• Prominent Ukrainian MP: We need an alternative to the Minsk Agreements

    Semen Semenchenko, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada and member of the Samopomich (Self-Reliance) Party, has called for an alternative to the Minsk Agreements as a resolution to the war in eastern Ukraine. Semenchenko, who is also the founder of the volunteer territorial defense battalion “Donbas”, insists that the Minsk Agreements are in any case invalid because, according to legislative changes in Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada must approve all international treaties, which it has not done for the …

  • Putin to make first trip to the EU since November 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the EU for the first time in six months when he travels to Greece on May 27th, according to the website of the Presidential Administration. Putin plans to meet with both the Greek President and Prime Minister during his two-day visit.

    "I will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ... at the highest level will discuss key issues of bilateral trade, [and] economic and investment cooperation, including the …

  • Groysman confirms that Eurovision 2017 will be held in Ukraine

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has confirmed that the country will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. He reported this to 1+1 TV channel.

    “There is no way that Ukraine will give up hosting Eurovision. I think that it is a big honor for us and we must make every effort to host the contest at a highly professional level,” he said.

    The Ministry of Culture had previously estimated the cost of hosting the contest will be approximately €14.4 million.

    The National …

  • NATO can increase funding of Ukrainian Army

    A decision on increasing funding will be made at the summit in Warsaw

    The acting head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Yehor Bozhok, in his interview with Kyivpost stated that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) can increase the funding for reforms for the Ukrainian Army if Ukraine is able to clearly identify its needs. The decision on the increase in funding can be made at the summit in Warsaw.

    Bozhok recalled that four trust funds were created by NATO last year and all 28 NATO …

  • Ukrainian MFA wishes happy birthday to political prisoner in Crimea

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine wished Happy Birthday to Mustafa Degermendzhi, one of the defendants in the “case of February 26th.” He is currently held in custody in the Simferopol Remand (SIZO).

    "In a Crimean prison, Mustafa Degermendzhi celebrates his birthday. We wish durability. The truth will prevail," the Press Secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Marian Betz, tweeted.

    Mustafa Degermendzhi was detained on the 7th of May, 2015. On April 29th, 2016, the Kiev District …

  • Stratfor: Washington and Moscow may be making progress in talks over Ukraine

    The United States is likely making slow headway in the negotiation process with Russia on the crisis in Ukraine but this week demonstrated significant progress. Voice of America reports that this statement was released by the American analytical center Stratfor in a new analysis named "Anticipation of progress in negotiations on Ukraine."

    On May 18th, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland once again visited Moscow where she met with Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov. This …

  • Russia demands that Ukraine pay for renaming of cities

    Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov believes that Ukraine has to pay the change of international transport codes after renaming of the city of Dnepropetrovsk, TASS writes.

    "Changing the name is quite costly and those who decided to rename it bear responsibility. I don’t know whether they have changed the international codes,” Sokolov said. According to him, Russia is ready to make changes to their cartographic sources and databases "if all the costs of the international codes are …

  • Media: The EU will extend sanctions against Russia for another six months

    The European Union intends to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months, Bloomberg reported, with reference to EU officials.

    According to six European officials, the EU intend to extend sanctions "because of the unsuccessful efforts to completely cease hostilities in the East of Ukraine."

    Earlier, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini suggested that European sanctions against Russia be extended in July. She explained …

  • The United States plans to deploy special forces to Bulgaria

    The U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Bulgaria, Eric Rubin, stated that the United States plans to increase its military personnel in Bulgaria beginning 2017.

    “We expect the significant increase not only in the number of joint military exercises and training with Bulgaria but also in the number of military units deployed in Bulgaria, including Navy Seals in the Black Sea region,” Rubin said.

    The Ambassador emphasized the successful conduct of the number of joint military …

  • Three NATO countries to send their troops to Poland

    Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski stated that the USA, Canada and Great Britain will send their troops to Poland to strengthen NATO's eastern flank, Polish Radio reports.

    Waszczykowski met with diplomats of these three countries during the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. After the meeting, Waszczykowski confirmed that he received an application from representatives of each of these countries for deployment of military contingents in Poland.

    "I received assurances from …