• Media: DPR’s fate decided in Rostov, Surkov backed Pushilin

    Following the assassination of its leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has found itself in a state of complete uncertainty, writes Russian publication the Insider. Initially, at an urgently convened session of the DPR government, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Dmitry Trapeznikov was appointed as interim leader, the Russian news outlet The Insider reports. Rumors spread that the regional elections planned for autumn would be postponed or …

  • Ukraine and IMF agree on gradual increase in gas price

    During the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the Cabinet of Ministers reached a preliminary agreement to gradually increase gas prices for the population to the level of import parity until 2020, said Andriy Kobolyev, the head of Naftogaz Ukraine at the forum of the European Business Association, Interfax Ukraine reported.

     “The government has reached an initial compromise. The [price] increase rate is now being discussed,” he said.

    The head of Naftogaz said that the issue of …

  • Hungary and Russia agree on continuing gas supply after 2020

    Budapest and Moscow agreed on terms for gas supply after 2020, the year after the current contract expires, as stated on Tuesday, September 18th by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a press conference after the meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin noted that Moscow now covers 60 percent of Hungary’s need for gas.

    However, he did not rule out that after the construction of the “Turkish stream” gas pipeline along the bottom of the Black Sea, one of its land lines can go …

  • Ukraine successfully tests new missiles

    The Oskol unguided aircraft missiles have successfully passed another stage of government testing, which involved a Su-24M bomber crew from a brigade of the Ukrainian Air Force.

    The press service of Ukroboronprom (Ukrainian state-owned arms manufacturer), an association of Ukrainian defense industry enterprises, reported that the RS-80 Oskol’s compliance with tactical and technical requirements and readiness for use in military planes had been confirmed in tests carried out in the client’s …

  • Ukraine nominates Sentsov for the Nobel Peace Prize

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has decided to nominate the film director Oleh Sentsov, who is currently in a Russian prison, for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    245 people's deputies voted for this decision.

    "Given the courageous behavior of Oleh Sentsov, who is unlawfully detained in the Russian Federation for 4 years, for his heroic non-violent protest against the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol and certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian …

  • US carrier strike group enters Mediterranean

    A US Navy carrier strike group, headed by Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman, has begun an operation in the Mediterranean Sea, the US Navy’s press service reported.

    The operation is being held “to continue supporting NATO allies, European and African partner states, coalition partners and national security interests of the US and Europe in Africa”.

    According to US Sixth Fleet Commander Lisa Franchetti, the group will practice “the full scope of naval operations” during its stay in …

  • Israel blames Syria for the destruction of Russian Il-20

    The press service for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that Israeli aircraft attacked a military facility in the area of Syrian Latakia on the night of September 18th. According to the IDF, from this facility objects were to be transported to Lebanon for Iran and Hezbollah productions of weapons.

    According to the preliminary results of the IDF investigation, the downing of Il-20 was a result of Syrian air defense inaccurate attacks. At the time the missiles that downed the Il-20 were …

  • Ukraine extradites a native of Ingushetia at Russia's request

    At the request of Russia’s FSB (Federal Security Service), the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine made a decision to extradite to Russia Timur Tumgoev, a native of Ingushetia, accused by Russian authorities of participating in military operations in Syria on the side of the Islamic State terrorist.

    The fact that the decree on extradition was signed by Yevhen Yenin, the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, was reported by the publication Kavkaz. Realii. In a conversation with the Ukrainian …

  • Russian state banks appeal shares arrest in Ukraine

    Banks with Russian state capital filed cassation appeals against the decision of the Kyiv Court of Appeals to seize their shares. As FinClub news outlet writes, the corresponding appeals were received by the Supreme Court of Cassation on September 14.

    Russian VTB Bank, Prominvestbank and Sberbank still operate in Ukraine. It was reported that the Ukrainian Court of Appeal decided to seize the shares of their subsidiaries under the dispute initiated by the Ukrainain banks. In response, Sberbank …

  • Kremlin: Russia considers Ukraine's decision not to renew the Friendship Treaty a ‘destructive step’

    In a statement issued in response to Ukraine's withdrawal from the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty with Russia, the Kremlin accused Ukraine of striving to "serve foreign geopolitical interests and their political ambitions."

    "The destructive steps taken by Ukraine’s current leadership cause deep regret," the statement reads.

    The document also notes that "historically people of Russia and Ukraine are destined to live in as good neighbors", and "the current crisis" between the countries "will …