EU-Russia: swift response

Brussels 23.02.2022 EU adopts package of restrictive measures in response to Russian recognition of self-proclaimed Republics, which were areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. The Council today adopted on a package of measures to respond to the decision by the Russian Federation to proceed with the recognition of the “non-government controlled areas”…

Borrell: Europe at “critical juncture”

Brussels 22.02.2022 The reunion of the EU top diplomat in Foreign Affairs Council has been called “the longest and most intense” among remembered by Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative, who shared with Brussels press the conclusions. The decrees by President Putin ordering a so-called peacekeeping mission into the so-called Donetsk & Luhansk people’s republics…

Russia recognises Donetsk and Lugansk independence

Brussels 21.02.2022 Before the signature Russian President Putin informed President of France Emmanuel Macron and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz of his intention to endorse the decree to recognise Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. https://twitter.com/NewsReaderYT/status/1495847322126798855?s=20&t=nd5RNwJ__ifjmGE-YKT-_A The leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to…

Donbass 1M residents receive Russian passport

Brussels 25.04.2021 The number of residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk self-proclaimed People’s Republics who have received Russian citizenship in a simplified manner may almost double by the end of 2021 – up to 1 mln people, according to Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots…

Kiev and Donbass exchange prisoners

Kiev is exchanging dozens of prisoners with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics in the first time in two years. The swap is a direct result of the recent Normandy Four talks in Paris, hosted by President Macron. The Donetsk authorities has handed over 51 people to Kiev, while receiving 61. The Lugansk region returned 25…

OSCE records ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk

“In Donetsk region, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded more ceasefire violations, however, fewer explosions (about 110), compared with the previous reporting period (about 150 explosions). The majority of ceasefire violations were recorded at southerly directions of Chermalyk (government-controlled, 31km north-east of Mariupol), in areas south of Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 39km north-east of Donetsk) and in areas…

Russia considers facilitation of Ukrainians naturalisation

Russia is considering the possibility of facilitating the naturalisation rules for all Ukrainian nationals, President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference concluding his visit to China. Russia considering possibility of easing citizenship for all Ukrainianshttps://t.co/cwrX9bUzfa pic.twitter.com/tDbHSZOdw0 — TASS (@tassagency_en) April 27, 2019 “We are thinking about providing the right to obtain Russian passports under…

Putin facilitates naturalisation procedure for Donabass

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree, which makes it possible for residents of Donbass to obtain Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure. The document has been published on the Kremlin’s website. Putin signs decree easing citizenship rules for residents of certain Ukrainian regionshttps://t.co/YqBggYQJ6v pic.twitter.com/oXXvFTkTwk — TASS (@tassagency_en) April 24, 2019 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko …

Ukrainian minister plagued by lions abuse scandal

Ukrainian animal welfare and animal rights groups demand the resignation of the Minister of Ecology and Natural resources Ostap Semerak (pictured), after the international scandal broke out regarding the horrendous systemic abuse of wild animals in a private Zoo in Pokrovsk. The minister did not respond to an ongoing international campaign for liberation of the lions…

MEPs concerned with Ukrainian zoo cruelty

The January hearing of the Intergroup on the Welfare and the Conservation of Animals in Strasbourg chaired by Anja Hazekamp (NL, GUE/NGL)  opened the floor with the discussion of the devastating situation of lions, and bears in Porkovsk private zoo of Igor Padalko (Ukraine, Donetsk region). .@AnjaHazekamp points out the situation of +100 animals in zoo…