Contents tagged with crimea

  • 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 …

  • Dzhemilev: Around 10% of Crimean Tatars left Crimea because of Russia’s oppression

    Russia uses the Russian Empress Catherine II strategy in the occupied Crimea by evicting the Crimean Tatars and populating the peninsula with Russians. The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung stated that around 10% of the Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their native land, reports Ukrinform.

    "According to our estimates, 10% of 300,000 Crimean Tatars were forced to leave Crimea. This is the same strategy used by …

  • Ukrainian presidential elections front-runner Zelensky would consider negotiating with Moscow over Donbas

    Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian actor who is one of the leading candidates in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election, would be willing to negotiate with Moscow in order to obtain a ceasefire in the Donbas.

    “I would like to do everything in order to stop the shooting in eastern Ukraine, so that our people stop being killed… On the diplomatic front we must lead the attack, and not wait until this is done for us. We need to negotiate. We need to reestablish meetings in the Normandy Format and …

  • Latvia shuts down Russian Crimea annexation exhibition

    After an objection by the Ukrainian Embassy in Latvia, an exhibition on the fifth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea organized by the Russian Consulate General in Daugavpils has been shut down, the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reports, citing the Ukrainian Embassy in Riga.

    “The Ukrainian Embassy expresses its gratitude to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its objective appraisal and rapid response to the situation with the provocative exhibition by the Russian Consulate …

  • Ukrainian President to discuss 'June package' of sanctions against Russia with EU leaders

    President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that he will discuss the "June package" of sanctions against Russia with the leadership of the European Union, reports Radio Liberty.

    "We will discuss the June package of sanctions," Poroshenko told journalists in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

    Representatives of the European Union have not yet commented on Poroshenko’s statements.

    Earlier, Petro Poroshenko, by his own decree, approved the National Security and Defense Council decision to impose …