• EU extends economic sanctions against Russia

    The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia for another 6 months in connection with the situation in eastern Ukraine, said the Council of the European Union in a statement.

    The decision was taken after the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, which require Russia to hand over control of the border in the Donbas region to Kyiv.

    During a video conference on June 19, EU leaders stated that the agreements concluded in 2015 remain …

  • Lukashenko: $640 million laundered through Gazprom Bank in Belarus

    The Russian authorities understand the reasons for the situation with the Belgazprombank case and the arrest of its former head Viktor Babariko, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the government in the Minsk region.

    "On June 24 (during my visit to Moscow), I noticed that when we ctracked down on this gas industry bank, they understood everything," said Lukashenko, whose speech was broadcast by the Belarus-1 TV channel.

    According to Lukashenko, the Belarusian …

  • Ukraine warns Russia of consequences after voting on Russian Constitution amendments took place in annexed Crimea

    Russia faces political and legal consequences over organizing a vote in the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol on amendments to the Russian constitution, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

    "The organization of voting in the occupied territory of the Ukrainian Crimea, as well as the organization of voting of persons who illegally received Russian passports, will have political and legal consequences for Russia. The international …

  • Russia claims to have tested its new Su-57 fighter in combat

    Russian military conducted a test, during which a "swarm" of Su-35 fighters flew under the control of the 5th generation Su-57 aircraft, reported TASS, citing two sources in the defense industry.

    "The experiment was conducted in real combat conditions. A group of Su-35 fighters was part of the "pack" and the role of the command-staff aircraft was performed by the Su-57," TASS quoted one of the interlocutors as saying.

    Another source confirmed to TASS the nature of the tests. According to the …

  • Head of Crimea refuses to ask Ukrainian President to resume water supply to peninsula

    The head of the annexed Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that the Crimean authorities will not ask the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to resume the supply of water to the peninsula.

    "Besides Zelensky, no one in Ukraine can make such a decision, everything else is a talk about nothing," said Aksyonov in an interview for Russian 24 TV channel.

    He added that the Ukrainian President has an opportunity to "legally take a pen and sign a document" on the supply of water to Crimea. Morally, …