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EU Council approves suspension mechanism of visa-free regime
European Union Council adopted a resolution at the meeting on Monday providing for the suspension of the visa-free regime for third countries.
Candidate for prime minister of Netherlands said he would throw away EU-Ukraine agreement
The representative of Christian-democratic political party of Netherlands (Christian Democratic Appeal, CDA) Sybrand Buma during the TV debates on Sunday, February 26, on the eve of national elections which will take place on March 15, stated that he would trow the bill on ratification of EU-Ukraine association to the wastepaper basket if he becomes Prime Minister. This was reported by EUobserver.
Italy has allocated 1 million Euro for the residents of the Donbas
The Italian government has allocated €1 million to the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF to assist victims of the conflict in the Donbas. This was stated by the Ambassador of Italy to Ukraine, Davide La Cecilia, in a briefing on Thursday, February 23rd.
Ukraine accused Russia of political pressure and blackmail at the UN Security Council meeting
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko said at a meeting of the Security Council that Russia has gone out of its way to provoke and pressure Ukraine. According to him, Russia's actions bode ill for Europe.
Russia awards a contract for pipelaying of Nord Stream 2 to Allseas
Gazprom’s subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG have awarded a contract for offshore pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea to Allseas, reported the World Pipelines.
US shifting away from global leadership may disrupt world order, - Turchynov
The Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov believes that the withdrawal of US from global leadership can provoke destabilization of the situation in the world. He stated this during the management staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine meeting, which was broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
The United States and Russia remain the world’s largest arms exporters
The United States and Russia remain the world’s largest exporters of weapons. Their joint share in world exports amounted to 5% during the period from 2012 to 2016, RIA Novosti reported, citing a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
EU to provide 18 million euros of aid to Ukraine – meeting between President and EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
The EU said Russia's recognition of DPR and LPR documents is inconsistent with the spirit of the Minsk agreements
Russia’s recognition of passports to separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) contradicts the Minsk agreements and such documents will not be recognized in the European Union.
Russia explained why it passed unreadable pictures on the MH17 case to the Netherlands
The Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, stated that the reformatting of data obtained from Russian radar showing the moment of the crash of a Malaysian Boeing in the Donbas into the required file format will lead to "significant data loss,” as reported by Interfax , citing the Federal Air Transport Agency.
UN recorded 203 cases of sexual violence in Donbas
Mobile group led by the United Nations Population Fund recorded 203 cases of sexual violence in the Donbas region. This is stated in the report of the United Nations Mission for the observance of human rights in Ukraine.
Poland plans to increase gas exports to Ukraine
In 2016, Poland exported more than 400 million cubic meters of natural gas to Ukraine. That amount may increase many times over in the future, as reported by Radio Poland citing by the deputy head of the oil and gas concern PGNiG, Matthew Wozniak. He noted that gas is sold to Ukraine at a profit and within the framework of a safe payment system.
Normandy Four may meet in Munich
The foreign ministers of the "Normandy Four" (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) may have a Conference on safety in Munich, reports Interfax-Ukraine citing the diplomatic source.
Dutch EU-Ukraine AA voting to take place next week
The news published earlier by Reuters that Dutch parliament does not plan to vote for AA between Ukraine and EU before election was withdrawn. The Netherlands will not delay the voting on Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, it will take place next week. This was reported by Reuters.
Media: Estonia and Finland to purchase heavy artillery from South Korea
The Armed Forces of Finland allocated EUR 100 million for the purchase of heavy artillery, which will replace old post-Soviet weapons. According to the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, at the end of 2016, the Finnish army tested South Korean K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers. Those are equipped with a 155 mm gun, and their range of fire is 40 km. The Howitzer's maximum speed is about 70 km per hour.
Russian Official Calls Romania 'A Clear Threat' And NATO Outpost
A Russian Foreign Ministry official says Moscow views Romania as a NATO outpost and a "clear threat" because it hosts part of a U.S. missile shield in Europe.
President of Ukraine started a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece
President Petro Poroshenko has started a meeting in vis-a-vis format with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras who is on a working visit to Ukraine.
Greece stands for peaceful resolving of Donbas conflict
One of the topics of the meeting of governments heads of Ukraine and Greece Volodymyr Groysman and Alexis Tsipras was the issue of security aspects, including the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of Minsk agreements.
EU sets date for debates on visa waivers for Ukraine
The EU institutions will hold trilateral debates on visa waivers for Ukraine on February 28, according to RFE/RL correspondent in Brussels Rikard Jozwiak.
U.S. heavy military equipment arrived in Estonia
Heavy military equipment arrived in Estonia, designated for the company of U.S. infantrymen who came to the country on Friday, February 3, the press service of 1st Infantry Brigade of Estonian Defense Forces reported.
U.S. military vehicles arrive in Estonia
Military vehicles for infantry soldiers of the US Army arrived in Tapa station in Estonia. Interfax reported that with reference to the press service of the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Defense Forces of Estonia.
HMS Diamond, capable of shooting down aircraft within 100 kilometers, will enter Black Sea
London sends clear signal of support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, - UK defense minister
Poroshenko told what he expects from Europe in case Minsk agreements are not fulfilled
President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine remains committed to the Minsk agreements. “I emphasize that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements,” the Head of State noted at the joint press conference with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
President of Ukraine and Chancellor of Germany: Partnership of Ukraine and Germany has reached an unprecedented level of trust
President Petro Poroshenko is satisfied with the dynamics of the Ukraine-German relations at the highest level. “This is the tenth visit and our tenth meeting with Ms. Chancellor".
Decision that destroys relations: Poland warns Ukraine cooperation will deteriorate
The country representatives will not be present on the Polish-Ukrainian forum, and this is just the beginning, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland in light of Przemysl mayor entry ban.
Trilateral military unit LITPOLUKRBRIG is “Combat Ready”
According to the training and preparation cycle, Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade took the certification exercise in December 2016 and finalized the verification of Full Operational Capabilities achievement in January 2017.
Poroshenko explained who intends to split EU and why
In the interview to Finnish media “Helsingin Sanomat” and “Iltalehti”, Petro Poroshenko noted that the EU countries had benefits from the EU membership and only Russia wanted to split the EU.
The British Army secretly moved tanks in case of Eastern Europe`s invasion
UK Army moved tanks through Channel Tunnel during secret drills to test the rail network in case of an invasion of Eastern Europe.
Earthquake in Italy caused an avalanche: Rigopiano hotel was hit by the snow mass - video
A number of people have been missing after an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake on Wednesday, hit a hotel, Italian rescue officials say, reported Unian.
Ukraine and Portugal to enhance cooperation in defence industry
In the framework of the first visit to Portugal since the independence of Ukraine, Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Minister of National Defence of Portugal Mr José Alberto Azeredo Lopes.