Contents tagged with crimea

  • Czech Republic Senate wants Prime Minister Babis to resign over ‘Crimean scandal’

    Radio Praha reports that the Czech Senate adopted a resolution that urged Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. According to a message, "The upper house of parliament made the following decision by a majority of votes. Members of the Social Democratic Party, an ally of the ANO movement in the government coalition also voted in favor."

    Reports say that thousands of people took to the central streets of Prague, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis because of the scandal over …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine has arrested 15 ships for visiting closed Crimean ports

    Ukraine has already arrested or placed other restrictions on 15 foreign vessels that have visited the closed ports of Russia-annexed Crimea, said Oleh Slobodyan, assistant to the head of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service (SBGS), Radio Liberty reports.

    Ukraine’s border guards take actions when they see that ships are entering Ukraine’s economic sea zone or ports.

    “Already 15 vessels have been placed under arrest or other restrictions. These are all vessels that have violated Ukraine’s …

  • Czech Prime Minister confirms his son's visit to Crimea

    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis confirmed that last year his son visited annexed Crimea, informs Radio Liberty’s Russian Service.

    According to the local informational website, on November 14, the head of the Czech government, while speaking to the journalists in Prague, clarified that Andrej Babis Junior was visiting Ukraine.

    The prime minister said that Babis Junior has some psychiatric problems and criticized journalists for interviewing him. According to the politician, …

  • Volker: New US sanctions acknowledge Russia’s control over Donbas

    The financial sanctions on Russia which the US Treasury Department announced on November 8 are the first to officially recognize that Russia has complete control over the situation in the Donbas, said Kurt Volker, The US State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine, Voice of America reports.

    For the first time, the sanctions are also being placed on private entities who are “facilitating the integration of Crimea” through their financial investments, as well as persons complicit in …

  • Ukraine’s Representative to UN: Russia is preparing to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea

    The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, stated that Russian Federation has doubled its military forces on the peninsula and continues preparation of the Crimean military infrastructure for deployment of nuclear weapons. According to him, the UN Security Council should meet to discuss the situation in the occupied Donbas, and the escalation in the Sea of Azov reports TSN.

    “For example, Crimea is often used as the headquarters and a supply base for military …

  • Ukrainian politician: Russia offered to ‘solve’ Donbas problem in exchange for Crimea

    Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s representative in the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), told reporters that in other work groups he receives offers to deal with the situation in the Donbas by Ukraine officially renouncing its claims to Russia-annexed Crimea.

    “I am involved in another two (aside from the TCG) international platforms on the Donbas. In the coffee breaks, they say to me that if Ukraine officially renounces Crimea, and takes away the Crimean problem, it could be a …

  • Head of annexed Crimea orders Simferopol authorities to travel by public transport

    The Head and Prime Minister of the Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, demanded that the representatives of the Simferopol city authorities must travel by public transport during peak hours. On November 7, Aksyonov wrote on Facebook that it is necessary to study the situation on the Simferopol roads, which he called the “traffic collapse”.

    He added that he expects Simferopol authorities' proposals on how to stabilize the situation to be presented during the next meeting.

    “The colossal traffic jams …

  • US aircraft conducts reconnaissance flight near annexed Crimea

    A US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft flew near the Kerch Strait, as reported on Tuesday, November 6 by Interfax, citing the monitoring data of Western aviation resources. The American aircraft took off from Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicilia, Italy and held a long flight over the international waters of the Black Sea, 35 km south of the entrance to the Kerch Strait.

    During its flight, the Poseidon also flew near Sevastopol and the coast of Krasnodar Krai.

     A US Air Force …

  • Ukrainian politician accuses Merkel of preventing Ukraine from becoming a NATO member

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is “responsible” for the fact that Ukraine has not become a NATO member yet, stated Verkhovna Rada Deputy Yuriy Chyzhmar on the Channel ZIK.

    “It was she who in 2008 in Bucharest, as you remember, raised the issue of not providing Ukraine with an action plan for NATO membership, to please Putin. If we had it then, maybe today the issues of the Donbas and the Crimea would not exist, so we have lot of questions for you,” the deputy stated in the show “People are …

  • Crimean authorities ask Russia for help in organizing air transit between Damascus and Simferopol

    Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian head of the Crimea, sent a letter to Yevgeny Dietrich, the Russian Minister of Transport, and asked him for support in organizing flight connections between Damascus and Simferopol, TASS reported.

    It was reported earlier that Aksyonov spoke about this at his meeting with Syrian authorities during his visit in Damascus from October 15 to 16.

    The Russian Ministry of Transport confirmed that they received Aksyonov’s letter.

    Representatives of the Russian authorities …