• Ukrainian Defense Ministry: There are around 25,000 Russian soldiers in Donbas today

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said that there are currently more than 25,000 Russian soldiers in the Donbas. He cited this figure on February 19 while talking to the press after a closed session of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence.

    “It’s changing information. We see that there are more than 25,000, for sure,” Zahorodniuk noted.

    The minister also speculated that, after the failed attempt to break through to the Zolote region (Luhansk …

  • Ukrainian foreign minister predicts war between Russia and Belarus, warns Belarus not to expect help from the West

    Russia and Belarus could end up at war with each other, because Moscow cannot let Minsk pursue an independent policy, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told the Czech newspaper Respekt in an interview.

    “A few years ago I spoke to a few Belarusian journalists, and when I told them officially that if they want to remain independent, they will face the same war, the same difficulties and the same suffering as us, they did not believe me. Perhaps now they doubt less,” said Prystaiko.

    “Of …

  • Yanukovych offers to help Zelensky to ‘unite’ Ukraine

    On the sixth anniversary of the Euromaidan Revolution, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych published a message addressed to the new government.

    The statement appeared on the Facebook page of his lawyer, Vitaliy Serdyuk. Yanukovych himself fled Ukraine in 2014.

    Yanukovych said that he is happy that former president Petro Poroshenko, who had ruled Ukraine since the revolution in 2014, has been “removed” from power.

    According to the ex-president, the new head of state Volodymyr …

  • Ukraine expecting NATO status upgrade in October

    Ukraine is expecting its status with NATO to be upgraded to that of a partner with enhanced opportunities in October this year, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk, as cited by UNIAN.

    According to Zahorodniuk, the alliance is “absolutely satisfied” with the reforms that have been carried out in Ukraine, and if the country maintains this rate of positive changes, it can expect an upgrade in October.

    Zahorodniuk said that it was at the Munich Security Conference, which was held …

  • Ukraine’s General Staff confirms reports of abandoned positions due to militants’ attack in Luhansk region

    During a closed session of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security, defense and intelligence, a representative of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) confirmed the reports that the Ukrainian army had been forced to abandon several previously held positions after the militants’ attack. This was reported by the first deputy chairperson of the committee, Mykhailo Zabrodskyi (European Solidarity party).

    “We can talk about a list of questions that were asked by …