Contents tagged with Kyiv

  • Kyiv demands dissolution of DPR and LPR as condition for Minsk Agreements

    Ukraine is willing to implement the political part of the Minsk Agreements only after the dissolution of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) and the withdrawal of troops along the demarcation line in the Donbas, said Darya Olifer, spokesperson for Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, in a Facebook post.

    Before the “political section” of the Minsk Agreements can be implemented, the shooting must also cease completely, the …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister explains failure to withdraw troops in Donbas

    The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, in an interview with Ukrinform, provided the reasons for the failure to withdraw forces in the Donbas.

    Prystaiko admitted that in Ukrainian society withdrawal of the troops deeper into Ukraine is perceived as a retreat. "To move away deeper into our territory is painful," he said. The Minister noted that now it is "a hot topic that causes a lot of emotions" in Ukraine.

    "The Ukrainian Armed Forces were withdrawing, but the Ukrainian government, …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is preparing another prisoner swap with Russia

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that Ukraine is in a crucial stage of preparing an exchange of three groups of prisoners with Russia, reports Radio Liberty.

    "This process is at a crucial stage. But I can't report either how many people or the dates of the exchange," said Prystaiko.

    Prystaiko added that he does not talk about the dates and number of citizens for exchange because, in such a process, any word can "play a dramatic role," not in favor of the prisoners. Answering …

  • Kyiv: Extending old Russian gas transit contract would be pointless

    It would make no sense for Kyiv to extend the current gas transit contract with Moscow beyond January 1, 2020, said Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev while speaking at the Ukrainian Gas Forum, UNIAN reports.

    “It’s hard for me to imagine why the new gas transport system operator, why the Ukrainian party would be interested in extending the old contract,” he said.

    In Kobolyev’s opinion, there should be a new contract exclusively with the new operator and based solely on European regulations.

    In …

  • China thanks Kyiv for passing on military technologies

    An article in the Chinese media has caused widespread expert and public discussion, especially in China itself. Even the title of the article being circulated by the Chinese press is controversial: “Thank you Ukraine. Over more than 20 years, this country has passed on so many major military technologies to China”.

    The article notes that China’s military industry has undergone considerable development in recent years. Notably, China is now producing its own aircraft carriers, 5th generation …

  • Ukraine intends to resume train traffic to Donbas

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said during the talk show “Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster” that in the future new Ukrainian government plans to resume railway traffic with areas of the Donbas that currently are not controlled by Kyiv.

    Discussing restoration of the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska (to the North of Luhansk), Prystaiko assured that car traffic will be resumed on the bridge in a month and a half. He said, there will be other bridges, new crossing points. "Perhaps there …

  • DPR and LPR demand a say in new Donbas special status law

    The ringleaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) have demanded that certain conditions be met before local elections can be held. In particular, they want to be involved in the formulation of the new law on the special status of the Donbas that was announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

    “Otherwise we will consider them a direct and gross violation of the Minsk Agreements, and they will be legally null and void to us. We want …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Kyiv has no plans to reduce its armed forces

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said on Saturday in an interview with Radio Liberty that Ukraine has no plans to reduce the composition of its armed forces, the actual number of which is about 250 thousand people.

    "We do not plan to reduce the number of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Our task is to manage the resources that we have the right way. First, we need to increase military capacity. And this issue can be solved only systematically. Because if we had a specific strategy, …

  • Kyiv: Russians will not be allowed to own land in Ukraine

    The Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture, Timofey Milovanov said that Ukrainian government will seize the agricultural land if Russians would acquire it during the agricultural sector reform, which starts in Ukraine next year.

    The Minister explained that the owners of the land with Russian citizenship would be identified with the help of large-scale "monitoring." He also recalled that Kyiv accuses Russia of seizing part of its territories and that the countries of …

  • US Congress approves $250 million in military aid for Ukraine

    On Thursday, September 19, the US Congress House of Representatives approved the allocation of $250 million to military assistance for Ukraine, reports the TASS news agency.

    The military aid for Ukraine was stipulated in a bill on the temporary financing of federal government until November 21.

    The document states that the allocation of funds to Ukraine will be continued in the new financial year, which begins on October 1 in the US.

    The Senate is expected to consider the bill next week. …