Contents tagged with Odessa

  • Klimkin: Moscow promises to let Ukrainian consuls visit the captured sailors

    Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin wrote on Twitter  that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia promises to allow Ukrainian consuls to visit the captured Ukrainian sailors on November 25 in the Kerch Strait area.

    “The Russian Foreign Ministry officially reported that the sailors were in Moscow, and promised to let them meet with our consuls, 10 days after the seizure of our ships. We are doing everything to ensure that the consuls get to the guys as quickly as possible,” …

  • Korean ambassador suggests creating a free economic zone in the Odessa region

    Korea has formulated a cooperation strategy with Ukraine which will allow increasing Ukraine's GDP to 10% over the next 10 years, said Korean ambassador Lee Yang-Goo at the tenth National Expert Forum in Odessa organized by the Gorshenin Institute.

    "We have developed a master plan for cooperation between Ukraine and Korea. In accordance with this plan, Ukraine can increase its GDP growth rate to 10% in the next 10 years. International organizations proposed various scenarios for this. This …

  • Russia blocks sea route to Odessa

    On Wednesday, August 15, between 7:00 and 20:00, the north-western portion of the Black Sea, from the Tarkhanut Peninsula to the Danube Delta, was closed to ship movement. According to the Ukrainian Military Portal, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was to blame for the disruption.

    Several civilian vessels – the cargo ship Nahide-M, the tankers Hercules and Yukon Star – were forced to stop moving and drop anchors. The civilian vessels Ocean Force and BFP Melody were warned by Russian military ships …

  • NATO explains why it sent warships to Odessa

    Six NATO ships arrived in Odessa on July 23 and will be open to visits by residents and guests of the city on July 24 and 25.

    At the joint press-conference with NATO Commander Frank Maginsky and the Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, the Commander of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) Boudewijn Boots explained that the presence of the ships is part of the Alliance’s efforts to strengthen its partnership with Ukraine.  

    "This is the third visit of the group …

  • Saakashvili accuses Ukrainian President Poroshenko of impeding the implementation of reforms in Odessa region

    Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page that President Petro Poroshenko hindered the implementation of reforms in Odessa Oblast, and that the Ukrainian people would definitely not elect him for a second term.

    "Today Petro Poroshenko touched upon the issue of me at his press conference. He said that he invited me to Odessa and gave me opportunities, and that I betrayed his trust. The president, to put it lightly, told a lie. He invited me as a combat general …

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of illegal gas production at the Odessa shelf

    Since the annexation of the Crimea, Russia has illegally extracted over 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas from the Odessa gas field, as reported by Hromadske citing Svitlana Nezhnova, Chairman of the Board of the state-owned joint-stock company Chornomornaftogaz (the company considers itself as the legal owner of oil and gas assets in the Crimea).

    Replying to the question as to whether Russia plans to stop gas production at the Odessa gas field, Nezhnova answered that such statements were not …

  • Ukrainian policeman who shot a 'fan of Stalin' received reward weapon

    Police Lieutenant Roman Danylenko received an honorable distinction for courage in action and his partner, Staff Sergeant Volodymyr Khlevnyi, received the same honorable distinction and a reward weapon.

    The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, rewarded police officers in Odessa who shot pro-Russian activist, Valentyn Doroshenko, as reported by Dumskaya on Saturday, 27 January.

    “Crew commander, police Lieutenant Roman Danylenko received an honorable distinction for his brave …

  • USA: missile destroyer USS James E. Williams heading to Ukrainian port of Odessa

    The USS James E. Williams, which entered the Black Sea, is headed for the port of Odessa, said a spokesman for the U.S. Navy, as reported on a U.S. Naval Institute news site.

    Under the Montreux Convention of 1936, warships may be in the Black Sea for no more than 21 days.

    According to the report, the USS James E. Williams left the base in the American city of Norfolk on May 23 to take part in U.S. Navy operations. In May, ABC 13 News Now reported that the destroyer would be at sea for seven …

  • Bomb threat phone calls cause mass evacuations in Ukrainian airports

    On Friday, November 10, a wave of phone calls about bomb threats in airports swept across Ukraine.

    Service was suspended in particular at Odessa International Airport, one of the largest airports in the country.

    "Today at 12:00, an unknown man called to the Director's office at Odessa International Airport and said that there [was] a car in a parking lot near the airport that contained explosives," the local police website said. Explosives specialists and service dogs were sent to the …

  • Ukrainian military reported attempted seizure of military compound in Odessa

    On Sunday, October 29, forty people in balaclavas tried to raid and seize the military unit A3571 in Odessa, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on Facebook.

    "Today, at about 8:45 a.m., about 40 unknown people in balaclavas attempted to capture part of the territory of the military facility in Odessa, which is the property of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine," the message of the Ukrainian military command says.

    The attackers partially dismantled the fence of …