While some 7,500 Russian soldiers remain on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Kremlin-backed separatists have been expanding their activities to western and central part of the country, Ukraine’s security service (SBU) said on Nov. 26.
A total of 28,000 people have been let go as a result of the reduction in costs of keeping Ukrainian public officials, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.
STUTTGART - Russia is prepared to build the South Stream gas pipeline to Europe to remove transit risks, but if Europe abandons the project, then it risks unguaranteed gas shipments, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said at a business breakfast in Stuttgart.
MOSCOW - Turkey, already the second largest importer of Russian gas among foreign importers, is considering boosting gas shipments via the Blue Stream gas pipeline by 3 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year and is ready to increase purchases immediately, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said.
SIMFEROPOL - Crimean museums have filed a lawsuit with an Amsterdam court seeking the return of theScythian gold, which has been in the archeological museum at Amsterdam University since February, Andrei Malgin, the head of the Central Museum of Tavrida, said.
MOSCOW - Russian meat importers lost at least $50 million due to the unexpected ban on meat imports from the United States, Canada, Norway, the EU and Australia, the National Meat Association reckons.
SOCHI - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees no problems to Russia from another suspension of the delivery of French Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
MOSCOW - Turkey has asked Gazprom to increase gas deliveries along the Western route via Ukraine, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz has told the Moscow press.
On Ukraine, the economists are declaring an emergency. Ukraine is bleeding cash in its war against Russian and Russian-proxy forces in the Donbas region. With its industrial heartland shattered by the war, the country's economy is shriveling. And the warnings from economists are growing that Ukraine will need a big increase - and quickly - in international financial support, if it is to avoid an economic collapse.
Sweden has ratified the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.
One year ago this week, the EuroMaidan protests began in Ukraine, with a few hundred people taking over the central square in Kyiv. Since then, Ukrainians have withstood: mass-violence used against the protesters; a regime change and two national elections; the annexation of Crimea; a conflict in a significant portion of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (the Donbass region); and a serious and on-going economic crisis.
TBILISI - David Bakradze, Georgia's state minister of European and Euro-Atlantic integration, told reporters on Wednesday Tbilisi demands that the UN Security Council convene to discuss the treaty on alliance and strategic partnership signed by Russia and Abkhazia.
The deficit of Ukraine's balance of payments in October 2014 was $3.515 billion, increasing by 9.8 times and 7.1 times compared to September this year and October last year respectively.
Brussels - Ukrainian crisis, starting with the events in Crimea, is the most serious geopolitical crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said in Paris on Tuesday.
A month after the parliamentary election, Ukrainians are still watching the same political soap opera unravel in grinding coalition talks.
German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for trade talks between the EU and a Russia-led economic bloc as a way of maintaining dialogue with President Vladimir Putin - and of countering claims her Ukraine policy is too tough on Moscow.
Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) has started a pre-trial investigation within criminal proceedings on the fact of misappropriating the funds of PJSC Oschadbank (Kyiv) on a large scale.
OLYMPUS (Japan), the largest manufacturer of photographic equipment and consumer electronics, will open an online store in Ukraine, according to a press release from the company.