• General Pavel: NATO will respond to future Russian aggression in Ukraine

    The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, has said that if Russia takes any aggressive action against NATO members in the East, the Alliance will have to respond. Pavel was referencing Russia’s actions against Crimea and Ukraine.

    On the 24th of May, Pavel told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the increase of the Alliance’s military forces on its eastern flank is in direct response to Russia’s military actions towards Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

    General Pavel, who …

  • EU to allocate 20 million Euros for infrastructure projects in Ukraine

    The Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, Jan Tombiński, stated at a briefing on May 24th that the European Union will provide 20 million euros to Ukraine for the implementation of infrastructure projects, a correspondent of RBC-Ukraine reported.

    “Additional financial support in the amount of 20 million Euros will be possible,” Tombiński said. "As partners of Ukraine, we can provide assistance only to those who do something and help to wisely direct our assistance. The part of …

  • Russian Supreme Court signs bill making it illegal to dishonor the national anthem

    The Russian Supreme Court approved a bill criminalizing any dishonor of the national anthem. The document indicates that insulting the Russian anthem is equated to insulting the national coat of arms or the flag.  According to the bill, any violation is punishable by up to one year in prison. 

    “As specified in Article 9 of the Federal Constitutional Law ‘On the National Anthem of the Russian Federation’, it contains a direct stipulation for punishment in accordance with Russian legislation in …

  • Lawyer: Pressure is being exerted on imprisoned Crimean Tatars

    Enver Mamutov, an imprisoned Crimean Tatar, lives in unacceptable conditions and is subject to psychological pressure, according to his lawyer, Emile Kurbedinov.

    “Enver Mamutov has said that he is being held in solitary confinement. He has also not received pen and paper to write a statement, or approved books from the library. Just imagine spending all of your days in solitary confinement. To be imprisoned in such conditions and without any communication amounts to psychological pressure,” …

  • Separatists attempt to overtake Ukraine positions near Novotroitske

    On Tuesday evening, Russian-backed separatists attempted to break through the Ukrainian defenses near Novotroitske, but the government forces were able to repel the attack, as reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    According to the post, separatists used infantry fighting vehicles, snipers, and grenade launchers as part of their assault on the Ukrainian positions.

    “Ukrainian soldiers opened fire and shot an infantry combat vehicle of the …

  • Nadiya Savchenko freed as part of prisoner exchange

    Russia has released Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko. She arrived in Kiev from Rostov-on-Don aboard Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s airplane, Rosbalt reported.

    “I am free,” Savchenko told a crowd in Kiev when she arrived at the airport.

    "The presidential plane with Hero of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko has landed!" Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

    Two Russians who were held in Ukraine, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, were exchanged for Savchenko, and were earlier flown from Kiev to …

  • Atlantic Council: Ukraine could join the EU by 2030

    Ukraine should prioritize seven key elements: financial stability, access to EU markets, visa freedom within Europe, privatization, deregulation, political, state and justice reforms as well as accession to the European Union in 2030 as outlined in an article written by an expert from the Atlantic Council, Andres Aslund.

    "After the revolution of dignity, Ukraine has made serious economic and political steps forward. Now it is the time to assess what has been done and what Ukraine will have to …

  • Portuguese spy arrested for passing NATO secrets to Russia

    In Rome, state security officials arrested a Portuguese citizen who provided Russian intelligence officials with secret documents from NATO. A Russian citizen was also arrested, as reported by Expresso on May 23rd.

    The arrested person was a Portuguese citizen, Frederico Carvalhão, who is a member of Portugal’s SIS intelligence service. He was accused of selling sensitive information relating to NATO and the European Union.

    It was mentioned that Carvalhão had been leaving Portugal in order to …

  • The Kremlin: NATO is a tool for confrontation

    Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated that NATO is a tool created for confrontation. RIA Novosti quotes Peskov as saying “NATO is a product of confrontational times. It is a tool created for confrontation.”

    “What valuable contribution to ensuring pan-European stability and security can be made by a tool created exclusively for confrontation? This issue is controversial,” Peskov believes. “As before, we note with greatest regret the expansion of NATO’s …

  • US attorney wants to sue Putin for downing of MH17

    Jerry Skinner, a US attorney, hopes to lay out a case against Russian President Vladimir Putin with the European Court of Human Rights. He wants to sue Putin for $330 million in compensation for relatives of the victims of the MH17 disaster. He wants Putin to be held accountable for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane while it was flying over the Donbas region in July 2014.

    According to Reuters, Skinner, through the Australian LHD law firm, represents the relatives of the victims. …