Often portrayed as a challenge to a Western-led order, this year's simultaneous SCO and BRICS summits are set to reveal Chinese and Russian plans for closer political and economic engagement in Eurasia.
For one year, Russia has pursued a long, costly war of aggression against Ukraine. Its objective is obvious: to destabilize Ukraine so that the new democratic regime fails. Therefore, the West should adjust its goals accordingly to offer Ukraine financial support.
Russia has claimed to have built a revolutionary new weapon system that can render enemy satellites and weapons useless. Its Russian makers say it is a 'fundamentally new electronic warfare system' which can be mounted on ground-based as well as air- and sea-borne carriers.
Russian investigators have rejected a request by jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko to be tried by a jury and for the proceedings to be moved to Moscow instead of Voronezh, the city where she is being held.
Hollywood actress, film director and producer Angelina Jolie has purchased the film rights to Simon Sebag Montefiore's book about the love affair between Catherine the Great of Russia and Prince Grigory Potemkin, the British author's literary agency said on July 6.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Vienna on Monday to discuss process in reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear programme, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Kyiv Court of Appeals has remanded one of suspected of killing journalist Oles Buzyna, Andriy Medvedko, into custody until Aug. 14.
DONETSK - The deputy head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, has not ruled out that a decision could be made in Minsk on demilitarization of other Donbas hotspots once it is over in the village of Shyrokyne.
SOFIA - To reduce its dependence on Russia, Bulgaria is working to sign a contract with Poland as early as July to service Sofia's Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets, maintained until now by Russia, Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on July 6.
VIENNA - The foreign ministers of Russia and Germany, Sergei Lavrov and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, are having a business dinner in Vienna that is hosting the final round of the talks between Tehran and the six international mediators over the Iranian nuclear program.
The things found near the car used by the persons who killed publicist Oles Buzyna in Kyiv bears traces of the genetic material of Andriy Medvedko and Denys Polischuk, who are suspected of killing Buzyna, the materials on the DNA test results obtained by Interfax say.
Militants in southeastern Ukraine have been disrupting Kyiv's prisoner-exchange initiatives recently, says Andriy Lysenko, a military operation spokesman in the Ukrainian presidential administration.
MOSCOW - Defense of Ukrainian citizen Nadia Savchenko, accused under the case on murdering Russian reporters, has been denied all petitions, Savchenko's lawyer Nikolai Polozov told Interfax on July 6.
BERLIN - The German Army, the Bundeswehr, will participate in two military exercises in Ukraine this summer, Deutsche Welle radio reported on July 6.
Ukrainian inflation, the fastest in Europe, slowed for a second month in June as the hryvnia stabilized. Consumer prices rose 57.5 percent from a year earlier after surging 58.4 percent in May, the statistics office in Kyiv said on July 6 on its website.
The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine is meeting in Minsk on July 7; for the first time the meeting will be attended by the new OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) representative, Martin Sajdik, says Darya Olifer, a press secretary for Leonid Kuchma who represents Ukraine in the Group.
In June 2015, inflation in Ukraine slowed down to 0.4 percent from 2.2 percent in May and 14 percent in April due to the start of the season of lower prices and the stabilization of the hryvnia exchange rate, the State Statistics Service has reported.
Ukraine's crisis-stricken banking system is set to receive a boost from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which has announced plans to invest in the Ukrainian unit of Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International.
Nearly 1.4 million people are now internally displaced inside Ukraine, according to an official report from the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy released on July 6, adding around 100,000 to a United Nations report from June. The Kyiv government report, cited by pro-Ukrainian news site UNIAN, comes almost 16 months after the Russian annexation of Crimea and the start of the war in East Ukraine, underlining the deepening effect that Russian foreign policy is having on civilians in the contested Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Shooting at positions of Ukrainian servicemen continues in the military operation zone in Donbas, Ukrainian presidential administration speaker Andriy Lysenko said.