EU Extends Sanctions against Russia
The European Union on Monday extended its sanctions against Russia until March of 2016. The sanctions are meant to punish Moscow for its military support for Ukrainian separatists and its annexation of Crimea.
The sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans against 149 people and 37 entities, the European Union announced in a statement. Without the EU action the sanctions would have lifted on Tuesday.
A separate set of European economic sanctions against Russia are in place until the end …
Public executions in Donetsk region
As reported by Dmitriy Tymchuk of Information Resistance , Russian troops began to hold public executions in the occupied regions of Donetsk and Gorlovka.
The chief of one of the checkpoints of the local community has been shot by Russian military for attempting an unauthorized firing of artillery.
Also, in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, 2 militants were sentenced to death for insubordination. The sentence has been carried out by the Russian troops.
Candidates to Canadian Parliament to answer questions on Ukraine
On the eve of the federal elections Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine has made a list of critical questions to ask their MP candidates. Questions concerning Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The activists seek to help Canadian voters, many of those ethnic Ukrainian, "to choose the most worthy and most competent" - those MPs whose political outlook is not limited to Canada only. The elections - is the best opportunity for the public to formulate their guidelines for Canadian politicians. It …
Berlusconi visits annexed Crimea
Silvio Berlusconi, Former Italian Prime Minister arrived with a "private visit" in the Crimea annexed by Russia.
Berlusconi arrived on September 11 in Yalta, where he plans to take in the sights and have "several meetings".
As admitted in the Kremlin on September 9, during the trip Berlusconi could meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Berlusconi is also expected to visit Sevastopol, and then go to Moscow and return to Italy on 13 September.
Earlier this year Berlusconi, who is a …
Is Russia More Bark Than Bite?
As per Sir Andrew Wood, Chatham House
The received wisdom that Russia will always be ready to go further than the West in a confrontation over Ukraine is flawed.
‘The West could never prevail in a military confrontation over Ukraine with Russia, which would always be prepared to go further.’ This line, from a Financial Times editorial last week, reflects a commonly-held view among Western commentators about the crisis in eastern Ukraine. But if taken literally, it would imply that Vladimir …
Russian troops join combat in Syria
According to a number of Lebanese sources, Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops.
The unidentified sources, speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what the United States fears is a deepening Russian military role in Syria's civil war, though one of the Lebanese sources said the number of Russians involved so far was small.
U.S. officials said Russia sent two tank landing ships …
Pope to meet Putin if he arrives on time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin could have an audience with Pope Francis at the United Nations on the sidelines of the development summit meeting later this month — but only, as per the Vatican envoy to the UN, if Mr. Putin gets here in time.
According to diplomatic protocol, the pope is to hold a bilateral meeting with the country that presides over the United Nations Security Council and only with its head of state. In September, that is Russia. Hence, Mr. Putin.
The pope is scheduled to …
Leader of Right Sector to authorities: Stop repressions of pro-Ukrainian activists.
Dmitro Yarosh, the leader of Right Sector, a far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party, called for defiance against authorities.
In his statement he said:
"Anti-Ukrainian scum is carrying out the revival of the pre revolution order and is provoking the people to another revolt. The recent events have demonstrated this. And in particular this is the arrest of my comrade Sergei Sternenko in Odessa “.
Yarosh, the member of Ukrainian parliament , has accused the authorities of …
Ukraine to supply engines for Boeing
Ukraine and Boeing company have agreed on sales of Ukrainian engines and carrier rockets
According to the head of Ukraine's National Space Agency Liubomyr Sabodash, as agreed in Washington, The Boeing Company will be buying ukrainian engines and carrier rockets produced by Pivdenne (Yuzhnoe) Construction Bureau and Pivdenmash plant. Conditional that Ukraine would not cooperate with the countries covered by the U.S. sanctions.At the moment, the U.S. buys Russian engines. Pivdenne bureau will …
NATO Embassy to open in Ukraine
NATO to open Embassy in Ukraine, according to Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister.
“We have agreed with the Secretary General to sign the agreement on the status of NATO representation in Ukraine during this September visit. We are moving away from the concept of the NATO Liaison Office and will create, in fact, a real NATO’s Embassy in Ukraine,” Klimkin said.
He also noted that more documents are to be signed during the NATO head's visit to Ukraine in September, such as a road …