• Poroshenko urges the UN to investigate torture of Ukrainian prisoners in the occupied territories

    Poroshenko and Ban Ki-moon discussed the protection of human rights in the temporarily occupied territories.During a meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,in Washington, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, urged to appoint a special UN Envoy to investigate the torture of forcibly detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and the occupied territories of the Donbas, reports the Press Service of the Ukranian President.The parties paid special attention to the protection of human …

  • Kiev promises to appoint a 'worthy' Prosecutor General

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed possible candidates for the post of Prosecutor General of Ukraine while he was in Washington, D.C. The White House press service stated that Poroshenko assured US Vice President Joe Biden that he is ready to appoint a new worthy Prosecutor General—one who will earn confidence.

    Poroshenko also informed Biden about coalition negotiations concerning the formation of the new Ukrainian government which should be faithful to a realization of a reform …

  • Naftogaz breaks with Gazprom

    Naftogaz of Ukraine has no plans to resume purchasing gas from PJSC Gazprom after April 1, 2016, because the price of gas offered by the Russian company for the second quarter of 2016 is higher price than what is offered to Naftogaz by European suppliers, the press service of the Ukrainian company stated.

    It was reported that Gazprom has refused to extend their “winter package” agreement with Naftogaz, that defined the transition conditions for the purchase of Russian gas for Ukraine. …

  • Heavy fighting reported in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Heavy fighting has been reported in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed region in Azerbaijani territory with a predominantly Armenian population.

    The Armenian military has accused Azerbaijan of mounting a major offensive, involving tanks, heavy artillery, and helicopters, Radio Free Europe reported.

    Baku, in turn, has claimed that Azerbaijani troops acted in self-defense.

    Casualties have been reported on both sides.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “President Putin urges the parties to the …

  • Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expresses dissatisfaction with Greek businessman's visit to Crimea

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is displeased with the arrival of Greek businessmen on the occupied region of Crimea on March 30th. This was reported by the press-service of the Ministry.The Ministry noted that this visit was not coordinated with the Ukrainian side and happened in violation of the Ukrainian legislation."We consider such a trip of the Greek citizens as a sign of disrespect for the sovereignty of Ukraine, a conscious disregard of the Ukrainian laws and policies of the …

  • Freight traffic between Poland and Russia may be suspended

    The transport of goods between Russia and Poland may be temporarily suspended if the parties fail to agree on permit quotas for 2016, according to the Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Transport, Mukola Asaul, as reported by RIA Novosti."As for the permit quota, the number of permit forms for the current year, an agreement has not been reached. The debate continues and there is the likelihood that we will not reach a mutually acceptable solution and freight transport may be temporarily …

  • Media: Zakharchenko was denied entry into Russia using his DPR passport

    The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, could not cross the Russian-Ukrainian border using a “DPR passport” at a checkpoint in the Rostov region. 62.ua learned from a source close to the leadership of the republic that the situation eased only after Zakharchenko showed his Ukrainian passport. After that, Russian border guards let him into the territory of the Russian Federation.

    62.ua pointed out that the head of the DPR had recently promised to " …

  • Agricultural production in Crimea decreased by almost half in 2015

    The harvest of vegetables and fruits in the Crimea in 2015 was nearly half of its average prior to the annexation of Crimea by Russia, according to political analyst and founder of the Free Crimea project, Taras Berezovets, as reported by Krym.Realii."Indicators of agricultural production are impressive. 213,000 tons of vegetables and 66,000 tons of fruit were produced in 2015. Before the occupation there were between 380,000 and 480,000 tons of vegetables and no less than 100,000 tons of …

  • Criminal proceedings initiated against Duma Deputy for criticizing Putin

    The Investigation Committee of Russia has initiated its second case against the Deputy of the Kursk Regional Duma, Olga Lee, for bringing accusations against Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticizing his actions. According to the Investigation Committee’s website, the case was filed under part 1 of article 282, “Inciting hatred or enmity.”According to the investigation, Lee posted her remarks on her Vkontakte social network page and published videos of her performances on the web that, …

  • Israel imposes complete economic blockade on the Crimea

    Although Israel attempts to avoid inflaming tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Tel Aviv officials do not recommend doing business in occupied Crimea. Shimon Briman, Israeli Editor-in-Chief of the Forum Daily and expert on Ukrainian-Israeli relations says that what the recommendation amounts to is a complete blockade in terms of Israeli business, Interfax-Ukraine reported."In general, the position of Israel, though neutral officially, is largely focused on the development of Ukraine, in …