Contents tagged with crimea

  • President Poroshenko gives Tusk a list of people involved in attack on the Ukrainian ships

    The Ukrainian President’s press service reported that President Petro Poroshenko met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk during his visit to Brussels.

    Poroshenko told Tusk about the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait and the existing threats to regional security. He said that the European Union should respond powerfully and adequately to Russia's aggression to prevent the "creeping occupation" of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. The President of Ukraine …

  • Commander of the detained Ukrainian ship refuses to testify in Russian court

    Ilya Novikov, the lawyer for the arrested Commander of the Ukrainian Navy boat Berdyansk, Roman Mokryak detained in the Moscow detention center, stated that his client does not intend to give any testimony in the court until his crew members are realeased.

    “The Commander of the ship Berdyansk, Roman Mokryak, announced to the investigation today that he demands that he and his crew be treated as prisoners of war and that he will not give the Russian authorities any testimony until his …

  • EU fails to impose new sanctions on Russia over the Kerch Strait incident

    Germany considers Russia’s claims to the Sea of Azov inappropriate, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Bundestag deputies on Wednesday. She stated that Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian Navy ships in the Kerch Strait was “a cause for concern.”

    “Let us call things by their proper names. We do not accept Russia’s actual claims to the Sea of Azov,” Merkel stated. Nevertheless, Germany rejected the idea of new sanctions for the Kerch incident. At the EU Summit on December 13, Berlin will advocate the …

  • Ukrainian sailors held in Moscow prison visited by Ukrainian diplomatic staff

    On December 11, employees of Albert Chernyakov, the Ukrainian consul in Moscow, visited six Ukrainian soldiers who were captured by Russia off the coast of Crimea and are now being held in the Lefortovo pretrial detention center in Moscow: Oleh Melnychuk, Mykhailo Vlasyuk, Viktor Bezpalchenko, Volodymyr Tereshchenko, Yevhen Semydotsky and Volodymyr Lisovy.

    According to the consul, the Ukrainians’ condition is satisfactory, and their attitude is optimistic, hoping for a prompt return home. They …

  • Lithuanian Parliament adopts resolution condemning 'Russia's aggression against Ukraine'

    On Monday, December 10, the Seimas of Lithuania adopted a resolution “On supporting Ukraine against the aggression of the Russian Federation”. The decision was supported by 79 people.

    “The adopted resolution strongly condemns the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, as well as the aggressive unilateral actions that harshly violate bilateral and multilateral agreements and international law. They threaten the entire region and the security of Europe․ The resolution …

  • Ukraine refuses to sign UN Migration Pact

    The press service of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Ukraine refused to sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

    The decision was made because of the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the fighting in the Donbas, as a result of which there are 1.5 million internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

    "The Ukrainian side is making every effort to ensure the rights and meet the needs of internally displaced persons, but there is still a lot of …

  • Ukrainian Security Service: Moscow Patriarchate helped Girkin prepare for annexation of Crimea

    Russia used the opportunities available to members of the Moscow Patriarchate for reconnaissance ahead of the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claims in an information booklet it published.

    “On March 30, 2014, the armed group of the terrorist Igor Girkin (Strelkov) conducts reconnaissance in Simferopol disguised as guards for the "Gifts of the Magi" church sanctuaries,” the handbook states.

    The authors of the booklet view this incident as one of several …

  • Ukrainians detained in Russia will receive $200 monthly

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that pays $200 every month to Ukrainians detained in Russia. The amount of payment will be counted based on triple subsistence level. The payment scheme is named after the Ukrainian dissident, fighter against Russian language in Ukraine Levko Lukyanenko.

    The right to receive such payments will be given to “Ukrainian citizens who are illegally detained by Russia.” 

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister to discuss the Azov Sea crisis with the EU Council

    On December 10, 2018, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will attend a working meeting in Brussels, during which he will discuss with the Foreign Ministers of the EU countries the escalation of the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, RBC-Ukraine reported, citing the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    The possible escalation of the Kerch Strait situation has been added to the EU Council’s meeting agenda on foreign affairs. Klimkin will visit Brussels at the …

  • President Poroshenko warns of resurgence of pro-Russian forces in Ukraine

    The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, during a working visit to the Lviv region on December 8, said that the resurgence of pro-Russian forces in Ukraine can turn Ukraine’s movement to the European Union and NATO in the opposite direction, reports the head of the state's press service.

    “Away from Moscow, Europe now,” Poroshenko recalled the words of the Ukrainian poet, Khvylovy. “Away from Moscow!" is a visa-free regime, the association agreement with the EU, this is Tomos, a strong …