• Kyiv approves Ukrainian delegation’s return to PACE

    On January 16, Ukraine’s parliament adopted a statement on the return of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2020. 348 MPs voted in favor of the decision.

    According to the document, parliament has instructed its permanent PACE delegation to submit their credentials for approval for participation in the 2020 annual assembly session, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The goal of the Ukrainian delegation’s participation in the operation of PACE is to prevent the …

  • Ukraine insists on withdrawal of forces in four areas of Donbas

    Ukraine has proposed to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) four new areas of the Donbas where withdrawal of forces should take place.

    Citing a source in the TCG in Minsk, Hromadske reports that Ukraine is insisting on disengagement near the railway bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, near Avdiivka, Novoselytsia Vtora and near the Hnutovo checkpoint.

    Russia, in turn, is pushing for disengagement near the settlements of Schastia, Veselohorivka, Rozsadka, Hnutovo and Shyrokyne, as well as near …

  • French President Macron does not consider Russia's aggression against its neighbors an obstacle for closer cooperation

    French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the news outlet RFI that he is ready for closer relations with Russia, despite Moscow's long history of conflicts with its neighbors.

    When asked what event caused Emmanuel Macron to change his attitude towards Vladimir Putin and support a review of relations with Russia, the French president said that it was the result of long reflections.

    "I would not say that it was a special event among others. It was a slow decision, a historical …

  • Iran ignores Ukraine’s requests for access to downed Boeing’s black boxes

    Ukraine has sent Iran a second request for international legal assistance, asking for access to the “black boxes” of the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was shot down in Iran, and for Ukrainian experts to be allowed to help decipher them. However, no response has been received, said Polina Chyzh, head of the Department of International Legal Cooperation and Asset Recovery at the Prosecutor General’s office, during a session of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security and …

  • US could provide $1 billion aid to Ukraine

    The United States could allocate to Ukraine more than $1 billion of assistance, said Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Volodymyr Yelchenko at a press conference, as cited by RBC Ukraine.

    According to him, $250 million has already been allocated, and another $50 million will be allocated if certain conditions are met in the implementation of the first part, and another $50 million remains from previous years.

    “Overall, in 2020 the allocation is envisaged of $250 million from the Pentagon and …