Contents tagged with crimea

  • Volker: New US sanctions acknowledge Russia’s control over Donbas

    The financial sanctions on Russia which the US Treasury Department announced on November 8 are the first to officially recognize that Russia has complete control over the situation in the Donbas, said Kurt Volker, The US State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine, Voice of America reports.

    For the first time, the sanctions are also being placed on private entities who are “facilitating the integration of Crimea” through their financial investments, as well as persons complicit in …

  • Ukraine’s Representative to UN: Russia is preparing to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea

    The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, stated that Russian Federation has doubled its military forces on the peninsula and continues preparation of the Crimean military infrastructure for deployment of nuclear weapons. According to him, the UN Security Council should meet to discuss the situation in the occupied Donbas, and the escalation in the Sea of Azov reports TSN.

    “For example, Crimea is often used as the headquarters and a supply base for military …

  • Ukrainian politician: Russia offered to ‘solve’ Donbas problem in exchange for Crimea

    Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s representative in the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), told reporters that in other work groups he receives offers to deal with the situation in the Donbas by Ukraine officially renouncing its claims to Russia-annexed Crimea.

    “I am involved in another two (aside from the TCG) international platforms on the Donbas. In the coffee breaks, they say to me that if Ukraine officially renounces Crimea, and takes away the Crimean problem, it could be a …

  • Head of annexed Crimea orders Simferopol authorities to travel by public transport

    The Head and Prime Minister of the Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, demanded that the representatives of the Simferopol city authorities must travel by public transport during peak hours. On November 7, Aksyonov wrote on Facebook that it is necessary to study the situation on the Simferopol roads, which he called the “traffic collapse”.

    He added that he expects Simferopol authorities' proposals on how to stabilize the situation to be presented during the next meeting.

    “The colossal traffic jams …

  • US aircraft conducts reconnaissance flight near annexed Crimea

    A US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft flew near the Kerch Strait, as reported on Tuesday, November 6 by Interfax, citing the monitoring data of Western aviation resources. The American aircraft took off from Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicilia, Italy and held a long flight over the international waters of the Black Sea, 35 km south of the entrance to the Kerch Strait.

    During its flight, the Poseidon also flew near Sevastopol and the coast of Krasnodar Krai.

     A US Air Force …

  • Ukrainian politician accuses Merkel of preventing Ukraine from becoming a NATO member

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is “responsible” for the fact that Ukraine has not become a NATO member yet, stated Verkhovna Rada Deputy Yuriy Chyzhmar on the Channel ZIK.

    “It was she who in 2008 in Bucharest, as you remember, raised the issue of not providing Ukraine with an action plan for NATO membership, to please Putin. If we had it then, maybe today the issues of the Donbas and the Crimea would not exist, so we have lot of questions for you,” the deputy stated in the show “People are …

  • Crimean authorities ask Russia for help in organizing air transit between Damascus and Simferopol

    Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian head of the Crimea, sent a letter to Yevgeny Dietrich, the Russian Minister of Transport, and asked him for support in organizing flight connections between Damascus and Simferopol, TASS reported.

    It was reported earlier that Aksyonov spoke about this at his meeting with Syrian authorities during his visit in Damascus from October 15 to 16.

    The Russian Ministry of Transport confirmed that they received Aksyonov’s letter.

    Representatives of the Russian authorities …

  • Erdogan: Turkey will never recognize the annexation of Crimea

    President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during the joint briefing with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, stated that Turkey has never recognized and will not recognize the  annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

    He once again assured that the position of Turkey is to support the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and political unity of Ukraine, reports 112 Ukraine.

    At the same time, Erdogan stressed that Ankara will continue to protect the …

  • Ukrainian military to hold guided missile launches near Crimea

    From November 1 to 4, Ukrainian military will carry out tests of guided missiles in the Kherson region. The airspace over the Black Sea will be closed because of the exercises, said spokesman of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Dmytro Strutynsky.

    “Flight exercises will be held tomorrow in the Kherson Oblast to test launch guided missiles from anti-aircraft systems,” Strutynsky said.

    Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities stated that the airspace over the Black Sea near the western …

  • Ukrainian Permanent Representative to UN: Russia is attempting to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimea

    The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko during a speech at the UN Security Council meeting stated that Russia doubled its military presence in the annexed Crimea, RBC-Ukraine reports.

    “Russia has more than doubled its forces on the Crimean peninsula and is attempting to deploy nuclear weapons on the peninsula,” stated Yelchenko.

    The ambassador added that since 2014, more than 100 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation moved to the territory of Crimea.

    “For …