• OSCE: Ukraine doesn't control 408 km of its border with Russia

    The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, discussed the issues facing the staff of the mission in eastern Ukraine.

    "The greatest difficulty we face is along the supposedly secure zone along the contact line and mainly at the moment in areas not under the control of the Ukrainian government. This includes the area between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, also not under the control of the Ukrainian government,” Hug said in an …

  • Putin and Erdogan to meet in early August

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet in the first week of August in Russia, according to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Indeed, today, through diplomatic channels, a meeting between Putin and Erdoğan was prepared and worked out. We agreed that this meeting will take place in early August, will be in the Russian Federation, but the city and the date weren’t specified,” Peskov stated.

    Putin and Erdoğan held a …

  • Turchynov: The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine could consider implementing martial law

    The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, stated that NSDC can consider the implementation of martial law in Ukraine due to the situation in the Donbas. According to him, active aggressive actions by Russian troops have led to a systematic deterioration of the situation in the east of the country.

    “Continuous shelling with the use of powerful weapons by Russian aggressors, modern means of guidance and correction of fire, prohibited by …

  • Prominent journalist assassinated in Ukraine

    A prominent journalist and radio host, Pavel Sheremet, was killed in a car bombing in Kiev on Wednesday, according to Ukrainian officials.

    Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that the vehicle exploded due to a car bomb, ruling out technical failure.

    Sheremet, a Belarusian citizen who had worked for Russian state television before moving to Ukraine five years ago to host the radio program “Vesti”, was killed when the car he was driving exploded in Kiev at the corner of Bohdan …

  • Latvia detects Russian Navy corvette near its borders

    Latvia has detected a Russian navy corvette near its borders, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia wrote on Twitter that “On 20 July, at a distance of 4.5 nautical miles from the border of Latvia, the Russian corvette ‘Boyikiy’ of the ‘Steregushchiy’ class was discovered.”

    The presence of Russian ships near the territorial waters of the Baltic States has become increasingly common since the deterioration of relations between Moscow and the West following Russia’s …

  • Sea Breeze 2016: Romanian Navy corvette arrived in the port of Odessa

    The Romanian Navy’s corvette, Contra-Amiral Eustaţiu Sebastian (F-264), arrived in the port of Odessa on the 18th of July. The ship will be taking part in the international Sea Breeze 2016 exercises, which will be held during the last ten days of July in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and in the south of Odessa and Mykolaiv. This was reported by the press service of the administration of the Odessa seaport.

    The 93-meter ship, with its crew of 77 people, joined the Romanian Navy in …

  • Roshen factory in Lipetsk repaid $2.8 million in unpaid taxes

    Roshen Corporation, which is owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and which has a factory in Lipetsk, Russia, has repaid $2.8 in taxes and penalties as demanded by the Russian court. Russian Prime news portal reported that this was stated in the case documents which were submitted by the Moscow City Court.

    “The factory voluntarily paid 181 million rubles [$2.8 million] and penalties, thus repaying the claimed damage caused to the state,” the judge announced while reading the case …

  • Right Sector said it will resort to 'civil detention' if participants of Church procession use Russian imperial symbols

    Pravyi Sektor, or “Right Sector” (a far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party), is going to visit the final part of the all-Ukrainian procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, to be held in Kiev on July 27, 2016. Members of the organization have promised to resort to “civil detention” if the participants of the procession use the Imperial Symbols or St. George's ribbon.

    “Not only the battalion of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) has the intention to do so. I am aware …

  • Almost 9,000 IT specialists left Ukraine in the last 2 years

    The growth of the Ukrainian IT market to $2.5 billion at the end of 2015 has not led to an increase in the number of the industry experts. On the contrary, there is a serious lack of young IT specialists.

    As the press service of SmartMe University reported, citing its managing partner Oksana Belaya, over the past two years up to 9,000 IT specialists emigrated from Ukraine to Europe and the United States, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "Unfortunately, over the past two years, 9,000 IT professionals …

  • Chairman of Verkhovna Rada: 200 Crimean judges were dismissed due to violation of oath

    The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy, stated on the 18th of July at the final press conference in Kiev that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dismissed 193 judges from annexed Crimea for violation of oath. Two hundred and seventy judges were dismissed during the fourth session, including two judges of the Constitutional Court and also 193 judges from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, also for violation of oath.

    The MPs adopted the corresponding resolution on each judge separately …