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This is quite a typical scheme to hide the nature of money using jurisdictions like Kyrgyzstan, because it's in the middle of nowhere (and) it's almost impossible to investigate there. I think it was an international fraud scheme and my sources in the Party of Regions say Kyrgyzstan was regularly used as a jurisdiction for money-laundering.
Five stars feels very yesterday. What's more powerful: You telling me you would give five stars to the documentary about unrest in the Ukraine; that you'd give three stars to the latest Adam Sandler movie; or that you'd watch the Adam Sandler movie 10 times more frequently. What you do versus what you say you like are different things.
I have found during this investigation that [Manafort] used offshore jurisdictions and falsified invoices to get money from the corrupt Ukrainian leader.
Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic etc., and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's [Trump] going to have to be more forthcoming. I think he's also learning you can't be a CEO of the US and conduct it as if it were the Trump business empire.
There's a cloud hanging over the Trump administration saying, 'What is the nature and basis of this bromance?' Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic, et cetera, and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's going to have to be more forthcoming.
Our country was a laundry machine.
People knew that he represented various countries, but I don't think he represented Russia, but represented various countries. That's what he does. People know that. That's Mr. Manafort, by the way, a respected man, a respected man, but I think he represented the Ukraine or Ukraine government or somebody, but everybody knew that.
In the face of considerable uncertainty at the beginning of the year, our team has increased production, re-engineered our field development plans [and] improved relationships with our stakeholders.
Describe any communications, not merely meetings, you had with Russian citizens during the campaign. Did you ever discuss a shift in policy on Ukraine to be exchanged for the lifting of sanctions? Describe in full the content of your conversations with Mr. Kislyak. Were you aware that the Russian ambassador was also alleged to be a recruiter of spies. Did you select Mr. Page as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign? If not, who did? Why did you consider him suitable to serve on your team.
These banks have a high level of debt to their parent structures. Sanctions prevent these debts being paid.
The steps made by the administrations of these regions, … can be understood to a degree.
A decision was taken to halt the transport of goods across the line of contact.
For a country where people with disabilities unfortunately are treated as inferior, such a choice is unexpected. It could be a sign of changes in the state policy toward people with disabilities but that's hard to believe. Most probably Moscow wants to avoid any possible problems for its representative in Kiev (nobody will want to boo a disabled singer) or even hopes to win the contest by stirring up sympathy.
They are knowingly sending a young woman with a disability so that they can later report on the 'inhumane Ukrainians' who boo the Russian artist (if any of that happens).
Russia doesn't have the moral right to take part in the Eurovision contest while Russian shells are destroying our cities.
With the new funding, we will be able to support people by helping them to find out how such objects came into their family. We received four miniature paintings with a note saying, We know our father was in Ukraine.
If she is used as a provocation, then we will oppose this. I don't rule out that steps could be taken by our side to bar her from entering the country. But I hope that Julie Samoylova will have the courage to refrain from participating in attempts by Russia to politically provoke Ukraine.
It's a good thing that we now have draft commitments and can invite the stakeholders to voice their views, be concerned or otherwise, in order to see if this will work. Also because we would like prices to be competitive: we would like gas to flow freely, because it actually makes a difference in the households in Eastern and Central European countries. The Commission will support the transition of gas through Ukraine. On the legal side of things it has become very clear that the Commission does not find that the North Stream 2 project will be a project of common interest.
The SBU is looking into the issue and will take a considered decision on her entry into Ukrainian territory.
Wilders' discourse is increasingly being copied and rehashed by his competitors. Mr Rutte [current PM] wrote an open letter in a major Dutch newspaper, which, between the lines said 'if foreigners don't behave the way, we, the original Dutch want, they had better pack their bags'. The Christian Democrats leader, not to be outdone, has just said he would be happy to tear up the [EU's} treaty with Ukraine [which the Dutch rejected in a referendum], pandering to the anti-EU sentiment in part of the population.
It's clear that one should wish to avoid any politicization of Eurovision and we believe it is absolutely unacceptable.
At the time, food was scarce in the Ukraine, you could buy nothing, and suddenly there was all this stuff. Tatiana loves whipped cream and would run to the stores to buy those cans you can squirt. After I found the music, I did a little extract for a choreography workshop where I was the whipped cream and she was a little boy, eating it.
Ratings aren't the main thing for them. These are campaigns for financial, political and media influence. Everyone will do it soon. It's the world we have to live in. If you can take out the electrical grid in Ukraine, that's scary. It's hard to get too scared about Larry King on RT. The Russians are about sowing mistrust about institutions that is there already, feeding it. How do we make our institutions more trustworthy?
We hope that people who think this way will change their minds because American leadership in this region is essential.
This war was artificially created, and it's clear which way the wind blows – from Russia. When separatists hung their flag instead of the Ukrainian one, we knew that it would be difficult to stay and moved: first, to Kramatorsk, and now to the Kyiv region.
People from Donbas have been very well received in Ukraine. And we believe that by setting this example we can really show that IDPs are not people who need to hold up their hand to have money from UNDP, no, they can be helped by Ukrainians.
This work will give us a bit more money, as well as helping other people like us. We'll tell them how to apply for IDP social payments, cross checkpoints and to get humanitarian supplies.
I decided to participate in the programme of crowdfunding in order to get support from socially active people, but not go and ask for some governmental aid.
Maxim Eristavi is a nonresident research fellow with the Atlantic Council and co-founder of Hromadske International, an independent news outlet, based in Kiev.
Today I stand before the World Court to request protection of the basic human rights of Ukrainian people.
I want the world to understand that there wasn't any annexation. It was the legitimate will of the Crimean people. We really wanted to return to Russia and we managed to achieve it.
We have demonstrated our strong commitment to visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens, now that Ukraine has met the necessary conditions for a visa-free regime.
He said that his is the language that Donald Trump himself wanted and advocated for back in March at a meeting at the unfinished Trump hotel here in Washington D.C. J.D. Gordon says then-candidate Trump said he did not want to 'go to World War III over Ukraine,' and J.D. Gordon says at the Republican convention in Cleveland he advocated for language in that Republican Party platform that reflected then-candidate Trump's comment.
We have a Russian annexation of Crimea, we have the aggression in Ukraine, we have more exercise activities in our neighborhood. So we have decided to build a stronger national defense.
We have a Russian annexation of Crimea, we have the aggression in Ukraine, we have more exercise activities in our neighborhood. So we have decided to build a stronger national defense. The decision to activate conscription is part of that.
We are forced to announce that, if by midnight on Wednesday, the blockade is not taken down, we will introduce a system of external management on all companies registered in Ukraine's jurisdiction in the DNR and LNR.
We are proud that the blockade has hit the pockets of the occupiers. We should call it a war and stop ... all trade with the occupied territories.
Firing at unarmed civilian monitors is not only a direct threat to the lives of brave men and women doing their best to bring peace to Ukraine. It is a direct challenge to the collective will of the 57 OSCE participating states, and to the Minsk agreements.
I acknowledge that the brief meeting took place, but emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn. I didn't see Gen. Flynn while I was at the White House, and I didn't spend two seconds talking about this, not even one second. I've known Felix for years. I received a phone call: 'Hey Mike, you have a few minutes? Can I meet you for coffee? You mind if I bring a friend?' Little did I know it would be a guy who wants to run for president of Ukraine.
There's nothing to talk about. How can Russia rent its own region from itself?
The recognition of travel documents issued by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic undermines the unity of Ukraine and is in stark contradiction to all that was agreed in Minsk and is therefore totally unacceptable.
We are moving in the right direction towards the recognition of our statehood.
It is difficult for me to comment because it is not possible to lease something from oneself.
What is better for us – to have them working in mines or shooting at our soldiers?
These aren't the documents of an officially recognized state. They are de facto issued on the territory.
It's an attempt to destabilize political situation in Ukraine.
We have to be agile. We have to be prepared for the unforeseen. And that's exactly what we are doing when we are increasing the readiness of our forces, when we are increasing the presence of our forces in the eastern part of the alliance ? and we are.
On Feb. 20, the ceasefire regime will start, and withdrawal of heavy military hardware will also start to the places where they are supposed to be. We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed a conviction that this time, failure should not be allowed to take place.
We have seen a more assertive Russia. We have seen a Russia that has invested heavily in new military capabilities, which has tripled spending on defense over the last years, and ? most importantly ? which has been willing to use military force against neighbors in Georgia and Ukraine. And that's exactly why NATO is responding in a measured defensive way.
The Minsk agreement is the only channel we have to bring a solution to this conflict. The Minsk agreement started on the assumption that there was a road map, but when it was enacted there was no continuous ceasefire.
People became different, compared to how they used to be. People felt that they could change something in this country. But unfortunately, there have not been enough changes over the past three years.
All parties will use their influence to implement the agreement of the trilateral contact group from Feb 15. The aim is to have a ceasefire starting from Feb. 20 and to do what has long been agreed but never implemented: To withdraw the heavy weapons from the region, to secure them and enable the OSCE monitors to control where they are kept.
The meeting showed that Russians and Ukrainians had no other option, but to respect Minsk. They have no alternatives. We agree to meet quickly, perhaps in three weeks, to see if we can advance on the ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and exchange of prisoners. We need a lot of patience, because we can see a lack of will on either side.
For me, this is another proof of Russian occupation as well as Russian violation of international law. We have once again received a powerful signal that the USA stands with Ukraine, that Ukraine is among the top priorities for the new US administration. The issue of Crimea and decisive struggle for the liberation of Crimea also remain among priorities.
This step completely negates the Minsk process.
"For me, this is another proof of Russian occupation as well as Russian violation of international law,"
We need a kind of powerful result, not just a couple of statements.
The message from secretary Mattis was very firm and fair because it is fair of the U.S. to ask for more defense spending across Europe and Canada. We are seeing a more assertive Russia. We are seeing a Russia which has invested heavily in new military capabilities, which has tripled its spending on defense over the last years and, most important, which has been willing to use military force against neighbors in Georgia and Ukraine.
We do not give back our own territory. Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation. That is it.
As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing, the United States will consider working with Russia where we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people.
As we search for new common ground, we expect Russia to honor its commitments to the Minsk agreements and work to de-escalate the violence in the Ukraine. Where we do not see eye to eye, the United States will stand up for the interests and values of America and her allies.
