Washington - The United States is co-hosting drills in the Black Sea with what is left of Ukraine's devastated navy, which lost about two thirds of its sailors and ships after Russia seized Crimea last year.
For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe.
Russia and the occupation regime in Crimea are currently holding a number of Ukrainians prisoner on entirely fabricated charges. Some of them have already been declared political prisoners by the renown Memorial Human Rights Centre, for example, Nadiya Savchenko; Oleg Sentsov; Oleksandr Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasyev. Others are simply held in detention, with all those in Russia having been in custody for over a year. There is enormous secrecy over some of the cases, but every reason to believe that in each, the charges are entirely fabricated.
On Sep. 4, 2015 it will be 30 years since the death in the Perm-36 labour camp of Vasyl Stus, the Ukrainian poet and human rights defender, who is once again arousing antagonism in modern Russia and among Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas for ‘Ukrainian nationalism and anti-state activities”. Stus was 47, with a wife and teenage son, and was serving a second term of imprisonment for what the regime called “anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda.
Moscow will take countermeasures in response to the U.S. decision to expand its sanctions against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Many people, horrified by the actions of pro-Moscow forces in Crimea and the Donbas or unwilling to continue to resist Russian aggression, have concluded that the rest of Ukraine would be better off without those two regions and could move forward by sacrificing them to Vladimir Putin.
A fire broke out in the Bila Dibrova forest of the Darnytsia aesthetic forestry area outside Kyiv, spreading over an area of 15 hectares as of evening Sep. 2, the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ukrainian State Service of Emergency Situations in Kyiv said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the new military doctrine will reflect the task of redeploying armed forces and creating military infrastructure in the east and south of Ukraine.
Moldovan authorities denounced the detention of journalists of Moldovan Publika television in the Security Zone on the Dniester bank by Transdniestrian structures, calling their actions provocative, the Moldovan government reintegration bureau said in a statement released on Sep. 2.
President Obama is on a three-day visit to Alaska that will include a stop north of the Arctic Circle. The focus of his trip is climate change. Some of my Senate colleagues and I recently returned from the Arctic, and while we saw the challenges of melting polar ice, we also saw a greater and more immediate threat. It is a menace that many assumed was relegated to the past: an aggressive, militarily capable Russian state that is ruled by an anti-American autocrat, hostile to our interests, dismissive of our values, and seeking to challenge the international order that U.S. leaders of both parties have maintained for seven decades.
Ukraine aspires to be part of the West, but remains firmly in the Russian Internet world, leaving the country exposed to Russia’s cyberattacks and espionage.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the Ukrainian army must achieve the NATO members' standards before 2020.
The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council on Sep. 2 backed the proposals made the Cabinet and the Ukrainian Security Council to extend the list of sanctions against companies and individuals of Russia and other states.
Russia is continuing to act to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said.
Ukraine will raise a loan of up to 200 million euros from KfW to support the Individuals' Deposit Guarantee Fund.
The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) calls on all political forces in Ukraine to refrain from the use of violence in solving political issues, Deputy Head of OSCE SMM Alexander Hug told the briefing conference in Kyiv on Sep. 2.
Moscow said on Sept. 2 that it would respond in kind to the United States' widening of sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, criticizing the move as straining relations and posing risks for international stability.
The U.S. Navy could provide new and upgraded technical equipment for the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the frigate Hetman Sahaidachny, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on Sept. 1.
The net debt of Kernel agricultural holding on June 30, 2015, according to a preliminary unaudited financial report prepared by the management at the request of debt capital providers, was $339.4 million.
Two children have been paralysed in the first polio outbreak in Europe for five years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Both cases were in Ukraine where only half the children are fully immunised.