• Separatist from the so-called LPR is running for mayor in the Russian city of Ukhta

    A separatist of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People`s Republic, Yegor Russian (Kozin), is running for Mayor of the Russian city of Ukhta in the Komi Republic. After the capture of Lutuhyne by separatists, he was commandant of the city.

    As the Fourth Estate reports, he applied to the Competition Commission, which must determine the Head of the Municipal Administration of the urban district Ukhta (the mayor here is not elected, but appointed). On the 3rd of August, local deputies will make the …

  • Ukrainian MFA: Citizens should 'think twice' before visiting Russia

    Recently, the cases of detentions and arrests of Ukrainian citizens in the Russian Federation has increased.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that the citizens of Ukraine realistically assess the existing risks and threats and carefully weigh the need for travel to the Russian Federation, as reported in the statement of the Department of the Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Facebook.

    The Ministry received reports of groundless detentions and arrests …

  • Plotnitsky orders creation of working group for negotiations with Savchenko

    Plotnitsky offered to hold a meeting in the occupied territory.

    The leader of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR,) Igor Plotnitsky, ordered the establishment of a workgroup to hold negotiations with a member of the Ukrainian parliament, Nadiya Savchenko, as reported by the separatist website, Luhansk Information Center.

    "It’s not a secret that Savchenko asked and continues to ask for a meeting. I’ve already tried to explain that nobody is against talking about peace issues. But she …

  • US: Russia's actions hinder efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine

    Washington has criticized the fact that Russia has strengthened their military forces in the south-west region of the country and in the Crimea. This increase in forces was previously announced by Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu.

    While at a press briefing on the 27th of July, the US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, said that these actions prevent the cessation of violence as well as any efforts to de-escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    Kirby stressed that the Crimea is a …

  • Former Turkish PM says he gave the order to shoot down any aircraft coming from Syria

    The former Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, has said that he gave the order which resulted in the downing of a Russian Su-24 aircraft in November last year. Hurriyet Daily News reported that Davutoğlu said this while on air with private news channel, NTV. He added that it was not a specific order, but a general instruction.

    “According to the customs of our country, the Prime Minister gives the rules of conduct to the General Staff in a written directive. I gave such an order on the 10 …

  • Peskov: Putin's schedule will no longer be sent to journalists

     The Russian President’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, announced that the Kremlin will no longer send Vladimir Putin’s tentative schedule to media agencies, RBC reported.

    “The mailing will no longer exist because the President’s schedule is not a dogma,” Peskov said.

    According to him, this decision was made “in order to avoid needless discussions later on the cancellation of actions that had not been [finalized].”

    “Some events may be worked through and charted out, but officially we do not …

  • Activists in Kiev call on Russia to investigate disappearances in Crimea

    Activists held a protest in Kiev in support of Erwin Ibrahimov and other Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars who have disappeared in the Crimea. As a correspondent of Krym.Realii reports, about 20 people came to the Russian Embassy in Ukraine with “Where is Erwin?” placards.

    Human rights advocates, including representatives from the Crimea SOS public initiative and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, as well as Crimean resident and former political prisoner in Russia Gennady Afanasiev, exhorted …

  • Green party candidate Jill Stein critical of Ukraine, says NATO 'encircled Russia'

    As the two main US political parties have officially nominated their candidates for the presidential elections in November, some embittered voters have thrown their support behind third party candidates, such as the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein. Disappointed with Bernie Sanders’ withdrawal from the Democratic race and subsequent endorsement of Hillary Clinton, many of Sanders’ supporters have found a number of similarities between their candidate of choice and Jill Stein, especially when it …

  • Ukraine receives surveillance drones from the US

    Ukraine has received another batch of technical assistance from the United States, namely AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), according to the press service of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    The exact number of drones was not specified, though the cost of the UAVs totaled $12 million.

    “The assistance is non-lethal, as the UAV is not equipped with weapons,” the press service stressed.

    The RQ-11 has an operational radius of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) at …

  • Kuchma’s press secretary: Separatists refuse to negotiate on prisoner exchange

    In the framework of the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, separatist representatives from the self-proclaimed Republics of the Donbas refuse to hold negotiations regarding the release of prisoners. This was reported on the Facebook page of Darka Olifer, the press-secretary of the Ukrainian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kuchma, regarding the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.

    According to Olifer, representatives from the so-called DPR and LPR “ …