You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries.
We cannot solve all problems... but we have a mutual understanding that where our interests coincide, and there are many such spheres, we must move ahead. You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries.
I think the biggest risk to the rally is that we're going to see a protectionist movement … throwing tariffs on, and then retaliation [from abroad]. It has to be recognized as a risk to the market. If [Russian President Vladimir Putin] makes some moves toward the Baltic states or more aggressively in Ukraine, … if China makes some moves, you know, Trump is more unpredictable. And that unpredictability is a negative for the market.
The theme of returning Crimea will not be discussed ... Russia does not discuss its territorial integrity with foreign partners.
"We don't give back our own territory. Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation,"
Let's wait for some first-hand words from the U.S. president. When people get elected by voters it's not merely for warm words and the ability to speak, but for concrete promises ... that will be fulfilled.
"General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the president suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections,"
General Flynn's resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus. General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.
We have all seen the big tragedy that has unfolded because of pro-Russian separatist bombardments of the town which has not been protected at all from a security point of view and in which 25,000 civilians are living.
We'll be talking about Ukraine as well, talking about the recent upsurge in violence. Everybody is very concerned about that. The causes, as you know, aren't quite clear. There's a bit of murkiness about who initiated that. But the UK will be insisting there is no case for relaxation of the sanctions and every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.
A recent outburst in fighting in the Donbass, observed since January 28, follows a cyclical pattern of intensification and de-escalation, characteristic to this conflict. A frozen-conflict in the Donbass serves Russia's goals of preventing Ukraine from joining the EU and NATO. A more sustainable settlement would likely entail a wider agreement between Russia and Western powers, including the U.S.
The U.K. will be insisting that there is no case for the relaxation of the sanctions, every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.
It could erupt at any time. The sanctions must be preserved, to say the least. We see no reasons why we should lift our review. We see no improvement.
If the Americans change direction - I don't think they will - EU will have to play a stronger role.
Putin's a former KGB [the main security agency for the Soviet Union] agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.
Only reason we should ever lift sanctions on #Putin is if he meets conditions of sanctions & ends violations of #ukraine sovereignty.
I think we should all hope there are agreements between Russia and the U.S., not to the detriment of Ukraine or to Europe, but if there is an easing of tensions between these two world powers, then that is good.
I cannot say where the U.S. administration stands on this, but I can say where the Europeans stand on this.
Putin's a former KGB agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does. America is different, we don't operate in any way the way the Russians do. I think there's a clear distinction here that all Americans understand, and no, I would not have characterised it that way. I obviously don't see this issue the same way he does.
Putin's a former KGB agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does. There's no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election, and I don't think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that. I think the states can take a look at this issue.
It is all obvious. Every man who loves his family will choose his own right decision. I perfectly realize that I may not get an invitation to play for Ukraine this spring because I will not have a competitive practice. Though Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko called me and expressed his support.
We will work with Ukraine, Russia and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border. I do respect [Putin], but I respect a lot of people. I say it's better to get along with Russia than not and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world...that's a good thing.
There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent? I'm not going to critique the president's every utterance, but I do think America is exceptional. America is different. We don't operate in any way the Russians do. I think there's a clear distinction here that all Americans understand, and no, I would not have characterized it that way.
Well, Putin is a former KGB. He's agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.
Ukraine demands Russia immediately cease firing.
Our needs assessment indicate that the closer people live to the contact line between the government and non-government controlled areas the greater the humanitarian needs. Not least for, as we have heard, the elderly, women and children who make up over 70% of people in need.
The safe zone shelled during the night has now renewed its normal functioning. People can now have food there and warm up. Apart from that, our units situated in the other regions organised the supply of the humanitarian aid for the town of Avdiyivka.
They are not taking any responsibility for what is happening, without any shame.
We haven't seen such intense military activity since last summer. Combat operations of the enemy are reported along almost the entire conflict line in three different directions: Mariupol, Donetsk and Luhansk.
We do want to better our relations with Russia, however the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions. The sudden increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine has trapped thousands of civilians and destroyed vital infrastructure and the crisis is spreading, endangering many thousands more. This escalation of violence must stop.
We call on Russia to use its considerable influence over the separatists to make sure that they respect the Minsk agreement and the cease-fire.
We have had many flare-ups before and yet somehow the sides have pulled back, reverting to an uneasy, often violent static confrontational stance. Now however the stakes are even higher, there is a potential humanitarian and ecological disaster about to unfold.
Schools aren't working, children are sitting at home. There are fewer people on the streets and everyone rushes to get things done, to get home faster.
We have seen on both sides an incredible amount of cease-fire violations. We have seen the whole range of heavy weapons in the area here, starting from the smaller caliber mortars to larger caliber artillery to multiple launch rocket systems in the areas where they shouldn't be. We have seen them inside Avdiivka, we have seen them in Yasynovata, we have seen them in Donetsk city.
Of course, I'm really scared. My dad died, for such a bad life for me!
But because of very strict road closures the crowd could only come about 700 metres from the Parliament building.
The demonstration was planned to be held at the Parliament to let Vladimir Putin hear the whistling.
The United States stands with the people of Ukraine who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military interventions. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity this crisis will continue.
We are thinking, how are things going to develop? Our position is very obvious. ... If there is an opportunity for us to work better with the United States to deal with various international problems which are extremely complicated and acute then we should take this opportunity.
We do want to better our relations with Russia. And the crisis is spreading, endangering many more. The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.
The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end.
We are going to be there to try to make that possible from our perspective.
Vladimir Putin's violent campaign to destabilize and dismember the sovereign nation of Ukraine will not stop unless and until he meets a strong and determined response.
That this surge of attacks began the day after he talked with you by phone is a clear indication that Vladimir Putin is moving quickly to test you as commander in chief. America's response will have lasting consequences.
In light of the latest Russian attacks and the prospect of future aggression against Ukraine, I urge you to exercise the authority given to you by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 to provide defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine to defend its territory against further violations by Russia and its separatist proxies.
Europe should realise that it would be more secure, reliable and happier with Ukraine.
We call for an immediate return to the ceasefire and withdrawal of all heavy weapons banned under the Minsk agreements. OSCE monitors must be guaranteed free and safe access throughout the region. This must include Ukraine's border with Russia.
Our country is no longer respected by many of our friends around the world because we have withdrawn from international leadership. We are no longer feared by our adversaries, who are all too quick to fill the leadership vacuum around the world … Russia being perhaps the most obvious example, not only in Crimea and Ukraine but obviously, in Syria and now in Libya. And it's dangerous, it's destabilising.
It would be presented to the Russian people as a huge victory by Putin. It would be described as a validation of his strategy to go to war in Ukraine regardless of the consequences and to turn the country into Fortress Russia.
We regret that as a result of this attack ... people were killed on both sides. Such aggressive actions supported by the armed forces of Ukraine undermine the aims and the task of realizing the Minsk accords.
I'm against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. These sanctions were imposed because of their behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.
This can only worry us, but there are many subjects that worry us. Welcoming refugees who flee war and oppression is part of our duty. Let's not forget there was a war, that Russia sought to take over parts of Ukraine.
We in Germany and France have a clear position on the sanctions. We wish to implement the Minsk peace process ... And that is the only way that sanctions can be lifted.
Demand for high-yield financial instruments denominated in U.S. dollars appears as soon as a country shows signs of economic recovery after deep recession.
The hurdle is still relatively high for the quality of the Ukrainian corporates if they want to access the international debt market. Kernel made the cut, but there may not be so many private companies which can do so.
There is potential for an increase in external borrowing. I can't say there will many such companies. Agriculture looks the most promising as a whole.
Make Europe great again.
She is the only person in the world who can communicate and persuade Putin to make something work, or not to do something.
Because we are talking about the future of our country, we don't want to be excluded from the negotiations. We don't want to be a card (to be played). We want to be an actor. I don't believe in gentleman's agreements anymore. This is the only tool we all have in order to prevent (Russian President Vladimir) Putin from a further spree of aggression.
I have no doubts. There are no doubts, because it is Ukrainian territory, Ukrainian people live there and it is a gross violation of international law.
The same way as Russian propaganda is an element of Russian hybrid war, cyber (warfare) is an element of the Russian hybrid war, no matter if it's in Germany or United States.
That gives us a lot more optimism for the future.
NATO, mainly this is not a question of money, it is a question of security. Russian aggression demonstrated again there is no other security system but NATO which was effective to stop the aggression.
This is a direct obligation of the EU....We are waiting for the very few moments or weeks for finishing the paperwork for these things and launching.
Together with our EU and G7 partners, we made a clear that sanctions remain in place until Russia fully emphasises, fully implements, its commitments under the Minsk agreement, and that the Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.
Their choice was very interesting. Russia's case seems to me very strong. And Russia has played this one really intelligently from the beginning - it is almost like they have been two steps ahead of Ukraine and everyone else.
@FoxNews 'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.' Oh really, couldn't do...much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?
Now a dispute is actually happening, and rather than negotiating and resolving it on their own, they are bringing it in front of a judge which means the judge is going to have to decide on matters that affect international law, not just commercial law.
The most important big issue here is: Does Ukraine actually owe money to a country that basically ran it as a vassal state and invaded it and took its territory? And that is the kind of question that courts usually don't ever decide.
They're taking territory or control, or declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China's. Building islands and putting military assets on those islands is akin to Russia's taking Crimea (from Ukraine). It's taking of territory that others lay claim to.
Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests. It has invaded Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea, and supported Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.
[Russia] has invaded Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea, and supported Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.
This is not the war like it's used to be, it's a different war, it's in the cities war type of thing, so this is why they hit tourism first.
It's the easiest way to hurt the economy.
In 2017 we will defeat the invaders and send them back where they came from. To Vladimir Putin – you will never defeat the Ukrainian people and deprive them of their independence and freedom.
I send the message from the American people – we are with you, your fight is our fight and we will win together. In 2017 we will defeat the invaders and send them back where they came from. To Vladimir Putin – you will never defeat the Ukrainian people and deprive them of their independence and freedom.
It is another very important solution for the long-term development of Crimea.
