Contents tagged with crimea

  • Ukraine conducts military drills with Bayraktar TB2 drones

    The Ukrainian Air Force conducted drills using Turkish attack drones Bayraktar TB2. According to the Ukrainian news agency Armyinform, the drones, which took off from the airfield near Mykolaiv, flew towards Tendrovsk Bay, located in the southwestern part of the Black Sea coast. The drones later returned to the same airfield.

    "Drones have worked out various training tasks," the agency said in a statement. It reminded that Tendrovsk bay is often used by Ukrainian military to practice sea …

  • ‘Delegation of Chinese investors to Crimea’ reported by Russian media turns out to be a group of small vendors from Moscow market

    A delegation of Chinese investors, who visited Crimea in early March and held talks with the government of the peninsula, discussing the tourism potential and prospects for economic cooperation, turned out to be a group of small vendors from Moscow wholesale and retail markets, reports the news website Meduza citing representatives of the Chinese diaspora in Moscow.

    Chen Shanwen, Chen Yong and Zhao Kai visited Crimea on March 11. They visited wineries and resorts, and participated in a …

  • Russia prepares $20 billion lawsuit against Ukraine for ‘water blockade of Crimea’

    By the end of April, documents are expected to be ready to sue Ukraine for damages caused to the peninsula by the water blockade, said the first deputy chairman of the Crimean State Council, Yefim Fiks. According to him, the amount of claims is 1.5 trillion rubles ($20 billion USD).

    "We have documents for 1.5 trillion rubles at the moment. It's the direct damage. But the amount may increase. I assume that the number can go up to 10 trillion rubles ($130 billion USD)," Fiks was quoted as saying …

  • Putin sends warning to those living on ‘historic Russian lands’

    During the Soviet era and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia "lost enormous territory," said Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a concert marking the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.

    "In the 1920s, the Bolsheviks, forming the Soviet Union for reasons still incomprehensible, gave away significant territories, geopolitical spaces to quasi-state entities," the Russian president said during an event at Luzhniki Stadium.

    Then, according to Putin, the Bolsheviks "broke …

  • Kremlin: Crimean referendum did not violate Ukrainian Constitution

    Any referendums on self-determination of Russian regions are prohibited by Russian law, but the "referendum" in Crimea in 2014 did not contradict Ukrainian and international laws, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    "This "referendum" was legitimate in essence, from the point of view of international law and in terms of the laws of Ukraine," Peskov said, as quoted by TASS.

    According to him, the referendum was allowed, as Crimea, as part of Ukraine, has a special status, …

  • Ukrainian general: in 2014 Kyiv was ready to take control of Crimea

    During Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were ready to take control of Crimean airfields and other strategic facilities, said in an interview with Krym.Realii deputy chief of the General Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,Viktor Nazarov, who was part of the military delegation to Crimea.

    "Those plans provided for our military intervention in Crimea. We understood that the task is quite difficult and can hardly be …

  • Crimean authorities want to sue Ukraine over ‘economic blockade’ of peninsula

    The Chairman of the Kremlin-controlled State Council of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, said at a press briefing that Crimean authorities are preparing to file lawsuits in international courts against Ukraine because of the economic blockade, TASS reports. According to him, the "authorities" will first seek justice in the Russian courts, and then file comprehensive lawsuits in international courts.

    Konstantinov claims that Ukraine has established a transport and energy blockade, which led to …

  • Stoltenberg: Russia would not have captured Crimea if Ukraine had been in NATO in 2014

    The Russian Federation would not have annexed Crimea if Ukraine had been a NATO member as of 2014, because other members of the Alliance would have stood up for Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his speech at the College of Europe in Bruges, RBC-Ukraine reports.

    "My short answer is that this would not have happened, because the purpose of NATO is to protect every ally," Stoltenberg said.

    He added that NATO uses a "one for all and all for one" rule if one of the Allies …

  • Ukraine offers NATO to use airspace near Crimea

    Ukraine counts on NATO’s support in monitoring air traffic situation along the border with Russia and offers to use airspace near Simferopol region for NATO air operations, said the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Vladyslav Krykliy, during talks with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning Patrick Turner.

    The meeting took place as part of a working visit of the Ukrainian government delegation to Brussels.

    "Ukraine is pursuing its chosen course of integration …

  • U.S. may ban recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea

    A bill has been submitted to the U.S. Congress, which prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing Russia's sovereignty over annexed Crimea.

    The author of the document, which was published on the website of the U.S. Congress,  is the representative of the Democratic Party from Virginia, Gerry Connolly.

    "To prohibit United States Government recognition of the Russian Federation's claim of sovereignty over Crimea, and for other purposes," the document reads.

    The text of the document has not …