• The FBI and Europol could be involved in the Sheremet murder investigation

    During a telephone conversation with newspaper editor Sevğil Musayeva-Borovyk, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had agreed to participate in the investigation of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet.

    Also during the conversation, Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the journalist’s relatives and to the staff of the newspaper.

    The President also instructed Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to invite Europol to participate in the …

  • Poland to spend $21 billion on new weapons and military equipment

    Polish Deputy Defense Minister Bartosz Kovnatsky announced that Poland plans to spend at least $21 billion on new weapons and military equipment for the country’s armed forces, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    "The management of the Ministry [of defense] has defined its priorities, and the protection of the air space is one of those priorities," Kovnatsky said.

    Poland plans to spend about $10 billion on a medium-range missile defense system, and a further $5 billion on a short range system. The …

  • Trump says he may not back NATO allies if invaded by Russia

    In an interview with the New York Times, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that the United States wouldn’t come to the defense of NATO allies, such as the Baltic states, if they haven’t “fulfilled their obligation” to the US.

    Trump has repeatedly stated that most Alliance member states are not making the necessary financial contributions to NATO. In the past, the real estate mogul has said that “the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.”

    In April, …

  • Investigators look into six possible motives for the murder of Sheremet

    On TV channel 112, Yuriy Tandit, adviser to the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, claimed that Ukrainian investigators are examining six possible explanations for the murder of Pavel Sheremet.

    “We already have six [motives]. I can only speak about four previous motives,” Tandit stated, noting that the investigation will also consider a possible explanation brought forth by member of Ukrainian Parliament Serhiy Vysotsky, who suggested that the murder of Sheremet could be the start of a …

  • Despite sanctions, Crimeans can download Pokemon Go

    Crimean residents can download and play the popular mobile game, Pokémon Go, despite western sanctions and despite the fact that game has not been officially released in Russia yet, RIA Novosti reported.

    It is not possible to install the game directly onto a mobile phone with an Android operating system as Google Play services are not available in the Crimea as a result of the sanctions.

    The ban can, however, be circumvented by installing a VPN, which is a program allowing the establishment …

  • Ukraine's Deputy Culture Minister: UNESCO mission is not going to visit Crimea without Kiev's invitation

    Without providing access to Crimea for Ukrainian experts, the visit of the monitoring mission of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will not be possible.  Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine Tamara Mazur said, while on Radio Krym.Realii, that Ukrainian authorities will not invite international experts to the annexed peninsula.

    “This monitoring mission can only come at the exclusive invitation of Ukraine.  UNESCO has said that Ukraine should invite them when an opportunity arises.  …

  • Poll: More than half of Ukrainians believe there is a real threat of war with Russia

    Fifty-two percent of polled Ukrainians think about the threat of a full-scale war with Russia today, while 34% do not see this as a threat, according to a survey by the Social Research Center, Sofia.

    Should the military conflict with Russia intensify, 27% of respondents said they are willing to assist in territorial defence units, while 39% intend to support those who advocate for ending the war and 25% do not intend to interfere.

    However, 44% of respondents believe that the West will not …

  • Juncker: Holding elections in the Donbas is impossible until the security situation improves

    The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, stated during a joint press conference in Brussels with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, that holding local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is impossible until the security situation in the area improves.

    “I share the view of Ukrainian Prime Minister and Johannes Hahn that the local elections can’t be held until the situation with security in eastern Ukraine is improved,” Jean-Claude Juncker stated. …

  • Ukraine installs transmitters to resume broadcasting in the Donbas

    The Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Information Policy, Tetiana Popova, stated at a briefing on July 19th that 60 transmitters have been installed for the resumption of Ukrainian broadcasting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    “Currently, 60 transmitters that we installed in the east of the country are already functioning,” Popova stated. According to her, the majority of these transmitters were provided by the governments of other countries at a total cost of 60 million …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russia is preparing the residents of the Donbas to resist peacekeepers

    The Russian Command of troops in the Donbas is preparing local citizens for organized resistance against the possible presence of an international peacekeeping mission.  This was reported by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (HUR MOU) via Facebook.

    “Training for ‘unarmed resistance to the invasion of the foreign armed mission’ has been planned in Luhansk on the 19th of July.  According to the training schedule, a demonstration will be held on the …