• Japan to provide $4 million for humanitarian programs in Ukraine

    Japan will provide $ 4 million for humanitarian programs in Ukraine. Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine, said at a press conference that a significant part of the funds will be given for the reconstruction of housing and social facilities in eastern of Ukraine.

    In addition, money will be provided for the purchase of medical equipment, training of out-migrants, and the purchase of radio equipment for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

    The funds will be provided through seven projects …

  • Ukraine submits memorandum to Hague Arbitration Court over Russia’s violation of the Law of the Sea Treaty

    On Monday, February 19th, Ukraine filed a memorandum in support of the proceedings against Russia in regards to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The memorandum states that the Russian Federation violated Ukraine’s sovereign rights in the Black and Azov Seas and the Kerch Strait, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports.

    “Starting in 2014, the Russian Federation has illegally deprived Ukraine of the ability to exercise their rights as a …

  • Ukraine bans supply of An-148 aircraft engines to Russia

    Ukrainian authorities have banned the supply of D-436 engines for civil aircraft to Russia, as stated by the Deputy Minister of Industry of the Russian Federation, Oleg Bocharov, during the round table in the State Duma, TASS reports.

    "Unfortunately, the Ukrainian authorities have banned the supply of the 436th engine for civilian purposes," he said.

    The D-436 engines are produced by the Motor Sich enterprise. In Russia they are installed on An-148 and Be-200 amphibious aircraft. As an …

  • Journalists demand that President Poroshenko stop censorship in Ukraine

    More than 60 media representatives have appealed to President Petro Poroshenko, the government and the General Prosecutor's Office to stop its censorship and blackmailing of media outlets through the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting. A corresponding appeal has been published on the website of Ukrainian news agency Era-Media.

    As of February 19, the appeal has been signed by more than 60 supporters.

    In the statement, journalists called the actions of the National Council …

  • OSCE: Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas are coming closer to each other

    Opposing sides continue to move towards each other in the Donbas, stated Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug  on Monday, February 19, at a press briefing in Donetsk.

    "The fact is that the sides continue to dig trenches. The fact is, that the sides move closer to one another. The fact is, that the sides keep weapons that they should have long withdrawn in areas where they should not be. And the fact is that that both sides …

  • Kremlin confirms that ‘several dozen Russians were killed and injured in recent military clash in Syria’

    In Syria, "during the recent military clash", several dozen Russians were injured, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement published on the Ministry’s website. The Ministry did not specify what kind of military clash it was and where it occurred.

    "During a recent military confrontation, in which the military personnel of the Russian Federation were not involved and no regular technical means were used, Russian citizens and citizens of other CIS countries were killed. This …

  • Kremlin: Nearly 50,000 Russian soldiers took part in military action in Syria

    48 thousand Russian servicemen took part in the  military operation in Syria in 2015-2017, as stated by the chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov at a briefing for foreign military attaches in Moscow, reports DW.

    At the same time, he said that the Russian military killed 60 thousand fighters, including about three thousand who were Russian by birth.

    It should be noted that Russian air forces have been repeatedly accused of falsifying reports about numbers of air …

  • Russian deputy faces up to 5.5 years in Spanish prison in 'Russian Mafia' case

    In Spain, State Duma Deputy Vladislav Reznik faces up to five and a half years in prison and a €100 million fine in the case of the “Russian mafia”, reported La Opinion de Malaga.

    On Monday, February 19, the court began to hear the case about money laundering in Spain by Russian immigrants. According to the investigation, the crimes were committed in the 1990s.

    Among the defendants of the case is the current State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik. He attended the trial. “I came to the session …

  • Germany will triple the number of troops in NATO exercises to keep Russia in check

    In 2018, three times more military personnel from Germany will take part in NATO exercises to contain Russia, reported Spiegel Online, citing as a source a statement from the German Ministry of Defense.

    Plans are for 12,000 German soldiers to participate in the exercises on the eastern and northern flanks of NATO.

    The cost for the German military to participate in the exercises will be €90 million. In 2017, 4,000 Bundeswehr soldiers participated in the NATO exercises.

    In particular, 8,000 …

  • Media: 54 Russian mercenaries killed in Syria in September 2017

    At least 54 Russian mercenaries from private military companies were killed in Syria in September 2017, the BBC Russian service reported, after investigating documents provided by the mother of one of the mercenaries.

    The documents were submitted for publication by Nina Atyusheva, mother of Yevgeny Alikov from Severoonezhsk in Russia’s Arkhangelsk province. Atyusheva said that she had been contacted in the middle of September 2017 by a man from Rostov-on-Don who introduced himself as Andrei. …