Contents tagged with crimea

  • Russia offers to resume all air traffic with Ukraine

    Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) offered to engage in talks with Ukrainian authorities on resuming all air traffic, reported RBC news agency.

    “In response to the prohibition of direct charter air traffic between our countries imposed by Ukraine’s leadership, we propose to hold talks and resume all flights on a regular and charter basis between Russia and Ukraine,” the agency’s press service reported.

    Representatives of Rosaviatsia stressed that the citizens of the two …

  • NATO to guarantee safe passage for Ukrainian ships through Kerch Strait

    The North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plans to take steps to ensure that Ukrainian ships have safe passage through the Kerch Strait, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told foreign reporters on Tuesday 2 April.

    Hutchison confirmed that a corresponding package of measures should be approved during a two-day conference in Washington starting on Wednesday.

    “The package will step up aerial surveillance, and will involve sending more NATO ships to the Black Sea in order to …

  • Russia conducts anti-aircraft missile exercises in Crimea

    Russia began anti-aircraft missile exercises in the annexed Crimea. The units of the anti-aircraft missile regiment from the army corps of the Black Sea Fleet began exercises near Saki and Kacha airfields in the Crimea, the press service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet reported.

    "More than 300 servicemen from anti-aircraft crews of the anti-aircraft missile regiment have launched a set of combat training tasks, including the deployment of firing positions, preparation for opening fire, as well …

  • Ukrainian POWs made to undergo psychiatric examinations in Russia

    Second rank Captain Denys Hrytsenko, one of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia off the coast of Crimea, said that he and his fellow prisoners of war Mykhailo Vlasyuk, Andriy Drach and Vyacheslav Zynchenko were taken to the Serbsky Center in Moscow to undergo psychiatric examinations.

    Hrytsenko’s account reaches us through his Russian attorney, Nikolai Polozov.

    “During the examination, Denys Hrytsenko responded to the experts’ questions in accordance with Article 17 of the Third Geneva …

  • EU urges Russia to stop attacks on Crimean Tatars

    The EU decisively condemns the arrest of 23 Crimean Tatars in police raids by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea on 27 and 28 March, said EU Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic in a statement.

    “A court in the Crimean peninsula, illegally annexed from Ukraine by Russia, has ruled that all 23 Crimean Tatars detained on 27 March and 28 March will be held in pre-trial detention until 15 May. They are accused of belonging to the organisation Hizb ut- …

  • Serbian President refuses to recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucić compared the situation with the Crimea, which was annexed by Russia, and the disputed region of Kosovo, which is trying gain full independence from Belgrade.

    According to him, Serbia cannot recognize the Crimea as belonging to Russian because it can be used by Western countries in the dispute over Kosovo’ independence.

    "If we were to do it today [recognize the annexation of the Crimea], we would have an analogy with Kosovo. They would say that according to …

  • Ukraine urges PACE to avoid restoring Russia's membership due to repressions of Crimean Tatars

    The Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) appealed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier in connection with the detention of around 20 Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities of annexed Crimea. They requested to use the existing mechanisms to protect the rights of the indigenous people of the peninsula and to stop efforts to restore Russian delegation to the PACE, reports …

  • Tymoshenko claims that Donbas could be returned to Ukraine sooner than Crimea

    The Ukrainian presidential candidate and leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, Yulia Tymoshenko, believes that Ukraine can take back the uncontrolled areas of Donbas sooner than the annexed Crimea.

    “As for the Donbas, we need to start the right negotiation process in the right format,” she said in an interview with journalist Dmitry Gordon.

    The politician promised that in case of her victory in the presidential elections she would organize “Budapest format” negotiations, which would …

  • Ukraine's Military Intelligence: Russia plans to deploy nuclear weapons in annexed Crimea

    Russia plans to transfer nuclear weapons to the territory of the Crimea, announced the representative for the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadim Skibitsky, on the air of Donbas.Realiti FM.

    According to him, this year Ukrainian intelligence had already recorded the exercises in subdivisions that are involved in transporting nuclear weapons from Russia to the territory of the annexed Crimea.

    “These are the tasks of the 12th Main Directorate of the Defense …

  • Front-runner in Ukraine’s election race names condition for returning Crimea

    The front-runner in the election race in Ukraine, showman and politician, Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking about his views on the Crimea and Donbas issue in an interview with the ICTV channel, announced that he considers a change of power in Moscow to be the only condition for returning the Crimea to Kyiv's control.

    “Crimea will return only when power changes in Russia. There is no other choice, “said Zelensky.

    Speaking about the status of Donbas, Zelensky stressed that he does not believe in the …