Contents tagged with Ukraine

  • Media: Chinese companies are actively investing in the Crimea

    Chinese companies (including state-owned enterprises) are secretly entering the annexed Crimea as investors, providing services for the Crimean authorities and supplying the peninsula with the latest industrial equipment, according to an article written by Valentina Samar for ZN.UA.

    According to Samar, the Kherson office of the Security Service of Ukraine has not yet completed the pre-trial investigation into the participation of the Chinese vessel JIAN JI 3001 in the construction of the so- …

  • NATO experts arrived in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine to conduct mine clearance

    NATO experts arrived in the town of Balakliia to conduct mine clearance in the territory of the ammunitions depot, reported the head of the Kharkiv regional state administration, Yulia Svetlichnaya.

    "In accordance with the instructions of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, NATO representatives were asked to demine Balakliia ammunitions depot. They are already arriving in the area in order to carry out routine activities that will allow mine clearing in the territory of the military …

  • Saakashvili announces unification of the democratic forces of Ukraine

    The ex-head of the Odessa regional state administration and leader of the New Forces Movement (Rukh Novyh Sil), Mikheil Saakashvili, has announced the unification of a number of democratic political forces, and predicts early elections in Ukraine in 2017.

    He said this during a forum organized by the Volya party in Kyiv, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "I think we will find a formula [for unification]; we need to unite all these people. It's ridiculous and untenable when they all individually hold …

  • Poroshenko announces reform of the Security Service of Ukraine

    In the near future, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) will review the concept of reforming the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), President Petro Poroshenko said.

    "In the near future, the NSDC will consider reforming the Security Service using the best practices of NATO member countries. It is assumed that certain functions of the Security Service that are not inherent in the classical security services will be gradually given over to other law enforcement agencies," he said at …

  • Russian Duma calls for sanctions against Ukraine over the entry ban of Russia's Eurovision candidate

    In his interview with, State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbek called for restrictive measures against Ukraine after Kyiv’s decision to ban singer Yuliya Samoylova from entering the country. She was to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017.  

    “The incident involving Samoylova speaks to the need of reciprocal action against Kyiv. It is necessary to consider a number of sanctions against the Ukrainian state,” said the parliamentarian, stressing that the situation is “an insult to Russian pride.” …

  • Warehouses with ammunition were blown up in Ukraine - Kyiv suspects subversion and asks for NATO assistance

    During the night of March 23 in a military depot in the city of Balakliia, located 95 km from the city of Kharkiv, a fire occurred which caused the detonation of ammunition. The warehouse area is 680 hectares. Ammunition was delivered from the depot to the war zone in the east of Ukraine. There are no casualties among the military and civilian population, but a 54-year-old woman received shrapnel wounds.

    The fire occurred at several sites where artillery shells of 125 and 152 mm caliber were …

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of a brazen assassination of a key witness in Yanukovych case

    Denis Voronenkov, former deputy of the Russian State Duma, was killed in the center of Kyiv on March 23. He moved to Kyiv in October 2016, when he gave evidence in the case of high treason against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. In December 2016, Voronenkov received Ukrainian citizenship.

    The killer shot Voronenkov while he was leaving the Premier Palace Hotel with a bodyguard. The former deputy died on site from his wounds. The bodyguard has been hospitalized (according to Yuriy …

  • Who tortured Ukrainian military scouts detained by separatists?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    On March 10th, the press office of the Ministry of State Security (MSS) of the Luhansk People’s Republic (MSS LPR) released a video recording of the interrogation of military scouts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Ukrainian captives said on camera that law enforcement agencies in Ukraine as well as soldiers are engaged in subversive activities in the temporarily annexed territories.

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) …

  • Security Service of Ukraine: Russian espionage ring was uncovered in Odessa

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and military counterintelligence announced the detention of several members of a Russian spy ring in Odessa, as reported by the press service of the SBU.

    As counterintelligence states, the leader and coordinator of the group is a Ukrainian citizen. She was trained in the annexed Crimea, and participated in the events at Kulikovo Field on May 2, 2014.

    "The detention of all active members of the group in Odessa was carried out during a transfer of important …

  • Media reveals that Russia imports more than ten thousand tons of Ukrainian coal from the Donbas daily

    For the period of March 1 to 20, more than three thousand gondola cars loaded with coal crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border. This is evidenced by the statistical data of JSC Russian Railways or JSC RŽD.

    According to the data, 3,400 thousand open-top wagons of coal were sent to Russia from the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions uncontrolled by Ukrainian government during the first twenty days of March.

    This amounts to more than 230,000 tons of anthracite exported to Russia or about ten …