• Crimean authorities compile list of Russian 'enemies of the peninsula'

    The Public Chamber of Crimea has put together a list of Russians who publicly do not recognize the peninsula’s status, and in so doing supposedly “incite hostility”. The list is published on the organization’s website.

    The list, titled the “Crimean Dossier”, includes the authors Boris Akunin, Vladimir Voynovich and Lyudmila Ulitskaya, filmmaker and screenwriter Alexander Sokurov, musician Andrey Makarevich, actresses Liya Akhedzhakova and Ada Rogovtseva, actor Mikhail Efremov, prose writer and …

  • Russia prepares to test nuclear-powered cruise missile

    Russia is preparing to begin flight tests on prototypes of the enhanced Burevestnik (“Thunderbird”) cruise missiles. The missiles are powered by a nuclear engine, and have virtually “unlimited” range.The tests were announced on Thursday by the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “Based on the refined specifications, we are improving the construction of the missile components,carrying out ground tests on them, and preparing for flight tests on missile prototypes,” the department stated.“At the same time, …

  • Russia agrees to transit gas through Ukraine in exchange for release of seized Gazprom assets

    Russia is prepared to renounce its long-standing gas dispute with Ukraine and resume gas transit to the EU on the 2014 level if all of Ukraine’s financial claims against Gazprom are withdrawn, said announced Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at the end of the trilateral gas negotiations in Berlin involving representatives from Kyiv and the EU.

    Russia mentioned the possibility of renewing gas transit with the previous volumes one day after the Putin-Trump talks in Helsinki, where the US …

  • Five countries join in EU sanctions against Russia

    Montenegro, Albania, Norway, Ukraine, and Georgia have joined the EU sanctions imposed against Russia due to the annexation of the Crimea which are in effect until June 23rd, 2019, said the High Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini.

    “The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and Georgia align themselves with this Declaration. They will ensure that their national policies conform to …

  • Moscow expresses dissatisfaction about Ukraine being absolved of any blame in the case of MH17 air disaster

    Moscow expressed dissatisfaction that the Netherlands “took blame off Kyiv for not closing off the air space over the combat area" in the South-East of Ukraine in 2014, where the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crashed. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the action as “blatant” in a statement it published on Tuesday, July 17 on the Ministry’s website.    The Ministry called the conclusions of the joint investigation team on the MH17 case "unsubstantiated accusations." The Foreign Ministry noted that the …