Contents tagged with Ukraine

  • Ukraine to adopt US border security model

    The US Customs and Border Protection Service will assist the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (SBGS) in adopting a new model of border protection, reported SBGS's head Serhiy Deyneko.

    Deyneko said that the SGBS's delegation was on a visit to Texas where it studied the specifics of work of the US Customs and Border Protection Service.

    Ukrainian border guards saw how the border control and search for offenders are carried out in the United States, and which technical means are used at the …

  • Volker: West willing to help Russia find easy way to withdraw from Ukraine

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 that Russia is achieving the exact opposite of what it had hoped by continuing its occupation and war in eastern Ukraine.

    Volker emphasized that the members of the Normandy Format and the US are willing to help Russia find an “easy way” to withdraw from the occupied Ukrainian territories.

    “I think that there are reasons why Russia should withdraw from the Donbas. They are actually not interested in keeping the …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko: conflict in Eastern Ukraine cannot be resolved without the USA

    During a meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale in Minsk, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said, that the United States could contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports BelTA news agency.

    "Speaking about the problems of Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, in particular, Ukraine, I am convinced that it would be impossible to resolve this conflict without the participation of the United States," said Lukashenko. …

  • Kyiv: Russia using passports to strengthen Donbas bargaining position

    Russia has expedited its issuance of Russian passports to inhabitants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement, citing intelligence data.

    According to the statement, the command of the Russian Armed Forces is “taking measures to expedite the so-called passportization of the population”. Ukrainian intelligence believes that this is so that, as of October 1, the armed divisions in the Donbas will contain “only soldiers with …

  • Head of OSCE: Free elections impossible in Donbas until control returned to Ukraine

    Free and fair local elections cannot be held in the Donbas until Ukraine regains full control over the territories, said OSCE Chairperson Miroslav Lajcak in an interview with BBC.

    “I think that free elections could only take place in a free situation, and, of course, in accordance with Ukrainian laws and with observation by international observers – the OSCE, other international organizations, that is, within the Ukrainian jurisdiction system. Only afterwards, when we attain such a situation, …

  • Russia pays Ukraine 3.5 million euros in compensation for dirty oil

    Ukrainian oil company UkrTransNafta received from the Russian oil giant Transneft  compensation of 3.5 million euros for the supply of low-quality oil to the Ukrainian section of the Druzhba pipeline, reports UkrTransNafta's press-service.

    "This is not the final amount, as Transneft continues to reserve the capacity of UkrTransNafta [pipelines]," reads the message of the press-service.

    The amount of compensation is determined within the framework of existing contractual relations and depends …

  • Ukrainian film director Sentsov says he hasn't noticed significant changes in Ukraine after his release from Russia

    Director Oleg Sentsov, who was released from Russian captivity, wrote on his Facebook page that, while he was in prison, not so many changes took place in Ukraine as he expected.

    "A week has passed since my release. It was interesting to see what changes have happened to the country and people because I feel like as a person who arrived on a time machine from 2014," wrote Sentsov.

    Ukrainian Director also added that a week is quite a short time, but he managed to visit a lot of places and …

  • Lawyer: Russia has not closed criminal cases against released Ukrainian sailors

    Russian lawyer Nikolay Polozov wrote on his Facebook page that Russia had not closed the criminal cases against the Ukrainian sailors, who were captured in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, and who were released after the prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia on September 7.

    "Today [on September 16], I have visited the investigative department of the Russian Federal Security Service in connection with the case of arrested Ukrainian sailors. Work on the case of Ukrainian sailors …

  • Volker: No Donbas elections until Russian troops are withdrawn

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Ukraine’s international partners will not pressurize it to hold elections in the Donbas while there are still Russia-controlled forces in the region.

    “I don’t see a scenario where Ukraine is pushed toward holding elections while the territories remain occupied. The ‘Steinmeier Formula can only be implemented after elections have been held,” Volker told the TV channel 1+1 in an interview.

    He said that in order to hold free and fair …

  • Ukraine budgets $10 billion for defense in 2020

    The Ukrainian government has allocated more than 245 billion hryvnia (around $9.9 billion) to national security in the draft budget for 2020, said Ukrainian Finance Minister Oksana Markarova, as cited by UNN.

    “We are planning to allocate 245.8 billion [hryvnia] to various administrators who are involved in security and defense,” she said, clarifying that not all of it would be allocated to specific administrators.

    “There is a separate new article – these are the funds that are supposed to be …