• Kuchma: Prisoner exchange before Orthodox Easter failed due to changes in the position of separatists

    Leonid Kuchma, the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group and the former Ukrainian President, said that the exchange of prisoners before the Easter holidays was disrupted due to a change in the separatists’ position.

    "They are not interested in this. They always want to get some mechanisms to influence Ukraine, the mood of the people," he told journalists in Kiev on Friday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    Kuchma said in this regard everything depends on the position of the …

  • Polish Minister of National Defense: The EU should be prepared for all forms of Russian aggression

    The Polish Minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz, believes that European countries must be prepared not only for hybrid aggression but also for other Russian tactics.

    “All European states agree that Russia’s attack against Ukraine is a precedent for breach of the peace in Europe. I don’t believe that formally everything is fine. It is about the aggression of one country against another; it is about occupation. Crimea is occupied, part of Donbas is occupied,” Macierewicz stated in …

  • The US and the EU support energy reforms in Ukraine

    The USA, the EU and Canada will work closely with Ukraine towards its gradual integration into the European energy market.

    The Unites States of America and the European Union expressed support for energy reforms in Ukraine and strongly opposed the use of energy resources as weapons in the political arena. This was outlined in the joint statement of the USA and the EU following the meeting of the Council on Energy that took place on May 4, 2016, Deutsche Welle reported.

    The United States …

  • The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the activities for the day in memory of the genocide of Crimean Tatars

    On the 5th of May, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a plan to honor the memory of the genocide of the Crimean Tatars. The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine reported that all activities were discussed with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The details of these activities were not revealed.

    “Please prepare these resolutions in accordance with the regulations,” Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman said at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

    At this time, the Ministry of Culture of …

  • Ukrainian Ministry wants to teach Crimeans how to bypass Russian internet bans

    The Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Vadym Chernysh, feels that it is necessary to start teaching Crimeans how to use technology to evade Russian internet bans. He stated this in an interview with Krym.Realii.

    This ministry was established on the 20th of April based on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

    According to Chernysh, the ministry will create technology to allow communication with Crimeans. They will then teach the …

  • More than 100 Tatars detained at a Mosque in Crimea

    Several dozen armed men, allegedly belonging to the Russian OMON riot police, raided a mosque in Crimea, detaining about 100 Tatars. The detainees were then loaded onto a bus and taken away towards an unknown location.

    "It was reported that 30 to 50 armed men raided the mosque.. more than 100 Muslims were taken away in an unknown direction," lawyer Emile Kurbedinov wrote on Facebook.

    The Tatars were later released, but ordered to report to the police station. 

    "We have information the …

  • Ex-governor of the Luhansk region says there is a plan for the 'deoccupation of the Donbas'

    In an interview with Hromadske Radio, the Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the former head of administration for Luhansk, Georgiy Tuka, said that he has not ruled out the possibility of trade with the so-called Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic.  

    “There are two opposite points of view, of which the first is fencing off areas with barbed wire.  This however is absolutely destructive.  The population will mentally distance itself from …

  • Yanukovych's defense promises to present his explanation of the events of Maidan

    The office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine (GPU) has claimed that the defense team of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will explain what happened during the Revolution of Dignity.

    According to the head of the special investigations department of the GPU, Sergey Gorbatyuk, Yanukovych's lawyers have promised that they will provide an explanation after the May holidays.

    Last summer, the office of the GPU had asked Yanukovych to appear for questioning but he did not arrive. His …

  • India chooses Ukrainian An-178 cargo plane over Russian Il-214

    Russian aircraft experts are concerned that India suspended a preliminary contract for the development and production cargo aircraft for the country. According to the contract, Russia was to build Il-214.

    However, according to Russian expert Vladimir Tuchkov, recent actions by India show that Delhi intended to terminate the contract with Russia and sign a similar contract with Ukraine. Unlike the Russian Il-214 which has not been tested, Ukraine has proposed the An-178 which has already been …

  • Ukraine and Romania sign agreement on visa-free travel

    The Foreign Ministry’s press service reported that the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Romania, Pavlo Klimkin and Lazăr Comănescu signed an agreement on the 6th of May on the waiver of fees for the registration of Romanian, long-term stay (national) visas for Ukrainians.

    The Agreement was signed during the working meeting of the Ministers that will take place in the urban-type settlement Solotvyno. The Consulate of Romania will be opened before the meeting in Solotvyno.

    The press …