• At least 2 killed in Ukraine ammunition depot explosion.

    At least two people have been killed in the Ukrainian town of Svatove after a series of blasts at a ammunition depot.

    Local media has said the Ukrainian security forces were investigating and claimed it could be a terrorist act.

    The town lies in a government-controlled part of the Luhansk region. In addition to the two casualties, four civilians and four servicemen were wounded.

    According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry statement, the fire was started by "the release of a flare that fell onto …

  • US commerce secretary visits her roots in Ukraine.

    Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secretary and Hyatt Hotel heiress, visits her great-grandfather's birthplace in central Ukraine.

    This is the first time Pritzker is visiting the small town of Velyki Pryts'ky, 50 miles southeast of Kyiv, with a population of just 800. Pritzker's great-grandfather emigrated from Ukraine to the US over one hundred years ago

    After the informal press conference she was whisked off on a tour of the town by a rabbi.

    Local residents were in awe of the high-profile …

  • Suspended OSCE monitor turns out to be a Russian GRU officer.

    As reported by Ukrainian TSN news service, a monitor from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine in the town of Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk region, who has been suspended for misbehavior apparently involving alcohol, has turned to be an officer from Russia's GRU Main Intelligence Directorate.

    A TSN journalist once heard an OSCE SMM monitor who later introduced himself as Maksim Udovichenko promoting Russian propaganda among locals in Luhansk region while being not on OSCE …

  • Ukraine rises in World Bank's Doing Business rankings.

    Ukraine's ranking has risen over 13 positions in the annual ranking on the status of doing business published by the World Bank’s  Doing Business-2016. Ukraine holds the 83rd place in the ranking.

    Results of a new study, which covers the second half of 2014 and first half 2015, was published on the Doing Business website.

    A key reform that bolstered a raise in the Ukraine rating is simplification of Ukraine business registration.

    Ukraine has been rising in the ranking for the second …

  • Ukrainian ceise-fire shaken.

    As reported by a military spokesman Oleksandr Zavtonov, a Ukrainian soldier was killed by fire from Russia-backed separatists near the Donetsk airport on October 26.

    It is the first reported Ukrainian military death since mid-October, as the fragile cease-fire negotiated in Minsk in February has generally held.

    At the same time a separatists spokesman accused the Ukrainian military of launching an attack on the airport. Officials in Kyiv denied that claim.

    AFP reported that local residents …