Category Archives: Ukraine

Ukrainian envoy says Ukraine may initiate new Budapest Memorandum if Minsk talks fail

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994. Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk says that if Minsk talks on Donbas in the TCG format come to a standstill, the Ukrainian side can initiate the signing of a new Budapest

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Ukrainian envoy says Ukraine may initiate new Budapest Memorandum if Minsk talks fail

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994. Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk says that if Minsk talks on Donbas in the TCG format come to a standstill, the Ukrainian side can initiate the signing of a new Budapest Memorandum. “I think we will not

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Putin’s Silence: Inaction of the Russian leader regarding “mercenaries” in Belarus plays against him.

The scandal about Russian mercenaries in Belarus continues to flare up, bringing more and more political dividends to the President of this East European country, Alexander Lukashenka. July 6, Lukashenka instructed the Prosecutor Generals of Russia and Ukraine to Belarus to be invited to discuss the future of the detained militants. Not a day goes by that the president of

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China Gezhouba Group Corporation showing interest in investing into Ukrainian power sector

     China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), the Chinese company specializing in the construction of hydropower facilities, has shown substantial investment interests in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in China said following a meeting of Ambassador Serhiy Kamyshev and CGGC Chairman Lyu Zexiang. “In order to successfully implement mutual interests, the CGGC leadership was provided with the embassy’s recommendations on interaction with

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Russian-backed militants in Donbass receive increased arms supplies – ex-OSCE SMM adviser

Russian-backed militants in the Donbass receive new, increased supplies of weapons and ammunition from Russia. This was stated by ex-adviser to the OSCE SMM Mikhail Botsyurkiv on the air of the DIM TV channel. He noted that the number of personnel is also increasing. Botsyurkiv expressed the opinion that the international community needs to change the methods of influencing Putin,

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Montenegro fully reopens for Ukrainians

Previously, Ukrainians were banned from entering the country by car. REUTERS Montenegro has allowed Ukrainian citizens to enter its territory without restrictions, since Ukraine has been put on the safe “green zone” list. “Montenegro has included Ukraine in its green zone list and allowed Ukrainians to cross in without restrictions. Many thanks our Montenegrin friends and partners for their trust

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Zelensky: If everything depended on Ukraine alone, Donbas would see real ceasefire

The president said many questions and problems arise in the process of preserving ceasefire. Volodymyr Zelensky / president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said if everything depended only on the Ukrainian side, it would be a real ceasefire in Donbas. “We are fighting to ensure that this regime is not violated… If everything depended only on our side, I am

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Agricultural trade between Ukraine and EU decreased by 5.1% in H1 2020

   In January-June 2020, the volume of agricultural trade between Ukraine and the European Union decreased by 5.1% to USD 4.6 billion. According to the National Scientific Centre “Institute of Agrarian Economics” (IAE), out of the total agricultural trade turnover between Ukraine and the EU, USD 3.0 billion accounted for exports and USD 1.6 billion – for imports. Ukraine’s largest

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Nominee for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine names number of Russian military in Donbas

06.08.2020 10:18 There are about 2,300 Russian military personnel in the occupied territories of Donbas, says Keith W. Dayton, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. According to Dayton, Russia handed over to the separatists “more than 400 tanks, 700 artillery units, howitzers, UAVs, air defense artillery, small arms, etc.” The diplomat said that the Ukrainian military in Donbas is

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Zelensky appoints notorious figure as deputy head of his administration

The appointee will be responsible for law enforcement. Oleh Tatarov / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Oleh Tatarov as Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. “Oleh Tatarov’s tasks will include the formation of national policy in the field of law enforcement, expert and analytical support for the operation of the Office of

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Ukraine’s SBU detains member of notorious ‘Vostok Battalion’ involved in Donetsk airport battles

He secretly arrived in Ukrainian-controlled territory. He joined the ‘battalion’ on a voluntary basis / Photo from facebook.com/SecurSerUkraine Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has detained a member of the Russia-controlled notorious “Vostok Battalion,” who was involved in battles near Donetsk airport in 2014. According to investigators, a local resident of the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol in Donetsk region, voluntarily joined the so-called

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Ukraine’s navy to acquire US ‘ship killer’ missiles

By Illia Ponomarenko The long-standing and burning questions of whether the United States is going to provide Ukraine with anti-ship missiles and what kind of weapons could those be are finally getting a clear affirmative response. It is confirmed now that U.S.-produced patrol boats Mark VI expected to be produced for Ukraine’s navy will be equipped with short-range missiles ВGM-176В Griffin, as

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Lukashenko warns Russia against destabilizing Belarus

An attempt to destabilize the situation in Belarus will have dire consequences for Russia, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in an address to parliament on Tuesday. “Billions of resources” and “new technologies” have been thrown against Belarus but these efforts may hit back like a boomerang,  said Lukashenko. “Don’t throw nuclear weapons here. Do not blow up the situation, because

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UKRAINE TERMINATES ONE MORE CIS AGREEMENT

The Cabinet of Ministers has supported a resolution on Ukraine’s withdrawal from the agreement on cooperation between the border troops of the CIS participating states in research activities. A respective decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, August 5, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. The explanatory note to the document states that the agreement was concluded for the

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Zelensky asks Lukashenko to extradite part of detained PMC Wagner mercenaries

The two presidents spoke over the phone on Wednesday. president.gov.ua President Volodymyr Zelensky advocates extradition of a number of Russia’s Wagner PMC troops, earlier detained in Belarus as local security officials say the group was set to destabilize the country amid the ongoing presidential election campaign. Zelensky voiced the extradition request during his Wednesday’s talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander

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Demand for used cars in Ukraine grows by 43% in July – Ukrautoprom

    The Ukrainian market for used passenger cars grew by 43% in July 2020 year-on-year, to 34,300 cars, the Ukrainian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (Ukrautoprom) has reported. According to the report, 34,300 used cars imported from abroad passed their first registration in Ukraine in July 2020, which is 43% more than in July 2019 and 17% more than in June

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Impact of Media Terrorism on Reputation: Where Journalism Ends and Criminal Responsibility Begins

   On Wednesday, August 5, at 12:30, the press center of the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency will host a press conference entitled “‘Impact of Media Terrorism on Reputation: Where Journalism Ends and Criminal Responsibility Begins” on the role and participation of the media in influencing the reputation, legal protection and crisis response campaign to protect the reputation. Participants include Partner of

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Authorities Not Ready To Hold Local Elections Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

     The Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU) states that the Ukrainian authorities are not ready to hold local elections on October 25 amid the coronavirus epidemic. CVU director general Oleksii Koshel announced this at a press conference on Wednesday, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “Unfortunately, today we have every reason to state that the Ukrainian government is not ready to

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“Russia has been successful at muddying the waters”: lessons from the Syrian conflict

The war in Syria has been ongoing for over nine years. The war in eastern Ukraine has entered its seventh year. The two wars are incomparable. Still, they have features in common — particularly Russia’s crucial role. This role and the lessons Ukraine can learn from the war in Syria were explored during the webinar “The Role of the International Community in

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