Ukraine will cancel its non-aligned status and resume integration with NATO as part of measures to reform its national security and defense system, as is evident from a draft Ukrainian parliamentary coalition agreement initialed by its future members.
"The Shooter" is back. Colonel Igor Girkin, the career Russian intelligence officer who disappeared three months ago from his leading role in the Russian-sponsored war against Ukraine, has burst anew into Russia's news headlines. He has given a spate of interviews in which he presses Russia’s government to step up direct military support for the two "people's republics" it is backing in southeastern Ukraine.
I grew up hating America. I lived in the Soviet Union and was a child of the cold war. That hate went away in 1989, though, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war ended. By the time I left Russia in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, America was a country that Russians looked up to and wanted to emulate.
Russia's war against Ukraine further escalated on Nov. 10, with Kremlin-backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region getting massive amounts of Russian weapons and mercenaries and intensifying their shelling of Ukrainian forces.
After analyzing a massive volume of data from open sources, a team of British investigative journalists has found “solid information” that the Buk missile system that downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in July came from Russia, and was sent back there after the disaster. They also traced the Buk’s military convoy back to its base in Russia.
Ukraine said Russia is expanding its military presence in rebel-held areas as pro-Russian fighters attacked Ukrainian forces with artillery after as many as 200 separatists were killed.
Ukraine is desperately trying to bolster its military capability and integrate into global security structures after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea and then instigated a separatist war in the Donbas that has claimed more than 4,000 lives.
The Russian army has entered the territory of Ukraine once again. Our president and leadership of the majority bloc have been following the example of our European friends, expressing empty gestures of indignation and outrage.
Unable to control much of its border with Russia, Ukraine has decided to wall the problems off, quite literally. The nation's top officials believe that a 2,000-kilometer-long wall will protect the country from a further invasion by Russia, and have announced a plan to build one.
Military expert and head of defense think tank Information Resistance, Dmtry Tymchuk, said there are up to 27,000 armed Russian troops and Kremlin-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine divided into four separate strike groups, according to a Facebook post on the morning of Nov. 3.
A truck belonging to the so-called Russian humanitarian convoy overturned in Donetsk.
Editor's Note: On Oct. 26 Ukrainians voted to elect the new Verkhovna Rada, a 450-seat single-house legislative body. Originally, the elections were expected in 2017, but the EuroMaidan Revolution changed the flow of events in the 45-million country and led to early parliamentary campaign. These elections are based on a mixed-member proportional representation. According to the law, 225 deputies will be elected on party lists and 225 in single-member constituencies. However, given that the elections won't be held at 12 single-seat constituencies in Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as at 15 constituencies in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, at most 423 members of parliament out of 450 will be elected.
The Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front, party of Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovy Samopomich, Opposition Bloc, Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party, nationalists Svoboda and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna get into the parliament according to the results of exit polls.
Editor's Note: On Oct. 26 Ukrainians are voting to elect the new Verkhovna Rada, a 450-seat single-house legislative body. Originally, the elections were expected in 2017, but the EuroMaidan Revolution changed the flow of events in the 45-million country and led to early parliamentary campaign. These elections are based on a mixed-member proportional representation. According to the law, 225 deputies will be elected on party lists and 225 in single-member constituencies. However, given that the elections won't be held at 12 single-seat constituencies in Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as at 15 constituencies in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, at most 423 members of parliament out of 450 will be elected. Voting will end at 8:00 p.m.
When Ukraine’s first post-revolutionary government was appointed in February, six of its ministers and four other key players, including the National Bank governor and National Security and Defense Council secretary, were appointed through the so-called “Maidan quota.”
Former President Viktor Yanukovych received greetings and presents for his birthday in (gaudy) style at the state residence in Crimea's Foros, an exclusive video shows. The video was released on Oct. 15 by Vesti, a daily newspaper which has been linked to the young gas and media mogul Serhiy Kurchenko.
It is rare when fans of opposing soccer teams agree about anything, but at a Euro 2016 qualifying match on Friday, the 10,000 supporters of the Ukraine and Belarus national squads united to sing. "La-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, Putin khuilo," they chanted, likening Russian President Vladimir Putin to a penis. Many Russian soccer fans probably would like to sing it, too, but they don't - and that may explain why Russia isn't about to have a Ukraine-style revolution.
MINSK - Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet republics closer together.
When the gleaming new Donetsk international Airport - named after Russian pianist Sergei Prokofiev - was opened for the 2012 European soccer championship, at a cost of $750 million in state money alone, it was a source of great pride for the locals.