Security Service of Ukraine prepares documents banning Russian Eurovision participant from entering Ukraine
Eurovision, the annual international pop song competition between member states of the European Broadcasting Union, will take place in Kyiv in May 2017. However, Russian participant Yulia Samoylova may not be allowed into Ukraine, because in 2015 the singer violated Ukrainian legislation: she performed in the annexed Crimea in violation of the procedure established by Ukraine.
Security Service of Ukraine has started to investigate European politicians who traveled to the Crimea
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will analyze information regarding politicians from Europe and other countries who travel to the Crimea and decide whether to impose sanctions against them, as stated by the Secretary of the NSDC (National Security and Defense Council) of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, according to his press service.
Russia stats full-scale military training in occupied Crimea
Russia started a full-scale military training in the occupied Crimea. This was reported by the Defense Ministry of Russian Federation.
Ukraine confiscated a foreign ship for entering the Crimea
The Malinovsky District Court of Odessa convicted the captain of the vessel Sky Moon, which sailed under the flag of Tanzania, for illegally entering a port in the Russian-annexed Crimea, as reported on the website of the military prosecutor's office of the Southern region.
European Parliament confirms EU never recognizes attempt to annex Crimea by Russia
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine welcomes the adoption of the resolution the Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and the situation in Crimea by the European Parliament on March 16.
Russia conducts snap readiness check exercises at its Black Sea Novorossiysk naval base
Bastion missile systems and Bereg artillery systems were deployed on the Black Sea coast during a testing of the Novorossiysk naval base, which involved more than 10 vessels and 100 pieces of equipment, announced Vyacheslav Trukhachev, head of the information support of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
Security Service of Ukraine will verify information about Russian Eurovision candidate's visits to Crimea
The Ukrainian Security Service will check the authenticity of information regarding possible visits by the Russian singer Yulia Samoylova to the Russia-annexed Crimea. This was stated by Security Service spokesperson Olena Gitlyanska.
Russia deploys radio-electronic warfare system to the Crimea
The Russian military in the Crimea has deployed a “Murmansk-BN” radio-electronic warfare system which is capable of detecting, monitoring and disrupting communications between NATO ships as far as the Mediterranean Sea, Crimean media reports.
EU prolongs sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity for another 6 mths
On March 13, 2017, the EU Council prolonged the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until September 15, 2017.
Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces: We prepare for every possible scenario
Ukraine’s military command is preparing for any possible scenario of the ongoing Russian aggression. Viktor Muzhenko, the Superior Commander and the Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said that at a briefing on Friday.
Week’s milestones. Anniversary with aftertaste, thirst for strategy, and parliamentary pirouettes
The events dedicated to the Heavenly Hundred heroes this year were both filled with political overtones and stretched in time. Dmytro Firtash is unlikely to return to Ukraine anytime soon and neither is he in a hurry to be sent to the United States or Spain. The demand for the strategy of the return of uncontrolled territories to Ukraine is becoming increasingly apparent. MPs last week made great efforts in individual performances and team work.
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.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Budapest Memorandum needs to be revised
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin called on the United States to support the resumption of negotiations between the signatory countries of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 (the United States, Britain, Russia, Ukraine) on the settlement of the situation in the Crimea, annexed by Russia, and the Donbas, while speaking at a hearing of the US Senate Appropriations Committee on "Russian policy and intentions for individual European countries: the example of Ukraine."
Trump once again addresses Crimea annexation, calls Obama "weak"
U.S. President Donald Trump has rained criticism down on his predecessor, Barack Obama, over the fact that Russia managed to seize Crimea during his tenure.
The Kremlin will no longer celebrate the anniversary of Crimea’s accession in the traditional way
This year marks the third anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. This event has been brightly celebrated for two years in a row. This year, though, the Kremlin will not celebrate the anniversary of the Crimea’s accession in the usual manner.
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.
Russia raises nearly 3,000 troops for snap readiness inspections in the Crimea and North Cacauses
Nearly 3,000 servicemen in the Crimea and North Caucus were called up on Thursday snap combat readiness inspection, the press-service of the Southern Military District, Russia's TASS news agency reported.
Russia alerts military units in occupied Crimea
Russia alerts a number of military units stationed in Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechen Republic, Dagestan and in the occupied Crimea. As it was reported by the headquarters of the Southern Military District, military units were raised to check military combat readiness, reports Interfax.
Artemenko plans to visit US and continue to draw attention to Crimean issue
People's Deputy Andriy Artemenko said he plans to visit the US and continue to draw attention to the decision of the Crimean issue. He stated this during a press conference on February 27. 112 Ukraine TV Channel led the broadcast.
Chubarov: The liberation of the Donbas and the Crimea are not separate issues
The matter of the liberation of the Crimea and the libaration of the Donbas must not be separated from each other; a single formula for recovering the territorial integrity of Ukraine is needed, as stated by MP Refat Chubarov, Leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, while speaking at the international forum “Crimea under occupation: consequences for Ukraine and the world”.
Russia to deploy anti-aircraft missile systems in occupied Crimea
The Russian Navy will deploy Buk anti-aircraft missile systems in occupied Crimea. The Black Sea Fleet headquarters said that the principal desicion of Buks deployment have been already taken, reports Izvestia.
Trump's new security adviser disagrees with him on Russia
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster is joining the White House with views on Russia, counterterrorism, strengthening the military and other major security issues that differ from those of Trump and his loyalists. This was reported by Reuters.
Artemenko should explain his plan to "lease Crimea" in parliament, - Gerasimov
Andriy Artemenko, the People’s Deputy from the Radical Party, has to explain his offer to "lease Crimea" to Russia in Verkhovna Rada. This was reported by Artur Gerasimov, the presidential envoy in the Verkhovna Rada, in a commentary to "112 Ukraine" TV channel.
Ukrainian MP sends Trump’s administration anti-Russia sanctions lifting plan, - NYT
A week before Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, proposing a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. This was reported by the New York Times.
Kuban truckers rebelled and blocked a road leading to a ferry to the Crimea
In the Krasnodar Krai of Russia, long-distance truck drivers blocked the road leading to a car ferry to the annexed Crimea, as was reported by the Crimean media on the evening of February 16th.
Moscow responds to US statements on the Crimea
Commenting on the White House's statements on the Crimea, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Moscow “will not give back her own territories”.
Russian Foreign Minister to discuss Ukraine with Tillerson, - media
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will discuss Ukraine and other topics during the meeting in Bonn on Thursday, February 16. This was reported by the deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, reports RIA agency.
Dzhemilev said he talked with Putin before the annexation of the Crimea
People's Deputy and Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the eve of "referendum" and Putin was trying to persuade him to cooperate. He revealed this information in an interview with Apostrophe news portal.
Two U.S aircrafts performed aerial reconnaissance mission over the Baltic and near the Crimea
Two U.S military aircraft performed reconnaissance flights near the Russian border in the southern Baltic and near the Crimea, Interfax reported with a reference to Western websites that track the movement of military aircraft.
Stoltenberg announced NATO’s intention to support allies in the Black Sea
NATO is going to reinforce its defense and "support allies" in the Black Sea as stated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Romania, Teodor Meleșcanu, as reported by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.