• Eastern Ukrainian separatist leader proposes prisoner exchange

    On Sunday, August 20, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky sent a proposal to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on a possible exchange of prisoners of war.

    Plotnitsky suggested that Kiev be the first to release imprisoned separatists. The head of the self-declared republic that he would be prepared to release Ukrainian POWs the following day. He also added that the leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, agreed to …

  • Erdogan tells Poroshenko Turkey doesn't recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have discussed the situation in the Crimea during a telephone conversation, the press service of Ukrainian President reported.

    “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan assured Petro Poroshenko of the stance of Turkish authorities on support of independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders. Erdoğan also stated that the Republic of Turkey doesn’t recognize the occupation of the …

  • Advisor to Ukraine's MIA is confident Clinton would provide Ukraine with lethal weapons

    Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Zoryan Shkiryak is sure that if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton becomes the next US President, Ukraine will receive lethal weapons.

    According to the 112 Ukraine TV channel, Shkiryak said that a lot depends on the results of the elections in the United States and expressed the hope that the Democrats win.

    "I am convinced that Clinton made the corresponding statement that during her presidency, Ukraine can be given lethal weapons," …

  • Yildrim: Turkey is open to allowing Russia to use NATO's Incirlik airbase

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Ankara would not object to allowing Russia to use the Incirlik airbase to carry out airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State, Anadolu reported.

    Responding to question posed by journalists, Yıldırım said Russia has not requested use of the base.

    “Turkey opened Incirlik airbase to fight Islamic State terrorists. It is being used by the US and Qatar. Other nations might also wish to use the airbase, which the Germans are also now using,” Yıldırım …

  • Iran will allow Russia to use Hamedan airbase indefinitely

    Iran will all allow Russia to use the Hamedan airbase as long as Moscow sees fit, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Saturday, August 20, Tasnim news agency reported. He added that Tehran does not plan to provide Russia access to other military bases. Dehghan also said that Iran has received the bulk of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, and the deliveries are expected to be completed within a month. The Minister noted that Moscow has offered to sell Iran S-400 and " …

  • Russia deploys electronic intelligence system along border with Ukraine

    The Russian Federation has deployed intelligence systems in conjunction with the beginning of the provocations in the Crimea

    Air monitoring along the Ukrainian border confirmed the deployment of electronic intelligence systems in the Russian Federation in close proximity to the Russian-Ukrainian border.

    According to the press service of the Ukrainian State Border Service, Russian intelligence systems have been deployed opposite the border units in the Kharkiv region at distance of 2.5 km from …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to issue note of protest over Putin's visit to Crimea

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has prepared a note of protest over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Crimea. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa, Krym.Realii reports.

    "Today's visit indicates the neglect by the Russian side that was continuing for a long time of the international law, the UN Charter, the resolution of the UN General Assembly with respect to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine," Betsa said.

    She also …

  • Merkel sees no reason to lift sanctions on Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees no reason to lift the economic sanctions against Russia, as stated by the German politician on Friday, August 19, in an interview with the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland media group.

    According to her, Moscow provoked a severe crisis with the annexation of the Crimea and its military operations in eastern Ukraine. "Europe had to respond to the violation of the basic principles of world order," Angela Merkel said.

    According to her, the observance of the …

  • Moldova protests Russian exercises in Transnistria

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova expressed discontent with Russian diplomats concerning recent exercises conducted by Russian troops in the territory of Transnistria.

    On 18 August, the Ministry gave a statement indicating that the exercises are "illegal, provocative and inadmissible." The statement notes that the exercises are focused on "undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Moldova.

    The Ministry reiterated Chisinau’s demand that Russia withdraw its troops and …

  • Russia's PARNAS opposition party will not campaign in the Crimea without Ukraine's permission

    Candidates to the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the PARNAS party will not campaign in the Crimea without Ukraine’s permission, as stated by the Krasnodar branch of the party.

    “We will take Ukraine’s advice and will act according to international law. PARNAS will not campaign in the Crimea,” the statement on the official page of the branch stated on the social network, Vkontakte.

    Earlier the Ukrainian Director-General of the Directorate General for Policy and Communications, …