• Detained LPR militant talks about Russian military in the Donbas

    The servicemen of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained a former militant of the Luhansk People’s Republic who confirmed the presence of Russian troops in the separatist-held territories of the Donbas, as reported on the SBU website.

    The operatives of the SBU have determined that the unnamed man from Kharkiv joined illegal armed groups in April 2017. He served in one of the separatist battalions in the occupied Alchevsk as a driver-mechanic for a BMP infantry fighting vehicle. He …

  • Ukrainian MP: Prime Minister Groysman on warpath with Poroshenko

    Ukrainian MP Mustafa Nayyem wrote on his Facebook page that President Petro Poroshenko may see a new stage in the fight against contraband schemes at the federal customs office, announced earlier by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, as a “declaration of war”.

    He noted that since the Cabinet of Ministers has provided the National Police with the right to round-the-clock access to customs control zones at checkpoints across the state border, contraband in the country will be monitored …

  • Kyiv: The situation in Crimea and Donbas will not prevent Ukraine from joining NATO

    The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia will not prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, as stated by the Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security Ivan Vinnik (part of Petro Poroshenko Bloc “Solidarity”).

    “This is a myth, created by Russian propaganda, that countries that are in involved in territorial claims cannot become subjects of NATO. I would like to remind you that Ukraine is not involved in a territorial conflict, we have the armed …

  • Russian Minister of Internal Affairs says he received US visa 'without problems' despite sanctions

    Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, who was among those added to the US sanctions list in April, has claimed that he received an American visa without any issues. Kolokoltsev came to the UN's New York headquarters for a meeting of heads of the police departments of UN member countries. On the sidelines of the summit, Kolokoltsev met with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and discussed with him the participation of Russian policemen in …

  • EU prepared to help Ukraine close dangerous mines

    The EU is prepared to collaborate with Ukraine in order to reduce risks in the energy sphere, especially with respect to the closing of exhausted and dangerous coal mines.

    A statement to this effect was made by Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EU’s Commission for the Energy Union, on Friday at a high-level international conference on the development of Ukraine’s electrical energy sector in Brussels, Ukrinform reports, citing its own correspondent.

    “I congratulate Ukraine on the tasks to …

  • EU allocates 3 million euros to integrate Syrian refugees into Armenia

    The EU has allocated 3 million euros to integrate Syrian refugees in Armenia.

    This was reported in a statement published on the Armenian Foreign Ministry’s website following the first meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council, which was held on June 21 in Brussels.

    “The Partnership Council emphasized that the search for a lasting and reliable political solution to the conflict in Syria is of paramount importance. To facilitate the integration of Syrian refugees in Armenia, the EU …

  • Large-scale aviation exercises to take place in Ukraine

    This year’s international aviation exercises, Clear Sky 2018, will take place in October and will become the largest aviation exercise since Ukraine’s independence, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense stated on Thursday, June 21.

    “More than 40 aircraft, dozens of anti-aircraft missile systems, hundreds of servicemen from Ukraine and almost 10 NATO countries will be engaged in the largest-scale international exercises of aviation units,” the Ministry’s statement reads. 

    The Clear Sky 2018 …

  • Poroshenko lifts ban on entry to Ukraine for Russian Human Rights Commissioner

    Lyudmila Denisova, the Verkhovna Rada-appointed Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights, said during a broadcast of Hromadske that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has lifted a ban on entry to Ukraine for Russian ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova, so that the Russian official can visit Russians in the country.

    "The ban on entering Ukraine that was imposed on Moskalkova because she violated the rules for traveling to Crimea has been lifted," Denisova stated.

    She noted that, according to …

  • Trump’s advisor to visit Moscow to prepare a meeting between the US and Russian leaders

    US National Security Adviser John Bolton will visit Moscow next week to begin preparations for a meeting between the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Interfax reports with reference to sources in Washington. The Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed this information.

    "As far as we know… such a trip will take place. This is all we can say for now," Peskov replied to the journalists’ question about whether Bolton is …

  • US-led coalition planes strike Syrian positions in Homs

    Two positions held by Syrian forces in the Homs Governorate were hit by missile strikes shortly before midnight on June 22, the Russian news outlet Daily Storm reports. The first strike targeted the village of Al-Halba, which lies south of Palmyra, and the second strike was directed further south, at Al-Qaryatayn, south-east of Homs. At least one Syrian soldier was killed and several were wounded. Sources report that the air strike was made by the US-led coalition in order to counter the Syrian …