• Estonia plans to create a 'special zone' along the border with Russia

    Estonian authorities will create a special zone along the border they share with Russia. This was said by the Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs, Hanno Pevkur, during an interview with Postimees.

    “After the development is complete, there will also be a border zone in Estonia as in other Baltic states. The Latvian border zone is two kilometers wide, while the Finnish one is nearly three kilometers wide,” Pevkur said.

    According to him, the width of the zone has not been established yet. …

  • Media: Russia is deploying its troops to the Ukrainian border

    Russia is building a new military base near the border it shares with Ukraine. Reuters reported that a temporary military camp was found in the city of Klintsy in Bryansk Oblast.

    An official of the local administration, Oleg Kletny, said that the city was chosen as the site for the camp and that 240 soldiers had already arrived.

    According to the agency, more than a dozen large tents and just as many military vehicles have been seen at the temporary camp in Klintsy. The city is approximately 50 …

  • OSCE: The situation in the Donbas continues to deteriorate

    According to the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, the situation in the Donbas continues to deteriorate, especially in Avdiivka, Yasynuvata and the Donetsk Airport, Ukrainskaya Pravda reported.

    Hug stated that many people in these areas are often times forced to seek shelter in cellars and basements to escape the exchange of fire.

    In other areas of eastern Ukraine, however, the situation has improved, but it still cannot be …

  • Russian pilots conduct large-scale exercises in Crimea

    The large-scale flying and tactical exercises of the Aviation of the Southern Military District (SMD) of the Russian Armed Forces have started in the Russian annexed Crimea, the press service of the Russian military agency reported. The exercises started on the 7th of June in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation.

    “The helicopter regiment crews will work on detection and recognition of different ground targets and low-flying, low-speed aircraft, as well as the destruction of these …

  • Media: The Netherlands wants to modify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

    According to the Austrian newspaper, Die Presse, citing Dutch diplomats, the Government of the Netherlands wants to modify certain provisions of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The Dutch Government intended to take such a step after the referendum in April in which the Dutch voted against the ratification of the Association Agreement.

    "The government in The Hague prefers quiet diplomacy behind the scenes. And now, when the Netherlands is holding the EU Presidency they have an opportunity …

  • Russian military aircraft violates Estonian airspace

    A Russian An-26 military transport aircraft violated Estonian airspace yesterday, according to the Estonian Defense Forces website. "At 09:51 [Tuesday], a Russian An-26 entered into the air space of Estonia near the island of Vaindloo without permission," the web message stated.

    The plane was in Estonian airspace for less than one minute. It flew with a proper flight plan and with its transponder turned on. According to the plan, the plane was to remain in international airspace. At the time …

  • Belarus wants to resume importing Ukrainian power

    Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry, Ihor Nasalik, has discussed the possibility of exporting electricity to Belarus once again with the Deputy Energy Minister of Belarus, Leonid Shenets. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry.

    The export of electricity from Ukraine to Belarus was halted in November 2014.

    Belarus has proposed the restoration of Ukrainian-Belarusian working group on energy. This would be within the framework of …

  • Russia is ready to provide 2.5 billion Euro loan to Iran

    The total amount of two loans to Iran will amount to about 2.5 billion Euros, the Russian Deputy Finance Minister, Sergiy Storchak, said. "The total amount of the two loans is about 2.5 billion Euros. One is a little more, the other is a little smaller," TASS quoted the official as saying. Storchak said that the Finance Ministry expects the negotiations will be completed and loan documents signed within two weeks.

    "The domestic procedures of the parties have been completed. This issue will …

  • Turkey considers using Ukrainian company to aid construction of nuclear power plant

    A group of Turkish nuclear energy experts toured the facilities of the unconventional equipment and pipes plant, Atomenergomash, which is a separate division of EnergoAtom, the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine.

    According to Energoatom’s press service, the purpose of the visit of the Turkish delegation was to explore the prospects of involving the Ukrainian company in the construction of Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey.

    "The Turkish experts were also interested in …

  • Herashchenko: 113 Ukrainian prisoners are held by separatists in the Donbas

    Both servicemen and civilians are being held captive

    On the 6th of June, the First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, reported that 113 Ukrainian citizens are still held captive by separatists supported by Russia in the Donbas, Radio Svoboda reports.

    "There are both servicemen and civilians. Separatists are trying to exchange the release of hostages for amnesty and are demanding that their leaders are pardoned.  They have not provided any information as to where the …