• So-called LPR plans to open representative office in Austria

    Leaders from the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) announced their intention to open a “diplomatic office” in Austria.

    This information was distributed by websites associated with the LPR.

    According to the LPR, “the office” will be engaged in “outreach activities” and coordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the occupied Ukrainian territory.

    The organization will be headed, according to them, by the Austrian social activist Alfred Almeder.

    The Austrian edition of Die Presse …

  • Saakashvili: The US may build an airport in Odessa

    Governor of Odessa Oblast Mikheil Saakashvili said that negotiations are being held with the representatives of the U.S. Department of Aviation about the construction of a new airport in the region, TASS reports.

    "The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine has not yet allotted the money again. But at the same time we are working with the US Department of Aviation on the construction of another airport. This airport is going to be outside the city boundaries because there will be a large freight …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry protests Shoygu's visit to Crimea

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed outrage to Russia because of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s visit to the Crimea. According to Interfax-Ukraine, this was reported by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa.

    “Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry is expressing a protest in connection with the presence of the Russian Minister of Defense on the sovereign territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, which includes the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and …

  • Two US reconnaissance aircraft approached the Crimea

    On September 9, two patrol aircraft from the US Navy P-8A Poseidon approached the coast of the Crimea three hours apart from each other. This was reported by Interfax, referring to websites that track the movement of military aircraft.

    They took off on Friday from the Italian airbase Sigonella, and the last of the planes is currently performing the task over the Black Sea near the Russian borders and the Crimea.

    Poseidon’s route runs through Greek and Bulgarian airspace to the area west of …

  • Russia tests upgraded intercontinental ballistic missile system

    A Topol mobile intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with new technology was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Oblast of Russia, according to a statement released by representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Department of Information.

    As noted in the statement, the experimental missile accurately hit the target at the Kura Missile Test Range in Kamchatka. The launch aimed to confirm the tactical and technical specifications of the missile and also to show …

  • Economists debunk myth about damages to West caused by Russian sanctions

    The Russian food embargo imposed in 2014 in response to Western sanctions did not cause significant damage to countries in the European Union. Experts from the Gaidar Institute, RANEPA (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry for Economic Development of the Russian Federation all arrived at the same conclusion after having analyzed the Eurostat data and the United Nations Comtrade database.

    The biggest …

  • Turkish MoD condemns annexation of Crimea

    During an official visit to London, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense and General of the Army of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, held a meeting with Turkish Defense Minister, Fikri Işık, as reported by the press service of Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

    The Turkish Defense Minister noted that his country condemns the annexation of the Crimea and supports Ukraine in its quest for independence and sovereignty. He stressed that the improving relationship between Turkey with Russia will have no impact …

  • Russia files new lawsuit against Ukrainian military leaders

    The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation reported that it has initiated two new criminal proceedings regarding military actions in the Donbas. The first case concerns genocide of the national group of Russian-speaking people from January to August 2016, the website of the Russian Investigative Committee said.

    The high military leadership of Ukraine, including the Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, are …

  • Steinmeier: Progress on Minsk II is urgently needed

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that there is still a lot of work to be done to reach a full implementation of the ceasefire agreement in the Donbas region. However, progress on it is "urgently necessary," the German Foreign Minister said during a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Berlin.

    "With regard to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, we must also talk …

  • IMF to consider next tranche to Ukraine on September 14

    The IMF will consider the allocation of the next tranche of financial assistance to Ukraine on the 14th of September, 2016 as evidenced by information in the schedule of meetings of the Executive Board of the Fund, posted on the IMF website.

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the IMF has officially included this issue in the agenda after his conversation with the MD of the Fund, Christine Lagarde. "At the end of my conversation with Christine Lagarde, the International …