When Juozas Olekas was 10 years old, his parents took him on a long train trip from Vilnius to Moscow by way of St. Petersburg. They went as far east as Krasnoyarsk and then 70 kilometers (43 miles) further to Bolshoy Ungut, Siberia. The idea was for young Juozas to get to know the place of his birth.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker says "freedom-loving" countries have to be united and firm in responding to both an aggressive Russia and the rise of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
Securing a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine remains a priority, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
Leader of the Batkivschyna parliamentary faction Yulia Tymoshenko is confident in the integrity of the European Ukraine coalition.
Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivschyna party in Ukraine, believes an explosion at the party's office in Sumy on Saturday morning was a politically-motivated terrorist attack.
Ukraine has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on July 3, 2015 of the resolution "Cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights."
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has insisted on the priority of a political conflict settlement in Donbas, the presidential press service has reported.
As members of the LGBT community in the United States celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages nationwide, gay-rights activists in Ukraine say they fear their country is headed in the opposite direction.
Fitch Ratings agency maintained its relatively high rating for Russia on July 3 but said worsening tensions with the West darken the outlook for its economy.
The special monitoring mission of the OSCE (SMM) has highlighted problems with the movement of observers to the places to be monitored, including those with access to the Ukrainian-Russian border.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics believes the situation surrounding Crimea, whether someone likes it or not, has become a frozen Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
All Interior Ministry services will be reorganized as police, wages in the authority will be decent, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has promised.
Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks, who visited Kyiv and Donbas earlier this week, calls on the conflicting parties in Ukraine "to strictly respect the provisions of international humanitarian law and to do their utmost to reduce the suffering of civilians."
One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and two others injured in an ongoing special operation in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian presidential spokesman for the military operation Andriy Lysenko said at a news briefing in Kyiv on Saturday.
Ukrainian authorities are responsibly pursuing their policy that inspires confidence among international partners, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has stated.
Russian government property in the United States could be seized after former shareholders of the Yukos oil company sought recognition of a multibillion dollar compensation award in U.S. courts, London's Daily Telegraph reported on July 3.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has strongly criticized the Verkhovna Rada for passing a law on restructuring currency-pegged credits.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has ordered the replacement of a paper system of passes with an electronic pass entry system on the contact line in Donbas to prevent corruption.
If a referendum was held in late May 2015 on Ukraine's joining the European Union, 48.8% of Ukrainians would vote in favor of membership, 28.4% - against, 12.4% found it difficult to answer, and 10.5% wouldn't participate in the vote, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).