• UN urges Russia to protect rights of Crimean Tatars on anniversary of deportation

    The United Nations has called on Russia to protect the rights of Crimean Tatars on the 72nd anniversary of their deportation by Soviet authorities, Radio Svoboda reported. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, noted that persecution of Crimean Tatars has increased significantly since Russia annexed the Peninsula in 2014. "Since April 2014, Crimean Tatars have been subjected to arbitrary searches, seizure of books, and arrest. Last year, the authorities shut down a number …

  • Crimea is losing popularity with Russian tourists

    Tour agents recorded a significant drop in demand for flights by Russian tourists to annexed Crimea. Demand for flights to Simferopol via the Svyaznoy Travel Company declined by more than 25 percent, reported the newspaper Kommersant on Monday, May 16th. In 2015, half of Svyaznoy’s flight destinations went to Crimea. Today, the figure is not more than 35% of their bookings.

    Commercial director Andriy Osyntsev called it a predictable decline. "Infrastructure of the peninsula currently cannot …

  • Ukraine and Turkey sign military cooperation plan through 2020

    Ukrainian and Turkish armed forces signed a military cooperation plan that determines areas of military cooperation between the states until 2020, stated the General Staff of Ukraine on Facebook. The plan reportedly contains a number of steps aimed at improving the operational capabilities of the Ukrainian army.

    The military cooperation plan includes reforming and military planning, military education and training of troops, consultative and advisory assistance and cooperation between armed …

  • Crimean authorities propose granting Russian citizenship to Jamala

    The Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimea, Georgy Muradov, stated in Beijing that the pro-Russian authorities recommend that singer Jamala exchange her Ukrainian citizenship for Russian citizenship and return to the occupied Crimea, TASS reported.

    “I emphasize that Crimean residents will always be glad to see Jamala perform. It is her motherland. That is why she only has to change her citizenship to Russian, return to her motherland and give concerts at home,” Georgy Muradov said.

    “The …

  • Minister of Ecology: Ukraine will be able to supply itself with gas in five years

    Over the next four or five years, Ukraine will be able to supply itself with gas. This is according to the Minister of Ecology, Ostap Semerak, and was reported by 112 Ukraine.

    “This possibility is absolutely real and there are two ways to achieve this goal. Firstly, Ukraine is striving to become energy efficient. Secondly, Ukraine will pay attention and monitor the use of its natural resources to meet its oil and gas needs,” Semerak explained.

    “Myself and the Ministry will help the system …