That the Kremlin called the peace plan of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “an ultimatum” was probably not surprising for the head of state himself and for international observers. Poroshenko really did propose a peace plan, which is aimed to normalise the situation in Donbas and find ways to develop the region within the state of Ukraine. But Russia does not need a peace plan. And Russia does not need consultations between the Ukrainian government and the legitimate government of Donbas. And Russia definitely does not need early elections to the local government bodies in Donbas – for it, that would be a catastrophe. Russia needs the Ukrainian President to hold talks with those that had been appointed by the Administration of the Russian President to “represent” the citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts – Pushilin, Gubarev, Bolotov and other cheats. Continue reading
Kyiv is claiming that the state borders with the Russian Federation have been fully closed. To hear this statement, it took three months of Russian aggression, annexation of Ukrainian territories, import of saboteurs and heavy weaponry. But Ukrainian citizens have to blame themselves for this, and not just the government. Continue reading
Valeriy Pekar, UP
Some journalists have already started talking about “refugees from hot spots.” We think in words, and many of our military problems are rooted in the fact that we have spent too much time calling the occupants “green men,” and the terrorists “the militia” etc.
There are no “hot spots” and no “refugees” in Ukraine.
Therefore lets not talk about “refugees from hot spots,” but about refugees from the zone of terrorist organisation activities. Continue reading
The majority of Ukrainians are saying that their relations with their nearest and dearest in Russia have become much worse recently.
This is concluded from the answers Facebook users have given to the question posed on the page of TVi channel: “Do you feel animosity towards yourself and towards Ukraine after Euromaidan? What are your friends and family from Russian saying about Ukraine?” Continue reading
Loss in war frequently leads to revolutions and other political perturbations. Russia’s war against Ukraine is not over yet, however Putin’s foreign political fiasco is obvious. The issue is how it will end for him and his regime. What happened is what the Kremlin was trying to avoid: the strategy or separating the US and Europe failed, which was considered necessary for achieving the more or less sacred goal – building some multi-polar world. Regardless of the contradictions regarding concrete means of counteraction to Moscow’s expansion, the Western countries are united in that this expansion has to be stopped. Continue reading
According to customs statistics, the export of cheese from Ukraine within five months of the current year constituted 13,6 thousand tons, while during the same period of the previous year its export constituted 23 thousand tons.
These numbers are a logical consequence of constant complaints on part of Russia about Ukrainian produce and the ban on cheese export for a number of Ukrainian dairies, says the association “Ukrainian Agricultural Business Club.” Continue reading
Gunmen dressed in Ukrainian Armed Forces uniforms have appeared in Chervonopartyzansk, Luhansk Oblast. They appear to be posing as National Guard members who have defected to the Russian side, as reported by Volodymyr Chepoviy, spokesman for the Information Center of the National Security Council of Ukraine (NSC). “We wish to officially state that no units of Ukraine’s National Guard are stationed in or near Chervonopartyzansk,” he said. Chepoviy called on local residents to remain alert to possible provocations by terrorists in the region.
As Ukrinform reported, citing InfoResist’s Dmytro Tymchuk, Russian militants Ukrainian uniforms keep moving in on Ukraine’s eastern borders and are prepared for provocations. Continue reading
Russia has established yet another platform in its information war against Ukraine. On June 18, the Russia Today Agency headed by infamous Russian jingoist Dmitry Kiselyov, launched a new information resource called Ukraina.ru. This web-based platform is intended to inform readers about the crisis in Ukraine and to become, in the words of the author, a supposed ‘reflection of Russian-Ukrainian relations.’ However, analysts are concerned that this new resource, like its parent Russia Today, reflects the Russian government’s desire to increase its foreign propaganda efforts, according to BBC Russia.
Ukraina.ru will be managed by Ukrainian journalist Alyona Berezovska, who was rumored to be very close to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
In an interview to DW correspondent Nikita Zholkver, the famous writer Boris Akunin compared the current situation in Russia with the times between the two Russian revolutions.
The State Duma Committee for Culture recommended to the chamber to pass the first draft of the bill regarding fines for the ungrounded use of foreign words in cases of public spread of information in the state language.
It is expected that the members of the Parliament will propose to the State Duma council to include the condiment to the agenda of the plenary session on July 1st. “The bill may be passed in its first draft with additional work for the second draft, including any wishes,” says the conclusion of the committee, signed by its head Stanislav Govorukhin. Continue reading