• Russia threatens to break ties with Dutch museums over Holland’s intention to return the Scythian gold to Ukraine

    The Minister of Culture of Russia, Vladimir Medinsky, argues that the continuation of inter-museum relations with Holland is impossible if the court decides not to return the collection of Scythian gold to the Crimean museums, as he stated during an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

    “This concerns an unprecedented alienation of museum values. It can only be compared with museum thefts of the times of the Italian campaigns of Napoleon or fascist aggression. I believe that the …

  • Kremlin: Putin has influence over the separatist republics in eastern Ukraine

    The Russian President Press Secretary has said that Vladimir Putin has influence on the leaders of the LPR and DPR separatist republics.

    Commenting on Putin's recent talks with militants over the exchange of prisoners, Dmitry Peskov said that the influence is "not unlimited."

    "The president has never concealed that he has the opportunity to handle appeals, the ability to exert a certain influence - not unlimited, but definite," the spokesman said.

    Peskov said that the Kremlin "does not have …

  • Sweden intends to send military instructors to Ukraine

    Sweden might start training Ukrainian military, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said in an interview with Ukrinform.

    "Sweden expressed its intention to consider the possibility of the participation of its servicemen in the training of our military personnel next year. The Swedish Defense Minister will arrive in Kyiv in the first quarter of next year to make a final decision on this," he said.

    The Ukrainian army is now being trained by instructors from the United States, Canada, Britain and …

  • Media: Ukrainian authorities arrest owner of 'private border' with Hungary

    On the morning of November 16 at the Karpata resort near Mukachevo, law enforcement officers arrested Horvat Attila, alias “Doki”, who is the owner of the so-called “private border” with Hungary that is used for smuggling, reported Mukachevo.net with reference to sources in Ukrainian law enforcement.

    The article also reported the arrest of the chief of the regional StateGeoCadastre (the State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre) department.

    UNN, citing Oleh Senyuk, …

  • US senate to change its policy on providing Ukraine with weapons

    The US administration is coming close to changing its policy on supplying Ukraine with defensive weaponry, said Republican Senator Jim Inhofe during a hearing of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services devoted to approving the new US Defense Ministry officials, Voice of America reports.

    “Under the previous presidential administration, the US did not plan to send Ukraine defensive weapons, but now this is changing,” Inhofe said while addressing John Rood, a candidate for the position of …