• Ukraine conducts large-scale military exercises in the Azov Sea

    The naval Armed Forces of Ukraine, executing the decision of the National Security Council, conducted military exercises in the Azov Sea, as reported on the website of the Ministry of Defense.

    “Comprehensive tactical exercises of various military forces defending a section of the coast are designed to test the readiness of the Ukrainian army and other branches of the military to respond to Russian aggression in the Azov Sea,” reads the statement.

    The military exercises included the Marine …

  • Law protecting Ukrainian political prisoners comes into force in Ukraine

    On Saturday, October 13, amendments to addendum No. 3 of the law “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2018” came into force which improve the protection of Ukrainians held illegally in Russia and the Russia-occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, as well as on the Crimean peninsula. The text of the document was published by the parliamentary news outlet Voice of Ukraine.

    The law stipulates a change to the name of the budget program envisaged for the Ministry of Temporarily …

  • Ukrainian President dismisses Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak from military service

    On October 13, in his speech during the ceremonial events in honor of Ukrainian servicemen, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak from military service, UNN wrote.

     “General of the Ukrainian Army Stepan Poltorak filed a corresponding report about dismissal from military service and I approved it. Nevertheless, appreciating Stepan Poltorak’s significant contribution to the revival of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I offered him to continue leading the defense …

  • Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter downs another Russian drone in Donbas

    On Saturday October 13, the crew of a Joint Forces Mi-24 helicopter shot down an Orlan-10 drone in the Donbas, the kind of drone used by the Russian Armed Forces, the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) reports.

    “In the sky over Lysychansk at 8:09, radar instruments detected an airborne target, presumably identified as an Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle, which is in the armament of the Russian Armed Forces,” the report states.

    According to the JFO, the object maneuvered in a way …

  • Ukraine and France want to strengthen political relations

    Ukraine and France want to intensify relations at the government level, reported RBC-Ukraine with reference to the information department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

    A meeting had been held on October 12th between the head of the Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine, Hanna Hopko and the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for the European Integration Parliament of Ukraine, Maria Ionova with French Senator Olivier Cadic. The meeting was also attended by French Ambassador to …