• Estonian travel agencies face criminal charges for organizing trips to annexed Crimea

    Estonian Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal investigation against several Estonian travel agencies suspected of organizing tourist trips to Ukraine’s territory, which was annexed by Russia, reports Postimees news website, with the reference to Estonian media.

    "The State Prosecutor’s Office confirms that on Tuesday, five Estonian travel agencies offices were searched based on the suspicion that they offer tourist trips to the Russian-occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, where, in accordance with …

  • Ukraine conducts large-scale military exercises in the Azov Sea

    The naval Armed Forces of Ukraine, executing the decision of the National Security Council, conducted military exercises in the Azov Sea, as reported on the website of the Ministry of Defense.

    “Comprehensive tactical exercises of various military forces defending a section of the coast are designed to test the readiness of the Ukrainian army and other branches of the military to respond to Russian aggression in the Azov Sea,” reads the statement.

    The military exercises included the Marine …

  • Law protecting Ukrainian political prisoners comes into force in Ukraine

    On Saturday, October 13, amendments to addendum No. 3 of the law “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2018” came into force which improve the protection of Ukrainians held illegally in Russia and the Russia-occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, as well as on the Crimean peninsula. The text of the document was published by the parliamentary news outlet Voice of Ukraine.

    The law stipulates a change to the name of the budget program envisaged for the Ministry of Temporarily …

  • Ukrainian President dismisses Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak from military service

    On October 13, in his speech during the ceremonial events in honor of Ukrainian servicemen, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak from military service, UNN wrote.

     “General of the Ukrainian Army Stepan Poltorak filed a corresponding report about dismissal from military service and I approved it. Nevertheless, appreciating Stepan Poltorak’s significant contribution to the revival of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I offered him to continue leading the defense …

  • Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter downs another Russian drone in Donbas

    On Saturday October 13, the crew of a Joint Forces Mi-24 helicopter shot down an Orlan-10 drone in the Donbas, the kind of drone used by the Russian Armed Forces, the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) reports.

    “In the sky over Lysychansk at 8:09, radar instruments detected an airborne target, presumably identified as an Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle, which is in the armament of the Russian Armed Forces,” the report states.

    According to the JFO, the object maneuvered in a way …

  • Ukraine and France want to strengthen political relations

    Ukraine and France want to intensify relations at the government level, reported RBC-Ukraine with reference to the information department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

    A meeting had been held on October 12th between the head of the Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine, Hanna Hopko and the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for the European Integration Parliament of Ukraine, Maria Ionova with French Senator Olivier Cadic. The meeting was also attended by French Ambassador to …

  • Former DPR leader Girkin claims his personal security was made up of monks from Sviatohirsk Lavra

    The former leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, separatist Igor “Strelkov” Girkin stated that the monks of the Holy Dormition Sviatohirsk Lavra actively participated in the conflict in the Donbas. He admitted that his personal security was fully made up of spiritual servants, monks and hieromonks of the Sviatohirsk Lavra.

    “It [the security team] was not very big but anyway they were there. A novice of the Sviatohirsk Lavra commanded one of the units in the Slavic brigade. And this novice …

  • Poroshenko inspects Ukrainian troops for readiness to repel Russian 'aggression' from sea

    As part of his working visit to the Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko visited the military training ground where he checked the Ukrainian army’s readiness to repel Russia’s possible aggression from the Azov Sea, the website of the President reports.

    Poroshenko noted that the military’s work scored "12 points" and he thanked the command and personnel that took part in the exercises. "I stress that we all do this not …

  • EU asks Ukraine to submit draft of the 'language' law for final review by Venice Commission

    Before the second reading of the drafted law “ensuring a functioning Ukrainian language as the state language” Ukraine must coordinate with all interested parties and obtain an assessment of the document by the Venice Commission, stated the EU’s representatives as quoted by Evropeiska Pravda.

    The official position of the EU is that the future law must comply with international norms and Ukraine’s responsibilities. In particular, it must follow the European Charter regarding regional or …

  • Kremlin: London refuses to issue visas to Russian diplomats

    Britain refuses to issue visas to Russian diplomats, said Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko.

     “We are not able to fill these vacancies since the UK refuses to issue visas to our diplomats to arrive in the UK,” said the ambassador at the press conference when asked who will replace the diplomats expelled by London in March.

    According to Yakovenko, it is necessary to restore normal communication to fill the vacancies.

     “So far, we have seen a non-constructive position from the …