Posts tagged as Crimea

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…

Sailors from Russian-seized ships detained for two months

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

In the Russian-annexed Ukrainian Crimea, a court has ruled that Ukrainian soldiers seized together with ships on the Kerch strait should be kept in detention for two months, TASS and Reuters report. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports, citing Russian state news agency TASS that the court ruling passed on Tuesday, November 27. It applies to the first of 23 sailors seized in an attack on two Ukrainian artillery ships and…

Klaipeda councilor to attend economic forum in Crimea

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Viaceslav Titov, a member of the City Council of Klaipeda, plans to attend next year’s Yalta International Economic Forum in Crimea, informs LETA/BNS. “There was an invitation. Since I was invited, I may possibly go there,” the politician, who represents the Union of Russians in Lithuania, told. “I want to see with my own eyes and talk to people about what is happening there and what economic potential there is. This may be useful for…

Crimea attack: Gun attack at Kerch college kills 19

Thursday, October 18, 2018

At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a shooting at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. An 18-year-old student ran through the Kerch technical college firing at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian investigators say. Witnesses have also spoken of at least one blast caused by an unidentified explosive. The motive is unclear. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a move condemned by many…

Lion climbs through car full of tourists weeks after woman mauled at same safari park

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A safari park lion jumps into a car packed full of tourists – weks after a woman was attacked at the same site. Despite the threat the big cat poses, he is untethered and can freely walk up to the open sided buggy. The shocking incident happened in the same zoo where another animal bit a woman’s arm. The lion – called Filya – looked like it wanted to take…

Ukraine has made progress in efforts to join NATO: Trump adviser

Friday, August 24, 2018

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Friday during a trip to Kiev that Ukraine had made progress in its efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), but that it still had more work to do. Russia strongly opposes NATO expansion towards its western borders and in 2014 annexed the peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine following a pro-Western revolution there. Bolton said it was important to resolve…

Leader of German Left Slams US ‘Aggressive Ways’, Urges Closer Ties With Russia

Monday, August 13, 2018

Relations between Moscow and Brussels have deteriorated significantly since the coup in Ukraine led to Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014. After the US, EU and several countries sanctioned Russia over its alleged interference in Ukraine’s domestic affairs, Russia launched counter-sanctions. In an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, the leader of Germany’s Left Party Sahra Wagenknecht specifically focused on what she described as the Trump administration’s “aggressive ways to…