• Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs: military confrontation between Ukraine and Russian will be catastrophic for both sides

    Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said in an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda online on Monday that Ukrainian armed forces would incur enormous losses in a military confrontation with Russia. According to him, if Russia decides to undertake a military operation in the Donbas, losses can be catastrophic for both sides. At the same time, Avakov recognized that neighboring countries have different balance of forces.  

    “Yes, we also have new missiles and many other things. However, it will …

  • Kremlin temporarily extends permission for US commercial flights over Russia

    On Wednesday night, April 18, the Russian government extended by two days the period of validity of the agreement between US airlines and Russia about the flights over the territory of the Russian Federation. The current contract expired that night. As stated by US State Department Press Secretary Heather Nauert, the representatives of the State Department held a meeting with the leadership of the airlines to “prevent any disruption" in air traffic.

    According to Nauert, earlier, the Russians …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine ready to provide corridor for withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria

    Ukraine is ready to provide Russian troops with a corridor for withdrawing from Transnistria, the special representative for the Transdniestrian settlement, Viktor Kryzhanovskiy stated. The diplomat said that Kyiv will provide Russian troops with a corridor immediately, as soon as the Russians are ready to begin the withdrawal process.

    "Our position is unchanged. We will provide the territory. We will ensure the unhindered and safe withdrawal of Russian troops and ammunition from the territory …

  • Ukraine may receive next IMF tranche in May-June

    Ukraine is able to receive a new tranche of 2 billion dollars in May-June 2018 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as stated by Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk in Washington following a meeting at the IMF headquarters, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    According to Danylyuk, Ukraine can receive another IMF loan for $2 billion if the terms of cooperation under the Extended Fund Facility program are fulfilled, which is part of the Anti-Corruption Court law.

      “We now have several …

  • Kremlin: Russia wants to borrow space technology developed by Elon Musk

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday that Russia plans to use some technical solutions developed for the aerospace industry by Canadian-American businessman Elon Musk.

    He stressed that the severance of cooperation with the US in space and the cessation of rocket engine deliveries to the United States, both of which the State Duma proposed within the framework of a new law on retaliatory sanctions, would be a shot in the foot.

    "The Americans still fly on our Soyuz ships; …

  • Russia to stop outsourcing An-124 cargo aircraft to NATO

    The Russian cargo aviation company Volga-Dnepr will stop providing An-124 heavyweight cargo aircraft to NATO by the end of the year, the French publication Challenges reports.

    According to the publication, Russia made the decision in response to recently tightened sanctions by the US.

    In 2006, a joint enterprise between the Ukrainian company Antonov Airlines and the Russian air cargo company Volga-Dnepr was established as a part of SALIS (Strategic Airlift International Solution) project.

       …

  • Kremlin recommends Russian students leave London

    The Russian authorities are launching a program to return Russian nationals studying in the UK, most of whom are children of Russian businessmen and officials, back to Russia.

    The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation, commonly known as Rossotrudnichestvo, is a federal agency subordinate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and responsible for humanitarian projects. The Agency came forward with an …

  • Five employees wounded in an attack on the Donetsk water filtration plant

    Five employees of the Donetsk water filtration plant were wounded during the shelling, the acting Director of Voda Donbasa municipal enterprise, Oleksandr Yevdokimov reported. According to him, a convoy of cars with workers who were going to conduct maintenance operation at the filtration station came under fire at about 3:40 p.m.

    "They were workers from the day shift of the filtration station. Their bus was fired upon. Five are wounded; one is in serious condition," Yevdokimov said. He also …

  • Merkel and Putin discuss Syria and Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone talks on Tuesday, April 16, during which they discussed the situation in Syria, Ukraine, and Nord Stream 2.

    The politicians agreed on the need to focus on the political process to resolve the "long-standing bloody conflict" in Syria, German official Steffen Seibert said.

    In the conversation, Putin "pointed out once again that the actions taken by a group of Western countries that committed an act of aggression …

  • Kremlin prepares for total economic isolation

    The Russian presidential administration and government are preparing for a further tightening of the anti-Russian sanctions as was the case with Venezuela, Iran and North Korea, with a ban on investing in state debt, the blacklisting of state banks, making it impossible to conduct transactions in dollars, and the exclusion of Russia from the SWIFT interbank transfer system, RBC news agency reports with reference to two federal officials familiar with the discussion process, and a source close …