• Norway to allocate 4 million euros for humanitarian aid to Ukraine

    Norway will allocate about 40 million kroner (more than 4 million euros) for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.  This was reported on the 8th of February by the press service of Norway’s government.

    “The humanitarian situation in some regions of Ukraine is very serious.  Five million people need help, including 1.5 million internal migrants.  Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the cold weather of winter,” said the State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, …

  • Russia begins surprise inspection of Southern Military District

    On February 8th, Russia began a sudden inspection of the combat readiness of the troops of the Southern Military District.According to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergey Shoygu, “troops of the Southern Military District, detached formations of airborne troops and military transport aviation” were brought into a state of full combat readiness.  He added that during the inspection, there was a need to determine the missions of the armed forces in critical situations, “ …

  • Lithuania to Import more Gas from Norway than Russia in 2016

    In 2016, Lithuania will import more gas from Norway than from Russia, as stated by the Minister of Energy of Lithuania, Rokas Masiulis, Reuters reports.

    Russian Gazprom enjoyed a monopoly on the Lithuanian gas market before the end of 2014, when Lithuania opened a floating liquefied gas terminal.  This allowed tankers from Norway to supply gas to Lithuania.

    The volume of imports of liquefied natural gas to Lithuania this year is expected to triple following the signing of two new agreements …

  • Russia found new arguments to challenge decision in Yukos case

    Russian lawyers will use the recent decisions of courts in Stockholm and Washington to challenge the legitimacy of The Hague's jurisdiction in the Yukos case.

    Russia has found new arguments to challenge the decision on the payment of 50 billion dollars to the former shareholders of Yukos, as a result of a lawsuit, reported Vedomosti.

    On February 9th, in the District Court of The Hague, Moscow's appeal will question the illegality of the application of the Energy Charter to this case, as well …

  • FBI to assist Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau

    In February, the representatives of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will visit Kiev, where they will assist the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), the head of NABU, Artem Sytnik, told Hromadske.

    He said that the Anti-Corruption Bureau expects the active assistance from the FBI representatives, because they have the ability to track flow of currency worldwide.

    "In February, we expect that there will be a permanent representative of the FBI in the NABU …

  • Jaresko: Ukraine does not have enough money to hold early parliamentary elections

    Ukraine cannot afford to hold early parliamentary elections in 2016, according to the country’s Minister of Finance, Natalie Jaresko.  She discussed this on the 8th of February on the Svoboda Slova program on the ICTV channel.  This was reported by Glavnoe citing Zerkalo Nedeli.

    “There is no money in the Ukrainian budget for holding early elections in 2016.  If we do hold elections, we will have to attract funds from somewhere or something will have to be underfunded,” Jaresko continued.

    She …

  • Canal + will not engage in public discussion of anti-Ukraine documentary

    The management of the private French channel, Canal +, refuses to engage in any public discussion regarding the Paul Moreira propaganda film, “Ukraine, Masks of the Revolution.”

    "The management has no intention of engaging in an open dialogue concerning discussion of the scandalous and misleading anti-Ukrainian film,” representatives stated.

    The original broadcast occurred on the 1st of February, with the channel planning to repeat it the next day.

    The film documents the events which …

  • Abromavičius: The coming weeks are critical for the Ukrainian government

    According to Aivaras Abromavičius, if the Ukrainian government does not take action, then Ukraine will have "not just frozen military conflict in the Donbas, but also frozen economic reforms important for all of Ukraine."

    Abromavičius, who resigned from the post of Minister of Economic Development, said that the Ukrainian government in the coming weeks should make a number of important and difficult decisions necessary for the further development of the country.

    "I was always saying that we …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: UN Secretary General is biased against Russia in its role in Syria

    The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has accused the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, of being biased and of having a lack of objectivity with regard to his assessment of Moscow’s role in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.  Zakharova’s comments were published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    According to Zakharova, “a campaign has been launched through a number of foreign media platforms discussing the role of Russia in the Syrian …

  • Three Factions Demand Resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The current political crisis in Ukraine is taking place against the backdrop of disputes over the resignation of the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as stated by Yuriy Lutsenko after a meeting of the Coalition Council.

    “We have a whole parade of opposing statements: on the one hand, the People’s Front delivers ultimatums on Yatsenyuk as the Prime Minister of Ukraine; on the other hand, three other factions do not want to see Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister. Moreover, today’s statement by the …