To occupy Crimea and interfere in eastern Ukraine and continues to threaten other nations in the region.
If its actions in Ukraine are also forgiven, its next step is an open question.
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There will be different types of crimes relating to the destruction and damage of cultural heritage. Then there will be a new stand-alone crime of the theft of cultural property – with very severe punishments.
For them to use this on the battlefield, they need a closely integrated connection. It's exactly the mission of the GRU ... We think this is very convincing evidence that links the two [Fancy Bear and the GRU] together.
This cannot be a hands-off group or a bunch of criminals, they need to be in close communication with the Russian military.
(Analogue) basically puts you back in the stone age of the UAVs.
I'm not being critical of the Raven. I love the Raven. ... But it's a cheap, disposable UAV. And for more intense conflict, that may not cut the ice anymore.
This decision by the Treasury Department had nothing to do with the time on the clock. It had everything to do with Russia's activities and support for the separatists in Ukraine and for their occupation of Crimea.
If anything, it creates a new opportunity.
Our report proves that Russia was involved in the Ukraine conflict and on a massive scale, and that what the Russians have been saying is completely not true.
What you've got there are two independent observations that are consistent with one another and that are consistent over a pretty broad swathe of territory.
We retain the right to choose the time, place and form of our responsive actions in a way that suits us.
After the bank is fully stabilised, and starts to fulfil its plan of strategic development, the government plans to sell the bank.
When the time comes, we are going to look at developing a relationship with the institution, meaning lending money or investing in equity. If we are lucky we can start looking at that in 2017. If it goes well we may, but if not it may be later.
The key thing now is to take effective control of the institution, meaning establishing a new management team. There are discussions (on new management). I have seen a few names and I am happy with the people I have seen.
If we are lucky we can start looking at that in 2017. If it goes well we may, but if not, it may be later.
The decision on a voluntary and peaceful transfer of the bank to state ownership was made at a time when we realized that we could not survive the (latest) information attack.
Of course, the bank needed a capital increase and to improve the collateral for loans.
The situation with Russia is getting ever more confrontational. That is a direct threat to our stability.
Now the responsibility lies with the Netherlands. The ratification is important not only for Ukraine, but also for Europe's geopolitical standing and credibility.
We have saved the agreement with Ukraine and everything points to the fact now that it will be ratified in full.
NATO allies strongly support all the efforts of the UN to make this happen, both the ceasefire, delivery of humanitarian aid and of course the evacuation of civilians. This will be the first step to a more lasting sustainable political solution to the conflict in Syria.
It is in the Dutch interest that Europe is strong in its relationship with Russia, with Russia being increasingly aggressive in its foreign policy.
If the Russians do not express the wish to accept the standard contract terms, then probably we will not buy gas from (Russia's) Gazprom before the end of winter.
Crimea is a part of Ukraine. It's only our national authorities who can decide to which museum they should return. As you know, Crimea is occupied by the Russian Federation and we have no access to Crimea, we cannot protect our cultural heritage in Crimea.
Exploiting the ignorance of citizens about nationalization, they stir up panic.
It will be necessary to extend the sanctions against Russia again - although we would have wished for better progress in the implementation of this process.
The new law will have a material impact on the Group's plans for investment in Ukraine and, specifically, on the implementation of the field development plan for the Rudenkivske gas field.
It's enough gas to see us through to the end of winter.
I call on all parties to redouble their efforts to implement the Minsk agreements in full. As a first step, we need to see an immediate and full cease-fire. In the meantime, the international community must keep pressuring Russia to respect its obligations. Especially while the security situation in eastern Ukraine remains so serious, it is important that economic sanctions be maintained.
The auction for the privatization of OPZ has shown that the institution (the State Property Fund) is not capable of carrying out effective privatization.
Diplomacy offers the only viable solution to the conflict in Ukraine, so it is unfortunate that last week's meeting of the Normandy format was inconclusive.
Only constant pressure and the constant raising of this issue may force them to move forward. Maybe this is not diplomatic, this is probably not diplomatic: we see complete impotence in the European Union, and in the European institutions.
I think that there are many things that can be considered as a betrayal. The decision on Opal was also a betrayal of Ukraine.
While of course the Ukrainian president and his delegation tried to keep optimism publicly, I understand very well if they return to Kiev somewhat disappointed.
We all hope that this will happen in the next few weeks. I cannot say anything more precise.
When I asked if they believe that it is unfair, that we in many areas are discriminated against compared to others, the German ambassador in Brussels told me 'life is not fair and you should cope with this.
We do not support the European Commission's decisions regarding the Opal link and the construction of Nord Stream 2. We have decided to coordinate our actions in order not to allow these projects to take place.
We have decided to coordinate our actions in order not to allow these projects to take place.
France is concerned about the deployment of Russian warships off Crimea's coastline. We call on all parties to refrain from all escalation and urge dialogue to which France is ready to contribute in all possible ways.
The tests are being carried out in accordance with international law.
In the Kremlin, we wouldn't want to see any actions by the Ukrainian side that breached international law and that might create dangerous conditions for international flights over the territory of Russia and adjacent regions.
For that reason it would be wrong to reproach Ukraine.
Therefore it would be wrong to reproach Ukraine.
We will continue to strengthen the defense capability of our nation and continue missile tests and training.
Let the whole world see today what Ukraine and the world can do when they unite, how we are able to protect the world from nuclear contamination and nuclear threats.
It would weaken the objective of resolving this conflict and would be a victory to those who endangered the security of a country.
Abandoning the Minsk accords would be a mistake for our strategic interests.
I hope Russia will meet us halfway.
There is still no agreement about this road map and so today will be about whether will can succeed, with a perspective of several weeks, in clearing up the points that are still open. I hope that there will be the necessary degree of responsibility and sense on all sides to achieve improvements.
A nuclear weapon-free world is not a utopia, but an imperative necessity.
It will act as a safe confinement over the number four reactor and it is planned to last for 100 years, it designed to last for a 100 years, to give Ukraine chance to dismantle the number 4 reactor, to make it safe forever.
We have no light (no electricity). They shoot at us. And we have no light, no coal, no wood.
European leaders under very severe attack on their principles, by populists, by nationalists, by eurosceptics and by Russians.
I am happy that all EU member states decided Ukraine is ready for a visa-free regime. This decision is a recognition of Ukraine's achievements in meeting European standards.
When I began, I spent around three hours to glue two lines of keys. I burnt my fingers as it was hot glue...I had to take breaks...because I had pain in my back so it was very difficult.
Even if we don't manage to find the big solution for the crisis, talks like these are simply necessary to make sure the situation doesn't get out of control.
Trump will try again a reset with Russia, and remain, like Obama, reluctant to get involved with Ukraine. But I don't think NATO security guarantees will weaken, and Putin would be foolish to test this.
Today, Ukraine and the EU are much closer to each other than three years ago. This means that the plans and requests of Euromaidan are coming true.
We don't feel there is a tension on the same level in the north as we have seen in the Baltic sea for example. But we are firm on the fact that when Russia has been breaking international law, the situation in Ukraine, we are supporting the Ukrainian people, but at the same time in the northern part we are trying to have a good open relationship with the Russians.
There will be remarkable social benefits and economical ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy. We are glad that we are making joint efforts with Ukraine to rebuild the community for the local people.
I've sought a constructive relationship with Russia but have also been realistic in realising that there are some significant differences between how Russia rules the world and how we view the world ... In issues like Ukraine, Syria, we've had very significant differences.
Real change and reform really means also decreasing the leverage for stealing, for plundering, pillaging Ukrainian wealth and for the cronies of the president and the others to basically increase their wealth.
We were almost The Last of the Mohicans trying to keep faith in changing the system from within it. So for us, giving up hope was very hard because we invested a lot of time, reputation, effort in trying to change the system.
Keeping the status quo would also destroy Ukraine, so we need some kind of positive change.
Poroshenko wanted until now to appear nice in front of the West, that he is doing something, without really doing anything. Imitating change without really having any real substantial change.
We see some of the old cronies of Yanukovich, basically racketeer businesses, being replaced by people close to the sitting president.
When we face many different security challenges, it is important to have a chance for political dialogue open with Russia. It is no contradiction between strong defense and political dialogue. NATO "will never accept the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and that is why we have responded as we have to the Russian aggression.
We think it is important to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all nations, including Ukraine and therefore we will never respect or accept the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
This is a culmination of hard work by many parties, over the years in Ukraine and worldwide. The new safe confinement is an unprecedented engineering success, it is an extremely complex structure built in a contaminated area. It is the largest land-based moveable structure.
My duty is to make sure we have the best possible relations with the United States, but a relation that is based on frankness and clarity. The campaign is not always an opportunity for a candidate to make himself quickly understood ... We need to talk.
Poroshenko had a chance to use me for the right purposes, for real reforms instead of intrigues. But it turned out that real reforms and his own prosperity are contradicting each other.
Our goal is to change the current so-called political elite. The main goal is to bring in people who are ready to work for the country, not for their clan, pocket or oligarchic group.
We will win only when we get rid of the so-called Ukrainian political elite, in reality - the dregs of society, those who are identical to the Russian ruling class. As long as we have authorities that want to neglect national interests, that are trading away national interests at every corner, we can not protect ourselves from enemies.
Trump wants peace, he doesn't want war and couldn't care less about Ukraine or Syria.
For Russia the key point is Ukraine. If Trump says that America does not care about Ukraine, then that is all that Russia wants to hear right now.
I can't stand this, I've had enough. I'm tired of this. And I want to say: nobody in my life has lied so much or so cynically to me.
Knowing him, he tends to exaggerate. All of us have resigned at some point here. I don't think it's necessarily helpful when you come out with statements like that. Yes maybe he didn't get the support he needed, but the situation is very complicated and nothing's black-and-white.
It is part of a broader development happening in Ukraine - an attack on anti-corruption fighters and people who back reforms.
In reality, in Odessa region, the President personally supports two clans.
I have decided to tender my resignation and start a new stage of the fight. I am not giving up.
Today it is our duty to jointly resist the threats of our times, leaning on spiritual commandments, and the invaluable traditions of unity and agreement, and to go forward, ensuring the continuation of our thousand-year-long history.
