The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation still considers Yanukovych to be President

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov

The Russian Federation is ready to solve the political crisis in Ukraine with the EU provided the terms of the agreement between Ukrainian opposition leaders and the government dated February 21 are fulfilled. 

The agreement Ukrainian opposition leaders made with the “President” of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, on February 21 is not yet fulfilled. This is stated in the appeal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation about the situation in Ukraine. Continue reading

Okean Elzy responds to St. Petersburg concert ban threat

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Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, leader of the band “Okean Elzy,” has responded to accusations of nationalism. His response, written in Russian, is posted on his Twitter blog, Espreso.TV reports.

“Who do you think is a nationalist?” he asks. “If that is the person whose favorite writer is Chekhov, then yes, I am a nationalist. If it is the person whose favorite song was “Shine, shine my star,” then I’m a nationalist,” he writes. Continue reading

The House of Emperor Pshonka

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The Ukrainian revolution has given an amazing show to the people. The whole country is now looking at the everyday lives of its former leadership. Tours are being held at the residence of fugitive Yanukovych. The people have dubbed the huge mansion “The Museum of Corruption.” There’s certainly a lot to see in there. Following the best traditions of African dictators, both a garage with ancient cars and a huge zoo were found at Yanukovych’s place. Continue reading

The Crimean Tatar diaspora seeks help from Turkey

sshot-1Representatives of the Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey are undertaking a mass appeal to the government of their country to guarantee the safety of the Crimean Tatars living in Crimea.

One of the leading organizations of the Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey, the Federation of Crimean Associations (KIDF), issued a statement warning that “internal and external forces are attempting to divide Ukraine,” reported Espreso.TV on February 27, citing the Turkish news source 15 Minutes. Continue reading

Putin will unleash an armed conflict in Crimea that will follow the Georgian scenario: expert

ImageAndriy Klymenko, editor-in-chief of the BlackSeaNews, expressed confidence that Russia will unleash an armed conflict similar to that in Georgia in 2008, censor.net reports.

“1) All the potential scenarios of the events in Crimea make me laugh (pardon me, I have no time to choose formal expressions).

2) There is a certain Scheme (algorithm) that is in action in Crimea, which is a script where actors play their parts (for money or because of fear).

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Russian MPs’ plans to inquire about how Crimeans see the future of the peninsula

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Some MPs from the LDPR faction in Russian State Duma are still in Crimea, intending to visit a number of cities. This was mentioned on the faction’s website. It was stated that today is the second day of the MPs’ visit to the peninsula.

Deputy head of party LDPR MP Oleksiy Didenko told about what happened in Sevastopol yesterday. According to him, “some of the orange Crimean tatars” yelling “anti-Russian slogans” tried to hamper the session of the Crimean Republic’s Verkhovna Rada, which was called to file the resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers.“Shortly, they plan to visit Sevastopol, Yalta, Feodosiya, Kerch and other cities in order to find out about the opinions about and attitude towards the LDPR’s initiative with regards to obtaining Russian citizenship, and to find out what they think about the future status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the official announcement reads. Continue reading

Ukrainians in Crimea seek protection and peace

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Ukrainians in Crimea are urging the Ukrainian government to take all measures to protect the peace and security of Crimean residents. They also say they expect European institutions to exert influence on Russia’s position on separatism.

“We make our appeal to prevent war in Crimea and Ukraine and to protect all citizens of Ukraine residing in Crimea. The Ukrainian government must take immediate steps to ensure peace, tranquility, and safety for Crimeans. We appeal to all responsible citizens of Crimea not to yield to anti-government provocations,” the appeal states. Continue reading

Right Sector assures Israeli Ambassador that they reject antisemitism

Image“Right sector” leaders have assured Reuven Din El, Israeli Ambassador, that they reject any signs of chauvinism and xenophobia in their ideology. This was discussed during the meeting in the embassy, according to the information on the official website on Thursday.

“The Israeli Ambassador in Ukraine, Reuven Din El, met with the heads of the “Right Sector” as well as with their leader, Dmytro Yarosh on February 26th 2014″, – states the announcement. The movement leaders informed the ambassador of their views on Ukraine’s future and emphasized that their movement adheres to tolerant positions in questions of nationalism. Yarosh also stressed that all negative phenomena, especially anti-semitism, will not only lack support from “Right Sector”, but will also be persecuted by all lawful means. He ensured that the movement aims to build a democratic Ukraine with transparency in governmental structures, mechanisms to counteract corruption, and equal opportunities for people of all nationalities, the union of which will make possible to build a national state governed by the people. The sides have agreed to create a “hot line” in order to avoid provocations and to find solutions for any further issues that may arise.  Continue reading

Businesses Forced to Pass On up to 50% of Their Turnover as Bribes in Recent Years – FEU

9_1_small (1)Business entities in all economic sectors and segments in Ukraine, without exception, are facing the problem of corruption. Depending on the type and area of their activity, businesses have been forced to pass on up to 50% of their turnover in recent years as bribes. This is the figure announced on February 26 by Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine (FEU) Dmytro Oliynyk in the course of an expanded meeting of Kyiv City employers.

“We understand that entrepreneurs are frequently subjected to demands for bribes by officials; however, once businesses refuse to comply with unlawful demands of government representatives and to enter into corrupt conspiracies, corruption as a social evil in business and in the state will be defeated,” emphasized Oliynyk. Continue reading