• Steinmeir: It is too early to lift sanctions on Russia

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview with Stuttgarter Nachrichten that it is too early to cancel the EU sanctions against Russia.

    "Sanctions are not our final purpose. Our aim is not to maintain sanctions but to resolve the conflict in Ukraine," he stressed.

    We consciously connect them with progress towards the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. If there is tangible progress, we will be able to think about easing the sanctions," the German Minister said.

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  • Russia's Black Sea Fleet began large-scale exercises

    The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have begun large-scale exercises. As the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reports, the exercise will take place in the ranges, airfields and training facilities of the Southern Military District and in the Black Sea.

    "Logistical support, engineering, moral and psychological security, communications security, radio-electronic warfare and nuclear, chemical and biological (NBC) protection issues will be worked out in practice. The plan …

  • Ukrainian General Staff: Russia troops continue to strengthen their positions along Crimean administrative border

    The Russian military have been implementing demonstrative and provocative actions on the administrative border of the Crimea. This was reported to ZN.UA by the chief of the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vladislav Seleznyov.

    According to him, starting on the morning of the 11th of August, Russian troops began strengthening their military positions near several checkpoints of the administrative border. This was particularly evident in the direction of the …

  • Russia has not provided NATO with evidence to support its accusations against Ukraine

    Russia has not provided any evidence of its allegations of Ukrainian sabotage in the Crimea. This was reported to Deutsche Welle on the 11th of August by an official NATO representative in response to comments made by the Federal Security Service.

    “We are closely, and with concern, following the increasing tension between Russia and Ukraine,” the report says. “We are satisfied with the strong condemnation of terrorism by Ukraine in all its manifestations and forms. We note that Ukraine has …

  • Despite establishing humanitarian corridors, Russian strikes on Aleppo continue

    There are reports that fighting continues in Aleppo.

    On Thursday, the Russian Armed Forces had to temporarily suspend military operations in Aleppo at 10:00 a.m. local time to allow humanitarian aid workers to bring in much-needed supplies. However, according to media reports, clashes are continuing.

    The Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Wednesday that they will stop firing in the area of Aleppo every day for three hours to bring in humanitarian aid to the city. These humanitarian windows …