• Saakashvili says he will return to Ukraine in September

    During a live broadcast on Facebook, former governor of Odessa Mikhail Saakashvili announced his intention to return to Ukraine in September.

    "I will return to Ukraine. I will arrive on September 10 from Poland through the Krakovets checkpoint," he said. Saakashvili stressed that he plans to return in an exclusively legal way and does not intend to violate Ukraine’s current legislation.

    Saakashvili also announced his intention to challenge in court the loss of his Ukrainian citizenship. He …

  • Polish Minister of National Defense: Only determination and strength can stop the intensification of Russian aggression

    In an interview with Polish Radio, The Minister of National Defense of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, said that the current threat from Russia requires a resolute response.

    “Only decisiveness and strength can stop the strengthening of Russian aggression,” he said, adding that because of this, the decisions made at the NATO summit in Warsaw to strengthen the eastern flank of the alliance were very important.

    The Polish minister stressed that tensions in the region have increased since Russia …

  • Poroshenko invites authors of controversial New York Times article to Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave instructions to invite the authors of the New York Times article on possible shipments of Ukrainian rocket engines to North Korea.

    “I am grateful to the editorial staff of the New York Times for drawing the world’s attention to the potential of Ukraine’s missile and space complex. It is elegant, but not the best way. We do not pass on rocket technologies, and we support the international non-proliferation regime responsibly. I have given instructions …

  • Command of Ukrainian Armed Forces: Ukraine ready to respond to invasion of Russian troops during Zapad-2017 exercises

    After the introduction of Lieutenant-General Anatoly Sirotenko as the new head of the Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University of Ukraine, Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated that the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has made preparations in case of a threat of invasion by Russian troops during the Russian-Belarusian West-2017 exercises, which will be held on September 14-20.

    “We are monitoring the situation. We know about all the movements of Russian troops  …

  • USA accuses Russia of oppressing religious minorities

    During last year, Russian authorities continued to oppress members of religious minorities and detained them on suspicion of extremism, as stated in the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report.

    Several U.S. citizens were fined and expelled from Russia for their religious activities. In particular, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) were accused of publicly inciting attacks on representatives of other religions.

    In addition, …

  • German Foreign Minister: We do not need a debate on Crimea, we need to think about truce in Donbas

    In an interview with the German daily newspaper Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel claimed that Christian Lindner, a leader among German liberals, is just trying to get headlines when speaking of the temporary postponement of the issue of Crimea's annexation, and that the main task at present is to achieve an ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. European Pravda reported this.

    "In my opinion, Mr. Lindner is only concerned with headlines. We do not need debates on Crimea. We …

  • US Department of Commerce: Ukraine has potential of becoming a world leader in food production

    Thanks to a favorable climate and fertile chernozem—the black-colored soil containing a high percentage of humus—that makes up a third of the world's stock, Ukraine could become a huge export base of fruits and vegetables, both fresh and processed. This was reported by the US Department of Commerce in the report on the fruit and vegetable industry of Ukraine, Voice of America reports.

    The report, which was based on market research in Ukraine, says that "Ukrainian companies are aware that they …

  • Ukraine invites Commander of the US Army in Europe to participate in Ukraine’s Independence Day parade

    During his visit to Poland, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Army General Stepan Poltorak spoke with Lieutenant-General Frederick Ben Hodges, Commander of the US Army in Europe.

    According to the report made by the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Tuesday, August 15, Poltorak invited Hodges to take part in the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine, as well as the military parade that will be held on August 24 on Khreshchatyk street in Kyiv. …

  • Russia’s Gazprom continues to supply gas to separatist-held territories and billing Ukraine for it

    In the first half of 2017, Russian Gazprom delivered 1,389 billion cubic meters of gas to the separatist DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic. The price of Russian gas as of the first quarter of 2017 was $306.6 per thousand cubic meters, as supported by the data from Gazprom’s report for the second quarter.

    Ukraine has not been importing gas from Russia for more than 600 days, which means, all deliveries go to separatist-held territories of Ukraine.

    According to …

  • 270,000 tons of Donbas coal exported from Russia in July

    In July 2017, about 267,000 tons of coal mined in the separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine were exported to European countries from Russia, reported LIGA.net citing Russian Railway and Russian Federal Customs Service data.

    The largest exporter of Ukrainian coal was Gaz-Alyans, controlled by Serhiy Kurchenko. In July, more than 50,000 tons of anthracite were exported from the Russia’s ports. The entire quantity was exported by the South Ossetian company Vneshtorgservis JSC, and was …