In this respect, this kind of cooperation is very useful because in this situation no one will be able to block the development of financial traffic. I believe that the use of the yuan in mutual settlements, the use of positions opened in yuan and rubles, mutual financial transaction technologies, and the use of co-branding cards - all of this is very useful for our countries.
We are currently considering ways of harmonising our national payments system; both the card that we are going to issue, the Mir card, on the one hand, and the UnionPay system, on the other hand. We believe that this would enhance the reliability of financial settlements.
Frankly, if the police had 5 percent of what was declared, we'd be able to get new uniforms for everyone ... and have all our officers working in state-of-the-art buildings.
We did not expect that this would be such a widespread phenomenon among state officials. I can't imagine there is a European politician who invests money in a wine collection where one bottle costs over 10,000 dollars.
Ukraine has decided to take these very important steps and sometimes that can lead indeed to questions being asked, court cases to be done. But of course it is the Ukrainian authorities who will decide what are those next steps. I believe the international community including UN will be behind Ukraine in these next steps.
It was difficult to accept that and hard to believe it's true. Each person in this world is looking for a way to express himself. Why not to do that in this way?
So far we haven't been successful.
It's very good for Gazprom, it's very good for Europe and it's very bad for Ukraine.
This is a serious hack. We have seen so much happen to the United States, other countries at the hands of Russia. Not so much to Russia. It was only a question of time that some of the anonymous guys like Cyber Hunta would come to strike them back.
It's all time and probability -- how much effort you put in and how much effort the adversary puts in.
Pre-payment is all we need.
Should he reflect this drink in his declaration as a present or pay taxes?! I think my wine will remain undrunk.
I am very afraid the website will continue to experience problems. We may suddenly find out that everything was burnt, destroyed or ruined. Or manipulations will start.
This is not a system, it is hellfire.
I spat, I swore, I nearly smashed the computer.
Good night everyone, the battle continues. There is nothing wrong with the software developers' sense of humour.
It is right to take another run at it; every possibility should be used to achieve some progress. But first we need a brutally honest assessment of the situation, and that is what will happen this evening.
I welcome today's decision of the Board of the World Bank to provide guarantees for a Naftogaz loan of $500 million for the purchase of gas. This will allow us to safely get through the heating season.
This will allow us to safely get through the heating season.
Of course it is right that the UK and the Russian Federation should continue to cooperate and to engage in all the areas where we have common interests.
The bomb was placed above the lift's cabin. The blast was concentrated inside the cabin. We had intelligence from our agent networks that diversionary groups were being sent our way to kill prominent military and political leaders.
If such meeting is held, one should not expect that all the problems will be solved there. If we look at the Minsk agreements, everything - from ceasefire which indeed does not exist to the deadlocked political process - is in an unsatisfactory condition. Minsk is the only thing that we have, the only thing on which everyone can rely and what directs everyone to the path of peaceful settlement.
At the moment we are carrying out an investigation that will allow us to identify not only who ordered the murder – by the way we already know who he was – but also the contract killers.
He [Trump] won't care about Syria, Libya and Iraq and why an earth should America interfere in these countries? And Ukraine. Who needs Ukraine? Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful. He's the only one who can do this.
You already see things happening in Ukraine, gangs in Mexico are using drones, and in Ireland, gangs there are using surveillance. Add a small amount of explosives to a small drone, and even the psychological factor is pretty significant.
Ukraine has received 2.8 billion dollars in foreign investment for the first six months of 2016. This volume is two times higher than in 2015. However, I'd like to emphasise that Ukraine could have received much more.
The three largest obstacles for foreign investors were obvious (clear). However, the fact that corruption won by a wide margin was bad news for me. But we need to understand that when investors assess a risk of conflict escalation in Donbas and a risk the corruption level will stay the same, the last risk outweighs.
The main reason for that is not only the military conflict in Donbas. Corruption and lack of trust in the judiciary in Ukraine are the largest obstacles for foreign investors.
Corruption is an obstacle to investment in practically any country where it is rife and so the Council of Europe is supporting a lot of countries. In Ukraine, we work with the prevention agency. The Council of Europe actually has done so for more than 10 years. And so we hope we will make now a significant change over the next years.
Ukraine is a country of the greatest potential in Europe. Right now, it's one of the cheapest labour (markets) in this part of the world. Hourly Wages in Ukraine are 50 percent of hourly wages in China.
In many cases, the only reason for the detention of prisoners may be to use them as bargaining chips.
The United States didn't make any concessions at the beginning of the negotiations, and I think the world has been quite cognizant and quite clear and quite critical of what Russia has been doing over the last several weeks. What's clear is that there is nothing more for the United States and Russia to talk about with regard to trying to reach an agreement that would reduce the violence inside of Syria. And that's tragic.
And now, after failing to fulfill the agreements they worked out themselves, they are trying to shift the blame.
We understand the conditions in which our economy has been developing. It, unfortunately, was cut off from the foreign source of financing and from a variety of foreign suppliers.
In fact, if anything, what I've heard from Europeans is that the intervention in Syria last year was so shocking in its brutality that it quashed any sort of momentum there was to lift sanctions against Russia in Ukraine.
First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or were in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment. The data is clear-cut... there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere.
Russia is disappointed to see the situation involving the air crash is not changing. The Dutch prosecutors' conclusions confirm that the investigation is biased and politically motivated. Until now, the investigation keeps ignoring conclusive proof from Russia, in spite of the fact that Russia actually was the only side that channels trustworthy information and discloses new data.
In this case, absence of evidence does not prove that it (the missile) was not there. We have no doubt whatever that the conclusions we are presenting today are accurate.
If there was a rocket it could only have been launched from a different area. You can't argue with it, it can't be discussed.
To arbitrarily designate a guilty party and dream up the desired results has become the norm for our Western colleagues. The investigation to this day continues to ignore incontestable evidence from the Russian side, despite the fact that Russia is practically the only one sending reliable information to them.
During today's presentation real technical evidence was almost absent. Certain questions were not touched upon, and we at Almaz Antey believe this isn't right.
The next question, of course, is who was responsible for this.
You cannot describe what is going on on the front line, what is going on in Ukraine, just with paint. This material describes the energy of the war in the best possible way.
There was a rapid decision that was considered to be urgent last week, which was not as well thought through as it should have been.
We have been talking to the government about how to make sure such decisions are taken properly and maybe in this case to actually, we think, re-think this decision because it would affect investors like us and the World bank and others as well.
We want to find a solution to this problem because it does affect not just the image of financing this project, but immediately affects how investors look at Ukraine.
Just repent and we will treat you in a better way.' I said to them that I think they are traitors. That they have set up an occupying regime. And I'm not going to be a traitor.
Unfortunately, the Minsk talks have not produced any results. That's why we ask the European Union, the OSCE, and all the European and International community to help to solve this issue.
When I saw the video in which the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) allowed people to check the place, I recognised all these rooms but there were no people. It means people were hidden somewhere. They had been taken away because if they had been released they would get in touch somehow, through social networks for example.
Russia didn't annex anything. Everything that happened in Crimea stems from the unlawful actions of certain political forces which led to the coup in Ukraine. Crimea joined the Russian Federation because it was the will of the people living in this territory.
Our requirements are very simple. Russia has to provide a sustainable and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass. We see during the last 24 hours, when we were promised the ceasefire that we had more than 30 shelling, including artillery and mortar shelling this night.
We have to see clearly the order of the steps that are going to be taken and also the guarantees of fulfillment from the Russian side. The progress in fulfillment of this main assignment has to bring us to the possibility of the meeting in Normandy format.
With regard to the implementation of the Minsk agreement, we also have to talk about the special status law, the local election law, the amnesty law - on that our legal experts met a lot over the summer but we both know that a lot of work will be necessary to ultimately come together on this point.
We can only do that when we have enough substance to come together at this level. We're checking that at the moment and we're working on getting this substance and that's one of the reasons why I will be in Ukraine.
I think everyone involved ... isn't and can't be satisfied with the implementation of the Minsk agreement. We have experienced long periods of standstill and when progress has been made, it has been in millimeters. None of us ... can allow or see any benefit in standing on the spot when it comes to implementing the agreement.
The second copy of Mriya will be completed here, in Kiev, and could cost up to US$500 million depending on the equipment installed.
Despite a very difficult situation, especially in east Ukraine, the transit route through Ukraine has been working well. We consider it a priority that this route is fully operational this winter as well.
Our main guarantor is the Ukrainian armed forces.
Our life here is to get up in the morning. That is something in itself. Nobody knows what will happen next. Now it is quiet. We are resting. But usually we can't get out because there is fighting. Kids don't leave their homes. They are afraid.
Systematically, for many years, he has been receiving corrupt, black money from (Viktor Yanukovych's) Party of Regions. We have obtained documents that unfortunately can't be shown because it's a secret investigation.
You'd obviously try to avoid that happening in the first place, you would build up a good dialogue with Russia to ask them and support them is respecting borders. We would try and introduce a de-militarisation of the borders between Russia, Ukraine and all the other countries down in the border between Russia and eastern Europe.
"Systematically, for many years, he has been receiving corrupt, black money from (Viktor Yanukovych's) Party of Regions. We have obtained documents that unfortunately can't be shown because it's a secret investigation."
They don't want to make any comment about the issue and that's not only because they are afraid of unveiling some black financial scheme, but it's also about some concerns regarding the political relationship between the USA, Ukraine and their own party.
It appears that our partner in Kyiv has decided to escalate the situation and it is clear why they are doing that. Because they do not want to – or cannot, for some reason – implement the Minsk agreements.
There are no improvements, especially when it comes to security. The negotiations had reached deadlock also in other areas such as political reforms and local elections. Still despite the difficult situation and repeated setbacks we think it's important that we keep on trying and do everything we can to make the Minsk peace plan a success.
At last we've brought the first gold medal to Ukraine. It's been cool and I still can't relax, I'm so thrilled.
The question is what more info the Ukrainian authorities have on Manafort's time in Ukraine, and how damaging any of this is for the Trump campaign.
The Russians could really help alleviate and provide some stability if they had invited observers. That would do a lot, frankly, to lower anxiety.
The positive momentum for emerging markets is premised on positive expectations regarding more stimulus in G10 – overall that's the theme that supports emerging markets and the appetite for risky assets.
