Contents tagged with UN

  • Ukraine demands that Russia set a date for the release of 24 captured sailors

    In an interview on Ukrainian Radio HB, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European integration Olena Zerkal said that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had prepared a protest note, which requires Russia to set the date and place of release of the captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and three warships.

    "We have already prepared a diplomatic note to the Russian Federation. Today it will be sent to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The questions are asked on how we can take our ships …

  • NATO: Russia must immediately release Ukrainian ships and sailors

    Russia must immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships that were captured in the “Kerch Incident”, a NATO press representative told the media.

    Citing a statement released by NATO on 28 November 2018 and one by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 4 April 2019, the source emphasized that the alliance has repeatedly made it clear that there was no reason for Russia to use military force against the Ukrainian soldiers and vessels.

    On Saturday 25 May, the UN’s International Tribunal for …

  • The UN Tribunal orders Russia to release 24 Ukrainian sailors

    The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to release three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors of the Ukrainian Navy who were captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Russian Federation shall immediately release the Ukrainian military ships Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu and return them to Ukraine", — stated in the decision of the Tribunal, which was read out in Hamburg by the judge Jin-Hyun Paik.

    Nineteen judges voted for this decision. …

  • Maduro asks Russia for more soldiers and protection from sanctions

    The contingent of Russian soldiers in Venezuela may be enlarged, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Monday after a visit to Moscow where he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    Arreaza said that, in addition to military support, Caracas is counting on Russia’s support to overcome the US financial sanctions that have cut off the Nicolas Maduro regime from a significant portion of its oil dollars.

    “We hope that with Russia’s support we will be able to establish …

  • Moldovan Defense Minister: United policy needed to get Russian troops out of Transnistria

    In order to force Russia to fully withdraw its troops from Transnistria, Moldova must maintain a consistent state policy, said Moldovan Defense Minister Eugen Sturza, as reported by Ukrinform.

    “Unfortunately, we keep to the traditional game: one step forward, two steps back. In other words, today some politicians advocate the withdrawal of Russian troops, but tomorrow, so to speak, the government changes, and other politicians claim that they want to make friends with Russia, and push to …

  • Russia and Assad launch major air attacks against Idlib and Hama

    The Hama and Idlib provinces have been the target of at least 110 air attacks by Russian and Syrian government aircraft, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday 4 May. According to the London-based organization, at least 69 people have been killed since the start of this new escalation on 30 April.

    The new wave of violence in the region could jeopardize the Russian-Turkish agreement to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib. The agreement was reached in 2018 in the hopes …

  • Germany develops action plan for de-escalation in Donbas

    The parliamentary Free Democratic Party unanimously supported the document “Peace in Ukraine needs a new impulse” which will be presented to the Bundestag in 2 weeks, reported the German publication Bild.

    “The government must recognize the political realities and accept our additional action plan as an opportunity to break the deadlock,” the document says.

    Bild published several of the 12 provisions in the document. In particular, the German government needs to draw up an additional action …

  • Turchynov: Russia preparing for a full-scale war in Europe

    The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, said that Russia is preparing for a large-scale war in Europe and Ukraine will be its first foothold, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    According to him, Moscow is not just investing billions in the development of military infrastructure but is preparing for full-scale military operations. “The first bridgehead they will try to take is our country,” he said.

    Turchynov added that a strong Ukrainian army, as …

  • Ukraine bans charter flights to Russia

    On Wednesday, April 3, Ukrainian authorities decided to impose a ban on direct charter flights between Ukraine and Russia, with the exception of those flights that are necessary to support the activities of the UN, OSCE and Red Cross missions. The idea to introduce such was proposed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov.

    According to him, Kyiv made this decision after Ukrainian politicians Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk took advantage of the “loophole” to fly to …

  • Ukrainian POWs made to undergo psychiatric examinations in Russia

    Second rank Captain Denys Hrytsenko, one of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia off the coast of Crimea, said that he and his fellow prisoners of war Mykhailo Vlasyuk, Andriy Drach and Vyacheslav Zynchenko were taken to the Serbsky Center in Moscow to undergo psychiatric examinations.

    Hrytsenko’s account reaches us through his Russian attorney, Nikolai Polozov.

    “During the examination, Denys Hrytsenko responded to the experts’ questions in accordance with Article 17 of the Third Geneva …