Contents tagged with crimea

  • EU extends sanctions against Crimea for another year

    The EU Council has decided to extended sanctions against the Crimea and Sevastopol for one more year, TASS reports, citing an unnamed member of the EU parliament.

    This decision was made during a meeting in Luxemburg of the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries from 28 EU countries.

    On May 14, the EU Council imposed sanctions against the Crimea’s Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission Inna Guzeeva, and Secretary Natalia Bezruchenko; the Council additionally imposed sanctions against the …

  • Former Ukrainian Military Commander proposes to cut off the Crimean peninsula from land access

    Anatoly Lopata, the Ukrainian former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and former First Deputy Defense Minister, stated that Ukraine should cut off the Crimean peninsula from land access, turning it into an island. 

    In an interview with Obozrevatel, Lopata stated that Russia currently “dominates the waters near the peninsula.” “But we can approach this from an entirely different angle by cutting off the Crimean canal from the land, making the Crimea into an island,” Lopata stated. …

  • Russia starts shipping Crimean grain to Syria out of annexed Sevastopol

    According to the June 14 edition of New Sevastopol, Sevastopol Sea Port Director Sergey Yemelyanov reported that his seaport has shipped its first 3,800 tons grain delivery from Krasnohvardiiske for delivery to Syria.

    At the same time Yemelyanov did not name the Syrian port to which the grain will be delivered. According to local media reports, the Port Director forbade journalists from photographing the ship "so that the ship owner does not have problems with sanctions."

    The management of …

  • US senators call on Trump to impose sanctions against Russia for religious persecution in the Donbas and Crimea

    A group of the American senators has submitted a resolution placing responsibility on Russia for violating religious freedoms in the annexed Crimea and separate regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. This was reported by the Ukrainian Embassy in the US on Thursday, June 14.

    "A bipartisan group of senators headed by the Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, Roger Wicker, have introduced a draft resolution on the situation in the field of religious freedom in the OSCE region," the Embassy’s …

  • Ukrainian official: Crimea drying out completely

    Crimea, which used to live off water from mainland Ukraine, is completely drying out, Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories Yuriy Hrymchak said in a comment for Obozrevatel news outlet.

    “We monitor using satellites that photograph Crimean territory. Today, more than 70% of the previously normal vegetation is drying up. Put in understandable language, steppe Crimea, which lived off water which came from Ukraine, is drying up completely, it’s true,” Hrymchak said.

    When asked whether …

  • FIFA has not allowed Russia to create an official fan zone in Crimea

    FIFA did not grant the Crimea the right to open an official World Cup fan zone on the peninsula, the “Minister of Tourism and Resorts" of the Crimea, Vadim Volchenko reported.

    "We and the Federal Agency of the Russian Federation for Tourism approached FIFA to obtain permission for public broadcasts of World Cup [matches] and didn't get an answer," R-Sport agency quoted Volchenko as saying.

    "It is a weird situation, there is neither a refusal nor an answer. In fact, it seems like a ban for the …

  • Russia launches large-scale aviation exercises near the Ukrainian border and in annexed Crimea

    The Russian Federation has launched large-scale aviation exercises for the Southern military district, involving roughly one hundred aircraft and helicopters. The Air Defense and the Black Sea Fleet forces will take part in the exercises, which are set to take place in the Rostov region, Krasnodar Krai, and annexed Crimea, the Interfax agency reports, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense. During the exercises, aircraft will land on a prepared airfield in the Rostov region and will perform …

  • Kyiv reminds Ukrainian banks of ban on Russian banknotes and coins depicting Crimea

    The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) informed Ukrainian banks, banking associations and the Ukrainian Postal Service (Ukrposhta) of a list of Russian banknotes banned for use in Ukraine, including banknotes and coins depicting the annexed Crimea, reports UNIAN, citing the NBU’s press service.

    According to the report, the NBU sent a letter to banks listing the Russian banknotes put into circulation in 2018 that are currently banned for currency exchange and cash operations in Ukraine. These …

  • Putin dismisses the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the heads of the Crimean Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Sergey Abisov and the Sergei Shakhov, respectively.

    The decree on the dismissal of the "Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Crimea," Sergey Abisov was published on the Russian government’s website of legal information.

    The website of the Crimean authorities noted that Abisov was born in 1967 in Simferopol. He started serving in internal affairs in 1998 …

  • Serbian President explains decision not to recognize Crimea as part of Russia

    Serbia has not recognized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, since it would have implied recognition of Kosovo’s independence, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić told Le Monde in an interview.

    “We have not recognized Crimea as part of Russia. If we did that, it would imply that we support the independence of Kosovo,” the Serbian leader said.

    He also explained why Belgrade has not placed sanctions on Russia.

    “Serbia cannot shoot itself in the foot by introducing sanctions against Russia. Put …