• Russia accused the Ukrainian Security Service of creating an extremist group in Crimea

    The Federal Security Service of Russia claimed that it stopped the activity of an extremist group in the Crimea created by Erol Veliyev, an assistant to Verkhovna Rada lawmaker and Crimean Tatar Leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, Russian media reports.

    According to the Russian special services, the group was established in Kharkiv under the supervision of Refat Chubarov and with the support of the Security Service of Ukraine. Two athletes, former boxers A. Steshenko and A. Tretyakov were named as co- …

  • Kremlin calls British fight with dirty money from Russia 'Russophobia'

    NTV reports that Russian Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said at a press briefing that the Kremlin believes the UK Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee’s recently released report on the risks associated with "dirty money" from Russia is "Russophobic mania.”

    "We are witnessing rather unprecedented Russophobic mania in the UK, which manifests itself in many ways, including [this report]," he said.

    According to Peskov, the calls to fight "dirty money" from Russia are the result of a “ …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces 'tightening the noose' around Donetsk

    The purpose of the Ukrainian military attack on Horlivka is to "tighten the noose" around Donetsk, a source in the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) told Strana.ua news outlet.

    "Horlivka is surrounded by high hills, including the village of Yuzhny. The one who owns the strongholds at these hills in fact owns the town. From these hills, the whole town is easily exposed to fire. Therefore, if the territory around Horlivka is owned [by the Armed Forces of Ukraine], the separatists …

  • Russia appeals to Council of Europe concerning arrest of RIA Novosti editor-in-chief

    Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights has contacted Dunya Mijatović, the Council of Europe’s commissioner on human rights, in connection with the arrest of RIA Novosti-Ukraine editor-in-chief Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine, TASS reports.

    “The council expresses extreme concern regarding the situation connected to the arrest of Kirill Vyshinsky and the pressure on his colleague. We ask you, esteemed Ms. Mijatović, to take personal control of this. We consider it necessary …

  • Unknown saboteurs destroy one of the main bridges of LPR

    According to Interfax, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) claims that the road bridge on the 50th kilometer of the Khrustalny-Luhansk route has been blown up by saboteurs.

    The press service of the MSS stated that the Ministry of State Security of the LPR, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs is searching for subversive and terrorist groups responsible for the bridge explosion on the night of May 20. The report notes that …

  • French citizen receives six-year sentence in Ukraine for planning terrorist attacks

    On Monday, May 21, the Lyuboml District Court of Volyn Oblast sentenced French citizen Gregoire Moutaux, who was detained at the Yagodyn auto checkpoint in May 2016 while trying to transport weapons and explosives across the border out of Ukraine.

    A Hromadske correspondent reported that Moutaux was found guilty of preparing to carry out a terrorist act and smuggling; as a result, was sentenced to six years in prison. The Ukrainian News Agency specified further that the French citizen was found …

  • Ukrainian military advance 2 km into the Donbas

    The Ukrainian military advanced more than 2 km into separatist territory and secured new positions, radically changing the situation at one stretch of the front line, volunteer Yuriy Mysyagin wrote on Facebook.

    "Within the territory of the Joint Forces Operation, one of the infantry battalions of one of the brigades of the Armed Forces was simply forced to improve and secure its front line positions due to the systematic shelling by the separatists. By moving their footholds, the battalion …

  • Amid rising tensions in Donbas DPR deploys Somali battalion to Horlivka

    Against the backdrop of the escalating tension in the Donbas, numerous reports have been made detailing the redeployment of the Somali battalion to the Horlivka, which is held by pro-Russian militants. This has occurred amid attacks against Zaytseve (near Horlivka), which have lasted three days, the TSN program reports.

    Last weekend, two residential buildings were destroyed in Zaytseve. On Monday afternoon, the settlement can under heavy artillery shelling. Fortunately, no one was injured by …

  • US Secretary of State urges Russia to withdraw troops from occupied regions of Georgia

    During a meeting in Washington on Monday with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US condemns the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Voice of America reports.

    "The United States unequivocally condemns Russia’s occupation on Georgian soil. Russia’s forcible invasion of Georgia is a clear violation of international peace and security and goes against the basic principles of the Charter of the …

  • Russia abandons new Borei-B nuclear submarine

    Project 955B, centered around the strategic Borei-B nuclear-powered submarine, was not included in the Russian state armament program for 2018-2027, reported TASS news agency, citing a source in the defense industrial complex.

    “After analyzing proposals for the production of the Borei-B nuclear submarine, a decision was made to abandon the project, since building the submarines is not considered ‘cost-effective.’ Instead, the final version of the state armament program, which goes to 2027, …