• UN: Elections should be held in the Donbas only after the issue of human rights has been resolved

    The Donbas elections should be held when the human rights issues are resolved and not just when the technical and political aspects are organized, as stated by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, said during an interview with Novoye Vremya.

    “If you want to hold free and fair elections, you must ensure that there is freedom of expression and media, as well as freedom of assembly and association. This is not happening now,” Šimonović said.

    He also stressed the …

  • Ukraine to sue Russia over gas production in the Black Sea

    Gas production by the Russian Federation in the exclusive marine zone of Ukraine in the Black Sea will be the subject of lawsuits, according to the Ukrainian Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Vadym Chernysh, UNIAN informs.

    On the 20th of July, a meeting of government officials, chaired by the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Stepan Kubiv, was held, in which almost all Ministries that deal with "de-occupation of Crimea" presented their …

  • Russia's UN Ambassador: Ukraine is preparing an offensive in the Donbas

    In a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council, Koro Bessho, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, addressed the UN, demanding that they “influence Kiev to prevent the disastrous development of events,” referring to the situation in Ukraine.

    Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN has traditionally accused Ukraine of violating the Minsk agreements and spoke about the alleged impending military operations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces …

  • Lavrov: The US again demanded the resignation of Bashar al-Assad

    The US demands Assad’s resignation before unification in the fight against terrorism; Russia would hold free elections after unification.

    As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported, providing new details about the talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the US is again demanding the resignation of President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, Interfax reports.

    “John Kerry recently came. They [the USA] say that we can unite in the struggle against terrorism, but first we have to agree that …

  • Marchuk: Ukraine's losses in the Donbas have increased due to the use of drones by Russian-backed separatists

    The use of long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to correct artillery fire is one of the reasons why Ukrainian losses are increasing in the Donbas.

    The Ukrainian special representative in one of the subgroups of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council and former Defense Minister of Ukraine, Yevhen Marchuk, said this on channel 112, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “They have already begun to use long-range UAVs, which correct even …

  • Russian Navy frigate spotted off the coast of Latvia

    The Latvian Armed Forces once again observed a Russian naval frigate off the coast of Latvia, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    The ship was the Admiral Essen of the Admiral Grigorovich class- the latest class of frigates ordered by the Russian Navy.

    “In the exclusive economic zone at a distance of 7 nautical miles from the border of Latvia on July 23, the Russian frigate ‘Admiral Essen’ of the ‘Admiral Grigorovich’ class was spotted,” the Latvian Armed Forces wrote on Twitter.

    Relations between …

  • US missile destroyer entered the Black Sea

    As officially reported by the staff of the United States 6th Fleet, the US guided missile destroyer USS Ross has entered the Black Sea to join the international naval exercises known as “Sea Breeze – 2016,” Ukrinform reports.

    “Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transited the Bosphorus Strait July 22, en route to the Black Sea to take part in Sea Breeze 2016,” an official statement said.

    The USS Ross will be participating in the 15th iteration of Sea Breeze, an …

  • Clinton's VP pick Tim Kaine supports Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression

    Hillary Clinton announced on Friday that her running mate would be Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia, an experienced political insider who sits on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees.

    The move comes two days after Clinton’s rival Donald Trump made headlines by exclaiming at the Republic National Convention that, if elected President, the US wouldn’t necessarily come to the defense of NATO allies in the event of a Russian invasion.

    Tim Kaine, on the other hand, applauded …

  • Separatists hand over 23 prisoners to Ukrainian authorities

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has transferred 23 detainees to Ukraine who wished to serve their sentence within the territories controlled by Ukrainian authorities, as stated by the Press Service of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeriya Lutkovska.

    "Today, on the 21st of July, 2016 a regular transfer of prisoners was made from the uncontrolled territory of the Government of Ukraine", the message stated.

    It is reported that the convicts served …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Finance: Ukraine expects the third IMF tranche in August

    The Minister of Finance does not see any reason to change the hryvnia exchange rate should the next tranche of the IMF loan be postponed.

    In speaking with journalists at the 100 Days of Government: First Assessment and Future Expectations forum, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Oleksandr Danylyuk, stated that he expects the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to decide on the allocation of the third tranche in August, as reported by RBC-Ukraine.

    "If the meeting is not held in July and it …