• Ukraine to buy French helicopters for €475 million

    The purchase of 55 French Airbus Helicopters for Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Emergency Service will cost Ukraine 475 million euros, which will be provided by France as a loan.

    The Ukrainian government approved a draft loan agreement at a meeting on Wednesday which assumes securing a bank loan for 430 million euros and a treasury loan of 45 million euros.

    Agreements between the French supplier and the Ukrainian buyer must be accepted no later than December 31, 2019. …

  • Israel strikes Syrian airbase in Homs province

    According to the Syrian state agency SANA, Dabaa military airbase in the province of Homs was subjected to a missile attack. SANA does not report who carried out the missile strikes on the airbase.

    At the same time, Syrian sources report that Israeli warplanes were seen crossing the Lebanese airspace in the direction of Homs. It is reported that Hezbollah and Iranian forces are stationed at the airbase.

    According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 6 missiles have been fired at …

  • Minister of Finance: EU can impose sanctions against Ukraine due to failure to sign treaty on offshore companies

    Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk warned that the European Union could introduce economic sanctions against Ukraine if the MLI or Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS (Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) is not signed.

    "We must sign a multilateral convention to implement measures related to the taxation agreement before June 28. This is the so-called MLI. The relevant decision was made by the Cabinet of Ministers back in December last year, …

  • Washington: US will keep trying to prevent Turkey from purchasing S-400 missile systems from Russia

    The administration of US President Donald Trump continues to make efforts aimed at discouraging Turkey from purchasing S-400 air defense systems from Russia, said US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last Wednesday, May 23.

    "We continue to work to keep Turkey in a place where it doesn’t actually acquire the S-400. I believe that they have not yet [gotten it] and we are hopeful they never take possession," he noted.

    One of the congressmen expressed …

  • Russia claims Ukraine owes money to CIS

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has declared that Ukraine owes 300 million rubles ($4.87 million USD) to the budget of the bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This was announced today at a briefing in Moscow by the official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    "For four years, Ukraine has not paid a single penny to the unified budget of the CIS bodies, thus creating significant financial difficulties for the work of the organization. To …

  • Ukrainian Security Service warns about a possible large-scale cyber-attack from Russia during the Champions League final

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) warned of the threat of a massive cyber-attack from Russia on the eve of the UEFA Champions League soccer final that will be held in Kyiv on May 26, the SBU website reports.

    Specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine for Cyber-security said that Ukrainian network devices could be infected with malicious software codenamed “VPNFilter.” The virus allows hackers to intercept traffic that passes through the infected device, collect and download information, …

  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit North Korea

    Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov will visit North Korea on May 31, the Press Department of the Foreign Ministry stated, RBC news agency reports.

    Earlier, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova told TASS that “the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is being worked out.” She added that specific dates would be announced through official channels.

    Lavrov was reappointed as …

  • US State Department: Russian-speaking population in most danger where Russia is 'protecting' it

    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has claimed that the most dangerous place for Russian-speaking people to live is in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is "protecting" them.

    "Russia has claimed it wants to protect Russian speakers, but as our Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker has pointed out on numerous occasions, there’s nowhere in the world more dangerous for Russian speakers right now than in eastern Ukraine," she said.

    According to Nauert, Russia has …

  • Media: Ukraine’s negotiations with IMF fall through

    According sources in several political parties, the evening negotiations on May 22 between Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy and the representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Venice Commission concerning the bill on the Anti-Corruption Court did not produce any results, Evropeiska Pravda writes.

    The key issue of a veto right for a panel of international experts, which required agreement with the international partners, was also not resolved.

    As a result, several …

  • Russian Sberbank makes fourth attempt to sell Ukrainian subsidiary

    Russia’s Sberbank has decided to make a fourth attempt to sell its Ukrainian business, Sberbank CEO Herman Gref told Russia 24 in an interview.

    “Ukraine is a different story – we have already made three attempts to sell the bank. Now we are going to make a fourth attempt, too. We hope that this time it will be successful,” Interfax cited Gref as saying.

    The news agency notes that on May 11, Russia’s Sberbank, as the sole shareholder of PLC Sberbank (Kyiv), decided to increase the subsidiary …