• Ukraine accuses Russia of intentionally creating traffic jams at the entry point to Crimea

    A large traffic jam built up at Chonhar checkpoint on the administrative border with the Crimea on July 17, Krym Realii reported. Maksym Soroka, assistant head of the Azov-Black Sea Regional Department of Mass Media Cooperation with the State Border Service of Ukraine explained that Russian border guards delayed car inspections at the checkpoint, resulting in long queues. "They registered vehicles slowly and intentionally, though there were no objective reasons for this," he explained.  …

  • Ukrainian President intends to prevent Russia from inspecting ships in the Azov Sea

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced his country’s plans to challenge the actions of Russian border guards who are inspecting ships in transit to Ukrainian ports.    “We are now faced with the question of how we will strengthen the protection from the sea,” the presidential press-service quotes Poroshenko. “We will not tolerate the illegal capture of Ukrainian and foreign ships moving toward Ukrainian ports, including Mariupol.”   Poroshenko said that he gave the appropriate orders to …

  • Herashchenko: Putin’s statements about ‘referendum’ in Crimea should be used in court

    The first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact group for Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko,  stated that Ukrainian diplomats and lawyers must use the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin about Moscow’s organization of the so-called referendum in the Crimea, for the lawsuits in international courts.

    “The most important thing that was said at the press conference (Russian President Vladimir Putin and President …

  • Russian intelligence gets hold of confidential OSCE Special Monitoring Mission information

    Internal documents belonging to OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers have found their way into the hands of Russia’s FSB, according to an investigation by the ARD Fakt program.The documents in question are reports on events in the occupied Donbas territories, as well as communication data pertaining to the SMM Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug.

    There is also a mini-file on mission members describing their character traits, alcohol consumption habits, financial standings, preferred …

  • EU calls on Russia to admit responsibility for downing MH17 flight

    Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has taken Russia to task for the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Donetsk province of Ukraine on July 17, 2014, Deutsche Welle reports.

    She recalled that in its “independent, professional and unbiased investigation”, the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) reached the conclusion that the Buk missile system which was used to shoot down flight MH17 undoubtedly belonged to the Russian Armed Forces. …