Russia funds and manages conflict in Ukraine, leaks show – Atlantic Council
Hacked emails show that the Kremlin directs and funds the ostensibly independent "republics" in eastern Ukraine and runs military operations there, Aric Toler and Melinda Haring wrote in an article for Atlantic Council titled "Russia Funds and Manages Conflict in Ukraine, Leaks Show."
Erdogan prepares to meet Trump and Putin in May
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing for the meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in May. This was reported by the Turkish Minute agency.
Russia sends troops to DPRK border, - media
Vladimir Putin is sending troops and equipment to Russia's border with North Korea over fears the US is preparing to attack Kim Jong-un. This was reported by the Daily Mail agency.
President in the interview to Sky News: There is a true hot war, not frozen conflict in Donbas
In the interview to Sky News TV channel, President Petro Poroshenko noted that there is a true hot war, not frozen conflict in Donbas.
Bloomberg: Putin aims for integration of Donbas with Russia
The Kremlin appears to publicly continue to support the 2015 Minsk agreements; however, the real strategy of president Vladimir Putin is to completely separate Donbas from Ukraine through its gradual integration with Russia. That does not include annexation of these areas, all the more official recognition of the pro-Kremlin ‘republics’ in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. That’s what Bloomberg got from three anonymous sources close to the Kremlin.
Joint press release following a phone call in the Normandy format
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation in the Normandy format with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of France Francois Hollande and President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
How Tillerson's visit to Moscow became a defeat for Russian "superpower"
As soon as we seemingly got used to the fact that Russia has military potential that cannot be ignored by any country in the world, including the US ...
Gen. Staff planned operation against "little green men" during Crimea seizure
At the beginning of the Russian occupation of Crimea, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces planned an operation that could drastically change the course of events, former deputy head, now Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko said in an interview with Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.
Putin: Almost half of militants in Syria from Russia
About 20 thousand foreign militants are fighting in Syria, almost half of them came from Russian Federation. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his interview for MIR agency.
Trial over Yanukovych to kick off May 4
Three judges will be considering the case of Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted ex-president of Ukraine. Their names are Ivan Devyatko, Dmytro Kambulov and Maksym Titov. They are the same judges who recently examined the case of former fighters of Tornado battalion, who were involved in war crimes during the Donbas conflict.
Trump sending important signal for both Ukraine, Putin – Russian expert
A U.S. cruise missile attack on the Syrian government forces’ airbase is a very important message for both Ukraine and Putin, Russian political scientist Andrey Zubov said in an interview with Liga.net.
No casualties casualties among the Ukrainian citizens in St. Petersburg
There is no information on the casualties among Ukrainian citizens in the terror attack in St. Petersburg. The consular service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine on their Twitter account.
Russian National Antiterrorism Committee confirms only one explosion in St. Petersburg metro
National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) of Russian Federation confirms only one explosion in St. Petersburg subway. This was reported by TASS.
Putin: Russia has 'a large number of friends' in the US
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at the International Arctic Forum that Russia has a large number of friends in the United States, RBC news agency reports.
Relations between US and Russia today are worse than during Cold War, — Peskov
Beyond that, he also connected the possibility of further improving of relation between the countries with the future meeting of Putin and Trump.
Crimean Tatar Mejlis suing Russia in ECHR
On March 29, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people filed a suit with the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the fact that the Russian authorities included the Mejlis in the list of extremist organizations, effectively banning its activities, including in the occupied Crimea, Memorial human rights center reports.
Putin: Anticorruption protests are a tool of the Arab Spring
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the recent anticorruption rallies are “a tool of the Arab Spring,” reports RBC news agency.
SBU General: Putin planned to seize Ukraine in three phases in 2014
The testimonies of Russian special services agents, arrested in the spring of 2014, indicate that Russia planned to gradually establish control over all regions of Ukraine, as indicated by the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) departments in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, General Oleksandr Petrulevych, on the air of 112 Ukraine.
Putin gives instructions to ‘protect’ Russia’s interests in the Arctic
Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Defense Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) to protect Russia’s national interests in the Arctic, reports RIA Novosti.
Kremlin: Putin did not hold paid meetings with businessmen
Dmitry Peskov called untrue reports that French presidential candidate Francois Fillon organized a meeting for Lebanese billionaire Fouad Makhzoumi and Total CEO Patrick Puyanne with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a fee. Interfax reported on this.
Putin promises to increase sales of Russian weapons on world market
Russian military equipment is supplied to 52 countries, and the portfolio of orders for export is at about $50 billion, said Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, Izvestia reported.
How trade blockade affected fighting in the Donbas
To return the Donbas, we need to fight for it at all cost, genuinely, without ‘deals,’ so that the occupation stops benefiting Moscow, so that the occupation costs too much, both resources-wise and, most of all, human-wise.
The Kremlin confirms that Putin and Erdogan discussed coordinating military action in Syria
The Presidents of The Russian Federation and Turkey - Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - are in negotiations regarding the question of coordination of military actions in Syria, as reported by RIA Novosti citing the press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.
Ukrainian President has spoken twice with Putin this year
Since the beginning of the year, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has had two telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Konstantin Yeliseyev, as stated in an interview with Hromadske.
Peskov: Putin and Trump could meet in July
The meeting of Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump could take place at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, said Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary to the Russian president.
Putin dismissed ten generals from law enforcement agencies
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin dismissed a number of high-ranking officials from law enforcement agencies. Ten of them had special military ranks of Generals. Among dismissed officials are Generals of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Penitentiary Service and Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
Russia denies that Yanukovych sent a letter asking to deploy Russian troops to Ukraine during Maidan
According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation claims that the authorities of the country never received a letter from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych asking to deploy Russian troops to the territory of Ukraine.
Ukraine to consider imposing sanctions on subsidiary of Russia's Sberbank
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) issued a statement in which it threatened that it would require the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of the country to impose sanctions against the Ukrainian "daughter" of Sberbank. Note that these statements resonate in the background of reports that Sberbank has begun to serve customers with passports from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
Ukrainian interest. Blockade with "external management," visa lib breakthrough, and diplomatic landings in Kyiv
Donbas blockade saw an unexpected development on the other side of the contact line, further escalating the absurdity effect. Ukraine and the rest of the world remembered the annexation of Crimea. European institutions granted visa-free travel to Georgian citizens and set a date of a similar privilege to be granted to Ukrainians. Donald Trump told U.S. Congress, how actually he was going to make America great again. Heads of three European foreign ministries paid visits to Kyiv.
Pro-Russian Bosnian Serb leader claims Crimea issue "settled"
The so-called "president" of the self-proclaimed Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Milorad Dodik, has said that the Russian annexation of Crimea is "settled," according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.