Contents tagged with UN

  • Putin invites Turkish President Erdogan to visit annexed Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited his counterpart Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit the annexed Crimea to take part in the opening of the Cathedral Mosque in Simferopol. The head of the Kremlin also proposed inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the opening of a synagogue in annexed Sevastopol, Russian state agencies reported.

    Not a single foreign leader has visited the Crimea during the five years of the annexation of the peninsula by Russia. The …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Number of Russian military in Crimea nears 50 thousand

    The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign, Affairs Pavlo Klimkin stated that the militarization of the Donbas territories which are not under Ukraine’s control, continues and in the next few years the number of Russian military personnel may reach 50 thousand people, reports Ukrinform.

    “The militarization of the Crimea has reached a certain limit, but it will continue. We know that in the following years there will be almost 50 thousand Russian personnel [ in the Crimea],” said Klimkin.

    The Foreign …

  • Russia accuses the US of creating pretext to invade Venezuela

    Russia seriously fears that the United States will use the failure of the American version of the resolution in the UN Security Council as a pretext for military intervention in Venezuela, said Vasily Nebenzya, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, during the UN Security Council meeting.

    Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN said that the United States was aware that there were no chances for the American version of the resolution to pass and used it only to get an opportunity for …

  • UN monitoring mission finds human rights violations in the Crimea

    On Wednesday, at the international Forum in Kyiv, Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Human Rights Mission to Ukraine stated that efforts are being made to suppress dissent or critical views on the peninsula, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "The trend that we have seen over the last few years shows that there are actions aimed at suppressing any dissent and critical views on the peninsula,” Frazer said. She noted that the right to worship is restricted in the Crimea, especially concerning Crimean …

  • UN calls on Ukraine to pay pensions to all residents of Donbas

    Residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who live on each side of the contact line, should receive Ukrainian pensions and social benefits , EU countries said in a statement at the meeting of the UN General Assembly.

    “It is necessary to ensure appropriate social benefits and pensions regardless of place of residence and according to the Ukrainian legislation and Constitution,” the statement reads.

    The Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland also urged equal …

  • Ukrainian President suggests sending UN evaluation group to the Donbas to prepare for deployment of peacekeepers

    Sending the UN evaluation group to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions can be an important step preceding the deployment of the international peacekeeping forces, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated. He stressed that Ukraine is ready to discuss the mission's mandate.

    "A technical assessment mission that Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres could send to the Donbas for the development of the relevant scenarious would definitely contribute to this discussion,” Poroshenko …

  • Poroshenko: Russia preparing to attack Ukraine

    During debates in the UN General Assembly on “The situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the environment in New York”, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russia is preparing for a military attack against Ukraine, and that future escalation to the level of full-scale war is no longer unrealistic, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “Military experts unambiguously find that the armed group on the Russian border with Ukraine is an offensive assault group. It has …

  • Moldova complains to UN about Russia’s failure to provide access to Moldovan pilots released from Taliban captivity

    The Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration wrote on Facebook that Moldovan authorities complained about Russia to a number of international organizations. 

    The reason for the appeal was the “unacceptable actions” of the Russian Federation against two Moldovan pilots Lionel Buruiana and Mihail Crihan, who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and released with the assistance of Igor Chaika, a member of the council of All-Russian public organization “Business Russia”. …

  • UN investigates possible Russian involvement in tortures of civilians in the Central African Republic

    The UN started investigating reports of tortures in the Central African Republic with the alleged participation of Russian citizens, stated United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) spokesperson Vladimir Monteiro.

    “We confirm that we are investigating the accusations of a person from Bambari that he was arrested and tortured by Russian citizens in January this year,” he said. He explained that the investigation is being carried …

  • Ukraine will not allow Transnistrian diplomatic mission in Kyiv

    The speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kateryna Zelenko, said that Kyiv will not agree to open a "diplomatic representation" of the unrecognized republic of Transnistria in Ukraine. 

    "We already have diplomatic representation, and this is a representation of Moldova," said Zelenko as quoted by LB.ua news outlet. 

    According to her, Ukraine, as a guarantor country, will continue its efforts in the Transnistrian settlement. 

    Earlier the leader of unrecognized Transnistria, Vadim …