That's why ... the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and the rest of the West and the EU and all have got to maintain pressure.
There's nothing wrong with an exercise. It's ... the lack of transparency.
How better to provide a distraction therein than through a re-escalation on the ground in Crimea/Donbas, allowing Russians and Ukrainians to question what has been gained from independence by Ukraine.
So perhaps this latest re-escalation is a warning to the Poroshenko administration not to cross red lines. In the past, military re-escalation in the East has worked to destabilize the macro economy in Ukraine...There may thus be a desire to go back to past proven policies and to try and weaken the comparative Ukrainian economic performance.
My biggest hope is that the discussion in the UN Security Council will help the Russian Federation understand that they cannot really continue with this kind of behaviour.
We believe that any actions, including rhetoric, including remarks, have the ability to escalate what is already a very tense situation and a very dangerous situation.
While polls show United Russia doing okay (60 per cent support), Putin never likes to take chances with domestic politics. (He) will want to impress on the Russian electorate his own strength and how lucky they are to be Russian citizens as perhaps compared to their Ukrainian counterparts.
The scenario looks very similar and very familiar. That's why we stand ready for any further provocative developments, the convening of the Security Council is being considered. We still hope that it will not bring the conflict to another level, but it seems that it is quite possible unfortunately.
Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions.
I think it is obvious for everyone now that the current Kyiv authorities are not seeking a way to solve the problems through talks but choose terror. This is very concerning.
The people who seized power in Kiev ... have switched to terror tactics instead of searching for ways for a peaceful settlement. Russia would not let such actions pass without a response. The attempt to provoke an outbreak of violence, to provoke a conflict is nothing other than a desire to distract (Ukrainian) society from its problems.
Clearly, the Kremlin feels it should and can insert itself into domestic politics in other countries in much the same way it believes the United States and Europe insert themselves into Russian politics. In their view, it is fair play. They have seen the West involving itself in politics in Ukraine and other former parts of the Soviet space and feel they should be able to pretty much do the same thing.
Russia has the capabilities, and the timing also provides a motivation. The Kremlin strongly believes the U.S. government has been behind similar efforts against Russia – a la the Ukraine and Georgia revolutions.
Usually it is relatively easy to get a pistol or anything up to an assault rifle. But it is much harder to get an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) or a machine gun or the boring things like spare parts for the above. You actually need to have a proper war for these sorts of things to become available and, lo and behold, you have a proper war.
Of course, anyone who has the will and the means can get into the business – organized criminal groups have always traded weapons. Now the channel for buying these illegal weapons has widened.
It seems to me it was done with only one aim – to destabilize the situation in the country, possibly ahead of further events.
I am under constant suspicion here ( in Ukraine). Some think I'm an FSB agent, others that I am a Russian spy or someone else, so I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow…. And every time I go to Moscow, it's like I'm in a minefield. Every time I expect some form of provocation or problems.
Now the problem of freedom of speech and objective journalism is again becoming a serious issue.
It's important because it shows survivors that it (sexual violence) is the fault of society, not of themselves. Abuse is kept a secret in Russia because it is regarded as shameful. People don't believe you and they don't believe that what happened to you is traumatic.
I hope that the decision on a new privatisation of OPZ will be taken in the near future.
There was not a meeting of minds today.
There is no reason to develop such military activity like we face today and what NATO is doing and, of course, we believe that it does not contribute to security so it's not about transparency. This is about the direction in which NATO is moving in military terms and this is very worrisome, very worrisome development.
Allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on the crisis. (…) but it was an opportunity to clarify our positions and to exchange views on the crisis in Ukraine.
There was not a meeting of minds today. Allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on the crisis. (...) but it was an opportunity to clarify our positions and to exchange views on the crisis in Ukraine.
Late Thursday afternoon president Putin will welcome state secretary Kerry and foreign minister Lavrov… The set of topics is predictable – Syria, Ukraine, and bilateral relations.
We would like to create an environment that is favourable for startups. It's very important to keep startups in Ukraine. The same with the people behind them, it's very important to keep them in Ukraine. We've got cases of Ukrainian business creating products and selling them abroad. Teams behind this startups also go abroad.
A person at a computer in Ukraine might work for the US or China. Thera are no longer borders and frontiers in the world.
An IT specialist is a person who is working nonstop programming, hardly going out. And he should feel comfortable. Certain conditions are needed, including support, tax privileges. Big companies should bring their research centres and start producing here in Ukraine. When people stay, when they earn good money and spend that money shopping – that's exactly economic growth.
Poroshenko also discussed with his western colleagues the situation in Eastern Ukraine. Moving forward with the Minsk process requires Russian participation. But the President can be proud that NATO has never provided to any of it's partners such a complex and expansive aid package as it's promised to Kyiv – in addition to political support.
An independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security.
All the rhetoric in Warsaw just yells of a desire almost to declare war on Russia. They only talk about defense, but actually are preparing for offensive operations.
The security of America and Europe is indivisible. Here in Europe, we'll continue to support Ukraine as it undertakes important economic and political reforms. The U.S. and EU are united in our commitment to maintaining sanctions on Russia until they fully implement its obligations under the Minsk (Ukraine ceasefire) agreement.
NATO countries are feeling a threat from Russia. On the agenda of the summit are measures not only of deterrence, but also of collective defence. A Moscow envoy has already described them as threat to peace in Europe.
The actions of Russia in the Ukraine crisis has deeply unsettled our Eastern neighbours. If the validity of the law and the sacredness of borders is challenged in words and actions, then trust in NATO is lost. And especially our allies in the East have been deeply unsettled by this. They are in need of clear reassurance through the alliance.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine are NATO members, so I don't understand why NATO should react like this.
There's just not going to be an enormous amount of attention of policy bandwidth given to the migration crisis, fighting ISIS, or focusing on continued ceasefire violations in Ukraine and maintaining sanctions against Russia. It comes down to when we need the UK and its leadership, whether in the Security Council or NATO, its attentions will be focussed domestically.
Fuel can be used as a weapon. All you have to do is look at what Russia did to Crimea, what Russia did to the Ukraine. Look at what Russia tried to do to Europe before the price of oil went down.
We're not going to walk back from what we said.
We will continue our efforts to free others such as Olexander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov and those who are detained in the occupied territories or in the territory of the Russian Federation. They will return home. It is written in the Minsk agreements.
At last! Yuriy Soloshenko and Hennadiy Afanasyev are already on board a Ukrainian plane and are flying from Moscow to Ukraine.
I have not seen what Medvedev said about it (but) you can always takesome phrase out of context. I know for sure that the government pays greatattention to the fulfillment of social obligations.
The good contact for him was a battalion or regular army? Who sold him this weapon?
How much did he pay?
Which organisation does he belong to, according to your investigation?
Which Ukrainian unit did he contact, (voluntary) battalions or a regular army unit?
As far as I know this man had been working for an agricultural company. However, while in Ukraine, we have evidence – photographs and videos – of him holding weapons and it shows pretty clear the way he holds a Kalashnikov. You can see how he put his finger. The special forces servicemen know how to put their finger: not on a trigger, but on the receiver (along the barrel of the rifle).
He made several payments. In the first conversation with a potential seller he offered to make an advance payment. This advance was 5,000 euros. Payment was made in three stages. Moreover, other people were involved with this man in the payment for the future purchase of weapons of destruction. They brought the money, the cash, into Ukraine.
Welcome to euronews. As far as this operation is concerned do you consider it's over or do you think there is still a job to do?
He contacted both volunteer battalions and representatives of the Ukrainian army. For a long time his attempts were unsuccessful, until they became known to us.
He is unhappy about a lot of things.
Twenty-five people from one of our neighbouring countries who wanted to enter the European Union were arrested on Ukrainian territory. They are alleged members of Islamist terrorist organisations.
He entered into the Ukrainian territory December last year, he contacted a serviceman of the Ukrainian forces, but the SBU already knew about it. He was in contact with someone from the forces that have been fighting for the integrity of Ukraine. He also had training with those weapons on Ukrainian territory.
Throughout this operation, the Ukrainian security service and the Ukrainian authorities in general are showing the European Union that it can count on them when it comes to their own security. Of course, they're doing that also in the framework of the negotiation concerning the conflict in the Donbas.
The Ukrainian Security Service has managed to foil a series of 15 terrorist attacks which were planned to target France before and during the European football championships.
"I won't let you who sit in these seats forget about those boys who laid down their lives for Ukraine and continue to die for their country,"
I won't let you who sit in these seats forget about those boys who laid down their lives for Ukraine and continue to die for their country.
Savchenko's speech scared some people, but far from everyone.
A fire occurred in a privately-owned two-storey building which was used as illegal temporary housing for elderly people.
There will be intentions among politicians and parties to 'privatize' Savchenko. While staying in Russia, she became a symbol of Ukrainian stamina and patriotism. All this has formed great political capital for Nadiya Savchenko. And someone will try to use it!
The release of Nadiya Savchenko took place just before the G7 meeting started. One of the key topics at the summit is the issue of sanctions against Russia. However, the G7 leaders have already said: the release of the Ukrainian pilot is not enough to ease sanctions. They can be lifted only if the Minsk agreements (to resolve the conflict in the Donbas region) are fully implemented.
You know, she didn't want to come back (to Ukraine) by receiving a pardon. That was her decision. She sent us special papers banning her release by pleading pardon. The crucial role (in releasing Savchenko) was played by Putin. But it was the four Normandy leaders who influenced him.
I hope and wish that today's successful exchange will be a contribution to building trust between Ukraine and Russia and so can also give a positive impulse to the Minsk process.
I'm glad, I'm very happy. I hope that everything will be okay for him, I really want to see him.
I survived despite you!
I want to draw the attention of our strategic partners to the blatant and cynical discrediting by Russia of all the joint peace efforts.
In the centre of the consultations were security questions and the preparations for local elections in the conflict areas in eastern Ukraine. The participants on the call agreed to intensify their cooperation in both areas to swiftly achieve progress.
In the center of the consultations were security questions and the preparations for local elections in the conflict areas in eastern Ukraine.
In a way there is a window for reform at present in Ukraine, which I guess the IMF is eager to push along while it still has leverage.
