Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev, announced a halt to a proposed ban on state-funding of imported medical goods.
Since the Ukrainian crisis began, relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated rapidly to lows not seen since the Cold War. From speeches by Putin lambasting the degeneracy of the West and critiquing its place in the world order, to those by the Obama administration blasting Russia’s attempt to revert to a supposedly long-since abandoned foreign policy based on geographic spheres of influence; from provocative flight paths by Russian military planes to the newly re-discovered martial rhetoric of some political and military leaders in the West; from fears in Russia of a West-led colour revolution to overwrought hand-wringing in the West concerning Russia’s edge in the propaganda wars — all grounds for calm and compromise appear to be slipping away apace.
Humans are warlike, but when we commit violence, it's not usually senseless and rarely unprovoked. So as Ukrainians grapple with the shocking deadly grenade attack outside Parliament on Aug. 31, killing three National Guardsmen, they shouldn’t view the incident simply as an outburst of barbarity from a deranged individual.
Igor Debrin, 25, wanted to return to the car-building factory where he used to work with his father once he finished his stint with the National Guard, but his plans were cut short on Aug. 31 by a piece of shrapnel to the heart.
The man suspected of tossing a grenade that killed three National Guardsmen on Aug. 31 in front of parliament is described by friends as a Ukrainian patriot who fought valiantly against Russian-separatist forces in the east.
Simon Smith, the United Kingdom's ambassador to Ukraine, is wrapping up a three-year tour of duty this month with a clear parting message to Ukraine's leaders: Fight corruption or risk losing international support.
Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko can reel off one optimistic statistic after another about the growing economic sector that he oversees, except for one: Success in prosecuting the alleged financial crimes of his predecessor, Mykola Prysyazhnyuk.
Sanctioning Chinese and Russian companies and individuals for their role in cyber attacks would be the first-time use of an executive order signed by US President Barack Obama in April aimed at hitting back at those who are "engaging in significant malicious cyber-enabled activities."
Back in 2010, then-Mexican ambassador to Ukraine Berenice Talavera told the Kyiv Post that she ate her country's cuisine at home because Kyiv lacked the proper ingredients.
Viktor Trofymenko was shocked during his first patrol on the Russian-Ukrainian front line more than a year ago when he, together with comrades from the Dnipro-1 Battalion, first saw shell craters and houses that had been completely destroyed by the fighting
Ukraine has more than 50,000 software engineers in the information technology industry. Also, according to the Brainbench rating of 2013, the nation ranked third in the number of certified master-level IT specialists among 50 countries.
In spite of a severe economic downturn, information technology companies continue to grow, and are investing in the most valuable asset they have – people.
Each summer, as part of ongoing efforts to influence their young, Russia’s government leaders and propagandists head to a conference center on the Klyazma River about 130 miles northeast of Moscow to address the “Terra Scientia” Russian Youth Education Conference.