Contents tagged with Kyiv

  • DPR and LPR demand a say in new Donbas special status law

    The ringleaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) have demanded that certain conditions be met before local elections can be held. In particular, they want to be involved in the formulation of the new law on the special status of the Donbas that was announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

    “Otherwise we will consider them a direct and gross violation of the Minsk Agreements, and they will be legally null and void to us. We want …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Kyiv has no plans to reduce its armed forces

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said on Saturday in an interview with Radio Liberty that Ukraine has no plans to reduce the composition of its armed forces, the actual number of which is about 250 thousand people.

    "We do not plan to reduce the number of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Our task is to manage the resources that we have the right way. First, we need to increase military capacity. And this issue can be solved only systematically. Because if we had a specific strategy, …

  • Kyiv: Russians will not be allowed to own land in Ukraine

    The Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture, Timofey Milovanov said that Ukrainian government will seize the agricultural land if Russians would acquire it during the agricultural sector reform, which starts in Ukraine next year.

    The Minister explained that the owners of the land with Russian citizenship would be identified with the help of large-scale "monitoring." He also recalled that Kyiv accuses Russia of seizing part of its territories and that the countries of …

  • US Congress approves $250 million in military aid for Ukraine

    On Thursday, September 19, the US Congress House of Representatives approved the allocation of $250 million to military assistance for Ukraine, reports the TASS news agency.

    The military aid for Ukraine was stipulated in a bill on the temporary financing of federal government until November 21.

    The document states that the allocation of funds to Ukraine will be continued in the new financial year, which begins on October 1 in the US.

    The Senate is expected to consider the bill next week. …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces to create special ‘night’ divisions

    Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff Ruslan Khomchak has decided that special divisions will henceforth devote 70% of their training time to operating at night, announced Ihor Podolyan, First Deputy Head of the Chief Training Directorate.

    “There have been problems in this area. And with a decision today, the Chief of General Staff has determined a clear list of divisions from each brigade that have the appropriate equipment for training at night,” said Podolyan.

    “70% of the total time will be …

  • Kyiv reports sharp decline in diesel fuel shipments from Russia

    Shipments of diesel fuel from Russia to Ukraine will more or less halve in August, said Andriy Herus, the Ukrainian president’s representative to the Cabinet of Ministers, in a press conference on Tuesday.

    “The amount coming through the pipeline will decline from around 200,000 to 100,000 tons,” Herus noted.

    This is related to the increased tariffs on piped diesel. As of August 1, diesel fuel imported from Russia by pipeline has been subject to a special tariff of 3.75% of its customs value. …

  • Kyiv tests new high-precision Vilkha-M missile system

    In the morning of July 25, the next stage of testing of the multiple rocket launcher system  Vilha took place in the Odessa region, reports the press service of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC).

    Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Sergey Krivonos, who participated in the assessment of the testing, called the test a success.

    According to him, NSDC made several decisions for the early adoption and supply of new missiles for multiple launch rocket …

  • Russian troops spotted in Chernobyl zone

    There is currently a large number of Russian soldiers and military equipment in the Belarusian portion of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine’s 61st Jager Infantry Brigade announced on Facebook.

    “… the fact of the presence of Russian troops near Ukraine’s northern border in the Belarusian part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is already being verified,” the brigade’s press service stated.

    Information is being distributed on Facebook that there are Russian troops in the Belarusian part of the …

  • Ukrainian Prime Minister: Kyiv cannot stop rail traffic with Russia

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that Ukraine can not severe the railway communication with Russia. Speaking on the program “Opposition” on Nash TV channel, Groysman explained that Ukraine has obligations to the European Union on the transit of goods. "We simply cannot stop the railway traffic, because we have obligations under the European Union Association Agreement," said Ukrainian Prime Minister.

    At the same time, Groysman noted that Ukraine does not intend to restore air …

  • Germany allocates €760,000 to help victims of the conflict in Donbas

    Germany has allocated €760,000 for the rehabilitation of victims of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports the German Embassy in Kyiv.

    The diplomatic mission of the Embassy informed that the funds are "allocated to the Malteser International aid agency to continue its project "Contribution to the psychosocial stabilization of victims in the conflict in Ukraine."

    Last year, Germany contributed €2 million to the aid agency to help immigrants and victims of the conflict in Ukraine.

    Since 2018 …