Contents tagged with crimea

  • Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expresses dissatisfaction with Greek businessman's visit to Crimea

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is displeased with the arrival of Greek businessmen on the occupied region of Crimea on March 30th. This was reported by the press-service of the Ministry.The Ministry noted that this visit was not coordinated with the Ukrainian side and happened in violation of the Ukrainian legislation."We consider such a trip of the Greek citizens as a sign of disrespect for the sovereignty of Ukraine, a conscious disregard of the Ukrainian laws and policies of the …

  • Agricultural production in Crimea decreased by almost half in 2015

    The harvest of vegetables and fruits in the Crimea in 2015 was nearly half of its average prior to the annexation of Crimea by Russia, according to political analyst and founder of the Free Crimea project, Taras Berezovets, as reported by Krym.Realii."Indicators of agricultural production are impressive. 213,000 tons of vegetables and 66,000 tons of fruit were produced in 2015. Before the occupation there were between 380,000 and 480,000 tons of vegetables and no less than 100,000 tons of …

  • Israel imposes complete economic blockade on the Crimea

    Although Israel attempts to avoid inflaming tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Tel Aviv officials do not recommend doing business in occupied Crimea. Shimon Briman, Israeli Editor-in-Chief of the Forum Daily and expert on Ukrainian-Israeli relations says that what the recommendation amounts to is a complete blockade in terms of Israeli business, Interfax-Ukraine reported."In general, the position of Israel, though neutral officially, is largely focused on the development of Ukraine, in …

  • The Massandra Vineyard in Crimea is being sold off by Russia

    The famous Massandra winery in the Crimea is being sold off by the Russian authorities in the framework of the privatization of occupied lands on the Peninsula, Shipilov.com reported.

    Recently, a company from Moscow, Elias, purchased 36 hectares (89 acres) of the former Massandra vineyard near Gurzuf.

    Only three companies, Elias, Nizhnevolzhskstroyservise, and MKL plus were admitted to the auction, which is a formal part of the privatization process.

    Little is known about the owner of Elias, …

  • Turkish Ambassador in Ukraine: Russia inspires Ankara to work closely with Kiev

    The Ambassador of Turkey to Ukraine, Yönet Tezel, stated that cooperation between Kiev and Ankara is becoming closer because of Russian aggression in Ukraine. “Russia inspires us to cooperate more. In this context, Crimea and Crimean Tatars, who are very dear to us, are important. We hope that the issue on Crimea will not disappear from the agenda on the international level,” Tezel said at the international forum, “Hybrid decisions of security in the Black Sea region”, that took place in Odessa, …

  • President of Bulgaria calls for Savchenko’s release; says Crimea is Ukraine

    During his visit to Kiev, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Crimea belongs to Ukraine. He also stated that Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia should be released immediately, Poroshenko’s Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The President of Bulgaria: 'In every speech I emphasize that the Crimea is Ukraine. And Ukraine is Europe,'" Tsegolko wrote.

    The …

  • Security Service of Ukraine releases names of 1,400 of its employees who defected

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) disclosed the names of 1,391 of its former employees who defected following the Ukrainian Revolution in the spring of 2014. The list was published on the SSU’s website on Saturday, RBC reported. Most of the SSU employees on the list were stationed in the Crimea prior to its annexation in March of 2014.

    The list was primarily comprised of individuals who served in the 3rd SSU Alpha Group, located in Simferopol in the Crimea, as well as employees of the Main …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Protest sentiments are growing in Crimea

    Protest sentiments are growing in Crimea, and clear proof of this is an emergence of pro-Ukrainian inscriptions and symbols in the annexed territory, as stated by a representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Vadim Skibitskiy, Krym.Realii reported.“The problems with the electicity and water supply remain unresolved. Public-sector employees wages are declining. Meanwhile, the cost of living is increasing in the occupied Crimea. Such situation leads …

  • Aksyonov: Kerch Strait Bridge cannot be built without Ukraine's consent

    The head of Russian Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that Ukraine will have to agree on the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, the Kommersant newspaper wrote.

    According to Aksyonov, this is due to "international legal norms according to which the Sea of Azov is a joint area of navigation.”

    "It is 'unlikely' that we'll get Ukraine's consent,” the official noted, adding that construction of an underwater tunnel would be cheaper and would not require consent from Kiev.

    Russia and Ukraine …

  • Aksyonov blames high prices in Crimea on 'speculators'

    The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Russian Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, explained that the high prices on medicines and food products in the Crimean peninsula are being driven by speculators. The prices are 30-40% higher than in adjacent Russian regions: Krasnodar and Rostov.

    “The prices on food products in specific areas are 40% higher than in the Krasnodar region. The price on pasta products is 46% higher. There are concerns of speculation in half of these cases, a parasitic …