• Deputy Secretary of State: The US will not lift sanctions on Russia

    The US Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said that the US will not lift the sanctions against Russia until Moscow has fulfilled all of their commitments under the Minsk Agreements. Ukrinform reported that Blinken made these statements during a meeting with the Romanian media in Bucharest.

    “We stand by our previous decision that sanctions imposed against Russia by the US and the European Union will only be lifted once Moscow fulfills all of their commitments under the Minsk …

  • State Department has not confirmed appointment of Yovanovitch as new Ambassador to Ukraine

    The US State Department has declined to comment on the possible appointment of Marie Yovanovitch as the new Ambassador to Ukraine. The media had previously reported that Washington intends to transfer the current ambassador, Geoffrey Pyatt, to Greece.

    Ukrinform reported that the Director of the Press Office for the Department of State, Elizabeth Trudeau, refrained from commenting during a briefing in Washington on the 9th of May.

    “I have no announcements on any appointments,” Trudeau said. …

  • Pro-Kremlin journalist Graham Phillips confirmed that he was detained in Kerch

    Pro-Kremlin journalist Graham Phillips confirmed on his Twitter feed that he was detained by the Kerch police. "Quick comment - yes, I was briefly detained in Kerch, because my drone was flying," he wrote.

    Phillips clarified that he was arrested only for 15 minutes and was treated well.

    On May 8th, the Kerch website ''Argumenty Nedeli” reported that Phillips was arrested during a torchlight procession dedicated to Victory Day. According to the newspaper, the reason for the detention was that …

  • The OSCE is ready to send armed observers to the Donbas

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is open to sending armed personnel to eastern Ukraine if this proposal is agreed to by all parties. This was declared by the Secretary General of the OSCE, Lamberto Zannier.

    The organization is currently supervising a fragile ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and rebels in Donbas.

    Comments made by Zannier reflect the extent of the danger that the current unarmed observers are exposed to while monitoring the ceasefire. He says …

  • OSCE: Military parades in Donetsk and Luhansk violated the Minsk Agreements

    The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine stated that the presence of heavy weaponry in Luhansk and Donetsk during Victory Day parades is a violation of the Minsk Agreements, as reported on Facebook page of the Special Monitoring Mission.

    “The SMM was entrusted with the task of monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire and other provisions of the Minsk Agreements, including the withdrawal of weapons. In this case, the presence of heavy weaponry in Luhansk and Donetsk during the …

  • Lithuania denied entry to Russian bikers

    On Saturday, border guard officers in Druskininkai (Lithuania) denied entry to three Russian bikers, Delfi.lt reported. According to the edition, they didn’t have documents justifying their purpose or the conditions of their intended stay in the Schengen country. As it turned out later, these Russian citizens attempted to make their way from Belarus to Poland. However, Polish border guard officers have denied entry to them as well.

    This was the third time in a week that Lithuanian border …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: The situation in the Donbas continues to deteriorate

    The headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced that the situation in the Donbas has deteriorated significantly over the last several days, Glavnoe reported.

    “Yesterday, pro-Russian gangs opened fire on the positions of the Ukrainian defenders 15 times,” the headquarters wrote on Facebook.

    It was reported that Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka were attacked by separatists using rocket propelled grenades and small arms.

    According to the Ukrainian headquarters, separatists also …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine spends one fifth of its budget on the Army

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that one fifth of the state budget is spent on the defense sector, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    “Almost one fifth of the state budget we spend on Army and that’s justified,” Poroshenko stated.

    “We have created a modern army in two years and every Ukrainian has a legitimate right to be proud of it,” the President noted.

    Poroshenko did not rule out the possibility of a partial mobilization in 2016.

     “The only thing I still can’t promise is that there will …

  • Georgian President is confident that his country will join the EU

    Speaking before the opening of the concert dedicated to the Europe Day at the State Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tbilisi, President Giorgi Margvelashvili stated that Georgia is taking steps in the direction of European integration, and that the forthcoming elections will be held in accordance with European standards, RBC reported.

    “Georgia became independent 25 years ago but we are still taking steps in order to become free. We need to build our values to belong to European society. We need …

  • Poroshenko calls on the West to impose more sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that the countries that doubt the effectiveness of the sanctions against Russia should consider strengthening them.

    “From time to time, we hear that some European countries believe that the sanctions are not effective. Well, then, if someone considers them ineffective, they should not be lifted or eased, on the contrary, they should be extended and tightened!” Poroshenko said at the First Minute of Peace gathering in Kiev on Sunday evening. …