Fake video of "Russians fighting ISIS" in Syria prepared for Putin by his General Staff
The video that Russian President Vladimir Putin showed to American film director Oliver Stone in his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews, with a scene where allegedly Russian forces are attacking ISIS in Syria was prepared by one of the departments of the Main Operations Directorate of Russia's General Staff, according to the Russian news agency RBC referring to sources close to the Russian Defense Ministry and the Kremlin.
Residential areas of Ukraine's Maryinka in Donbas under attack again, woman wounded
Residential areas of the Ukrainian-controlled town of Maryinka in Donbas have again come under fire after Russia's hybrid military forces mounted an attack on Ukrainian army positions at about 11:00 local time on Thursday, June 22, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
U.S. broadens Russia sanctions as Ukraine president visits Trump – The Guardian
Washington has broadened its sanctions against Russian companies and officials, on the same day Donald Trump welcomed the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, to the White House, according to the Guardian.
Kremlin responds to U.S. statement on eastern Ukraine
Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov says Moscow regards a U.S. statement linking the lifting of sanctions on Russia to its withdrawal from eastern Ukraine as "inappropriate and incorrect," according to Reuters.
Donbas war update: 6 Ukraine soldiers wounded in almost 50 attacks on Sunday
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian troops 47 times in the past day, using proscribed 120mm weapons 10 times, as a result of which six Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
Putin about sanctions: If it was not Crimea issue, they would concoct something else
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia claimed that if there was no Crimea issue then there would be other reasons for the sanctions against Russia. He claimed this answering the questions of the Russians during the live call-in show.
Russia about to send its 66th 'humanitarian' convoy to occupied Donbas
Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry has announced it will send its 66th "humanitarian" convoy to areas in Donbas that are not controlled by the Ukrainian government, according to a Russian-based UNIAN correspondent.
U.S. Senate may pass bill "to punish Russia"
The United States Senate may pass a bill "to punish Russia" for meddling into the U.S. presidential election, according to CBS News.
Putin believes U.S.-Russia war would leave no survivors
Russian President Vladimir Putin in his interview with Oliver Stone said that there would have been no survivors in case of an armed conflict between the U.S. and Russia.
Ukraine adequately reacts to Russia's snap combat readiness drills on borders
Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko has announced that Ukraine has stepped up the monitoring of its airspace and borders in response to a statement by Russia's Defense Ministry about snap checks of Russian troops' combat readiness near the Ukrainian borders and the transfer of Russian military units to the Russian-occupied Crimea.
Osmayev’s attacker allegedly "Kadyrov’s personal hitman" - media
The man who shot at Adam Osmayev, ex-commander of the Dzhohar Dudaev peacekeeping battalion, and his wife, ex-soldier of the “Kyiv” Regiment Amina Okuyeva, is reported to be a gangster from St. Petersburg, known as Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakaev, nicknamed "Dingo," who earlier murdered an ex-bodyguard of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Espreso.TV reported.
Putin to corporate America: You should 'help' President Trump
"Help us restore normal political dialogue," Putin told executives from major U.S. companies during a business roundtable at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, according to CNN.
Interior Ministry advisor names versions of attempt on Osmaev in Kyiv
A killer who shot at Adam Osmayev, ex-commander of the Dzhohar Dudaev peacekeeping battalion, and his wife, ex-soldier of the “Kyiv” Regiment Amina Okueva, obtained a Ukrainian passport on February 10, 2016, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, MP Anton Geraschenko wrote on Facebook.
Putin hints at U.S. election meddling by "patriotically minded" Russians - NYT
Shifting from his previous blanket denials, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, The New York Times reports.
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands security assurance for OSCE observers
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France stated for the demand of security assurance for OSCE observers in Donbas to let them perform their mission. The Reuters reports this.
President comments on the decision by the Dutch Senate to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement
Senate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the upper house of the Parliament, has just adopted the decision to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
Poroshenko: Ukraine is part of Europe that Putin tried to steal
Ukraine belongs to Europe, and it’s a part of the European community that Russian president Putin tried to steal yesterday. President Petro Poroshenko said that in his speech as the Netherlands eventually ratified the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Trump administration plans to restart Ukraine peace process – Washington Post
In their Oval Office meeting in March, President Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Ukraine crisis was Europe's responsibility and that the United States wouldn't get heavily involved, according to two officials briefed on the discussion. Only two months later, the Trump administration is reversing course and planning to re-engage on Ukraine in a significant way, according to The Washington Post.
Putin and Macron to discuss Ukraine and Normandy Format
The prospects of the Normandy Four and Ukraine, nuclear issue of North Korea, the situation in Syria and Libya will be the prioritized topics of the international part of the discussion between Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia and Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. Yuriy Ushakov, assistant to the president of Russia for foreign relations reported this, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
Trump mentions threats from Russia as NATO's focus in future
U.S. President Donald Trump has mentioned threats from Russia as NATO's focus in future, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The Daily Vertical: Who's Insulting Nemtsov's Memory?
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Russia and Turkey sign outgiving to remove trade barriers
Russia and Turkey signed joint outgiving about the bilateral removal of the trade barriers in Istanbul as TASS reports.
Reuters: Macron, Putin to continue Ukraine, Syria talks despite disagreements
"Despite diverging positions on a number of subjects, they noted the old and singular relationship between the two countries, which have had 300 years of diplomatic relations," the aide to Macron said, Reuters reported.
Putin's friend, Ukrainian oligarch Medvedchuk was in contact with Trump campaign – Reuters
Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.
Putin and Macron discuss further work of Normandy Four
Vladimir Putin the President of Russia had a phone conversation with Emmanuel Macron the President of France as the Kremlin reports.
Viktor Medvedchuk communicated with Trump allies during electioneering
The USA continues the investigation of the Russian involvement in the American elections and the relations between Councilors of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. During the investigations, the new details about Viktor Medvedchuk appeared. He supposedly kept in touch with Trump’s allies as Reuters reports.
Canada votes for law allowing to expand anti-Russian sanctions
Canadian government will back legislation allowing the country to impose sanctions on human rights abusers in foreign countries. This was reported by Bloomberg.
Russia set to hinder Ukraine's westward movement – U.S. intel chief
Daniel R. Coats, Director of U.S. National Intelligence, notes that the Russian Federation in 2017 will continue its attempts to prevent Ukraine from integrating into Western structures.
Poroshenko and Merkel had phone conversation: Talked about Donbas and Normandy format
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko conducted telephone conversation with Angela Merkel, the Federal Chancellor of Germany. This was reported by the presidential press service.
Peace in Ukraine depends on U.S. and Trump – Kuchma
Ukraine's representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, second president Leonid Kuchma believes that the establishment of peace in Donbas largely depends on the U.S. and President Donald Trump.