• Ukraine wants UN response to calls for peacekeepers in the Donbas

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Kislitsa, stated during his speech on the 10th of June at the UN Security Council that Ukraine holds the United Nations accountable for ignoring the direct request for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, Ukrinform reported.

    “It is difficult to explain the lack of response by the Council to the direct request concerning a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, whose presence in the field would ensure the additional …

  • Lithuanian Ambassador in Kiev: Cooperation between Ukraine and NATO continues to increase

    Marius Janukonis, Lithuania's Ambassador to Ukraine, stated in an interview with Apostrof that recently, the level of cooperation between NATO and Ukraine has increased significantly. The country appears certain of counting on the Alliance’s support in modernizing its defense system.

    "There are more events, more Ukrainian servicemen engaged in military exercises at NATO standards, more servicemen involved in joint exercises,” a diplomat described.

    “A serious reform of the Ukrainian Defense …

  • Russian Senator: Europe has 'gotten used to' Russian-Crimea

    A Member of the Russian Federation Council, Igor Morozov, congratulated inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula during a segment on the radio program Sputnik v Krymu. He stated that Crimea will forever be under the control of the Russian Federation because “this was the will Crimeans expressed on the referendum in March 2014,” RIA Krym reported.

    “The pressure from Kiev on the situation concerning Crimea will run out soon because Europe has gotten used to the fact that Crimea returned to Russia …

  • Poroshenko permits foreigners to serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces

    The decree will allow foreigners and stateless persons to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    President Petro Poroshenko has signed Decree №248 / 2016 "On the approval of the regulations of military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by foreigners and stateless persons," as reported on Friday, June 10th, on the President’s website.

    "The decree is aimed at regulating the recruitment of privates, sergeants and petty officers for military service under the contract of the Armed …

  • Finland is ready to support visa-free travel for Ukrainians and Georgians to the EU

    Finland is ready to support visa-free travel for Ukrainian and Georgian citizens to the EU, but is not prepared to do the same for citizens of Turkey and Kosovo, according to the Finnish Secretary of State, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Yle reported.

    As stated by Heinonen, Turkey and Kosovo have not fulfilled the conditions necessary to receive a visa-free regime with the EU.

    "The issue of visa-free regime for Turkey remains open," the Finnish Secretary of State said following a meeting of EU …