Posts tagged as Crimea

Tikhanovskaya in Vilnius: Crimea is a divisive issue in Belarus

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

When there is a new free and fair election in Belarus, its discredited leader Alexander Lukashenko will not have the moral right to run, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in an interview on LRT TV. She also announced plans to form a transitional government and explained her position on Crimea.  What must happen in Belarus to make it possible to hold free elections? The most important condition before holding…

Far-right MEPs visiting Crimea ‘shameful’, says Lithuania’s Kubilius

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Andrius Kubilius, a Lithuanian MEP, condemned a group of mostly far-right European politicians for visiting the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula, calling the move a “shame”. Eight members of the European Parliament arrived in Crimea on July 2 on a three-day visit to act as “experts” and “assess the voting process” on amendments to Russia’s constitution, according to Russian media reports quoted by the EurActiv media. According to the Ukrainian academic and…

Ukraine opens probe into Russian train on new bridge to Crimea

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ukrainian officials have opened a criminal investigation after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday inaugurated the railway bridge to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. He said 14 million passengers and about 13 million tons of cargo are expected to move across the bridge next…

Lithuania and UNESCO member states call to end repressions in Crimea

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lithuania and 30 other member states from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned on Monday against the deteriorating situation in Russia-annexed Crimea. The Lithuanian ambassador to UNESCO, Irena Vaisvilaitė, read out a statement on behalf of the 31 states expressing concern about the deterioration of media freedom, the safety of journalists, and access to religious institutions in Crimea. She also underscored the right of Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and…

Poland stands for openness of EU and NATO for Ukraine

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Polish MP is convinced that Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine are obliged to avoid any contradictions, especially historical ones, since they reduce the ability to cooperate for the sake of common security. In order for Ukraine to properly ensure its development and security, the doors to the European Union and NATO must remain open for it. This was announced by the Senate of Poland MP Stanislav Karchevsky at the opening of…

Volodymyr Zelensky: Our primary task is ceasefire in Donbas

Monday, May 20, 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the ceasefire in the country’s east and the return of the Ukrainian Crimea and Donbas are the main priorities of his team. He told this in his inaugural speech during a solemn parliamentary session. “Our primary task is ceasefire in Donbas. I can assure: I am willing to do everything for our heroes not to die anymore. And I am definitely not afraid…

For Kremlin, Ukrainian election a choice between lesser of three evils

By Andrew Osborn on Friday, March 8, 2019

Before Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists in east Ukraine, Moscow had a Ukrainian president who did much of what it wanted. Now, as Ukraine readies to elect a new leader, none of the main candidates look that enticing to Russia. Viktor Yanukovich, the last Moscow-friendly Ukrainian president, was toppled by protests in 2014 and fled to Russia, and Petro Poroshenko, his successor, has put fierce opposition to Moscow at…

Latvia supports engagement in Crimea of Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Friday, January 18, 2019

On January 17 in Geneva, Switzerland, the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Janis Mazeiks, together with his counterparts from EU Member States, met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. Janis Mazeiks pledged Latvia’s support for the High Commissioner’s mandate and the UN Human Rights Council as the leading international human rights body. The…

Ukraine BANS Russian men from crossing border to block Moscow’s ‘secret armies’

Friday, November 30, 2018

Ukraine has banned Russian men aged 16-60 years from entering the country amid Kiev’s growing fears that Moscow is planning a full-scale invasion of the former Soviet republic. Tensions between the neighbouring countries have escalated after Russian forces opened fire on and captured Ukrainian navy vessels and sailors off the disputed peninsula of Crimea. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko explained the ban, claiming it was necessary to stop Russian President Vladimir…

Russia to deploy new missiles to Crimea as Ukraine tensions rise

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Russia said on Wednesday it would send more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea and a Reuters reporter saw a Russian warship deploying nearby as tensions with Ukraine rose over Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian navy ships. Moscow’s announcement about new missiles follows its seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews on Sunday over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters, something Ukraine…