Contents tagged with crimea

  • Kremlin: Russia is 'protecting' Europe from aggression

    Maria Zakharova, official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Facebook that Russia is “protecting Europe from aggression”.

    “After Poroshenko said that Russia supposedly intends to capture Mariupol and Berdyansk, one can paraphrase his utterance with certainty: it is Russia that is protecting Europe from the barbarism, tyranny, terrorism, aggression and militarism that loom over our entire continent,” Zakharova wrote.

    At the same time, in an interview for the program “Moscow. …

  • Russia asks Ukraine to cancel the ban on entry for men

    Adviser to the Russian President and Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov appealed to the Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine, Lyudmyla Denisova, asking to influence the Ukrainian authorities to cancel the ban on entry for men aged 16 to 60 with Russian passports, Interfax reports.

    “I ask you, dear Lyudmyla Leontiivna, to use your authority as the main protector of human rights in Ukraine to reconsider this ban,” Fedotov said in his …

  • President Poroshenko: Russia wants to seize the Sea of Azov and other Ukrainian territories

    Russia intends to establish air control over the territories through which gas and oil are sent to Europe. Russia’s aggression must be stopped, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, as reported by the official presidential website.

    It’s not enough to make joint statements, Poroshenko stresses, it’s time to take action against the aggressor: to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, increase NATO’s presence in the …

  • European Court of Human Rights demands that Russia explain why it detained Ukrainian sailors

    The press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has requested  that Russia provide information regarding the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured on November 25 when Russian border patrol ships attacked and seized two Ukrainian Navy vessels and a tugboat in the Kerch Strait.

    One of the court’s main requirements is for Russia to explain why Ukrainian soldiers were detained in the territorial waters of the Crimea and on what legal …

  • Merkel says sanctions against Russia are necessary

    Germany does not intend to soften sanctions against Russia even though German businesses would like to see the relations with Russia improve, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin on Thursday.

    Although the German business circles often call for softening the sanctions, “this is about principles”, Merkel said.

     “There are a number of states around Russia that were not able to develop as they would like to. We cannot shut our eyes to this. We can explain something with sanctions,” she …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine will ask to close Bosphorus Strait for Russia

    The commander of the Naval Forces Ukraine Armed Forces, Ihor Voronchenko, stated that Ukraine intends to ask for the closure of the Bosphorus Strait for the passage of Russian ships after the Russian attack on the Ukrainian military vessels in the Kerch Strait area.

    "I am sure that the international community will nevertheless make a decision and acknowledge that there was an act of aggression against the Ukrainian state. Due to this, and according to the norms of the Montreux Convention, …

  • Russia deploys fourth division of S-400 missile systems in Crimea

    Russia has deployed the fourth division of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in the Crimea. It has assumed combat duty in Dzhankoy, in the north of the peninsula, writes TASS with reference to the press service of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.

    "Today, in Dzhankoy, combat teams of the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems  from the air defense unit of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Southern Military District have assumed combat duty on the Crimea’s air defense," …

  • Putin calls the seizure of Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait a 'small incident'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of the armed clash near the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, Interfax reported.

    “As for the incident in the Black Sea, this was indeed a provocation organized by the current [Ukrainian] government, including the current president ahead of the presidential elections which will be held in Ukraine next March,” Putin said at the "Russia Calling!" investment forum.

     “A small incident in the Black Sea and martial law was introduced. It is obviously …

  • Crimean residents collect money for detained Ukrainian sailors

    Approximately 140 thousand rubles ($2,110 USD) were collected in the Crimea in support of the Ukrainian military sailors who were captured by the Russian FSB in the Kerch Strait, said Nariman Jelyal, an activist of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, on air with Radio Krym Realii.

    He noted that after the reports appeard about the detention of Ukrainian sailors and the fact that they were “not allowed to collect their personal belongings from the ships”, many people started speaking about the …

  • Erdogan speaks with Putin after the conversation with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

    President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the parties discussed the situation in the Black Sea region, stated the Kremlin’s website. Turkey initiated the talks.

    The Kremlin stated that Erdogan and Putin exchanged their views regarding the incident in the Kerch Strait where Russia captured three Ukrainian ships and twenty-four sailors. "In the context of the dangerous incident in the region of the Kerch Strait …