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  • Finding Putin’s Dead Soldiers in Ukraine

    On September 17, The Interpreter, a special project of the Institute of Modern Russia, will be presenting “An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine,” an in-depth forensic accounting of evidence showing Russian weaponry and Russian soldiers in combat in the occupied regions of east Ukraine. Since Vladimir Putin has to date denied any involvement by his armed forces in the year-and-a-half-long war, one of the more difficult aspects of proving the contrary has been …

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/16/finding-putin-s-dead-soldiers-in-ukraine.html

  • Three-year sentence for criticizing Putin

     A 56-year-old Rafis Kashalov has been sentenced by a Russian court to three years imprisonment over social network posts criticizing Russia's annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. The prosecution claimed - and judge Dan Shakurov in the Naberezhnye Chelny court accepted – that these were 'public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity' and 'hate speech.' This is the first prosecution and verdict on charges under the new Article 280.1 § 2, and has, as feared, been used …

  • 67 states ready to deprive Russia of veto right in UN

    67 countries have already supported the initiative to restrain the veto right in the UN Security Council in cases where conflicts become especially rigid, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

    "67 states supported restrain the veto initiative to save the UNSC authority and stop abuse of veto right by Russia," he tweeted.As reported earlier, on July 29, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on setting up an MH17 …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defence : All foreign nationals have received Ukrainian citizenship.

    All the foreign citizens serving in Ukrainian armed forces have been granted Ukrainian citizenship - said Stephan Poltorak, the Ukrainian Defense Minister.

    The minister made this statement while talking to journalists on Wednesday.

    "All the servicemen have officially joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We have expedited the submission of the documents and they have already received the citizenship .“-  the Minister said.

    The minister stated  that he is not aware of the situation in the …

  • Weapons in Russian Humanitarian Aid

    Ukraine's military intelligence revealed a specially equipped cache filled with weapons and explosives near the strategic port city of Mariupol from a warehouse where the contents of Putin’s "humanitarian convoys” are being stored.

    Four kilograms of TNT, grenades to antitank grenade launchers, ammunition and thermobaric ammo, and a number of various fuses were discovered in the cache.

    "Given the peculiarity of the cache, we can say that it was created recently. Given the set of explosives, we …

  • Russian mines in Ukraine

    Russia puts 1990’s markings on its ammunition sent to Donbas

    Ukrainian engineers demining mine fields near Mariupol came across brand new mines and shells. The ammunition had the 1990’s markings on it to hide their origin, ZIK reports Sept. 15.

    Ukrainian engineers found ‘black widows’ mines banned by international conventions for being especially dangerous.

    In a hidden cache of explosives near one of the highways, the engineers also came across anti-tank mines Ukraine never had.

    The …

  • Shimon Peres advises to ukrainians

    92-year-old Shimon Peres, the ninth President of Israel, made one of the most motivating speeches, according to participants, at the Yalta European Strategy (YES), which ended in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. He talked about the laziness, courage and audacity of hope. The text of his speech was published by the Ukrainian newspaper New Era.

    We have dreamed about our own land, but the land that we got was not a dream. It was a small piece, one-thousandth of the Middle East. This land was not very …

  • Ukrainian festival in Toronto

    Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival to open it's 19th year this Friday in Toronto.Below are the highlights of Must-Do Activities at the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival.The Festival is only five days away. Here are some of the can’tmiss activities for the weekend. The Festival runs from September 18 to 20 on Bloor Street West between Jane and Runnymede TTC stations. It’s so popular it was named one of the “Top 100 Festivals or Events in Ontario” for 2013, 2014 and 2015. You won’t …

  • Canadian troops arrive in Ukraine to train soldiers fighting Russian separatists

    Sep.14

    Per Mark Mackinnon of Globe and Mail:The yellow-walled barracks of this former Soviet military camp amid the forests of western Ukraine have seen a lot of history. On Monday, they witnessed what was surely a new twist: a fancy-footed Ukrainian military band, accompanied by twirling dancers in traditional dress, welcoming soldiers of the Royal Canadian Regiment.

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  • Senator McCain is not coming to Luhansk Republic.

    Senator John McCain declined the invitation of the leader of Pro-Kremlin Luhansk Republic,Igor Plotnitsky, to come to the elections as an observer.

    The Communication Director of the Senator, Brian Rogers, confirmed this on Monday.

    "Although I don’t usually deal with elections monitoring I am grateful for this unique invitation" - said McCain.

    “If the so called Luhansk Republic is interested in democratic elections I suggest their proponents to surrender their weapons and take part in the …