• Moldovan presidential candidate Dodon: Crimea is de-facto part of Russia

    Moldova’s Socialist Party presidential candidate, Igor Dodon, stated that the Crimea is de-facto part of Russia. However, Dodon didn’t provide a clear answer to whether he will agree to recognize it in the event of his election as President, Radio Svoboda reported.“There is excessive speculation on this issue. The Crimea is de-facto currently a part of Russia. Legally, this fact hasn’t been recognized by the West and the majority of countries. I don’t know whether it will be recognized in the …

  • Klimkin: If Russia does not remove heavy weapons, they could potentially have their own bases in the Donbas

    Heavy weapons of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbas should be returned to the Russian Federation, and should not be stored on site during the local elections. If not, Russia could potentially then have their own military bases in the area as per the OSCE mandate. This was stated by the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, in an interview with Levyi Bereg.“One of the OSCE’s proposals is to establish a warehouse in Donbas where military equipment and weapons could be stored …

  • EU condemns Poroshenko’s veto of the law on ecology

    The head of the Energy-Transport-Environment Operations section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Johannes Baur, stated during a conference in Kyiv that the veto on the Law on the Strategic Environmental Assessment imposed by the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, isn’t good news on the eve of the Ukraine-EU summit that will take place on November 24.“It isn’t good news on the way to closer integration with Ukraine, and it isn’t good news on the eve of the summit that will take place at the …

  • Ukrainian Military Command links increased separatist attacks to forthcoming negotiations in Minsk

    According to the Ukrainian military, separatists have increased their attacks along the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine ahead of the forthcoming meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk which is due to begin on November 9.

    According to the the speaker of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vladyslav Voloshyn, this way the separatists are trying to gain leverage that they can use to influence Ukraine at the meeting in Minsk.

    “On November 9, the meeting of the Trilateral …

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported that military equipment and fuel arrive to DPR from Russia

    According to Ukrinform, the speaker of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Andriy Lysenko, reported that equipment and fuel have been delivered to the separatist-controlled areas of Ilovaysk and Khartsyzk in the Donbas.“The railway station in Ilovaysk received a delivery of two trains with military equipment and logistical support for combat operations, as well as six tanks carrying fuels and lubricants. A total of nine wagons carrying ammunition, food and winter clothing also arrived at …