• Five countries call for punishment for perpetrators of MH17 crash

    The countries that investigated the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in the Donetsk region confirmed their readiness to bring to justice those responsible for this incident. They released a joint statement to that effect from the permanent representatives of Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Malaysia at the United Nations on the behalf of their governments on the occasion of the second anniversary of the crash.

    “These states reaffirmed their commitment to take all …

  • The First Deputy Chairman of Naftogaz was arrested in Kiev

    The First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Joint-Stock Company, Naftogaz of Ukraine, and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Odessa Port Plant (OPP), Serhiy Pereloma, were arrested and jailed for 60 days by the court of Kiev on charges of theft of government property, the TV channel 112 Ukraine reports.  

    It is reported that the court set bail at 80 million hryvnia ($3.2 million at current exchange rates).  However, after the meeting Pereloma said that he had no such money …

  • Peskov confirmed the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Erdogan in August

    The Press Secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Kremlin confirms the possibility of a meeting between the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in August, RIA Novosti reports.

    "A meeting was discussed and it may take place in August," Peskov said.

    It is noted that a source in the office of the Turkish President told television channel NTV that the meeting between Putin and Erdogan may occur at the beginning of …

  • Canadian opposition has criticized Prime Minister Trudeau for not providing enough assistance to Ukraine

    Canadian authorities are being accused of failing to cooperate with Ukraine in a defense sphere, as well as for not providing satellite information to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    It had been established that after the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Ukraine that help would be provided. However, the volume of this assistance is far from what is required for Ukraine as the country strives to confront its aggressor in the east.

    The Canadian Shadow Defense Minister, James …

  • Ukrainian-US Sea Breeze 2016 naval exercises begin in the Black Sea

    The Sea Breeze 2016 naval exercises have begun in Ukraine, Deutsche Welle reported.

    The US-led exercises involve sailors and ships from Ukraine, the US, Turkey and Romania, and several other countries.

    According to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy command, this year, the size of the maneuvers has been significantly expanded.

    Acting First Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Roman Gladky stated that this year’s exercises will include an aviation component as well as a multinational …

  • Russia begins drilling operations off the coast of Ukraine

    Russia has installed the jack-up rig “Sivash” in the Ukrainian waters of the Black Sea.

    Border guard officers have reported a violation of norms of the international law of the sea by Russia. Namely, they recorded drilling operations on the sea shelf of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service official website informs. As stated in the report, relevant ministries and agencies have already been informed of this incident.

    “Between July 16–17, the ship of the State Border Guard Service, in …

  • Ukraine resumes gas imports from Poland

    Ukraine has resumed importing gas from Poland, according to Maxim Belyavskiy, the head of the press service of Uktranzgaz, the Ukrainian gas transit company 

    “Today, July 17, 2015 Ukraine resumed the import of the Polish Gas," Belyavskiy said on Saturday.

    “On Saturday Ukraine resumed the import of gas from Poland [totalling] up to 0.3 million cubic meters per day. The import from Slovakia increased to 8.8 million cubic meters per day,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

    On May 16, Ukraine …

  • Ukrainian PM: Only the Azov Battalion has the capability of organizing a coup in Ukraine

    The People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Volodymyr Parasyuk, stated on Ukraine TV Channel 112 that only the Azov Battalion, which is a part of National Guard of Ukraine, could possibly organize a coup in Ukraine. Parasyuk clarified that the assertion is only theoretical, and not an indication that Azov battalion has any intention of staging a coup.

    “We had power to organize a coup in Ukraine and this is a fact. I can say that there were many more organizations in 2014 that were able to do this. However, …

  • Ukrainian Prosecutor General orders dismissal of four prosecutors in Ternopil because of corruption

    The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, has ordered the dismissal of four government prosecutors in Ternopil for demanding and receiving improper benefits in February 2016, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reported.

    “Yuriy Lutsenko … has dismissed the Deputy Prosecutor of the region, the head of one of the local prosecutor’s offices, his deputy and a prosecutor who, by prior agreement with a group, demanded and received undue benefits in February 2016,” said the …

  • Separatist fighter: Without the help of Russia, DPR would not last a week against Ukrainian forces

    Alexander Zhuchkovsky, a known Russian fighter and volunteer who supports separatists in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, acknowledged that without the help of Russia, the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine would not last a week against Ukrainian forces. He also said that in the Donbas, the war against the Armed Forces of Ukraine is in fact being fought by the Russian Federation. He wrote this on his page on the VKontakte social network.

    “Some comrades resent and protest when …