• Ukraine to return weapons if rebels continue to violate ceasefire.

    As stated by Oleksander Turchynov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council, at least nine ceasefire violations, committed by the Russian-terrorist troops, were recorded in the occupied territories over past 24 hours.

    The commentary of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov was posted on the official website of the Council.

    "It it not the first time that the Russian-backed militants want to disrupt the Minsk Agreements by …

  • Russia sends anti-aircraft missiles to Syria

    According to Russian Air Force commander, Russia has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to protect its jets involved in airstrikes against IS militants.

    Russia has been carrying out airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, and other opposition groups, in Syria since the end of September at the request of President Bashar Assad, Russia's long-term ally.

    Russian officials have insisted that their military involvement in Syria will be limited to an air force operation. …

  • Putin signs a law allowing to seize foreign assets

    On Wednesday November 4, Russia’s president has signed legislation enabling countermeasures in the case of the wrongful arrest of Russian state property abroad.

    The law, based on reciprocity, curtails the jurisdictional immunity of the country in question if not agreed otherwise.

     The law will come into effect in 2016.

    The law shall be applicable to all property, including rental, which is administered by the foreign State. The document is available on the official portal of legal …

  • Nine European leaders concerned over Russia's aggressive stance

    Leaders of nine countries have issued a joint statement at the Central European Summit in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

    They expressed grave concern over Russia's "continuing aggressive posturing" and backed a sustainable NATO military presence in the region.

    "We will stand firm on the need for Russia to return to respect of international law as well as of its international obligations, responsibilities and commitments as a pre-condition for a NATO–Russia relationship based on trust and …

  • Ukrainian President signed the law allowing foreigners to serve in Ukrainian army

    “The issue about granting of Ukrainian citizenship to foreign nationals protecting our country, will be reviewed immediately” – declared President Petro Poroshenko in response to the electronic petition signed by thousands of Ukrainians.

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, on Tuesday November 3, signed a law that gives foreign nationals and stateless persons the right to serve in the Ukrainian army.  This is reported on the website of the Parliament of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada, which …

  • Transparency International: Ukrainian Prosecutor General fails to fight corruption.

    Ukrainian division of Transparency International believes that Victor Shokin creates a "puppet anti-corruption body” while bringing in former officials of the ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovych .

    Transparency International Ukraine, a non-profit organization, says that Victor Shokin, Ukrainian Prosecutor General, in cooperation with the top individuals of the government authorities have been trying to exert control over the Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies in order to make them work in their …

  • Russia No Longer a Superpower

    Russia is no longer a superpower as its deteriorating economy is ranked "somewhere behind Spain", White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters and stressed that Moscow's influence is limited compared to the erstwhile Soviet Union.

    "Russia is no longer a superpower. Observed in the last couple of weeks that the condition of Russia's economy is weak and further deteriorating,"

    "They are now the 15th-largest economy in the world, and they rank somewhere behind Spain," he said. …

  • At least 2 killed in Ukraine ammunition depot explosion.

    At least two people have been killed in the Ukrainian town of Svatove after a series of blasts at a ammunition depot.

    Local media has said the Ukrainian security forces were investigating and claimed it could be a terrorist act.

    The town lies in a government-controlled part of the Luhansk region. In addition to the two casualties, four civilians and four servicemen were wounded.

    According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry statement, the fire was started by "the release of a flare that fell onto …

  • Soccer World Cup in Russia agreed before vote.

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there was a deal in place for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup - before the vote took place.

    The 79-year-old Blatter is serving a 90-day ban alongside Uefa chief Michel Platini.

    Asked whether it was a mistake to hold voting for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments simultaneously, Blatter replied that before the ballot: "It was agreed inside the group that we go to Russia because it has never been to eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America.

    "And so we …

  • US commerce secretary visits her roots in Ukraine.

    Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secretary and Hyatt Hotel heiress, visits her great-grandfather's birthplace in central Ukraine.

    This is the first time Pritzker is visiting the small town of Velyki Pryts'ky, 50 miles southeast of Kyiv, with a population of just 800. Pritzker's great-grandfather emigrated from Ukraine to the US over one hundred years ago

    After the informal press conference she was whisked off on a tour of the town by a rabbi.

    Local residents were in awe of the high-profile …