• Canada says that sanctions against Russia must be maintained

    Canada strongly condemns the “illegal annexation” of Crimea by Russia and stresses the importance of maintaining international pressure on Moscow and keeping sanctions in place “until Russian respects international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty.” This was stated by Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    “Today is the three year anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea. We strongly condemn the violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine…Canada …

  • Destabilizing factor: Why Russia needs the separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Moscow has the return of the separatists controlled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions back to the jurisdiction of Ukraine on its agenda, but only under Russian conditions. Right now Russia does not need a large-scale attack by the separatist troops in the Donbas or the escalation of hostilities.

    The intention of the Russian Federation is to create a zone of a permanent social and military tension within Ukraine by …

  • The Kremlin says it did not receive an official letter from Yanukovych on the deployment of Russian troops

    The presidential administration of the Russian Federation never received an official letter from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych with a request for Russian troops to enter Ukraine. TASS reports that this was stated by Dmitry Peskov, Press-Secretary for the President of Russia.

    "No letter was officially received by the presidential administration; no such letter was registered in the administration," Peskov said.

    At the same time, the Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on the …

  • European Parliament urges Russia to free Ukrainian political prisoners detained in the Crimea

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Ukrainian political prisoners that are being illegally detained by Russia in the annexed Crimea.

    The MEPs urged Russia to immediately release these Ukrainians and appealed to the EU with a call for new sanctions against those responsible for this harassment of Ukrainian citizens.

    451 Eurodeputies voted for the resolution and 73 opposed it. 86 European parliamentarians abstained from the vote.

    In a resolution called "Ukrainian prisoners …

  • Ukraine confiscated a foreign ship for entering the Crimea

    The Malinovsky District Court of Odessa convicted the captain of the vessel Sky Moon, which sailed under the flag of Tanzania, for illegally entering a port in the Russian-annexed Crimea, as reported on the website of the military prosecutor's office of the Southern region.

    The court decided to confiscate the goods that were being smuggled, namely, soda worth almost 18.5 million UAH (or 687 thousand USD), and the ship itself, as the vehicle that was used to commit the offense. The worth of the …