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  • 18 Jul 2014 11:58 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Yesterday afternoon, by most accounts, pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. The attackers ostensibly thought that the Boeing 777 was a Ukrainian plane about to enter Russian airspace. Soon after the attack, Igor Girkin, the self-styled commander of the Donetsk People’s Army, bragged on his website that “We just shot down an AN-26 plane near Torez; it’s scattered somewhere around the Progress mine. We warned them not to fly in ‘our sky’.” Soon after, RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency, seconded Girkin’s claim.    Foreign Affairs.  Read More

  • 18 Jul 2014 11:50 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a meeting with top economic advisers late Thursday with comments on the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. The text of his remarks, as taken from the Kremlin website and translated by The Associated Press.   Yahoo News.   Read More






  • 18 Jul 2014 11:46 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The Ukrainian Canadian Congress issued the following statement on the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 over eastern Ukraine by Russian terrorists earlier today: “On behalf of the Ukrainian community in Canada, we offer our most sincere condolences to the families of the innocent civilians who lost their lives today at the hand of Russian-backed terrorists. Over 280 people were senselessly killed today and we offer our deepest sympathies to their families and friends. As Ukraine’s President Poroshenko stated, this was no accident or catastrophe but rather an act of terrorism,” stated Paul Grod, UCC National President.   UCC.  Read More

  • 18 Jul 2014 11:44 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     I am profoundly shocked and saddened by the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft in Ukraine today, with the loss of many lives. I offer my sincerest condolences to the families and the loved ones of the victims and to all those touched by this terrible tragedy. Much is unclear about the circumstances of the crash. However the instability in the region, caused by Russian-backed separatists, has created an increasingly dangerous situation.   NATO.  Read More


  • 18 Jul 2014 11:41 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     On Wednesday evening the Ukrainian consul Hennadiy Breskalenko was finally able to meet with Nadya Savchenko, who is being held in a Russian SIZO [detention unit] . Savchenko denied Russia’s claim that she crossed the Russian border pretending to be a refugee.  She says that she was taken out of Ukraine with a bag over her head and handcuffed.  Her abductors changed cars several times. Russia’s Investigative Committee has tried to foist a fourth defence lawyer on the case involving the extraordinary charges brought against Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda [Nadya] Savchenko.  The investigators have also prevented Savchenko’s sister Vera from coming to Moscow by effectively threatening that she too will be detained.   Human Right In Ukraine.   Read More



  • 18 Jul 2014 11:39 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is due to begin considering Ukraine’s application over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea.  Radio Svoboda’s Crimea site reports that Ukraine’s Justice Ministry is confident of victory and expects that Russia will be ordered to pay over a billion UAH in compensation.  Unfortunately legal experts, while agreeing that Ukraine has every chance of winning the case, predict that the case itself could drag on for years. They also foresee Russia refusing to implement the ECHR judgement and to pay the compensation. The Justice Ministry lodged the application a month ago and it is currently at the stage of preliminary examination. The application is on 200 pages, contains 914 items with these including cases of abduction, murder and torture linked with Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the ministry’s press service reports.   ECHR.   Read More


  • 18 Jul 2014 11:32 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     In July, another Ukrainian billionaire joined the roster of the country’s wealthiest in the fight to save Ukraine’s political and economic future. Yuriy Kosiuk, who founded and grew MHP into Ukraine’s largest agricultural holding, joined the administration of billionaire President Poroshenko as the first deputy head of Presidential Administration. Kosiuk told Forbes several years ago he had no interest in politics. But as MHP’s products were increasingly subjected to import restrictions and inspections at the Russian border and tensions between the two countries escalated, Kosiuk became more involved in political discussions.   Forbes.   Read More


  • 18 Jul 2014 11:28 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     A Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military brigade “UkrPolLytBryh” may be created in the near future, President Poroshenko’s press service announced, July 14, after his telephone discussion with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The Polish prime minister said he supported Poroshenko’s position on resolving the situation in the Donbas. “It is important that you have the reputation of being a president of peace, who also is determined to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. This approach is supported by Poland and is firmly based on positions outlined in the decisions of the EU,” Tusk said, according to the press service.    Euromaidan Press.   Read More


  • 18 Jul 2014 11:26 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Russia has instructed its terrorists in the Donbas to deliberately destroy facilities and infrastructure, said Ministry of Internal Affairs adviser Anton Herashchenko at a press briefing, July 15, reports Ukrinform. “It is likely they will continue to mine all bridges and bridge supports because those are the instructions from Russia. Their goal is to destroy the economy,” he said. “For example, each time an iron bridge is blown up, which is not even being used for combating terrorists in the ATO zone, the mines are cut off from the possibility of supplying coal, the salt mines are cut off from supplying salt, and the iron and steel works no longer receive raw materials. The goal is to bring people out in the streets, to make them unemployed,” he said.   Euromaidan Press.   Read More

  • 18 Jul 2014 11:24 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Russia has decided to reopen an electronic eavesdropping post in Cuba that it closed more than a decade ago, reaching out for a onetime symbol of its global superpower status, Russian officials and newspaper reports said on Wednesday. President Vladimir V. Putin agreed with Cuba’s leader, Raúl Castro, during a visit to Cuba last week to reopen the post. In exchange, Mr. Putin agreed to forgive about 90 percent of Cuba’s Soviet-era debt to Russia, or about $32 billion. News of the debt relief emerged last week, but the agreement to reopen the listening post was first reported Wednesday by the Russian newspaper Kommersant.   New York Times.   Read More


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