Contents tagged with crimea

  • Russia expels British journalist Madeline Roache from annexed Crimea

    British reporter Madeline Roache was forced to leave the Crimean peninsula by local authorities for several alleged rules violations. Roache was covering violations of human rights in the Russian-annexed Crimea.

    Law enforcement official detained her on the morning of February 7 in a hostel in Simferopol where she was staying. She was accused of conducting journalist activity in the Crimean peninsula without obtaining permission from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also without a …

  • Yanukovych’s lawyer: in March 2014 the Government of Ukraine decided to surrender the Crimea

    The decision to withdraw Ukrainian forces from the Crimea in spring 2014 was made on the recommendation of Serhiy Pashynsky who was the head of the Presidential administration of Ukraine at the time.

    Yanukovych’s lawyer, Vitalii Serdiuk, who represents the interests of the former President of Ukraine stated on his Facebook page that this is evidenced by Ihor Tenyukh, the former Defense Minister.

    According to a copy of the interrogation report published by Serdiuk, at a meeting of the National …

  • Former Ukrainian Defense Minister says he resigned because his military plan to regain Crimea in 2014 was not supported

    Admiral Ihor Tenyukh, who served as acting Minister of Defense between February 27 and March 25 in 2014 says that he resigned from the position because, after the decision had been made to bring the Ukrainian Armed Forces to full combat readiness, his suggestion to “go for a breakthrough” in the Crimea was not supported.

    “My plan consisted of going for a breakthrough, because this is a war. My plan was not supported, and so I resigned,” he said while testifying as a witness in the Kyiv …

  • Media: Putin might vote in Crimea during the presidential elections

    Russian President Vladimir Putin might vote in Sevastopol for the March 18th Presidential elections, the newspaper Kommersant writes.

    According to the newspaper’s source, the region was chosen based on anticipated low turnout for the Russian Presidential election. During the previous federal elections, Vladimir Putin always voted in Moscow."However, after the change in the legislation in 2017, it became easier to vote at the place of residence rather than registration. The expert said that …

  • Ukraine initiates criminal proceedings against German deputies for visiting Crimea despite travel ban

    The Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has initiated criminal proceedings as a result of the visit of German deputies from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to the peninsula.

    The case has been initiated on the basis of an appeal from the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany concerning the violation of entry and exit procedures from the Temporarily Occupied Territory (p. 1 art. 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine prescribes up to three years of imprisonment).

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  • Chubarov calls on Kyiv and the West to adopt a unified position of the non-recognition of Russian elections in Crimea

    The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, believes that Ukraine and its Western partners should adopt a common position of the non-recognition of the elections of the Russian President, which the Kremlin plans to hold in the annexed Crimea, he said in an interview with Krym.Realii.

    "If Putin rules Russia, then a situation must be created for him that is more threatening than surrender and the return of the Crimea. The explosion of Russia itself, collapse, …

  • Journalist: the pilot of a Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria was not a Ukrainian citizen

    The Russian pilot, a Major in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Roman Filippov, who was killed in Syria, had never been a citizen of Ukraine as stated by a journalist, Yury Butusov, on Facebook.

    "He was a career officer. He was transferred to the Crimea from Russia and joined the 37th mixed aviation regiment (commander - Colonel Oleg Terebunsky). The regiment is based in Hvardiiske in the occupied Crimea. Information from the Russian Ministry of Defense, disseminated by the Russian …

  • Kremlin takes possession of Crimean shipyard previously owned by Ukrainian president

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order to transfer the Sevastopol Shipyard based in the Russian-annexed Crimea into the possession of the Russian government, with the shipyard’s oversight being assigned to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, according to an order that appeared on the website of the Russian government.

    “In order to improve efficiency and development of the Crimean Federal District, the bill orders the transfer of the Sevastopol Shipyard named after Sergo …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Kyiv to take actions against German companies working in Crimea

    Ukrainian authorities are considering measures against German companies operating in the Crimea despite the EU sanctions, as stated by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin, in an interview with the German newspaper, Rheinische Post.

    "Any attempt to bypass sanctions against Russia, introduced as a result of the annexation of the Crimea, must be punished by law ... We have a wide range of legal mechanisms that we can use. We are in the process of finding a balanced solution," …

  • German deputies visit Crimea in violation of Ukrainian travel ban

    Nine German Deputies from three regional parliaments of Germany came to the Crimea on February 3 in violation of Ukrainian legislation, as reported by RIA Novosti, citing the head of the German cultural autonomy of the peninsula, Yuri Gempel. "The delegation has arrived to the Crimea. We have already met them. Nine people have arrived," he said. The delegation will stay in the Crimea from 3 to 9 February and includes deputies from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party from three regional …