• Russian Agriculture Minister Denied German Visa

    The Russian Minister of Agriculture was denied a German visa. Alexander Tkachev, who was going to visit the agricultural exhibition in Berlin, was denied an entry visa because at the time of his request, he was listed on an EU sanctions list. As a result, the Ministry said that Russia no longer considers it possible for them to participate in the event.

    "Russia was going to take part in the World Food and Agricultural Exhibition at Green Week 2016, but due to the fact that the German Foreign …

  • Two Czech Deputies Visit Donetsk, Spark Outrage

    On January 14th, two Deputies, Communists of the Czech Republic, Zdenek Ondracek and Stanislav Markovic travelled from Russian Federation territory to an area in Donetsk controlled by illegal armed groups.

    The Foreign Ministry released a statement on Friday that expressed its vehement protest at the illegal entry of the two Czechs into the territory of Ukraine as they visited the temporarily occupied Donetsk region. The Foreign Ministry pointed out that this trip was not coordinated with …

  • Two Ukrainian Citizens Freed from Captivity in Libya; Four still Held

    The head of the Consular Services Department of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Evgeny Ignatovsky, reported that armed militants released two Ukrainian prisoners but continue to hold four Ukrainian citizens hostage in Libya.

    “Six Ukrainian citizens were being held captive in Libya. Today, two of these Ukrainian citizens are coming back to Ukraine. The Court established that they are innocent of the acts of which they were accused and they have been released from detention. Currently, …

  • Authorities in Russia's Komi Republic accused of ordering destruction of books

    Russian authorities in the Northern Republic of Komi have been accused of ordering the destruction of dozens of books and the removal of hundreds of others from university libraries in the region on the grounds that they contain “elements alien to Russian ideology and form a distorted perception of the country's history.” The books, the majority of which were humanities textbooks, were published with money from the Soros Foundation, a philanthropic organization which in November of 2015 was …

  • Ukraine Launches Demonstration of New Silk Road, Bypassing Russia

    The Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavičius, wrote on his Facebook page that the first demonstration cargo train departed from Illichivsk via a the Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China (through the Caspian and Black Seas) route.

    “The cargo train is running on the Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China route. This demonstration cargo train still has to resolve technical and logistical issues, and work out other technical aspects, which can arise. …

  • Document Published Outlining Russia's Agreement with Syria

    The Russian Federation has published the agreement that allows for Russia to have an airbase in Syria

    "The treaty.... that establishes an RF Air Force base on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic from August 26, 2015 has been published on the official legal internet portal of the Russian Federation.” The agreement was set for an indefinite term.

    "Either party has the right to terminate this Agreement by giving prior written notice to the other party. In such case the implementation of …

  • DaVinci AG: There Is a High Probability of a Coup In Moldova

    The analytical group DaVinci AG reported that there is a high probability that a coup d’état will be staged in the Republic of Moldova, initiated by pro-Russian forces under the coordination of security services of Russian Federation.

    “Destabilization of the situation in Moldova could escalate into a regional hotbed of tension that would include part of Odessa region. An attempt to destabilize the situation in Romania on ethnic grounds is also possible. The scenario of force in the Republic …

  • Netherlands Working Towards Prosecution of MH17 Culprits in the Coming Months

    In the next few months, Dutch authorities will choose the best strategy for criminal prosecution and indictment of the suspects who may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Ukrinform reports that this statement was made by Bert Koenders, the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands on Monday in Brussels at a meeting of the foreign affairs committee.

    According to him, the current phase of prosecution “is actively continuing” and the perpetrators of this tragedy must be punished. " …

  • Ukrainian authorities: government forces comply with ceasefire despite provocations

    The Ukrainian military is fully complying with the Minsk Agreements, although Russian occupation troops have intensified fighting and shelling, as indicated during a press briefing on Thursday by a representative of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on ATO issues, Colonel Alexander Motuzyanik, UKRINFORM reported.

    "Already today, the enemy has broken the ceasefire at least 18 times. It should be emphasized that the ATO forces are fully complying with the Minsk Agreements, so all …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence Thwarts Attack on City in the Donbas Region

    A cache of munitions was found in the city of Popasnaya in the Luhansk region which the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) suspects was intended for a terrorist attack.

    Employees of the SSU, together with the National Guard, the police, border guards and the military conducted a large-scale special operation in the city, according to the press center of the SSU.

    The purpose of the special operation was the "prevention of acts of sabotage in the city and the identification of members of …