• Natalie Jaresko emerges as top candidate for Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The Head of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, Natalya Jaresko, tentatively agreed to be Prime Minister under certain conditions, as reported by Ukrainskaya Pravda, referring to sources in the President’s Administration.

    The sources state that Jaresko will chair the Cabinet of Ministers only if certain conditions are met, including the maintenance of a technocratic government without party quotas and the absence of any political influence. Jaresko also demanded that she be allowed to engage …

  • President of Estonia: Russia violates the underlying principles of European security

    In an interview with CNN, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves stated that Russia has violated the principles of peace that have prevailed in Europe since the end of World War II.

    “Well, my main concern is that the underlying principles of European security after World War II, which is you don't invade other European countries, has been undermined,” Ilves told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

    “And its one reason why we remain strong proponents of keeping sanctions… If this is not rolled back [ …

  • Russian newspaper: More than 2000 Russians have been killed in eastern Ukraine since 2014

    According to SuperOmsk, a Russian newspaper in the city of Omsk in the Ural Mountains, 2,081 Russians have been killed in eastern Ukraine since February of 2014. A list of names of those killed and missing persons was published on the "Cargo-200 from Ukraine to Russia" Facebook page.

    Among the 2,000 dead were seven from Omsk.

    According to "Cargo-200 from Ukraine to Russia", the bodies of 649 of the 2,081 have been returned to Russia and buried, and the group continues to determine the …

  • Sources suggest Kadyrov given green light to run for reelection

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov received the green light from Russian President Vladimir Putin to run for another term in Chechnya’s upcoming elections, despite statements by Kadyrov saying he is ready to leave the post, as reported by RBC citing three sources close to the presidential administration and the leadership of the Autonomous Chechen Republic.

    As stated by RBC’s sources, Kadyrov will indeed run for reelection in September, and all statements regarding the former Chechen rebel’s …

  • Turkey to give uniforms and equipment to Ukrainian Army

    The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft agreement with the Turkish Government on gratuitous transfer of clothes and military uniforms to the Armed Forces of Ukraine worth an overall amount of about $810,000. Order Number 140 to that effect was published on the government’s website on March 2nd.

    The military property includes bullet belts, military uniforms, camping equipment, assault bulletproof vests, blankets, sleeping bags and other gear. The transfer is scheduled for early …

  • Turchynov: Ukrainian government should make a decision on visa regime with Russia

    The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, stated that the government should speed up the process of introducing a visa regime with the Russian Federation, as reported by Interfax.

    According to Turchynov, the government first started working on a visa regime in 2014.

    “You know, back in 2014, the National Security Council instructed the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to introduce a visa regime with Russia, and in my opinion the government has …

  • Survey suggests 74 percent of Russians are ready to vote for Putin

    According to a public opinion survey, 74% of Russians are ready to vote for Putin in the presidential elections.  This data was provided by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (RPORC).

    This is the highest percentage of support that Putin has received in the last four years.  He only received 40% in October 2012.

    In January, only 15% of the respondents had said that they would not support him in 2018.  In 2012, this amount was 39%.

    The RPORC noted that his support varies among the …

  • US banks unlikely to pursue Russian bond deal

    Major US banks refused to take placements of Russian securities due to pressure from the U.S. government.

    Wall Street Journal sources reported that Goldman Sachs was closest to placement, having applied for participation in placement of Russian sovereign securities. However, the application was structured in such a way as to allow the bank to withdraw its investment at any time.

    Goldman Sachs decided to pursue this option in spite of warnings from the U.S. government. Sources also say that J. …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry threatens retaliatory measures because of extension of US sanctions

    The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the extension of United States sanctions on their agency website. The ministry stated that they reserve the right to use retaliatory measures that would meet Russia’s interests. The ministry added that such actions do not help to resolve the Ukrainian crisis; they only erode Russian-American relations. The ministry also called the US sanctions policy “futile.”

    Recently it became public knowledge that US President Barack Obama deliberately prolonged the …

  • Pentagon: More than 400 Ukrainian servicemen have died since the Minsk Agreements were signed

    Over 400 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in clashes over the last year after the ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk and subsequently implemented.  It has been said that Russia plays an important role in the conflict.

    During an interview with Voice of America correspondant Carla Babb, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of issues relating to Ukraine, Russia and Eurasia, Michael Carpenter, stated that the US is seeing a “significant” increase in conflict in eastern Ukraine. …