Contents tagged with crimea

  • Putin not opposed to ‘commercial’ water deliveries to Crimea

    Russia is willing to consider the possibility of commercial water deliveries from mainland Ukraine to Russia-annexed Crimea, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, as cited by Interfax.

    Davyd Arakhamia, leader of Ukraine’s Servant of the People party, had recently suggested that Ukraine supply water to Crimea in exchange for concessions in the Donbas.

    However, Peskov remarked that Crimea cannot be the object of any exchanges, including concessions in negotiations on the Donbas.

    He …

  • Ukraine offers water for Crimea in exchange for Russia’s concessions in Donbas

    Ukraine could resume the water supply to Crimea in exchange for concessions in the negotiations on the Donbas, said Servant of the People party leader Davyd Arakhamia to the Verkhovna Rada, as broadcast by the TV channel Pryamiy.

    “If we give water to Crimea, we will have a big advantage in the negotiations on the Donbas – that’s my personal position, I’d consider it an adequate compromise,” said the MP. He said that Kyiv could send water to the occupied peninsula if the Russians “withdraw to …

  • Ukrainian President hopes U.S. will appoint special envoy for Donbas and Crimea

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hopes for a more active role of the United States in the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass and in the “de-occupation of Crimea”. During a briefing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kyiv, Zelensky noted that such participation of Washington can be strengthened by appointing a special envoy for Ukraine.

    "Today, I expressed the hope that the United States of America will be more involved in the processes of settlement in eastern Ukraine and …

  • PACE grants voting right to Russian delegates who supported annexation of Crimea

    The regulatory committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided to allow the Russian delegation to continue to operate without sanctions, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

    This decision brings to an end the consideration of the complaints initiated by the Latvian MP Marija Golubeva and supported by delegates from other countries. According to PACE regulations, if the committee dismisses an appeal on procedural grounds, it is automatically considered approved by the …

  • US expands Crimea-related sanctions against Russia

    The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on January 29 that it would be imposing new sanctions on eight individuals and one company in response to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and its annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

    The announcement was published on the US Treasury Department’s website.

    “The treasury’s action, taken in close coordination with our international allies and partners, reiterates our unwavering support for restoring free and fair democratic …

  • Russia appoints new 'curator' of annexed Crimea

    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has appointed a new “curator” of annexed Crimea. The task of “curating” the annexed Ukrainian peninsula will now fall to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, said Sergey Aksyonov, head of the occupation administration of Crimea, as cited by Interfax.

    “I spoke to Prime Minister Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin last week, and we agreed that the curator of the Republic of Crimea will be Marat Shakirzyanovich Khusnullin. The decision has been made, …

  • EU imposes sanctions against Sevastopol Governor and head of Crimean cabinet of ministers

    The EU has imposed personal sanctions on the officials who were involved in the organization of elections in Crimea, including the chairman of the council of ministers of Crimea, the current governor of Sevastopol, and several members of the City Election Commission.

    The EU’s Ukraine-related sanctions will now apply to seven people whose actions relating to elections the EU believes undermined or threatened the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and whose …

  • Swiss Court orders Russia to pay Ukrainian companies $80 million for lost Crimean assets

    The Swiss Federal court upheld a decision by the Geneva International Court of Arbitration that required Russia to pay more than $80 million to 12 Ukrainian companies as compensation for the damage caused to them as a result of the annexation of Crimea, reports Swiss Info.

    Thus, the Swiss Federal Court rejected the appeals of the Russian authorities in connection with the decision taken by the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva last April.

    In one of the appeals, the Russian …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko: Ukraine provoked war in Donbas

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the Echo of Moscow radio that Ukraine provoked the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas.

    "Ukraine framed itself to some extent. Ukraine started to strangle its Russian population through language issues and other things. They started to speak about issues that shouldn't have been raised in Ukraine! Anyway, I'm not justifying Russia now. I do not blame Ukraine. But anyway, Ukraine, provoked this clash, even though giving …

  • EU calls Russian railway line to Crimea ‘yet another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty

    The European Union considers the opening of railway traffic across the Crimean Bridge from Russia to annexed Crimea “yet another violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine by Russia,” said EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Peter Stano, DW reports.

    According to him, Russia has taken yet another step towards “the forced integration of the illegally annexed peninsula” and made a new attempt to “isolate Crimea from Ukraine, of which it is a part”.

    Stano also drew …