• Lithuania asks the US for help in strengthening its air defenses

    Lithuania asks the US for help in strengthening the capacities of air defense in the region. This was stated by the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania, Juozas Olekas, Delfi reported.

    “We have strengthened the ground forces of the military with the battalion group. Now we are talking about simultaneously strengthening the air defense,” Olekas said on Friday at a meeting with the United States Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF), Deborah Lee James.

    According to the …

  • Ethnic Ukrainian becomes head of the Canadian Army

    Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Washchuk wrote on Twitter that ethnic Ukrainian Paul Wynnyk has become the new commander of the Canadian Ground Forces.

    “Lt. Gen. Wynnyk, the grandson of Ukrainian immigrants from Stryi, took command of the Canadian Army,” the Ambassador wrote.

    The appointment was approved on July 14. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, reported this on Twitter and congratulated Wynnyk on the appointment.

    Paul Wynnyk has been the head of the military …

  • OSCE: Tensions in the Donetsk region remain high

    The level of tension in the Donbas region remains high. The observers of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) note the increase in violations of the ceasefire near the Donetsk region, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, said at a press conference on Friday, July 15, 2016 in Kiev, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

    “The level of violence remains high. The number of attacks …

  • Russia Today organizes tour to the Crimea for foreign journalists

    Russian state-run TV channel Russia Today is organizing a trip for foreign journalists to visit the annexed Crimea. The visit is scheduled for the 16 of July. This was reported by a representative of the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (from 2011 to 2016) Yuriy Lukanov, in his blog for the online edition of Detector Medіa.

    Lukanov says he has a list of journalists who are planning to visit the occupied peninsula. It consists of 15 names. Among them are representatives of Radio Zones ( …

  • EU to fund pipeline to help Finland reduce its dependence on Russian energy

    The European Union will provide €187.5 million for the construction of a gas pipeline which will allow Finland to reduce its dependence on Russian energy, Deutsche Welle reported.

    On Friday, July 15, EU member states excepted the proposal of the European Commission to finance the construction of the pipeline, which will connect Estonia and Finland. This was reported on the website of the European Commission. The pipeline, which will begin operating in 2020, aims to reduce Finland's dependence …

  • Mayor of Ankara: Pilot who shot down Russian plane last year participated in coup attempt

    According to the Mayor of Ankara, Melih Gökçek, one of the participants of the coup attempt in Turkey was the pilot of the F-16 fighter that shot down a Russian Su-24 frontline bomber over the Turkish-Syrian border in November of last year, RBC reported.

    While many of the details of Friday night’s coup attempt in Turkey remain unclear, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has insinuated that Fethullah Gulen, a powerful US-based Muslim cleric, is behind the coup attempt.

    At least 161 people …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reaffirms its support for the Turkish government

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in which it reaffirmed its support for the democratically elected government in the Turkish Republic following an attempted coup in the country on Friday night, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    "We hope that the President and the government quickly restore social peace and stability based on respect for democratic values ​​and the laws of Turkey," the statement read.

    Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also expressed his condolences for …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: LPR separatists laundered more than $300,000 through Ukrainian banks

    The State Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) found accounts from the criminal group in some Ukrainian banks

    Members of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic fraudulently laundered at least 8 million Ukrainian Hryvnia ($322,000) through financial institutions. The SSU stopped activities by this currency conversion center which provided various tax services, as reported by the SSU press-service.

    “The ‘Converter’ (Conversion Center) was organized by four residents of the Luhansk and Kyiv …

  • NASA doesn't plan to extend contact with Russian Space Agency to deliver astronauts to ISS

    NASA does not plan to extend its contract with the Russian Space Agency to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2019. The final decision will, however, be made in the near future. Russian RIA Novosti news agency reported that this was stated by the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters, William Gerstenmaier.

    “As of now, we do not plan to extend the contract but we are reviewing it and will make a decision …

  • UN: Several hundred people were executed in the Donbas over the last two years

    Several hundred people were executed in the Donbas region. The report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated through their press service that the killings in Ukraine from January 2014 to May 2016 were “fuelled by the inflow of foreign fighters and weapons from the Russian Federation, accounting for the majority of violations of the right to life in Ukraine over the last two years.”

    The report, which was prepared by the United Nations Human Rights …