• Poroshenko: May God help Zelensky

    In an address to the Ukrainian nation on the eve of Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wished his successor a successful presidency.

    “I wish Volodymyr Zelensky a successful presidency. A month ago we were fierce opponents in the elections. But tomorrow, as it turns out, he will be the president of my native country. The country I love and whose European future I firmly believe in. So may the Lord preserve Ukraine and help its new head in his work,”  …

  • Kremlin: Russia is working on a new generation guided missile

    Russia is intensively working on creating a new generation of Monolith aviation guided missiles. According to the deputy general director of the Tekhmash Concern (part of Rostec State Corporation) Alexander Kochkin, a prototype of this “product” may be ready in two or three years.

    “We will not disclose full information on the Monolith missile. This is a new generation aviation guided missile that will belong to the high-precision weapons class,” RIA Novosti quotes Kochkin.

    According to him, …

  • Russian Parliament suggests doubling weapons sales to the public

    The State Duma of Russia introduced a bill softening restrictions on the possession of weapons.

    According to the Parliamentary Gazette, the amendment proposes to double the limit of the small weapons in the hands of one person.

    This includes hunting rifles, sport rifles and smoothbore long-barreled weapons. At the moment Russians are allowed to have no more than 5 units in each category, and the deputies suggest raising this allowance to 10 units.

    The authors of the project, led by the …

  • Kremlin: Trains will start to run ahead of time on the Crimean bridge

    Railway traffic on the Crimean bridge will open ahead of schedule — in August-September 2019, reports RIA Novosti, referring to the statement of the Minister of Transport of Russia Yevgeny Dietrich.

    "With regards to specific schedule, we will reach the object and consider the details related to the construction more specifically, and then we will announce how early we can finish the work," the Minister said.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the railway part of the Crimean …

  • Zelensky predicts a ‘long road’ for Crimea's return to Ukraine

    The elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine take the Crimea back, but it will take a long time for that to happen.

    Zelensky's Facebook posts, where he spoke on the issue of Peninsula, was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars. Zelensky said that the events of the 1940s showed that "you can destroy people, but you will never destroy the spirit of the nation."

    According to Zelensky, the Crimean Tatars, who remained faithful to …

  • Media: U.S. State Department to appoint a charge d'affaires instead of ambassador to Ukraine

    The U.S. Department of State considers appointing a chargé d'affaires instead of ambassador in Ukraine, reports ZN.ua with reference to its own diplomatic sources.

    According to the publication, the most likely appointment to this position is William Taylor, who served as an ambassador in Kyiv in 2006-2009.

    “The Department of State made a proposal, which is still being considered by the executive vice president of the United States Institute for Peace,” the publication writes.

    “Shortly, a …

  • Germany concerned that Austria may leak secrets to Russia

    Thomas Haldenwang, head of Germany’s counterintelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), said this week at the Parliamentary Oversight Panel that cooperation with Austria creates significant risks to German intelligence, Welt am Sonntag reported.

    The newspaper did not specify how it had obtained the information, but it noted that Haldenwang’s statement was based on the assumption that Austria could misuse and possible even pass on to Russia the …

  • Russia’s largest independent oil refinery suspends operations

    A tax maneuver which the Russian government made in the oil sector in 2018 is achieving its first significant results.

    The Antipinsky Refinery, the largest refinery in the country that does not belong to one of the vertically integrated resource corporations, has suspended its operations.

    The Russian transport monopoly Transneft stopped supplying the refinery with oil and removed it from its shipment plan in May, the company’s spokesperson Igor Demin told TASS on Thursday.

    That same evening, …

  • Poland to buy F-35 fighter jets from the US

    Polish Deputy Minister of Defense Wojciech Skurkiewicz revealed plans to purchase two batches of American F-35 fighters.

    According to him, the first aircraft will enter the service of the Polish army by2026. The Minister called this decision a turning point and crucial for the Polish Air Force.

    "This is a crucial decision that will raise our Air Force to a higher level. The first squadron of F-35 aircraft will be purchased by 2026, the second squadron - after 2026," — the PAP Agency quotes …

  • Ukraine urges international community to recognize deportation of Crimean Tatars as genocide

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry released a statement on the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea which calls for the international community to recognize the incident as a genocide, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The global community’s recognition of the genocide against the Crimean Tatar people as defined by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide would be evidence not only of the restoration of historical justice, but would also serve …