Ukraine is to hike military spending and undergo further mobilization in 2015, according to President Petro Poroshenko.
In a Slovyansk café bar this month I received a rude wake-up call about the weakness of western support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its aggression in the Donbas. A soldier on a neighbouring table listened in to my conversation in English with a humanitarian aid worker and, when he got up to leave, delivered the comment: “You useless fuckers”. Many more Ukrainians have been dismayed at the weak response from the US, Canada and Europe.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the level of funding for the defense and security sector from the national budget for 2015 would be close to 5 percent of gross domestic product, which reached $180 billion last year.
"We've made spending on security and defense closer to a level of up to 5 percent of GDP," the president said, opening a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council in Kyiv on Saturday.
Moscow plans to work out measures in response to new U.S. and Canadian sanctions against Russia.
Georgia's prime minister has complained that former Georgian politicians who are allegedly on Interpol's wanted list have been getting "cushy" jobs in the Ukrainian government.
The Minsk agreements have not been implemented, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said, speaking to the heads of state and government of the European Union at the EU summit in Brussels.
In the dark of the night at one of the outskirts of Kyiv, cars are passing by on the Brovary highway, moving in the direction of the metro bridge over the Dnipro River.
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canadian sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. A spokesman said Moscow regretted "that the West is yet again displaying a complete lack of interest" in resolving the crisis in south-east Ukraine.
Ukraine is ready to take part in formalizing the cargo of the Russian humanitarian convoy if Russia observes all the requirements of international and Ukrainian laws, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has said.
US authorities have passed 35 armoured offroaders and 2,300 sets of protective clothing to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, according to the website of the border service.
Oleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), suggests that U.S. President Barack Obama, who has imposed sanctions on the DPR, could visit Donbas to see for himself what is happening there.
Kiev - Russia accused the West on Dec.20 of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.
Ukraine and Hungary will implement joint control at border checkpoints and open one additional border checkpoint, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.
The leaders of the EU member countries at a summit on Dec. 18 discussed the issue of financial assistance for Ukraine.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) accuses the Ukrainian government forces of violating the ceasefire in Donbas at least 15 times on Dec. 19.
The last few days in global finance have been marked by dramatic developments in the energy sector. Oil prices have collapsed by about 40 percent since this year's peak in June. The plummeting oil prices have had negative consequences on economies across the world, from Moscow to Caracas to Tehran.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Dec.20 for improvement of Moscow's secret services to tackle "modern challenges and threats" amid his country's standoff with the West over the Ukrainian crisis.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes that the upcoming visits of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (Dec. 21) and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (Dec. 22) to Ukraine are timely and important.
Speaking to reporters in Moscow on Dec.18, Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, claimed that economic sanctions were not primarily a response to the annexation of Crimea but part of a long-running plot by Western powers to weaken his nation and steal its natural resources.
MOSCOW, Russia - Newlyweds Yekaterina Zorkina and her husband Nikolai Zorkin will have to wait a bit longer before they're able to finally settle in a home outside Moscow and start a family - if that dream ever comes true.