It was so transparent. In my view it was too transparent, too obvious, and everyone understands that the real winner was our Sergey Lazarev.
It was so transparent. In my view it was too transparent, too obvious, and everyone understands that the real winner was our Sergey Lazarev.
We tried so hard to represent our country in the best possible way. I think we managed. At least viewers across Europe put us first, and that's the most important.
Well done! I wish her inspiration and success.This is a step forward for us, and I hope everything will work out for Ukraine like it worked out for Jamala.
Ukraine is celebrating, 12 years (since the country's last victory) Eurovision will be coming back to Kyiv. A big party was organised at Musafir, a Crimean Tatar restaurant opened by Crimean Tatars who moved to Kyiv from Crimea a year and a half ago. This victory is symbolic for Ukraine, as one of the favourites was Russia whose singer Sergei Lazarev finished in the top three. Jamala flies back to Kyiv this afternoon (on Sunday), and she'll be holding a huge concert in Kyiv that had been planned before her trip to Stockholm.
Unfortunately the critical issues which are so important for getting the Minsk process unfrozen, were unable to be sorted out. Of course, because of the Russian position.
I hope that we will make a bit of progress today and agree on a procedure for how to approach the preparation of a local election law.
We want a lively and fruitful discussion at KIEF 2016, to help improve national economic policy and propose effective strategies for businesses.
We are not looking at the IMF as a chocolate bar that you eat and how much energy and how many kilometres, miles you can run before you get another chocolate bar. They need to understand that we are equal partners.
Finding exactly what are the solutions, that's where we will have discussions with the IMF. On pension reform, because that needs to be fixed, eventually, the vision of it. And many other areas.
We are in a good shape now.
We just have to be in constant dialogue with them, not blackmailing them. It's the wrong tactic, I hate it. ... This time it will not be like that.
If it's not one system, then some goods that enter Ukraine are just lost or turn out to be something else. What we have is cars coming, but they're sold as teapots. It's a real mess.
Well, I think I had a pretty reasonable handle, but of course when I first arrived, all of my attention was on the most severely affected people who were flown to Moscow, and I didn't get a complete appreciation till we flew down to Ukraine a few days later.
Thirty years after the accident at Chernobyl, these days the issue of radiation contamination is not among the most significant concerns.
The work is expected to be finished at the end of 2017 but of course the contents of the container must be decontaminated. This will take more time. If I am not mistaken, it is projected to be finished in 2023.
When the calculations were made there was one perception of what type of aircraft may cause problems, but since then the world has changed, and there are large intercontinental Boeings. If you look at the risk estimations made in Ukraine 15 years ago, you'll see that they didn't count for military action. And now it becomes a problem.
This is the central square of the city of Pripyat. In front of us, you can see the Palace of Culture called 'Power Engineer'. Actually, it was my second home. My mom worked there. And this is a picture of Lenin Avenue where we are standing now. This photo was taken in 1985-1986, before the accident.
Somewhere under this rubble there is an entrance to my classroom where I studied at the time of the accident. On April 26 my classmates and I went to school in the morning not knowing anything about what had happened at the station.
Some Germans were filming here. They tested our soil, firewood and ash. They checked everything. And everything was good.
During the meeting it was reconfirmed that we disagree both when it comes to the facts, the narratives, and the responsibilities for the crisis in and around Ukraine. And many Allies also conveyed a very strong message that we disagree when Russia try to portray this as a civil war. This is Russia destabilizing Eastern Ukraine, providing support for separatists, ammunition, funding equipment and also command and control.
At the moment all our Western partners, overseas and in Europe, talk only about Nadezhda Savchenko when the topic of human rights in the Russian Federation is discussed. No one remembers now that Russian journalists were killed in Ukraine.
A recent decision by a Ukrainian court to condemn two Russian servicemen opens some opportunities for operating an exchange mechanism. However, I would ask everyone to avoid any speculation in this regard, including the time of Savchenko's return or any other further steps.
The Ukrainian people expect the new prime-minister and the new Cabinet to fulfill the tasks that weren't completed by the previous government: to implement reforms – in particular economic ones – and to fight corruption effectively.
I am sure that sooner or later this is going to happen. The European integration is your own process to modernise, to restore rule of law, to fight corruption, to create institutions that serve people not oligarchs. That's what I wish to see in Ukraine.
The second important issue is to concentrate on social policies. Here, Groysman will have to find a balance between the IMF's requests and the needs of social stability.
This possible change of prime minister will have to accelerate the pace of reform, of course. But it will also have to avoid the idea that the change has been done for other vested interests.
And this is why people are so disappointed with the government. Because it is also the price that society has to pay with these slow reforms, with not enough of the implementation of those policies that have been adopted in the parliament. We still didn't manage to break away this vicious circle of corruption.
I took the decision to resign as prime minister of Ukraine. On Tuesday, April 12, I will submit it to parliament. My decision is based on a several reasons - the political crisis in the government has been unleashed artificially, the desire to change one person has blinded politicians and paralyzed their will to bring about real changes in the country.
The NATO-Russia Council will discuss the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements. We will discuss military activities, with particular focus on transparency and risk reduction. We will also address the security situation in Afghanistan, including regional terrorist threats. This meeting is the continuation of our political dialogue, as agreed by NATO Heads of State and Government.
We must come back as quickly as possible to the Schengen procedures, while ensuring the dignified return of those who were unable to stake their claim to settle in Europe, and that's the sense of what's been found with the accord on Turkey and Greece.
For security reasons as well as for reasons of gaining people's trust, we have to show we can protect our external borders. You can see that Europe's territory is diverse: that maritime borders are harder to protect than land borders; and that we need cooperation with our neighbours. This applies to Turkey and this will apply now for Libya.
Under any circumstances we continue to implement the association agreement with the European Union including the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement and Ukraine will continue our movement to the European Union.
Talks are going on at the moment with several non-faction deputies - we've invited them to join our faction. There are several applications (to sign up) already. There are lots of deputies who don't want snap elections, because they know nothing good would come of it, because it would risk their seat and therefore they're prepared to help.
We need to recruit only a few of the 50 independent deputies. The formal creation of a coalition would allow Groysman to be approved, but after that we would need to focus on building up the coalition further.
Mr President, I know you have ideas and you've already made a very critical decision with respect to the drawdown of your forces in Syria, and we obviously also have some ideas for how we can now most effectively make progress in Geneva and begin the very serious and difficult work of the transition.
The evidence provided by the prosecution side is trustworthy and completely disproves the theory of the defence about Savchenko's innocence.
Ukraine will never – I repeat, never – recognise either the kangaroo court, or the so-called sentencing. I have raised the issue of the liberation of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian hostages many times. President Putin has stated that after the so-called court ruling they will return Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine. Now is the right time to fulfil that promise.
Ukraine is a country that affects us far less than it affects other countries in NATO, and yet we're doing all of the lifting. They're not doing anything. And I say: 'Why is it that Germany's not dealing with NATO on Ukraine? Why is it that other countries that are in the vicinity of Ukraine, why aren't they dealing? Why are we always the one that's leading, potentially the third world war with Russia.
We know that Putin and the Kremlin are feeling some pressure from Western leaders. We are counting on the fact that under this pressure Putin will free Nadia after the verdict – to serve her sentence in Ukraine. Or according to the Minsk agreements that all of our prisoners of war will be exchanged for theirs and Nadia could be exchanged in priority for those Russians who are held captive in Ukraine.
It will be a guilty verdict, of course. Today, as before, we are convinced of Nadezhda Savchenko's innocence, we have proved her innocent.
Mines are mainly the sign of the lack of confidence between us and them.
The separatists were everywhere around the hospital and even on the roof, and I feared for the staff members. When heavy artillery first entered this area, I went to the operating room on the second floor, as its windows looked right to the road. I was looking out to find out whose tanks these were, as at that time they did not yet have yellow and blue marking of the Ukrainian flag.
Kenya, Ukraine and Belarus have been put on an IAAF monitoring list for 2016 to ensure their national anti-doping programmes are significantly strengthened and their progress to compliance is completed by the end of this year.
If you are asking me whether a swap would be possible, I would like to say, as the president, from here for the first time, using his constitutional rights, I am ready to swap so Nadia Savchenko can return home.
It's certainly our view that eurozone economic activity has toned down. There are multiple concerns over uncertainty surrounding the eurozone. There's the banking sector, there's the Brexit, there's Ukraine going on. There's weak government or no government in Spain. We've got extremist political parties. There's uncertainty over Angela Merkel's position as chancellor of Germany and of course there is this debate as to the effectiveness of the ECB's policy as well, so little wonder that the business sector is cautious.
The next crunch meeting will be held in one week. The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will gather in Paris, on March 3.
Both France and Germany know that the electoral law is one thing and preconditions for holding these elections are another. However, we should take care of both issues. And, of course, the security issue should not be an excuse for not working on the electoral law!
Snap elections will be a realisation of Putin's plan to destabilise Ukraine. In order to prevent it we have to form a new coalition.
Snap elections are now becoming a reality ... It was incredibly hard work for the government to get laws through parliament even before all of this, but now even more so.
Today, the decision is up to you. This government has done everything it could. We will accept any decision of this parliament.
Unfortunately, the Ukrainian government is incapable of restoring order. The fact that some thugs are holding up trucks with firearms, means that there are no authorities in Ukraine.
Continued unrest in Ukraine, failed and failing states in the south, the spread of terrorism, and the largest refugee and migrant crisis in Europe since the end of World War II.
Starting from today, I again announce a hunger strike over the inaction of those who hold power in the world over the issue of releasing Ukrainians from captivity. I will be on hunger strike until there is a positive result.
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We are concerned that many reputable international investors could simply decide to not even investigate the opportunity.
The price was agreed at a government meeting attended by representatives of the EBRD and IMF. The government adopted transparent privatisation conditions, which in particular involve the participation of no fewer than two contenders, including one foreign (contender).
The prospects for reform in Ukraine remain bleak. Abromavicius' initial appointment was made precisely because, as a Lithuanian with no experience in Ukrainian politics, he came from outside a corrupt system and could credibly work to reform it.
We can see 8, 000 Russian soldiers with Russian commanders in our country, new military sites directly along the border and constant military training. Russia is investing a lot in these war preparations. And we are not getting any explanations for this.
