An area of 50 square kilometers around the July 17 Malaysian airliner crash site remains unsecured and not fully accessible to international investigators. The two flight recorders are in Donetsk and in the possession of Aleksander Borodai, the Russian citizen claimed on July 20 who heads the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic that the Ukrainian government has deemed a terrorist organization.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s billionaire owner and president Rinat Akhmetov said the six players who refused to fly to Lviv ahead of the July 22 Super Cup match with Dynamo Kyiv “will be the first to suffer.”
Ukraine’s security service, known as the SBU, on July 18 published additional intercepted telephone conversations that further implicate Russia in the downing of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board on July 17. The conversations allegedly took place between Russian military intelligence officers and their armed proxies who discussed the delivery of a Buk missile system from Russia ahead of the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet.
Ukraine is set to receive a second installment worth $1.4 billion from the International Monetary Fund as part of its two-year, $17 billion bailout program from the Washington, D.C.-based lender.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on July 14 is expected to show documented proof of further Russian involvement in the illegal supply of military equipment across the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Counterterrorism forces say they caught a 52-year-old Russian mercenary near Sloviansk on June 20, the website of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) states.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu returned today to the club’s hometown to announce he will see the last year of his contract through. The 68-year-old Romanian said that after consulting with team owner and president, billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, that he “couldn’t leave the team at such a difficult moment,” referring to separatist unrest in the region where gun battles rage on a daily basis between Ukrainian forces and Kremlin-backed militants.
Eugene Melnyk, the billionaire owner of the Ottawa Senators NHL hockey team, wants to hit Russia, the 2018 World Cup host, and FIFA, the tournament’s administering organization, where it hurts: in their pocketbooks.
Ukraine may have not qualified for this year’s World Cup, but nine players who play for Ukrainian clubs will represent their national teams when the tournament kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.
A Kyiv commercial court on May 29 dismissed Ukraine International Airlines’ claim over a majority stake in a joint-venture that once belonged to its erstwhile partner, global airport cargo handler Swissport International. The ruling further smoothes the path for the Swiss-based company to regain control over Swissport Ukraine, presently rebranded as Interavia, a local airport ground services provider that it lost to UIA in a corporate dispute that started in 2012.
Five Russian-backed separatists were killed, and eight wounded as of 11 a.m. amid ongoing fighting at the Border Guard Service coordination center in Luhansk Oblast after it was assaulted around 12:30 a.m. this morning, the country's border guard service reports.
A group of expatriates and local residents marched on June 1 from Kyiv's European Square to the French Embassy to protest France's impending sale of two Mistral class amphibious warships to Russia worth $1.6 billion.
Six days after losing five members in an ambush sprung by a superior force of Russian-backed separatists, the Donbas Battalion, a quasi-military group consisting mostly of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast civilians is forming into a National Guard special-purpose battalion to officially join the government’s counter-terrorism operation, the Interior Ministry announced on May 29 after reaching an agreement with its leader Semyon Semenchenko.
A Ukrainian general was among the 12 Ukrainian servicemen killed while aboard an Mi-8 helicopter that Kremlin-backed insurgents shot down near Sloviansk shortly after noon on May 29.
DONETSK, Ukraine – A trip on May 27 to the morgue in Donetsk, the capital of Ukraine's most populous oblast, confirms that the war against Kremlin-backed insurgents – the government would say terrorists – has intensified.
Ukrainian border guards at 3:40 a.m. on May 27 captured a van and two passenger cars filled with an assortment of arms that illegally crossed into Luhansk Oblast from Russia and which was part of a larger column of vehicles approaching the village of Astakhov.
Myron Markevich agreed to a three-year contract on May 26 to coach Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the club’s press service said. He will be joined by assistants Oleksandr Ivanov, Vyacheslav Khruslov, and goalkeeper coach Valeriy Gorodov and fitness coach Pavlo Sirenko.
Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) is accusing its former chief, Oleksandr Yakymenko, of being behind an arms smuggling plot that it busted on May 25. In the operation, 73 crates of weapons were seized that were shipped by sea from Sevastopol in Russia-occupied Crimea to the Berdyansk district in Zaporizhya Oblast.
The largest election observation mission led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called the May 25 presidential election a “genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms in the vast majority of the country,” reads an OSCE-released statement at the Teacher’s House in Kyiv.