• US Ambassador to Ukraine: Trial of Savchenko is 'farcical and outrageous'

    The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt recently voiced his indignation at the trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko. “I was glad to see [her] yesterday. Nadezhda’s trial is farcical and outrageous. She has to be released,” Pyatt tweeted.

    In Russia, Savchenko was accused of murdering two employees of Russian state television who had stayed illegally in Ukraine while providing intelligence support to armed, pro-Russian separatists. She was also accused of the attempted murder of a …

  • Poroshenko signs law to propel large-scale privatization in Ukraine

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has signed law No. 1005-VIII: "On amendments to some laws of Ukraine concerning improvement of the privatization process." The President’s press service reports that the law was adopted by Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) on February 16, 2016. It will improve provisions of an existing law, “On privatization of the state property,” to achieve transparency and openness in the privatization process and strengthen the protection of national interests …

  • Ukraine intends to refute Russia's claims over 'Yanukovych's debt'

    On the 3rd of March, the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance filed an intention with the High Court of England to deny Russia’s claim for a 3-billion-dollar loan.

    This was reported by the Ukrainian News in reference to statements made by the Ministry of Finance.

    “Today, Ukraine has filed an acknowledgment of procedural documents with the High Court of England.  We have declared our intention to oppose all claims brought against us by the Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc with regard to the so- …

  • Russian Army song and dance ensemble denied entry into Estonia

    The Estonian Defense Minister, Hannes Hanso, refused to grant permission to enter the country to the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army, named after Alexandrov, on Friday March 4th. The group plans to perform in Estonia in May.

    The Ministry of Defense explained its position stating that due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, military cooperation between Estonia and Russia has been discontinued. Under Estonian law, employees of foreign military forces, during the performance …

  • German police detain Russian citizen suspected of having ties to the so-called Islamic State

    In North Rhine-Westphalia, police have detained a Russian who was collecting money and military equipment for the so-called Islamic State, as reported on Friday, March 4th, by the Neue Westfälische newspaper, citing a source from the prosecutor's office of the city of Hamm.

    According to the report, a 27-year-old Russian citizen was detained the day before in Kirchlengern near the district center of Herford. He supposedly raised funds for the so-called Islamic State and tried to get military …

  • Natalie Jaresko emerges as top candidate for Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The Head of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, Natalya Jaresko, tentatively agreed to be Prime Minister under certain conditions, as reported by Ukrainskaya Pravda, referring to sources in the President’s Administration.

    The sources state that Jaresko will chair the Cabinet of Ministers only if certain conditions are met, including the maintenance of a technocratic government without party quotas and the absence of any political influence. Jaresko also demanded that she be allowed to engage …

  • President of Estonia: Russia violates the underlying principles of European security

    In an interview with CNN, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves stated that Russia has violated the principles of peace that have prevailed in Europe since the end of World War II.

    “Well, my main concern is that the underlying principles of European security after World War II, which is you don't invade other European countries, has been undermined,” Ilves told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

    “And its one reason why we remain strong proponents of keeping sanctions… If this is not rolled back [ …

  • Russian newspaper: More than 2000 Russians have been killed in eastern Ukraine since 2014

    According to SuperOmsk, a Russian newspaper in the city of Omsk in the Ural Mountains, 2,081 Russians have been killed in eastern Ukraine since February of 2014. A list of names of those killed and missing persons was published on the "Cargo-200 from Ukraine to Russia" Facebook page.

    Among the 2,000 dead were seven from Omsk.

    According to "Cargo-200 from Ukraine to Russia", the bodies of 649 of the 2,081 have been returned to Russia and buried, and the group continues to determine the …

  • Sources suggest Kadyrov given green light to run for reelection

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov received the green light from Russian President Vladimir Putin to run for another term in Chechnya’s upcoming elections, despite statements by Kadyrov saying he is ready to leave the post, as reported by RBC citing three sources close to the presidential administration and the leadership of the Autonomous Chechen Republic.

    As stated by RBC’s sources, Kadyrov will indeed run for reelection in September, and all statements regarding the former Chechen rebel’s …

  • Turkey to give uniforms and equipment to Ukrainian Army

    The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft agreement with the Turkish Government on gratuitous transfer of clothes and military uniforms to the Armed Forces of Ukraine worth an overall amount of about $810,000. Order Number 140 to that effect was published on the government’s website on March 2nd.

    The military property includes bullet belts, military uniforms, camping equipment, assault bulletproof vests, blankets, sleeping bags and other gear. The transfer is scheduled for early …