Russia will adjust its economic course to make the country less vulnerable to another possible wave of sanctions from the West and will look for new partners to diversify its hydrocarbon exports, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday in an annual report to members of the State Duma.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Sergiy Tigipko believes Ukraine should maintain its non-bloc status. "I would keep the non-bloc status. The status will not resolve issues relating to Ukraine's defense capability," Tigipko told reporters after the presentation of his election program in Kyiv on April 23.
Slowly but surely, former problem countries in Europe are returning to normalcy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin "lies all the time," said Jon Stewart on Monday night'sDaily Show, citing as a prime example Putin's protestations that the mysterious "green men" in Crimea weren't Russian troops... until he admitted they were Russian troops, after the Ukrainian peninsula was safely in Russian control. Putin is making similar denials about the well-armed men taking over government buildings in eastern Ukraine, Stewart noted, and based on interviews and photographic evidence, it's pretty clear Putin is lying again.
BERLIN — The German and French foreign ministers are making a joint visit to Moldova and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have breakaway regions with Russian-speaking populations, as tensions simmer over Russia's intentions in Ukraine.
Some 48.4% of those who intend to participate in the May 25 presidential elections in Ukraine and have already decided on their candidate are ready to support Ukrainian MP Petro Poroshenko.
The Ukrainian government has called on Russia to fulfill the terms of the Geneva agreements of April 17.
A law on local referendums needs to be adopted to hold a referendum in the Donetsk region and foreign monitors should be elected and the referendum should be held simultaneously with the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections to ensure its legitimacy, Donetsk Mayor Oleksandr Lukianchenko said.
Last week it was noted that a pair of academic researchers said the US was starting to look less like a democracy and more like an oligarchy, where a wealthy elite determines public policy. Here's another bit of cheer in that regard.
Ukraine's government said on April 23 the United States had promised to stand by it in the face of aggression, and announced that it would press ahead with a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
The administration of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic said the issue of its inclusion in Ukraine will not be addressed at the May 11 referendum.
VIENNA — Additional sanctions against Russia would inflame tensions between Moscow and Kyiv, Austria's chancellor said on April 23, urging de-escalation of the conflict instead.
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has started an investigation on the retail medicine market which will cover the largest pharmacy chains and their key suppliers, the press service of the committee has reported.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has called on all involved in sales of medical products not to speculate in the conditions of the fluctuating foreign currency exchange rate and not to set unjustifiably high prices.
Russia would retaliate if its citizens' interests were threatened and its territory came under attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying, adding the United States was behind events in Ukraine.
When a group of pro-Kyiv activists decided to hold a rally in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, they found that no shops stocked ribbons in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday.
An "object of interest" in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane has been recovered on the coast of Western Australia, several hours drive south of Perth, officials said.
Supporters of the referendum on the federalization of Ukraine and supporters of a unitary Ukraine are conducting a picket in front of the Kharkiv City Council on Wednesday.