Contents tagged with Odessa

  • NATO explains why it sent warships to Odessa

    Six NATO ships arrived in Odessa on July 23 and will be open to visits by residents and guests of the city on July 24 and 25.

    At the joint press-conference with NATO Commander Frank Maginsky and the Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, the Commander of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) Boudewijn Boots explained that the presence of the ships is part of the Alliance’s efforts to strengthen its partnership with Ukraine.  

    "This is the third visit of the group …

  • Saakashvili accuses Ukrainian President Poroshenko of impeding the implementation of reforms in Odessa region

    Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page that President Petro Poroshenko hindered the implementation of reforms in Odessa Oblast, and that the Ukrainian people would definitely not elect him for a second term.

    "Today Petro Poroshenko touched upon the issue of me at his press conference. He said that he invited me to Odessa and gave me opportunities, and that I betrayed his trust. The president, to put it lightly, told a lie. He invited me as a combat general …

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of illegal gas production at the Odessa shelf

    Since the annexation of the Crimea, Russia has illegally extracted over 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas from the Odessa gas field, as reported by Hromadske citing Svitlana Nezhnova, Chairman of the Board of the state-owned joint-stock company Chornomornaftogaz (the company considers itself as the legal owner of oil and gas assets in the Crimea).

    Replying to the question as to whether Russia plans to stop gas production at the Odessa gas field, Nezhnova answered that such statements were not …

  • Ukrainian policeman who shot a 'fan of Stalin' received reward weapon

    Police Lieutenant Roman Danylenko received an honorable distinction for courage in action and his partner, Staff Sergeant Volodymyr Khlevnyi, received the same honorable distinction and a reward weapon.

    The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, rewarded police officers in Odessa who shot pro-Russian activist, Valentyn Doroshenko, as reported by Dumskaya on Saturday, 27 January.

    “Crew commander, police Lieutenant Roman Danylenko received an honorable distinction for his brave …

  • USA: missile destroyer USS James E. Williams heading to Ukrainian port of Odessa

    The USS James E. Williams, which entered the Black Sea, is headed for the port of Odessa, said a spokesman for the U.S. Navy, as reported on a U.S. Naval Institute news site.

    Under the Montreux Convention of 1936, warships may be in the Black Sea for no more than 21 days.

    According to the report, the USS James E. Williams left the base in the American city of Norfolk on May 23 to take part in U.S. Navy operations. In May, ABC 13 News Now reported that the destroyer would be at sea for seven …

  • Bomb threat phone calls cause mass evacuations in Ukrainian airports

    On Friday, November 10, a wave of phone calls about bomb threats in airports swept across Ukraine.

    Service was suspended in particular at Odessa International Airport, one of the largest airports in the country.

    "Today at 12:00, an unknown man called to the Director's office at Odessa International Airport and said that there [was] a car in a parking lot near the airport that contained explosives," the local police website said. Explosives specialists and service dogs were sent to the …

  • Ukrainian military reported attempted seizure of military compound in Odessa

    On Sunday, October 29, forty people in balaclavas tried to raid and seize the military unit A3571 in Odessa, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on Facebook.

    "Today, at about 8:45 a.m., about 40 unknown people in balaclavas attempted to capture part of the territory of the military facility in Odessa, which is the property of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine," the message of the Ukrainian military command says.

    The attackers partially dismantled the fence of …

  • US and UAE companies want to privatize the PJSC Odessa Port Plant

    The United States Corporation IBE Trade and Amjad Investment from the United Arab Emirates expressed their willingness to privatize the PJSC Odessa Port Plant. This information was published by the National Commission on Securities and Stock Market of Ukraine. IBE Trade Corporation was founded in 1987 by Alexander Rovt, an American billionaire of Ukrainian origin.In 2014, IBE Trade Corporation claimed that it wanted to participate in privatizing the Odessa Port Plant. According to the …

  • Head of Ukrainian Security Services: Another separatist republic nearly emerged in the Odessa region last year

    There were attempts last year to establish a separatist “Bessarabian Republic” on the territory of 9 districts in the Odessa region, as stated by the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), Vasyl Hrytsak, during the opening of the Service's Public Recepton Office, Ukrainskaya Pravda reported.

    According to him, the attempts were facilitated by “the secret services of the foreign countries... By April 2015, they were planning to begin an operation to establish the separatist republic by …

  • Ukrainian special forces move to Odessa as tensions rise in the city

    Several units of Ukrainian special forces "Alpha" have been moved from the front line in eastern Ukraine to the city of Odessa.

    The order to transfer the units was given by the head of the Ukrainian Security Services (SSU), Vasyl Hrytsak.

    “The leadership of the SSU believes that during the May holidays there is a high probability of unrest in the city,“ Alexander Tkachuk, the  Chief of Staff of the SSU, told Ukraine 112 News Channel.

    He noted that the units of the special forces "Alpha", …