• OSCE urges parties to pull back from the contact line in eastern Ukraine

    On both sides of the contact line, the distance between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pro-Russian fighters was reduced to a few hundred meters. The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, said that the Army of Ukraine and the Russian fighters have to move further away from the contact line in the Donbas region.

    According to mass media, in some places the distance between the opponents is reduced to only hundreds of meters. "They are so …

  • Bezsmertnyi: Ukraine distributed 34 billion hryvnia in welfare to the breakaway regions in 2015

    In 2015 Ukraine distributed a total of 34 billion hryvnia ($1.2 billion)  in the form of pensions and other welfare benefits to the inhabitants of the occupied parts of the Donbass region. The representative of Ukraine in the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Roman Bezsmertnyi, reported this data on Radio Freedom.

    According to Bezsmertnyi, the budget funds work on the Russian economy. "500 billion is the country's budget and 34 billion went nowhere, in the 'hole'. In the end, …

  • McCain fears that Russia will again focus on Ukraine after withdrawing troops from Syria

    US Senator John McCain is worried that Russia will turn its resources and attention to Ukraine following the Kremlin’s announcement that the main part of Russian troops will withdraw from Syria, Glavnoe reported with reference to Ukrainian TV channel “112”.

    According to McCain, Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria destroyed enough of the opposition to ensure that the al-Assad regime will stay in power.

    The US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee also accused the White …

  • Russian court sentences opposition leader to community service for ‘insulting public officials’

    A Russian district court in Ryazan sentenced the leader of the local PARNAS branch, Yuriy Bogomolov, to 250 hours of community services for insulting judges on social media, RIA Novosti reported.

    According to investigators, in August of 2015, Bogomolov posted on the Russian social network site VKontakte, in which he “publicly insulted and degraded the honor and dignity of the authorities” of the judges of the Moscow District Court of Ryazan, as well as judges of the Ryazan regional court “in …

  • Poroshenko's press secretary denies reports of Saakashvili's dismissal

    The Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, wrote on Facebook that reports of Mikheil Saakashvili's dismissal as Governor of the Odessa region are untrue.

    "The President had a telephone conversation with Mikheil Saakashvili about the future projects of the development of Odessa region. All 'messages' on the resignation of the Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration are not true," he wrote.

    Earlier, Saakashvili’s advisor, the former Consul General of Georgia …

  • Poroshenko considering Jaresko or Sadovyi for next Prime Minister

    A spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko announced that he is considering current Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko or mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, for the position of Prime Minister.

    On Monday, March 14, the President held meetings with leaders of factions and with Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, the leader of the Self-Reliance (Samopomich) political party, aiming to fast-track the solution to the political crisis. Svyatoslav Tseholko, spokesman for the President, posted the details on his …

  • PACE calls for Savchenko's immediate release

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on Russia to immediately release former Ukrainian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko.

    “The continued detention of Savchenko is only worsening Russia’s international image and its relations with European countries. Savchenko’s release would be a strong move towards complying with the Minsk Agreements. It would also be a step towards resolving the current conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia should not waste this opportunity,” a statement …

  • Bourbaki: Yatsenyuk is prepared to step down as Prime Minister if parliament votes him out

    The Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has said that he is ready to resign if parliament can garner the 226 votes needed for a successful vote of no confidence.

    This was announced on the 14th of March after negotiations were held. These discussions were attended by President Petro Poroshenko; Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Vladimir Groysman; Yatsenyuk and leaders of the Verkhovna Rada factions.

    “Yatsenyuk has said that if parliament can secure 226 votes in favor of a new government, …

  • Kadyrov's spokesman files request to open criminal case against Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin

    Alvi Karimov, spokesman for Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov, has filed a request to open a criminal case against Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin, who recently published a report criticizing the leader of Chechnya.

    The request was filed with the Russian Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General, Interfax reported.

    Karimov said that the report written by PARNAS’ Deputy Chairman Ilya Yashin was done in a “provocative and aggressive manner” directed against Kadyrov and the people of …

  • Pyatt: Crimea has become a disaster area in regard to human rights

    The US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, stated that the annexation of Crimea and the retaliation against the Crimean Tatars has not fallen off the American diplomatic radar. “We aren’t going to forget about the situation with the Crimean Tatars. Crimea has become a human rights disaster area,” the Ambassador said in his interview with the ZIK Ukrainian TV Channel.

    Pyatt added that this issue is present in their constant dialogue with Russia. The US Ambassador to Ukraine reiterated that …