• Snowden: Russia may be behind cyber attacks in the US

    Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency programmer who was granted asylum in Russia after the scandalous revelations of U.S. intelligence activities, expressed confidence that Moscow "has gone too far" in the infringement of social and individual rights and freedoms, as he stated in an interview with the British newspaper, Financial Times. The former U.S. intelligence employee expressed confidence that the Kremlin's actions are "totally unnecessary, wasteful and destructive" for …

  • American MMA fighter Jeff Monson receives passport of self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic

    The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, granted an LPR passport to the famous American MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter, Jeff Monson, who came to Luhansk for the opening of a children’s sports school, RIA Novosti reported. The presentation of the passport took place in the center of Luhansk during a concert dedicated to the 221st anniversary of the founding of Luhansk.

    “A famous man came to us but he is well-known not due to his specific profession or …

  • Kiev informs Russia that it is prohibited from carrying out elections on Ukrainian territory

    Ukraine has prohibited Russia from holding State Duma elections on its territory, as reported by the press secretary of the President, Svyatoslav Tsegolko. "The President instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to inform Moscow that they would not be allowed to hold elections in Ukraine," he wrote on Twitter.

    Russian elections will be held on the 18th of September. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that polling stations are planned in the …

  • Russian officer surrenders to Ukrainian forces in the Donbas

    According to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, a Russian officer has surrendered himself to the Ukrainian forces stationed at the front lines in eastern Ukraine.

    He provided information confirming the presence of the Russian military in the Donbas.

    The Ukrainian intelligence stated that recently there have been an increased number of such cases .

    “On September 9, a serviceman of the reconnaissance unit of Russian forces, a citizen of the Russian …

  • French Defense Minister: France will help Georgia develop an air defense system

    France will help Georgia implement an air defense system, as stated by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during his visit to Tbilisi, Deutsche Welle reported.

    Le Drian said that France will “soon make a proposal for action so that Georgia is able to develop effective means of [ensuring] its air defense, which is central to its sovereignty.”

    The Minister added that in the near future, a French officer will arrive in Georgia who will oversee the implementation of new air defense …

  • Russian and Chinese navies to hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea

    Russia and China will hold joint naval drills in the South China Sea off the coast of China’s Guangdon province, Reuters reported, citing the Chinese Navy.

    The exercises will begin and Monday and will last eight days.

    The two navies will carry out defense and rescue operations, as well as exercises focusing on seizing islands.

    The exercises come after the arbitration court in The Hague ruled that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea.

    Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

  • Western NIS Enterprise Fund intends to invest at least $5 million in Ukrainian IT projects

    The Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), which was created with U.S. government funds, intends to invest at least $5 million into commercial start-ups in the IT-sector of Ukraine. It was announced by Yaroslava Z. Johnson, WNISEF President and CEO. "We received permission to establish a new fund for startups in the IT-sector," she told reporters.

    Yaroslava Johnson specified that WNISEF, since its inception in 1994, has already completed most of the investments. However, due to unfavorable …

  • 260 foreign merchant vessels have entered Crimean ports since the peninsula's annexation

    From 18 March 2014 to 15 August 2016, 260 merchant vessels flying the flags of 32 countries entered ports of the occupied Crimea  - Yevpatoria, Sevastopol, Yalta, Feodosia, and Kerch – violating bans and sanctions, as demonstrated by the monitoring of information portal BSNews, which uses AIS (automatic identification system) vessel tracking systems.

    Vessels which provide passenger and cargo services in and out of ports on the Crimean peninsula and also special vessels taking part in the …

  • First Ukrainian President: The US pressured Ukraine to get rid of nuclear weapons

    Ukraine did not rush to abandon nuclear weapons because it's not easy to do, but the Americans put pressure on the government to do so, according to the online-magazine Slon, citing the first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk.

    According to Kravchuk, at the time the Ukrainian government wanted the Americans to pay for the renunciation of nuclear weapons.

    “We demanded compensation from the United States and generally from the West. They were constantly, frankly speaking, pressing us and …

  • Leader of Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria calls for joining Russian Federation

    The President of the internationally unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (PMR), Yevgeny Shevchuk, issued a decree on prepararion to join Russia. The document was published on the website of the Pridnestrovian leader.

    The decree calls for the implementation of the outcomes of the republican referendum which took place on 17 September 2006. The regulatory act is necessary for the fulfillment of “the will of the people of Transnistria to join the Russian Federation.”

    Shevchuk indicated …