Ukraine's parliament, the Rada, gave its preliminary approval to a set of constitutional amendments that would grant special status for the oblasts of the Donbas Oblast, and, it is hoped, end the rebellion that has rocked Ukraine's eastern provinces since February of last year. Progress toward a peaceful settlement along the lines set out by the Minsk II accord has been slow in coming, thanks in equal parts to Kiev's foot-dragging, Russia's regional ambitions and the fiercely independent streak that runs deep in Ukraine's eastern oblasts.
In creating their nation, Ukrainians need to examine and analyze their own history, based on truth, verified facts and historical events. For centuries under the rule of conquerors, Ukrainians were basically deprived of the opportunity to influence the formation of national awareness and the development of their history, with the result that Ukraine’s history was composed predominantly to the advantage of their conquerors. Especially troublesome is the question of the pretensions and demands of Moscow, and later Russia, concerning the historical legacy of Kyivan Rus'.
The pro-Russian rebels currently holding lands in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have set up a football union and prioritised organising a domestic championship as well as a national side to eventually take on Ukraine.
The legacy of a medieval prince has added a new dimension to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as both countries mark the 1,000th anniversary of his death.
The share of Russian citizens considering the conflict in Ukraine to be a consequence of Western interference has decreased in the past year from 64 percent to 45 percent, the Levada Center told Interfax.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reassured Commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe General Frank Gorenc that Ukrainian military forces have not been involved in shelling peaceful civilian areas and also spoken about the risk of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said that the country needs a unified Ukrainian Orthodox church, but the state will not intervene and put pressure on the Church in this matter.
First Deputy Prosecutor General Volodymyr Huzyr folded under mounting public pressure on July 28, resigning after evidence emerged that he tried to foil a crackdown on corruption.
Lawyers for a Ukrainian military pilot held in Russia on charges of murdering two Russian journalists in east Ukraine said on Tuesday they could prove she was already captive when they died in shelling, but doubted a court would heed their arguments.
It is still less than 18 months since President Viktor Yanukovych got into one of two helicopters laden with his ill-gotten gains and fled Ukraine. Anyone who has seen the footage of that 3 a.m. abandoning of country, duty, and post knows that there was so much crammed into these helicopters that one of them was almost unable to take off, another example of the greed of the man, as if we needed it. As well as the footage of the helicopters there is also CCTV film of numerous trucks being loaded up and driven away from Mezhigyr throughout the day, Yanukovych knew he wasn’t returning to the opulent home he still denies he had.
If you believe all the talk out there lately, Volodymyr Putin is not only duplicitous and hypocritical - he's also been pretty damn busy lately. Busy cutting secret deals with the same Europeans and Americans he has been vilifying for years.
And if you believe the rumors, the Europeans and Americans have also been busy selling out Ukraine to the Russians.
The Ukrainian Security Service expects that the trial of serviceman of the Russian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, who were detained earlier during an armed clash with Ukrainian military in Luhansk Oblast, will begin in September 2015, says Yuriy Tandyt, an adviser to the Security Service chief.
The United States says Russia "continues to fuel the conflict" in Ukraine despite a cease-fire agreement signed in Feb. in Minsk.
The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, said during a July 28 briefing in Kyiv with journalists that Russia's actions in Ukraine have been "unpredictable and irresponsible."
The Ukrainian military’s decision to pull volunteer fighters from the obliterated village of Shyrokyne, located just 20 kilometers east of the strategic port city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, has raised a frenzy of fears that the move will gift the Russian-separatists more territory.
Heavy weapons will be removed from Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, as part of the demilitarization process, and promptly re-deployed, if need be, Dmytro Hutsuliak, a spokesman for the Ukrainian special operation in Donbas, said on July 28.
More than 20 cafes are offering free drinks and food to officers of Kyiv’s new police patrol force. The sweeping trend is part of the wave of enthusiasm for the rebranded service that earned their badges on July 4 during a ceremony presided over President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine risks boiling over once again as monitors warned that both sides' battle readiness is the highest since a February truce.
Russia’s war against Ukraine, rampant corruption and bribery in the world soccer governing body FIFA, Russia’s anti-gay laws, and unchecked racism at matches have all been recognized in calls for the 2018 World Cup to be boycotted or relocated away from Russia. But with construction continuing apace in the 11 Russian host cities and qualifying groups announced this weekend, is it already too late for these appeals to have any effect?
Ukraine’s largest homegrown brewery Obolon has plans to renew sales in Russia, which accounted for up to 45 percent of its exports before sanctions were imposed in September banning the company’s suds.
Russia's legislators are reportedly preparing draft laws that envisage up to 10-year terms of imprisonment for "anti-Russian propaganda". There is no clear definition of the "crime", but 10 years was what only "repeat offenders" got in the later Soviet period for "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda".