• Yatsenyuk: Poroshenko is responsible for the political instability in Ukraine

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes that the responsibility for the political instability in the country rests with President Petro Poroshenko. He expressed this opinion during the TV program “10 Minutes with the Prime Minister” on Sunday, February 28th.

    Yatsenyuk explained that the Verkhovna Rada put the cabinet to a vote of no confidence on February 16, but only 194 out of 339 MPs voted in favor of the motion, short of the 226 needed for it to be passed.

    “Thus, the …

  • Russian government to request 130 billion rubles from pension fund for anti-crisis plan

    The Russian government will request about 130 billion rubles from the Presidential Reserve for the implementation of the anti-crisis plan, the Russian Minister of Finance, Anton Siluanov stated. This fund was established from freezing pension savings and can be used with the approval of the President and the Government.

    Meanwhile, the 2016 budget provides for the establishment of the fund in the amount of 342 billion Rubles due to the freezing of pension savings.

    “The budget provides for the …

  • Breedlove: Russia poses a long-term threat for the US and Europe

    Russia poses a long-term threat for the existence of US and Europe, the head of the US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander for NATO Allied Command Operations in Europe, Philip Breedlove stated. The security situation in Europe has become more complex and serious over the past months, Breedlove noted.

    Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee to report on the security situation in Europe, Breedlove pointed to a number of challenges such as Russia’s behavior, a massive influx of …

  • Activists block 14 Russian trucks in Ukraine

    Representatives of the ‘Freedom Party’ reported that 14 vehicles were detained in Chernovitskaya during the blocking of Russian trucks through Ukraine.

    “Deputies of the local and regional councils participated in the blockade. Now, there are 14 Russian vehicles near the Prorubne checkpoint. The trucks will not be allowed entry.” as was reported on the 27th of February by the ‘Freedom Party.’

    The representatives of the ‘Freedom Party’ and other activists are blocking Russian trucks in other …

  • Putin instructs FSB to prevent foreign interference in Russian elections

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation to prevent outside interference with the State Duma elections.  He also instructed them to stop nationalist activity.

    According to RIA Novosti, he said this on Friday during a meeting with the board of the FSB.

    “We need to stop any attempts to interfere with the elections, and our internal political life.  You know that technologies for such purposes exist and that they have been used …

  • Three Ukrainian prisoners released by so-called LPR

    On February 26, 2016 in Schastie, Luhansk region, an exchange of prisoners took place between Ukrainian and representatives of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic.  At the boundary line, Ukraine handed over six people. So-called LPR representatives, in turn, released three Ukrainians. Leonid Mazanko, Vitaly Chuprinin and Rostislav Mavrin all gained their freedom and returned to the territory under Ukraine’s control. 

    Passing the Ukrainian boundary roadblock, the representatives of the …

  • Yatsenyuk: Poroshenko should form a new government if he is not satisfied with the current cabinet

    In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ukrainian Prime Minister Aresniy Yatsenyuk stated if President Petro Poroshenko is dissatisfied with the current cabinet, he should form a new government.

    “If he is no longer satisfied with my work, he will need to form a new government,” Yatsenyuk said referring to Poroshenko.  He also noted that forming a new cabinet may lead to early elections.

    “I have never criticized the President’s party.  For me, it is more important to preserve our …

  • Ukrainian border guards report seeing four Russia Mi-8 helicopters near Crimea

    Ukrainian border guards have recorded activity of four Russian Mi-8 helicopters near the administrative border with Crimea.  This was mentioned on the website of Ukrainian authorities.

    “Border guards of the Genichesk unit of the Berdyansk squad have recorded Russian aircraft flying near the administrative border of Crimea.  There were four Mi-8 helicopters flying near the border’s vicinity,” the statement said.

    In November of last year, the Ukrainian government decided to prohibit Russian …

  • Fighting increases in eastern Ukraine

    The situation in the Donbas region remains tense, as both the Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists blame each other for violating the ceasefire on February 27th. The Ukrainian Armed Forces Press Center reported that attacks by pro-Russian separatists increased after nightfall.  In the Donetsk region, Ukrainian positions came under fire from small arms, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers near the towns of Zaitsevo, Novgorodskoye, and Luganskoye, the statement said. …

  • Economists predict 30 percent chance of large-scale protests in Russia

    According to economists polled by Bloomberg, the probability that Russia’s current economic situation will lead to large-scale protests is about 30%. As reported by RBC, Bloomberg surveyed 27 experts, only six of whom believed that there is 50% chance or more that Russia’s economic problems will lead to upheaval.

    According to the head of a study group on emerging economies at the Toronto Dominion Bank, Christian Maggio, the probability of large-scale protests “is more limited than last time [ …