It is likely that Ukraine's international backers will put pressure on Poroshenko to deliver on his part of the bargain to facilitate crisis resolution.
Abromavicius' departure will fatally undermine what little confidence investors still had in the Poroshenko administration and Ukraine's economic prospects in general.
I think the reform of justice and of the prosecutor office is not working, it has literally failed. Even the president agrees that the situation must be changed. We have six months left, just six months to show what we can do and create a new investigation bureau.
We must organize a real election (in the uncontrolled territories) and elect real representatives in order to create a local government. But decentralization should be for the whole country, not just for the Donbass. We must find the solution otherwise it will be war.
This is a conflict between two nations and the leaders of these nations must show that Ukrainian people and Russian people are very close, and if leaders cannot do it, people will, but without these leaders.
Most of our attention is focused on state owned companies because a big part of their funds are systematically transferred into private hands. So we are investigating the connections between this network, the members of the parliament and the government.
They are not even able to indict and to fire those judges who were responsible for the violent repression during Maidan. Only a dozen out of hundreds of magistrates were removed. Police forces and judiciary are a kind of caste in this country. They are intertwined by corruption.
I've said these leaders. More than 80% of Russians say that Putin is OK, while just 10% of the Ukrainians say that Poroshenko is OK.
Any of these good laws would have never been adopted if the Ukrainian parliament and government were not so dependent on the international community, on IMF money, EU's visa free regime etc. Now it's time for Ukraine to enforce those laws.
The war in the East of Ukraine must push us to mobilise all the resources, to reform the country and also to fulfil all the obligations that Ukraine must fulfil. The temporary occupied territories have now a different status then the rest, more than the 90% of the national territory. This is why we put this article in with the constitutional changes.
The electronic declaration is one of the biggest progresses in terms of anti-corruption fight in 2016 at all. We have a new institution, which is called the national agency on the prevention of corruption. This institution has two functions. One is to monitor the declarations, and the second is to check the political finances of the parties. That's the idea that all the civil servants must be completely accountable in front of society.
Concessions undermine stability within the power-base and(Ukrainian) society. So what we demand is to implement some requirements, first: ceasefire, withdrawal of weapons and release of the prisoners.
We provided them with all the necessary information, in order for them to make a decision to extend sanctions.
Ukraine has already filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Russia's trade embargo. Kyiv hopes that the ban on the transportation of Ukrainian goods will be considered at the meeting of organisation's General Council in the later half of February.
Preliminary investigations lead us to believe that the virus came from the territory of the Russian Federation. That is why we have grounds to believe that it was a cyber attack.
In connection with the case in Boryspil, the ministry intends to initiate a review of anti-virus databases in the companies which are under the responsibility of the ministry.
We'll immediately sign a new agreement and provide power to Crimea, but the contract must say that electricity will be supplied to Crimea as part of Ukraine.
And we will make it clear and explain to the Dutch public why we put our signature under this treaty, its because its in the Dutch interest. To one, have a free trade agreement with Ukraine, we are a trading nation, we can earn a lot of money when Ukraine is more successful than it is currently, it's in the Dutch interest.
The cooperation seems to work in this sector, it's a positive example for Minsk. But the technicians must work in a safe environment, that's the reason why it's very important to de-mine and to stop the fighting in the areas where they are supposed to work and just Minsk sub-groups can deal with this kind of problems.
I don't think we have to (in any way) consider the situation in Ukraine as the sphere of legitimate interest of Moscow, Russia or any other player, big country, stakeholder in the region.
To engage Russia in a trilateral format of negotiation is an idea of the EU in order to appease Moscow. But in the eyes of Russia the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine remains a major threat to its trade and political national interests.
The Commission recommends visa liberalisation for Georgia, Kosovo and Ukraine. I call on on EU governments in the Council to take a speedy decision for these three countries.
Starting from today, payments of these debts which amount to $3,582bn to Russia is suspended until either the acceptance of our restructuring proposals or the adoption of the relevant court decision.
The question is not just about the sanctions against Russia, but also about the implementation of the Minsk agreement. Especially because next January the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which sparked this crisis two years ago, will be adopted.
The US will not accept the annexation of Crimea. That was the essential part of the statement for us. And we believe and hope that in the near future, Crimea will be returned to Ukraine.
So the United States is giving strong support to Ukraine in the conflict against Russia. But, at the same time, they are asking for much more efforts in the fight against corruption.
We can't say there is a de-escalation of the conflict in Donbas.
We've taken this decision primarily because we've received better offers from our European partners which were significantly better than those from our eastern neighbour.
It is difficult but Ukraine is trying to escape from a post-Soviet reality so it can enter a European one.
To travel to Europe without visas, Ukrainians will first need the relevant recommendations of the European Commission and then a positive decision from the European Parliament. Kyiv hopes a visa-free regime with Europe will be introduced in 2016. But even then, only biometric passport holders would have the right to cross the European border without visas.
The problem of Ukraine is that it does not listen to Europeans. Brussels hints that Kyiv has to speed up the establishment of anti-corruption bureau, because it affects the progress of a visa-free regime. It needs to be in place by December, so Kyiv has only three weeks to vote on the draft laws, something which did not happen last week.
I'm very thankful for Mrs Vice-President [of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini], that she has provided a clear stance from the EU to give visa-free rights to Ukraine in the case of reforms implementation, which we have agreed with our European colleagues.
The Central Election Commission has sent a notice to the ministry of internal affairs concerning violation of law by the members of Mariupol's territorial election commission. The information was passed to the Head Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk region for an investigation. The possible punishment is up to 7 years in prison.
Their official version was that patriotic parties in Donbas and in Mariupol didn't have an opportunity to win election, but that's not a reason for not giving the voters their right to vote. In that case they should have acted legally and if there were problems with security, they should have put Mariupol in the list of the towns where elections can't be held.
We will find other ways, both in the sense of getting physical persons of bringing them to justice and in the sense of clearly proven, that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.
At that time, nobody could imagine that such powerful facilities, such powerful equipment as BUK, could be used against a civil aircraft.
I don't think it's on the cards. We have a new setup in the Middle East. We have Iran, which is back to the table because of the nuclear deal so it has a new sort of respectability. And we have Russia, which essentially has been acting unchallenged. Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, now Syria. What are the consequences for Russia? Very little. So, I think this is a game where, in a way, the West, because of the limitations to its own military actions – in particular the US, of course, in the case of Syria – is a little bit bound to be an observer or a follower.
I said completely seriously that I want to give evidence with the use of a lie detector or polygraph. I have already taken a lie detector test but the results have not been presented in court. The prosecution is afraid that their false case will fall apart if the polygraph shows I am not lying.
In our observation group, the most important development we have seen is that commercial ships have also been used to carry military equipment, although not explosives. There are pre-fabricated barracks, water tanks and military trucks; we saw the logos used by Russian troops deployed in Ukraine.
At the very beginning everybody was extremely happy because they were promised high salaries and pensions. And most of the people were 'bought' by that, especially pensioners who always wanted to have the same level of prosperity as in Russia. As far as I know they got a real raise in their salaries. That lasted a couple of months and now a very peculiar thing is happening, the prices have inflated and, at the same time, people are bringing home smaller amounts. I can hardly imagine how they cope.
The external aggression has led to the emergence of the new form of poverty – sudden and unexpected poverty that affects one and a half million of the internally displaced persons. Each day of this war in Donbass costs us about five million US dollars.
Russian planes with the Russian flag have no place in Ukrainian airports. With regard to the air and railway transit of cargo: Russian airlines through Ukrainian airspace have been banned if they contain military hardware or troops.
There is a real concern that Russia will introduce similar sanctions against Ukrainian airlines leaving Ukraine and Russia with air connection.
The sanctions imposed by Ukraine will last for one year. Moreover, Petro Poroshenko has called on his European colleagues for an extension of Russian sanctions over the illegal Donbas elections.
Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the further implementation of the Minsk agreement on the 2nd of October, this is when the leaders of the so-called 'Normandy Four' will meet in Paris.
We're deeply concerned that representatives are not allowed to visit those areas where fighters should hold weapons, that should have been withdrawn. We know there are not weapons there.
"Poroshenko also discussed with his western colleagues the situation in Eastern Ukraine. Moving forward with the Minsk process requires Russian participation.
The (NATO) package itself is a continuation of the measures which were initiated at the previous summit in Wales. There have been no major changes.
But the President can be proud that NATO has never provided to any of it's partners such a complex and expansive aid package as it's promised to Kyiv – in addition to political support.
That will make us definitely stronger and that will make us capable to further defend our country. We understand that, unfortunately, we have to be prepared for this every single day.
The place for those is on the frontline, not in the heart of Ukraine.
Unfortunately we are debating constitutional change during the election campaign. And in any country, unfortunately, politicians try to play this game, namely of gaining additional political capital for the election. This is not in the interests of the country. More than 70% of Ukrainian people support the changes to the constitution and decentralization.
The Prosecutor's office has already launched criminal proceedings regarding the violent events outside the Ukrainian Parliament. Police detained 18 people, including a person suspected of throwing a grenade at police officers. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for life imprisonment for the person found responsible.
Everything started when protesters began to beat police officers with wooden batons with nails in them. Then I heard a grenade exploding. When I came round, my arm was broken and my leg was bleeding.
Twenty percent of debt obligations of the country have been written off by our creditors, around 3.6 billion euros, and over the next four years Ukraine will not pay off any of the principal loans.
The Russians don't seem to be fulfilling their engagements as they should be. Peace and stability in Ukraine must come through the implementation of the Minsk accords.
It is very important to coordinate the efforts of Ukraine with France and Germany. They are not only the biggest countries in the EU but they represent now the whole of the European Union. So there will be no Minsk-3.
A rather interesting, rather balanced proposal was pronounced at these talks – to fully cease shelling as of September 1. This proposal received a positive response practically from everyone and there is hope that as of September 1 we will manage to stop the shelling.
The battle for Ukrainian independence goes on, and we can only win by combining efforts in defense and diplomacy.
The weaponization of information, culture and money is a vital part of the Kremlin's hybrid, or non linear, war, which combines the above elements with covert and small-scale military operations. The conflict in Ukraine saw non-linear war in action. Other rising authoritarian states will look to copy Moscow's model of hybrid war–and the West has no institutional or analytical tools to deal with it.
