• Russian Authorities Refuse To Reopen Investigation into Deaths of 159 Servicemen

    Employees of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office, who oversaw the inspections and criminal cases on the death of 159 soldiers in the period from 1 January 2014 to 30 July 2015, did not reveal any violations of the law. They confirmed the legality of the decisions taken. This was the official reply of Major General Justice Maxim Toporikov, Russia’s Chief Military Prosecutor to Human Rights Council President Sergey Krivenko.

    "The circumstances of the death of Russian servicemen specified in …

  • Georgian Deputy FM: Russian Propagnda Is a Threat to All of Eastern Europe

    Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze said that all countries that seriously intend to counter Russian propaganda "must develop special methods and practices.” Gigiadze called Russian propaganda "a threat to the whole eastern Europe.”

    Georgiy Kolabadze, a correspondent of Radio Liberty, reported that the Georgian diplomat made his remarks at a presentation of "Hard and Soft Russian Threats in Georgia" at the non-governmental organization "European Initiative—Liberal Academy Tbilisi” …

  • Jaresko: The IMF Has Accepted Ukraine's Budget For 2016

    The Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Natalie Jaresko, stated that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has no comments on the adopted Law on the State Budget for 2016. "As for the budget there are no comments on our obligations to the IMF.  In principle, it was accepted as a whole," she said.

    At the end of last week during the World Economic Forum in Davos the Ukrainian delegation met with the Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde.  As reported by the Ministry of Finance, the main …

  • Herashchenko: Ukraine to use all International Platforms Available to Restore Territorial Integrity

    The issue of the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the return of Crimea is the responsibility of the whole world, said the Presidential Envoy for the Peace Plan for Eastern Ukraine and ‘Poroshenko Bloc’ MP, Irina Herashchenko.

    "Ukraine is ready to actively use all international platforms to solve the issue of Crimea. It is the duty of the whole world to look for an answer to the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the transfer of Crimea to  …

  • In Meeting between Prime Ministers, Estonia Affirms Support for Ukraine

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, had a meeting with his Estonian colleague Taavi Rõivas. According to Glavnoye, the Ukrainian government's website states that Yatseniuk expressed his gratitude for the tangible assistance of Estonia towards Ukrainian internal reforms and for its firm position on defending the territorial integrity and security of Ukraine.

    Nowadays, many new international threats and challenges arise, he said, and it is important that Ukraine remains the focus …

  • Patrushev: The US seeks the breakup of the Russian Federation

    The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, stated that the USA seeks to weaken Russia by breaking it up.  

    According to Patrushev, Americans want to gain access to the richest resources of the Russian Federation.  “The US Government specified its main objective – prevail in the world. That is why they don’t need a strong Russia. On the contrary, they want to weaken our country. Achievement of this objective by breaking up of Russia isn’t excluded. It would give the US  …

  • EUCOM: Defense against Russia is the US military's main priority in Europe

    The United States European Command (EUCOM) has updated its military strategy in Europe.  The resulting document, which was published on January 26th, lists six priorities to be adhered to for the next three to five years.  Deterrence against Russian aggression is at the top of this priority list.  The American Command stated that 2015 was the most difficult year since the end of the Cold War.

    The document also showed that the security situation in Europe has changed dramatically.  The American …

  • Activist charged under 'anti-protest law' flees Russia

    Civil activist, Iryna Kalmykova, who is accused of repeated violations of the procedure for the holding of protests, has left Russia with her son.

    “Hurrah! I’m in Ukraine,” wrote Kalmykova on one of her social networking pages.  She is currently in Kiev.  Moscow’s Tverskoy Court’s hearing on her case should have been held on Monday, but was adjourned to February 4th due to her absence.

    The case was brought against Kalmykova on June 8th.  The activist faces up to five years’ imprisonment under …

  • Joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade to be ready in 2017

    A ceremony was held in Lublin to mark the beginning of the Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade, as reported by web portal TVN 24.

    The ceremony was attended by the Defense Ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine; Antoni Macierewicz, Juozas Olekas and Stepan Poltorak.

    According to the Defense Minister of Poland, all three battalions have shown solid progress, and there is every chance that the joint team will be at full combat readiness next year.

    He added that he considers the cooperation …

  • Putin praises Kadyrov as 'effective' and 'efficient'

    Russian President Vladmir Putin deemed the actions of Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, as “effective”.  He cited this during the inter-regional forum of the All-Russia People’s Front, which was held in Stavropol.  

    Putin went on to state, “Those living there [in Chechnya] have done this.  Thanks to the first president of the Republic… to the current head, he is working efficiently.”

    On January 12th, Kadyrov called the representatives of Russian non-system opposition “public …