amount of financing necessary for the program to be approximately $1.52 billion.

    According to Chernysh, “crazy money” …

  • UK's Theresa May hopes to establish open dialogue with Russia

    British Prime Minster Theresa May said she hopes to establish an open dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite deep disagreements between the two countries, Reuters reported.

    "While I recognize there will be some differences between us, there are some complex and serious areas of concern and issues to discuss, I hope we will be able to have a frank and open relationship and dialogue," May said after a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China.

    Speaking on …

  • Ukrainian Prosecutor General: Russian aggression is 'a proven fact'

    Ukrainan Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that the Russian aggression against Ukraine today is already a legally proven fact and is the main cause of the loss of the Crimea and the southern Donbas.

    He said this at the session of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defence on Friday, reporting on the results of the investigation of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

    "The experts’ conclusion is that the only causal fact resulting in the loss of territorial …

  • Ukrainian military says it is ready to adopt Euro-Atlantic principles and standards

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready to transition to Euro-Atlantic principles and standards, said Lieutenant Colonel Oleksiy Chernobay, a spokesperson from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, at a briefing on Friday.

    “Last year fifteen combat brigades, two regiments and four battalions, as well as one brigade, six regiments and eleven battalions of operational, combat, logistics and technical support, were created,” he said.

    According to him, the additional combat units allowed the Armed Forces …

  • Finnish experts see Russia as a 'real threat' to their country

     Russia may pose a threat to Finland in the political, economic and military spheres, as the last report of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) reads.

    “The Finnish authorities should realize that Russia may use its economic ties to create a conflict. Moscow’s policy towards Helsinki may be very aggressive and most issues may be politicized and used to increase tensions,” Yle reports.

    As a result, experts call on Finland to reconsider its diplomatic relations with Moscow and …

  • Ukrainian Chief of Staff: Russia plans to establish third military corps in the Donbas

    The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko stated that Russia is going to increase its presence in the Donbas and establish their "third Army Corps."

    "Russia is going to transfer more soldiers to the Donbas. The Russian Ministry of Defense is preparing to increase the number of troops by one third in eastern Ukraine within the framework of its long-term plan to destroy Ukraine. We are not talking about weak and uncontrolled groups of separatists. There is a …