• Putin: Ukraine is unwilling to implement the Minsk Agreements

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the members of the Security Council in the Crimea, accused Ukraine of its "unwillingness or inability" to implement the Minsk Agreements regarding the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas. According to him, this explains Ukraine’s "provocative acts" in the Crimea.

    At the same time Putin expressed hope that this is not Ukraine’s "final choice" and that "common sense will prevail."

    Putin also stated that Moscow is not going to sever  …

  • Ukraine releases documents allegedly tying Trump advisor Paul Manafort to Yanukovych regime

    Declassified accounting documents of the Ukrainian Party of Regions were published on Friday. They reflect payments in the amount of 12.7 million dollars to Paul Manafort, head of Trump’s electoral campaign.

    Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that Manafort helped the pro-Kremlin party to secretly transfer at least $2.2 million to two Washington lobbies. In an interview with Yahoo News, Manafort said that this information was incorrect.

    The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of …

  • WTO rules against Russia on pork ban

    The World Trade Organization has supported the EU in the another trade dispute with Russia, RBC reports.

    The panel of arbitrators at the WTO ruled that Russia’s ban on importing European pork is contrary to the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

    In early, 2014 Russia imposed a ban on imports of live pigs and pig products from all EU countries, referring to the outbreak of African swine fever in Lithuania and Poland.

    The WTO concluded that the ban on pork …

  • Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO: Military buildup in Crimea is not directed against NATO

    The build-up of Russian military forces in the Crimea is not directed at anyone, including NATO. According to RIA Novosti, this was said by Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO, Alexander Grushko.

    “Somehow, there exists a kind of contrived element of intimidation of public opinion if we talk about the perception of what we are doing in the Crimea. NATO is actually well aware that a very serious Russian component has always been present in the Crimea at all times,” Grushko explained. …

  • Russian ships fire cruise missiles at Syria from Mediterranean

    Russian ships launched three cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea against targets in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, an al-Nusra Front command post and base were destroyed.

    Russian ships launched thee Kalibr cruise missiles at targets in Syria. The missiles were fired from ships of the Black Sea Fleet, Zeleny Dol and Serpukhov, located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. A command post and base belonging to the al-Nusra Front near the village of Dar Taaza were destroyed, …

  • Russian Minister of Sports: Russia may stop funding World Anti-Doping Agency

    Russia may stop financing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) if the organization will not restore the rights of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in the near future, the Minister of Sport, Vitaly Mutko, said in an interview with P-Sport.

    "WADA is your system. The laboratory and RUSADA are your organizations. There are foreign experts working at RUSADA and we pay a huge amount of money," Mutko said.

    In November 2015, WADA published a report regarding testing fraud at the anti-doping …

  • Poroshenko: Separatists have begun firing artillery at targets far beyond the front line

     Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the separatists' large-caliber artillery has begun firing at targets that are far beyond the conflict line. He said this during his visit to the city of Brody.

    “The enemy is trying to disrupt the Minsk process by making absolutely irresponsible statements about the exit from the Normandy negotiation process, and by dramatically increasing the intensity of the shelling of the positions of our troops in eastern Ukraine. There was a record …

  • Russia labels International Republic Institute and Media Development Investment Fund as 'undesirable' NGOs

    The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation has adopted a decision to recognize the activities of two foreign non-governmental organizations as undesirable in the country. This was reported by the agency’s press service.

    “Based on the results of studying the received materials, the General Prosecutor’s Office has adopted a decision on the recognition of the activities of the foreign non-governmental organizations of the International Republican Institute and the Media Development …

  • Conflict Intelligence Team reported on deaths of two Russian servicemen in Syria

    The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) has discovered that two more Russian servicemen were killed in Syria, RBC reported. The CIT is a group of indepedent investigators.

    The CIT reported that Russian officers Oleg Arkhireev and Maxim Sorochenko are buried in the Solnechnogorsk cemetery. Their deaths, which occurred during Russia’s campaign in Syria, were confirmed by relatives and comrades-in-arms.

    Captain Maxim Sorochenko died on the 19th of November 2015, but the circumstances surrounding …

  • Poroshenko does not rule out imposing martial law due to growing tensions in Crimea

    The armed clashes in the Donbas region and the growing tension in the Crimea may lead to this type of decision by the Ukrainian President.The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said on Thursday, August 18, 2016 that he does not exclude the introduction of martial law and a new wave of military mobilization if the conflict with the Russian-supported separatists worsens.Poroshenko appeared at a time when increased tensions with Russia regarding the Crimea intensified fears that a fragile …