Putin set to run for re-election – Russian media
The Kremlin is discussing scenarios of how and when Vladimir Putin will announce his will to take part in presidential elections in March 2018, according to the Russian news agency RBC, referring to unnamed officials.
Peskov comments on Ukraine's initiative to break diplomatic ties with Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov claims the Kremlin considers Ukraine's decision on a possible severance of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Kyiv to be a sovereign affair of Ukraine, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
Russia blackmails gays with Syria recruitment, victim reveals
Following reports about gay pogroms in the Russian region of Chechnya, a new story sheds more light on state-sponsored policies of repression and intimidation of LGBT people
Russia enlists teenagers in Donbas for war participation, - Ukraine representative in UN
90 boys of teenage years and 47 girls died since the beginning of the Russian aggression
Militants shell living blocks of Vodiane with 120-mm mortars
Today in the Donbas conflict zone yet again hasn’t been peaceful, according to the Ukrainian Army HQ onFacebook. Fortunately, no casualties among the Ukrainian soldiers occurred.
Putin portrayed as ‘new tsar of Russia’ on The Economist’s cover
he Economist put the image of Russian president Putin on the cover. The current issue is dedicated to the anniversary of the Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution, which took place in October 1917.
NATO to create two new units in case of war with Russia
The NATO intends to create two new military units in case of the direct confrontation with Russia. The Wall Street Journal reported this, referring to the Alliance officials.
Russia may halt its membership in ECHR
Moscow may halt its membership in the European Court of Human Rights, and reduce its funds to the Council of Europe, Russian media Izvestia was told by a source in the Russian Parliament.
Russia decided to send troops to Crimea even before receiving Yanukovych letter – witness testimony
Russia’s ex-MP Ilya Ponomarev, who is considered one of the key witnesses of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine in the treason case of Viktor Yanukovich, testified that the members of the Federation Council had received invitations to convene before the letter emerged of the runaway Ukrainian president to Vladimir Putin "on the use of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine," Glavcom reported citing its source in the PGO familiar with the probe.
OSCE finds statement on increase of number of Russian observers incorrect
The OSCE SMM called the information of the representative of Ukraine in Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko incorrect. She claimed that the number of the observers from Russia and unfriendly countries significantly increased. The OSCE SMM reported this to Ukrainian Truth.
Ukraine’s Ombudsman asks Russian counterpart to provide medical aid to Umerov
Ukrainian Ombudsman Valeriya Lutkovska asked her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova to provide Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov with adequate medical assistance. This was stated by Lutkovskaya, in the document published on the page of Ukrainian Ombudsman in Facebook.
Russia withdraws all troops from Belarus after West-2017 drills
Russia has withdrawn the last of its forces from Belarus, which it sent there during military exercises West 2017. According to the official website of the drills, the last echelon with armored vehicles and manpower headed from railway station in Borisov back to their permanent location sites in Russia.