• Stoltenberg: NATO will affirm its support for Ukraine at the summit in Warsaw

    The Alliance countries will approve a new assistance package for Ukraine and reaffirm its full support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty at the Summit in Warsaw, said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference in Brussels, on July 4th.

    According to him, on the second day of the Summit, a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission with the participation of President Petro Poroshenko will take place. "I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to meet Poroshenko. He will …

  • Ukraine's economy is growing faster than Russia's

    According to the Russian Slon.ru news portal, the Ukrainian economy has been showing stronger growth than that of Russia, according to the official statistics of the two countries. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Ukraine’s GDP did not fall as steeply as Russia’s, and, in the first quarter of 2016, even rose slightly in contrast to the fall of the Russian index. This year, the Russian economy will shrink by 0.2%, the Ministry of Economic Development believes. The World Bank is more pessimistic …

  • Herashchenko appeals to Russia to provide information on children illegally taken from Ukraine

    The representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian sub-group in the Minsk negotiations and Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, said that Ukraine once again appealed to Russia to provide information on children illegally taken from the territory of Ukraine.

    "We also expressed deep concern that international humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, were not allowed access to children and special children's institutions in the occupied territories. We are ready to evacuate …

  • Kiev will not cooperate with self-proclaimed republics on the payment of pensions

    The Minister for Social Policy of Ukraine, Andriy Reva, commented on the statement of Denis Pushilin, the a representative of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, concerning the opening of pension payment branches in the territories that are not under Ukraine’s control.

    “Where are the guarantees that the citizens will receive these pensions? I don’t believe Pushilin or any of these bandits,” Reva stated on Ukrainian Hromadske.TV. The Minister added that Ukraine does not recognize the …

  • Ukrainian presidential advisor expects an escalation of the conflict in the Donbas

    Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Volodymyr Horbulin, told Ukrainian ZN.UA news portal that the Donbas is at risk of a sudden outbreak of large-scale hostilities. As Advisor to the President, he maintains that the current popular perception of calm presents a significant danger in itself.“In fact, the only thing we have observed is a paradigm shift in this long-term conflict,” Horbulin said. “Moreover, this raises a worrying feeling that this is the calm before the storm, …