• Czech Republic expands Foreign Ministry staff at its consulates in Ukraine

    On May 2nd, the Czech Government decided to increase the number of Foreign Ministry employees in its offices in Ukraine.

    According to the Czech Republic, this decision is aimed at speeding up the processing of applications for work permits in the Czech Republic received from Ukrainians, Radio Svoboda reported.

    In particular, this change will increase the number of Consulate officials by five people at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Lviv.

    The increase in the number of staff in …

  • Ukrainian energy companies file suit against Russia for lost assets

    Two Ukrainian energy companies have brought a claim to the UN Arbitration Court asking for compensation for losses due to the inability to control assets in the Crimea after the peninsula was annexed by Russia, as reported by Reuters on Monday, May 2nd.

    According to the agency, the two companies involved are Ukrnafta and Stabil.

    They contend that Russia violated its obligations under the Russian-Ukrainian bilateral investment agreement by "expropriating" the investments of these companies …

  • New negotiations of the 'Normandy Format' to be held in Berlin

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has requested that representatives of the Normandy Four hold a meeting focusing on the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.

    He has invited his colleagues from Russia, Ukraine and France to discuss a way to resolve the crisis in the Donbas. Negotiations in the Normandy Format will be held on the 11th of May in Berlin.

    “I consider it necessary to make a new attempt to overcome the relationship barrier between Kiev and Moscow. Too much time has …

  • Naftogaz: Ukraine could receive $50 billion if the court rules against Gazprom

    The Director of the Business Development at Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, has said that if the Stockholm Arbitration Court rules against Gazprom, the Russian company would be liable to pay $50 billion in damages to the Ukrainian company. He said this during an interview with Ukrainian Hromadske TV Channel.

    “The total claim amount is $50 billion, of which $30 billion is compensation for gas that was not provided by Gazprom, or gas that we overpaid for. The remaining $20 billion is related to …

  • Putin promises to launch the fourth string of the Energy Bridge to Crimea in early May

    The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin expects that the fourth string of the Energy Bridge to Crimea from neighboring Kuban will be launched in early May. Putin stated this at the meeting with the members of the Council of legislators on the 29th of April, the Kremlin press service reported.

    “Power engineering specialists had this well-planned ahead of schedule, but now the weather is unfavorable in the channels and vessels are forced to reduce the work for a few days. That’s why everything …