• Kremlin gives Russian Ministry of Defense the right to seize land for its own needs

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation obtained the right to make decisions on reserving and seizing lands for the construction and reconstruction of military facilities. The bill authorizing these activities was published on the state website for legislative information.

    The bill took effect the moment it was signed on August 17, 2017 and amends the Regulations on the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as approved by the Russian President on August 16, 2004.

    “The …

  • Security Service of Ukraine: three groups of Russian saboteurs were neutralized in the last month

    Vasyl Hrytsak, head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced at a briefing in Kyiv that in the last month the Ukrainian intelligence agency has detained three groups of Russian saboteurs.

    “In Kharkiv on July 17 we arrested the leader and main perpetrator of such a group which was created by the Main Directorate of the Russian General Staff. They received the mission of assassinating several Ukrainian public and state figures,” he announced. A quadcopter was supposed to be used for …

  • Ukrainian military command: Ukrainian military advised not to visit Crimea

    Work is being done among Ukrainian military personnel, including those who have been placed in reserve, to explain the undesirability of traveling to the occupied territories, including the Crimea. This was announced on August 17 by Vladislav Seleznev, spokesperson for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in a broadcast of the Ukrainian Radio Svoboda’s program “Your Freedom”, while commenting on the arrests of former Ukrainian soldiers whom the Russian law enforcement officials …

  • Media: Talks between US envoy on Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov may be held next week

    A meeting between US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and the Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov is scheduled for the first half of next week, and will be held in Minsk. This was reported by Interfax, citing an outside source.

    "The meeting is expected to be held in Minsk in the first half of next week," the source said.

    The parties intend to discuss the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It is also possible that they will touch upon the topic of the …

  • Kremlin adds Jehovah’s Witnesses to list of banned organizations

    The Russian Ministry of Justice added the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization to the list of organizations which are prohibited and subject to dissolution in Russian territory. In the department’s official announcement, this ruling is explained as the application of the law on opposing extremist activity.

    The Russian Justice Ministry noted that the ban extends to the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, as well as the 395 regional branches included in its structure.

    On July 17, …