• Zelensky claims he did not know US military aid for Ukraine was frozen when he spoke to Trump

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that when he spoke to US President Donald Trump on the phone, he was unaware that the US was blocking part of its military assistance. He also said that the Trump impeachment scandal is not influencing his work.

    “With all respect to our strategic partner, Ukraine is independent and we have higher priority problems,” he responded at a press conference after meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

    On December 3, citing former Ukrainian …

  • Zelensky to convene a closed meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council before the Normandy Four Summit

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intends to hold a closed meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on December 7, reports the NSDC's Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.

    "On Wednesday, Zelensky held a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian security and defense sector. After the meeting, it was decided to hold a closed meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Saturday, December 7," reads the statement.

    The Normandy Four meeting is …

  • Ukraine places MH17 crash suspect Vladimir Tsemakh on wanted list

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has placed Vladimir Tsemakh on the national wanted list, Ukrayinsky Noviny (Ukrainian News) reported, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s list of wanted persons. Tsemakh is a former anti-air defense commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and an important witness in the case surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) over the Donbas in 2014.

    Tsemakh has been accused of committing the crimes envisaged by §3 Article 258 (the …

  • Ukraine and Russia extend oil transit contract until 2030

    UkrTransNafta and Russia’s Transneft agreed on Tuesday to extend the current contract for transporting oil through Ukraine by another 10 years, until January 1, 2030, the Ukrainian company announced in a press statement.

    The document was signed in Zagreb by UkrTransNafta CEO Mykola Havrylenko and Transneft Vice President Sergey Andronov.

    Apart from extending the contract, another agreement was signed which updates a number of its terms, taking into account the current state of changes in the …

  • Europe prepares for gas war between Russia and Ukraine

    Countries in the EU have been buying increased quantities of gas for commercial and strategic reservoirs, filling all the available underground gas storage almost to the brim, in light of growing risks that the current gas war between Russia and Ukraine will escalate this winter.

    In just over 3 weeks time, the current contract for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine will expire. To this day, despite Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas, nearly half of the gas supplied …