• US to help Ukraine get over winter without Russian gas

    US Department of Energy will send experts to Ukraine to help Kyiv avoid possible disruptions of energy supplies from Russia, reports US Embassy in Ukraine on its Facebook page. American experts will help to create an action plan for the coming winter season. They will think of ways to respond to energy shortages.

    Negotiations between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on extending the Russian gas transit through Ukraine will take place on September 19. Ukraine's current contract with …

  • Moldova insists on withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria

    Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicolae Popescu said that Moldova insists on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria, noting that achieving this goal remains one of the most critical priorities for Moldova. "The Russian military presence in the Transnistrian region of Moldova contradicts the principle of neutrality enshrined in the constitution of our country," said Popescu at a press conference in Moscow after the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on September 11. …

  • Russia releases MH17 plane crash suspect back to DPR

    Maria Levchenko-Tsemakh, daughter of Vladimir Tsemakh, a suspect in the MH17 case, has published a photo of herself with her father, stating that they are returning to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

    “Well, there is happiness in life, there is justice, there are good people! It’s a bit easier to live now. Hooray, my dears! We’re going home!” the militant’s daughter wrote in a post on the Russian social network VKontakte.

    Previously Maria Tsemakh had posted a photograph of a bus traveling …

  • Russian media: Russian air force thwarted Israeli attack on Syria

    The Russian news portal Lenta.ru reported that Russian Su-35S multi-role super-maneuverable fighter aircraft of the fourth generation prevented the Israeli Air Force from attacking targets in Syria on the night of September 9.

    The news outlet claims that the Russian aircraft “were urgently scrambled from the Khmeimim airbase” and sent to intercept the Israeli bombers in order to prevent them from “attacking Syria in response to an alleged bombardment of Israeli territory”.

    The article …

  • Ukraine seeking to swap another 113 prisoners with Russia

    After the exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kyiv on September 7, Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada, Lyudmyla Denisova, said in an interview with RBC news agency that Ukraine is interested in the release of another 113 Ukrainian prisoners who are in custody in Russia. She did not comment on how many people Russia would like to exchange. Moscow has not yet published an official list of persons who have returned to Russia.

    "Now, there are 113 [arrested] Ukrainian citizens on …

  • Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz prepare new lawsuits against each other

    Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom has initiated a new arbitration case against Naftogaz, since it lost the previous case. By the end of October, the Ukrainian company will present its counterclaims, Naftogaz executive officer Yuriy Vitrenko told UNN in a comment.

    “Gazprom has initiated a new arbitration case after it lost the previous one. In the new arbitration case, Gazprom’s demands are essentially that they want to revoke the decision of the previous arbitration case – at least so that they do …

  • Netherlands considers Tsemakh MH17 plane crash suspect, not witness, following Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap

    The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service has reclassified Vladimir Tsemakh from a witness to a suspect in the case concerning the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, European Parliament member Kati Piri told DW in an interview.

    According to her, the Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch prosecution service have distributed a letter stating that Tsemakh is now considered a suspect.

    Kati Piri was the author of an open letter signed on September 4 by 40 …

  • US Ambassador to Ukraine: Kremlin would like to get out of Donbas

    US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor thinks that Russia would already like to get out of the Donbas on account of the sanctions and the expense of maintaining troops in Crimea and in the Donbas.

    “I think that there are signs that Russians and especially the Kremlin would like to get out of the Donbas. I see signs that the economic burden, which Russians are sensing – and it’s not just the sanctions, but the sanctions too, because sanctions still have a real effect on each Russian and …

  • Bulgaria accuses former deputy of spying for Russia

    Bulgaria accuses former MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party Nikolai Malinov of spying for Russia and money laundering for Russian organizations, reports Radio Liberty. According to Bulgaria's Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov, Malinov could be sentenced to 5 -15 years in prison.

    On September 10, Malinov was released on bail of 25,000 euros. He was banned from leaving the country.

    Malinov is accused of receiving money for the transfer of Bulgarian state secrets to two Russian organizations. …

  • Russian pension funds to be invested in securities that caused 2008 financial crisis

    Mortgage bonds, which gained infamy in 2007-2008 when they bankrupted Bear Stearns, sent markets plummeting and caused a global financial crisis, will now be promoted in Russia using national pension savings.

    The Russian Finance Ministry, Central Bank and the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending (Dom.RF) have approved a roadmap to develop the mortgage bond market, with banks “packaging” physical entities’ mortgage loan payments and reselling them to investors.

    Such bonds will be included in …