• Media: Putin failed to show international investors that Russia is a global economic power

    Despite high expectations, the Kremlin was unable to attract any western banks for the sale of dollar-denominated bonds to investors. This, according to the western media, is not how Russian President Vladimir Putin imagined Russia’s return to the financial market.

    “For the first time since the introduction of western sanctions, 10-year securities will be sold in dollars. Because of this, Putin wanted to show the world that Russia is a global power in the financial markets and can quickly …

  • Medvedev: Response must be prepared for the West's extension of sanctions

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated at a meeting with the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrials and Entrepreneurs that the Kremlin was preparing a response for when the West extends sanction against Russia, RBC reported.

    Medvedev proposed to extend the food products embargo until the end of next year. According to him, it may give more opportunities for investment planning for Russia’s agricultural business.

    "I have ordered proposals to be drawn up to extend the retaliatory …

  • Center for Civil Liberties: More than 30 Ukrainians are imprisoned in Russia

    The Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, Olexandra Matviychuk, reported that Russia continues to hold no less than 31 people behind bars after the release of Nadiya Savchenko. Sixteen of them are Crimean Tatars. The Center noted that Oleg Sentsov, Alexey Chirnyi, Alexander Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasiev are imprisoned in Russia as so-called Crimean terrorists.

    Ukrainian citizens, Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, were imprisoned in a fabricated criminal case against senior Ukrainian …

  • Ukrainian Mars Hopper wins NASA Space App Challenge

    The Ukrainian team that created a Mars Hopper project won the People’s Choice Award in NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, as reported on the contest’s official website.

    The winner of this award was selected through voting on the hackathon’s website. The Mars Hopper project was created by Ukrainians Vyacheslav Osaulenko, Pavel Pravdyukov, Andrei Muzychenko, Ilya Rubinsky, Alexander Butkalyuk, Sofia Butkalyuk and Nikolai Denisenko.

    The team found out about its victory three days before the results …

  • Norway will take part in the construction of small hydroelectric plants in Ukraine

    Norway is interested in cooperation with Ukraine on the development of environmentally friendly technologies. This was announced by the Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Ukraine, Jon Fredriksen during a meeting with the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Igor Nasalik, about the Congress "Energy Spring 2016", Nasalik’s press service reported.

    Representatives of the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce informed the Minister about the status of the …

  • Germany considers easing sanction on Russia

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared that the federal government has considered the possibility of easing economic sanctions against Russia if the latter meets a number of conditions. Steinmeier made the comment during an interview with Spiegel, part of which was published on Friday, May 27th, on the Spiegel website.

    "I always believed sanctions themselves are not the goal. Only when there is progress in implementing the Minsk agreements can we talk about easing sanctions," …

  • Separatist leader tells Savchenko not to come to the Donbas

    The head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, warned Nadiya Savchenko not to visit the Donbas.

    He said that he is not interested in engaging in any direct discussions with Savchenko regarding an exchange of the prisoners and advised her not to come to the Donbas, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Why is she talking about the prisoner exchange? She wants to have a dialoged with us? I am not willing to have this dialogue with her. She is just an ordinary prisoner of war," …

  • Putin: Russia will respond to the deployment of American missile systems in Romania

    Russia will respond  to the deployment of American missile systems in Romania, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas.

    According to Putin, the anti-aircraft missile installations can be easily switched to an attack mode by changing the system's software.

    "But the worst is the fact that the attack missiles can be loaded into these systems right at the moment. And then they can reach a range of up to 2400 kilometers. And …

  • Kiev demands explanation from Germany after Minister suggested lifting sanctions on Russia

    Ukraine has demanded an explanation following the remarks of German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel about the gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia.

    German newspaper Tagesspiegel quotes the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk as saying "We sent a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking to clarify whether this view is the position of the federal government.”

    He added that in Kiev "the words of Gabriel were received with bitterness and …

  • Estonia urges NATO to place Patriot anti-aircraft systems in the Baltic States

    Estonian news portal Delfi reported that Riho Terras, the Estonian Defense Forces Commander, stated that the Baltic countries need Patriot missile systems to deter Russia from attacking.

    He noted that insufficient air defense makes the Baltic region vulnurable to possible surprise attacks from Russia. According to Terras, NATO has the ability to increase the strength of the Air Force stationed in the region and form batteries of Patriot systems.

    "For our defense capability it is very …