Contents tagged with Ukraine

  • Crimean Tatar Leader Meets with Russian Opposition Delegate in Strasbourg

    Mikhail Kasyanov, the leader of the Russian Opposition “People’s Freedom Party”, took part in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), dedicated to the memory of Boris Nemtsov. At the session, Kasyanov assured Ukrainian Commissioner for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev, that Crimea will eventually be released and returned to Ukraine.

    According to Kasyanov, the economic and political situation in Russia is worsening. The people`s approval of …

  • Court in Ukrainian city of Rivne seizes Sberbank accounts

    The Rivne City Court has ruled to seize the accounts of Sberbank of Russia for UAH 8.5 billion (appromately $330 million).  This decision was made on the 26th of January during the consideration of Evgeny Puhalskiy’s lawsuit. Puhalskiy requires the bank to return his funds amounting to EUR 325 million.  The 33-year-old entrepreneur has been in the process of suing Sberbank of Russia since September of 2015. 

    Initially, the entrepreneur planned to donate the interest of EUR 24 million to the …

  • Russian Banks Refuse to give Loans to Crimeans

    The instability of the credit histories of Crimean residents means that the denial of their loan applications has become a “common practice” of Russian banks, as explained by the head of the Union of Financial Services Consumers (FinPotrebSoyuz), Mikhail Beliaev.

    “As we know, the bank is a commercial institution and operates within strict guidelines and instructions... We need to understand that the labor situation in the Crimea is not good, of course, and therefore wages are not stable. It is …

  • Pro-Russian Separatists Acknowledge Debt Owed To Kiev

    Following the results of the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, the self-proclaimed LPR (the Lugansk People`s Republic) and DPR (the Donetsk People`s Republic) have acknowledged debts to the Ukrainian budget and their repayment.  Agreements on the exchange of prisoners have not yet reached.

    The acknowledgements were reported by Daria Olifer, the Press-Secretary of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.  This became known after the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry calls on OSCE to react to human rights violations in Crimea

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to react to human rights violations in Crimea and other regions of Ukraine which are beyond the control of the country.  This was stated by the Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Vasyl Pokotylo, at a round table dedicated to Germany’s presidency of the OSCE in 2016.Pokotylo continued, “We believe that the …

  • Former Swedish PM Says he does not Intend to Succeed Yatsenyuk

    Former Swedish Prime Minister, Carl Bildt, said that he doesn't intend to replace Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister of Ukraine, as reported by Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday, January 26th.

    "Ukraine has a good Prime Minister. There is no reason to change it," Bildt said. According to the politician, the information about his possible appointment as Prime Minister of the country is untrue.

    Earlier, on January 26th, the Ukrainian newspaper Glavcom, citing a source in the Presidential administration, …

  • Dzhemilev: Turkey Supports International Effort to Return Crimea to Ukraine

    The Minister of External Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, supports the creation of an international group that will work on freeing the Crimea from Russian occupation.

    This initiative was requested by Ukraine and was discussed in Strasbourg at a meeting between the Turkish Foreign Minister and the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Affairs of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev, on January 26th.

    According to Dzhemilev's Facebook page, the meeting was also attended by Ukrainian …

  • Poroshenko: Russia is the Main Military Threat to Ukraine

    At a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), the President of Ukraine said that there is a need to establish a system of cybersecurity in Ukraine, and also reported on an agreement with foreign partners on the joint production of weapons.

    Poroshenko said that Russia is the main military threat to his country. "In a long-term historical perspective the main military threat to Ukraine is Russia and, unfortunately, they will be the aggressor country," the Ukrainian …

  • Europe Will Not Consider Lifting Sanctions Until Russia Fully Complies With Minsk Agreements

    The issue of lifting the sanctions against Russia will be not considered by the European Union until Russia has fully complied with the Minsk Agreements. The Head of Unit for the Eastern Partnership of the Foreign Service of the European Union, Dirk Schuebel, made this statement in the European Parliament.

    The European diplomat recalled that the EU extended economic sanctions for six months, until July 31st. He clearly stated that the sanctions will be extended until the Minsk Agreements are …

  • Herashchenko: Ukraine to use all International Platforms Available to Restore Territorial Integrity

    The issue of the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the return of Crimea is the responsibility of the whole world, said the Presidential Envoy for the Peace Plan for Eastern Ukraine and ‘Poroshenko Bloc’ MP, Irina Herashchenko.

    "Ukraine is ready to actively use all international platforms to solve the issue of Crimea. It is the duty of the whole world to look for an answer to the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the transfer of Crimea to  …