• New Russian banknote marks annexation of Crimea

    According to reports of the TASS news agency, a 100 ruble banknote commemorating Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 will appear in Russia next month.This comes as an act of defiance against world opinion. 

    Russia's annexation of Crimea followed the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, and has been widely condemned as an illegal act by world leaders. This, and a prolonged fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the …

  • Pro-Russian Hungarian Premier's sentiments on Ukraine

    In his interview with Swiss Weekly, Victor Orban, the Hungarian leader known to support Putin, said: "If we were not in the EU, we could easily find ourselves in the same situation as Ukraine. From a historical perspective, Ukraine should be in the EU. But at this point in time does it truly belong to Europe? If we do not want to be a second Ukraine, if we do not want a country in the twilight between two worlds," he added that: " Hungary must belong to the EU. It is about our identity. If …

  • Shortages reminiscent of USSR era hit separatists areas of Eastern Ukraine

    It's back to the times of the USSR in the Ukrainian territories held by the pro-Russian separatists.Thera are shortages of gas at most of the gas stations."Gas is only available one day a week at one gas station." - the local residents are joking."It's like back in the 80s again; the lines were as long". The users of the social networks living in the areas are actively sharing information advising each other where it is still possible to fuel the car.The reasons for such shortages remain …

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary to visit Ukraine

    The U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will visit Ukraine on Friday to discuss the results of the reforms in the country.

    In Kyiv on November 13-14 Mr. Lew will meet with the Finance Minister and other senior government officials to discuss Ukraine’s ongoing reforms to strengthen economic governance, repair the financial sector, and tackle corruption.  He will also meet with several members of the Verkhovna Rada. At the same time an International Monetary Fund mission will arrive in Kiev to …

  • Ukrainian Army Commandment: Russian Separatists concentrate weapons in Donetsk region

    "Pro-Kremlin separatists are concentrating weapons and military personnel in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk" – stated the press center of the Ukrainian Army commandment.

    The Press center officials note that in violation of the Minsk agreement there is a growing number of ammunition and weapons in the territories held by the separatists.Ten tanks and ten infantry personnel carriers, as well as seven trucks, have recently been observed moving from Shachtersk to Donetsk.

    According to …