This is the last of a series of incidents affecting the security of the OSCE and its property. It seems that this sort intimidation is aimed at stopping OSCE from reporting what is going on in the area. I have to make it clear that the OSCE mission to Ukraine has no intention at this stage to withdraw from Donetsk.
I love Russia and Ukraine, which is part of Russia.
The Right Sector says it wants to organise a referendum against the government because it wants to appear politically active and ready to challenge a government that didn't live up to expectations, after many months of fighting in Eastern Ukraine.
This civilian aircraft and 298 people on board became a target of a ruthless terrorist attack, launched from a territory occupied by the Russian-backed militants in the east of Ukraine. A highly technological weapon, with which the aircraft was shot, could have come into hands of the terrorists only from Russia.
The sanctions are a strong signal and a clear message that it has consequences when a country behaves in the way Russia has done in Ukraine.
Russia must not be judged by its words, but by its actions and these actions over the past year-and-a-half have not left us optimistic. The annexation of Crimea and (Russia's) activity in eastern Ukraine has left eastern European nations feeling apprehensive.
A United Nations office to support the Minsk agreements is due to open here soon. Its early establishment was one of the aims of Samantha Power's visit. It will help the UN receive more reliable information that should improve the monitoring of the situation in the east of Ukraine.
We're going to discuss our shared future, the global economy that creates jobs and opportunity, maintaining a strong and prosperous European Union, forging new trade partnerships across the Atlantic, standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine, combating threats from violent extremism to climate change.
According to Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine will begin a political dialogue with the Donbass region immediately after local elections, due to take place on October 28. But post-war reconstruction of the region and restoration of economic ties with Donbass will only take place after Ukraine regains absolute control of its external borders.
Both individuals claimed that they were members of a unit of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and that they were on a reconnaissance mission and that they had been to Ukraine on missions before.
There's every reason, despite some difficulties, to believe that the Minsk peace process is moving forward. Since April 12, although there have been problems, the situation in the south-east of Ukraine has calmed down.
Because of the criminal annexation of Crimea which violated international law and the military clashes in eastern Ukraine, our mutual cooperation has suffered a serious setback – serious, because we see it as a violation of the principles of the common European peace. The lesson of history is that we have to try everything to solve conflicts – as difficult as they might seem – peacefully and in dialogue and that means diplomatically.
I believe I might be the first top official in Ukraine who treats declaring of assets, paying taxes, conflict of interest issues seriously.
Unfortunately most of the active organisers of these events have avoided punishment. They are located either in the Crimea, or in Donetsk or Moscow and shamelessly trying to teach us how we must live, talking about the benefits of a federal Ukraine.
My decision, as the commander-in-chief, to build a new quality army, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is beginning to become a reality with the help of our American partners.
No, no, no, no. That's not protecting. Crimea was taken away after the overthrow of the government, right. And this is not protecting Ukraine, it is threatening Ukraine with major war. Now that's not protection. The point is, this is a serious strategic threat to Russia, which any Russian leader would have to react to. That's well understood.
We are in a situation where we see more global hot spots and threats to security than we have seen in quite a long time, perhaps in almost a generation. But I think so far we have not seen these events have an impact that we would call global. There are regional effects, whether that's the conflict in Ukraine or the Middle East. We don't see global effects.
Let me start by asking you about the global economy. Growth remains slow because of some substantial risks. Some of them are: high debt, high unemployment and lacklustre investment. But there is also the aspect of global insecurity. We see violence, civil war and terror in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine. To what extent does that threaten global recovery?
In Ukraine, which pretends to be a democratic state and wants to be part of a democratic Europe, nothing like that is happening. Where are the murderers of these people? They are simply not there, neither those who carried them out nor those who ordered them, But Europe and North America prefer not to notice.
I have told business leaders not to expect a lifting of the sanctions, because they are purely political. They are a strategic tool to force Russia to cooperate. Some countries want to contain our development. And, by the way, I believe this is not directly related to the events in Ukraine any more.
Putin is the man who put Russia together again. Of course, President Putin does not need this confrontation. At the same time he wants to protect the interests of Russia and, first of all, of the Russian-speaking population in the south-east of Ukraine and in general, apparently, in the Ukraine.
It's also a recognition that there are real struggles that are happening in Greece and Ukraine. These are struggles that are not just isolated to those two countries. They are very symbolic, very representative of what Europe is going through – not only economic crisis but also an identity crisis.
This is a four-year programme in response to the reforms undertaken in Ukraine and which obliged us not to stop and to move forward.
The purpose of the memorandum is to send a message that we, Russian-speakers living in Estonia, don't want to see those famous 'little-green-men' come here like they did in Ukraine in Crimea… People here want to live in an independent Estonia, not in some kind of 'New-Russia.
On the eve of the anniversary, the special spotlights were put in the places where activists were killed. The light from them reaches the sky, symbolising the souls of Maidan protesters, who gave their lives for Ukraine.
The year 2015 will be decisive in implementing fundamental changes, in building the new country and I am sure that Ukraine will live in peace, will develop and move towards Europe.
Let me say that the developments this night in Debaltseve, in Ukraine, were clearly a violation of the ceasefire, of the agreements that were signed (...) And it is important that first of all, separatists and Russia implement this, starting from the cease fire and the withdrawal of weapons.
It would be to no end if those who make decisions fail to conclude that solving this (Ukraine conflict) militarily is impossible. It can be done only peacefully.
Russia signs agreements then does everything within its power to undermine them, Russia champions the sovereignty of nations and then acts as if a neighbor's borders do not exist. The idea that Russia, which manufactured and continues to escalate the violence in Ukraine has tabled a resolution today calling for the conflict's peaceful solution is ironic to say the least.
We are calling on both sides to exercise restraint and to do everything to ensure the withdrawal of troops and heavy weapons happens without bloodshed and casualties, which nobody wants. We have agreed with President Poroshenko of Ukraine that we will give the order, which I am ready to do, to our military to observe what is happening on the frontline.
As far as arms exports (to Ukraine) are concerned, I have laid out my position. But make no mistake: whatever happens, the alliance between the United States of America and Europe will be there.
I know that many experts have argued that enhancing our military will provoke further aggression. On the contrary, we have seen that the lack of defence capability triggers offensive operations against Ukraine and spins the escalation. Over the course of the conflict, we have proven to be responsible, that we will not use defensive equipment to attack. The stronger our defence, the more conviction our diplomatic voice has.
In Ukraine violence is getting worse and the crisis is deepening. Russia continues to disregard international rules and to support the separatists with advanced weapons, training and forces.
We want a diplomatic solution but we cannot close our eyes to tanks that are crossing the border from Russia and coming into Ukraine. We can't close our eyes to Russian fighters in unmarked uniforms crossing the border and leading individual companies of so-called separatists in battle.
We certainly want to help Ukraine, a sovereign government, thrive and and go through this transition period. No decisions have been made. I'm talking about the fact that we, of course, preserve the right to consider a range of options.
The Ukraine war needs to be stopped.
Unfortunately we are back here today because Russia and the separatists have once again flouted these commitments. The targets are fresh ones, but Russia's end goal remains the same : to seize more territory and move the line of Russian-controlled territory deeper and deeper into Ukraine.
Ukraine asks the world to put even more pressure on Russia. After the Mariupil tragedy, Kyiv wants the international community to recognise Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics as terrorist organisations. And Moscow who is accused of supporting the rebels may face stricter sanctions.
(Throughout the Ukrainian crisis,) the United States has been playing a destructive role. But you actually have to call a spade a spade. They have been provocative. After every visit of high-ranking US officials to Ukraine, the Kyiv government has stepped up the confrontational nature of its activities.
The biggest difference is the source of milk. In Ukraine 80% of the milk comes from the individuals, otherwise known as 'babushki', who supply a huge amount of the milk that's processed today. Danone-Ukraine has been working with this sector; over the last five years we've attracted over ten million euros of investments in the sector, and we've organised cooperatives which have dramatically increased quality – almost to European standards. It is something that can be done mainly through using milking machines and training.
Regarding assurances that there will be no infringement on the territorial integrity (of Ukraine) I replied that this must be indicated and shown by Russia's actions. What we are seeing at the moment does not yet correspond to that.
The first lot of renovated armoured vehicles will be transferred to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry by the end of July. Later the vehicles will be used in eastern Ukraine, in an anti-terrorism operation.
The situation in Ukraine could accelerate decision-making when it comes to working out who gets the top jobs. In pole position is the Italian Federica Mogherini, who could become the new high representative for Foreign Policy while the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk could become the new President of the European Council – but there could still be surprises and European leaders may choose other candidates at the last minute.
It is not a time to make a decision to take money from Russia. Maybe after that, after the Association Agreement [is signed with the EU], we [would] discuss with Russia, in new circumstances, how to cooperate, because Russia remains an important economic partner for Ukraine. But, definitely, it is a new situation.
Right now, I think that Ukraine is in an expectant mood. Well, we hope that if anything starts here like it did with the war in Ossetia, that Russia won't stand on the sidelines.
This decision of the ruling coalition will bring nothing but increasing of tension among people of Ukraine. The most effective model for our country is a model of non-aligned status.
I think that Brussels should revise the entire Eastern Partnership project. First of all the Eastern Partnership countries do not fit together. On one side Ukraine is committed to Europe. At least a significant portion of Ukrainians want to move in this direction. On the other side we have Aliyev and Azerbaijan who do not want to move in any direction. They want to stand still and be in the orbit of Russia.
We sat down at the table and talked for some 15 minutes. I can't say it was a detailed conversation but nevertheless we touched on the main issues related to the current situation and to the development of our economic ties. I support the position of Mr. Poroshenko that the bloodshed must stop immediately in the east of Ukraine. He has a plan of how to do that but you'd better ask him about that.
Ukraine should be a united, integral state and remain so.
They are fighting for the same values that guide the European Union; that is why they must be listened to. As for the signing of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the door is still open.
In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and to have a say in their country's future.
The Association Agreement, including a deep and comprehensive free trade area, is our offer to Ukraine and to its people. This offer is still on the table, the European Union remains ready to s