• Ukraine conducts ecological assessment of the Kerch bridge built by Russia

    Ukraine has conducted an environmental assessment of the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, in order to initiate a trial at the international level. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko discussed the assessment at a press briefing, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "This aspect of our work is very important as it may counteract a possible ecological catastrophe that may arise from the construction of the Kerch Bridge." Today, an environmental assessment is underway as part of the criminal …

  • Classes in the Russian Kemerovo region closed due to high radiation levels

    Three primary classrooms in the school town of Osinniki in Kemerovo Oblast, Russia have been closed due to excess concentration levels of radioactive substances.  

    This was reported by the Press Office of the regional Federal Bailiff Service’s Office.

    “Dangerous levels of radon and thoron were found on the grounds of a comprehensive school in Osinniki," the statement said. Radiation was detected during a routine inspection by the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and …

  • New Prime Minister of Poland calls for closer ties with Ukraine

    The new Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, said in his first speech to the Sejm that his government will pursue a policy of rapprochement of the countries of the region, including  Ukraine, Radio Poland writes.

    "This applies in particular to the Visegrad Group and the Three Seas Initiative. We also want to return to the real strategic partnership in the east and intend to expand our relations with Ukraine, Lithuania, and Georgia and provide them with a new position, although it …

  • Canadian Parliament recommends that Ottawa supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

    The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence (NDDN) has prepared a report advising the government to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons in order to enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian army in confronting the Russian Federation.

    "We recommend that the Government of Canada provide lethal weapons to Ukraine to protect its sovereignty from Russian aggression," the document says. However, in turn, Ukraine must demonstrate that it is "actively working to eradicate …

  • Crimean authorities: Russia will have to subsidize Crimea for the next 10 years

    The Crimea will not be denied subsidies from the budget of neighboring Russia within the next ten years, as reported by Irina Kiviko, head of the Kremlin-controlled finance ministry of the peninsula.According to her, the budget of the Crimea might not need any subsidies by 2028.

    "I think that this will happen when the bridges are built, when we have a railway, when industry begins to develop. Probably, we will need 10 years," Russian agency TASS quotes Kiviko as saying.

    According to the draft …

  • EU Ambassador pointed out weaknesses and strengths in Ukraine’s implementation of the EU Association Agreement

    The Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli presented the report "Ukraine and the Association Agreement: Monitoring of the Implementation from December 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017" on Tuesday, December 12.

    Interfax-Ukraine news agency notes that during the presentation he described areas where Ukraine lags in the implementation plan of the Association Agreement with the EU, as well as areas where it has made progress.

    "Three years have already passed, and in some …

  • Constitutional Court of Moldova rules that the President of the country must be non-partisan

    The Constitutional Court of Moldova ruled that the President of the country must be non-partisan and must not hold any other public office, Ukrinform reports.

    "The President of the Republic of Moldova is obliged to act in the interests of the whole society, not just its part, a separate political group or a party. He cannot be a member of the party and defend its interests," the President of the Constitutional Court, Tudor Panțîru commented.

    With its decision, the Constitutional Court …

  • Kremlin: Russia will strengthen its defense capabilities in response to anti-Russian direction of new US Budget

    Russia will take into account the anti-Russian direction of the US defense budget, Federation Council defense committee chairperson Viktor Bondarev told RIA Novosti.

    “We cannot neglect to pay attention to something like that, or ignore such lunges,” he said, adding that such an approach to the formulation of the US budget is evidence of a serious attitude towards Russia. “The Americans sense our strength, they see us as their geopolitical rival, equal in some things and superior in others,” he …

  • Russian media: Putin to run as independent candidate in elections

    Current Russian President Vladimir Putin may run for president in the 2018 elections as an independent candidate, RBC news agency reported with reference to federal officials and sources in the Russian Presidential Administration.

    According to RBC, the topic of Putin running independently was taken up at a seminar for governors and deputy presidential envoys on internal policy in the Moscow Region at the start of December.“It was not spoken about directly, but we were warned to prepare for …

  • Ukraine files complaint with International Criminal Court over property seized by Russia in Crimea

    Ukraine has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) concerning the seizure of property in Crimea by Russia, as announced by prosecutor general of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Hyunduz Mamedov at a briefing on Tuesday.

    According to him, in January 2017 at the request of the member of the Verkhovna Rada Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Crimean Prosecutors office initiated criminal proceedings according to article 438 of the Criminal Code (violation of the rules and conventions of …