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    Kremlin: Normandy Four talks possible after Kyiv implements Minsk accords – TASS
    Jun20

    Kremlin: Normandy Four talks possible after Kyiv implements Minsk accords – TASS

    Another summit of the Normandy Four (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) leaders looks impossible until Kyiv demonstrates its readiness to implement the Minsk agreements, Russian president`s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, according to Russian news agency TASS.”Conditions [for holding such summit] could emerge only in case the...

    UN: Refugees at highest ever level
    Jun20

    UN: Refugees at highest ever level

    The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded, the UN refugee agency says, according to the BBC.It estimates that 65.3 million people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of 5 million in a year, the BBC reports.This represents one in every 113 people on the...

    Orthodox church leaders meet despite Russian boycott
    Jun20

    Orthodox church leaders meet despite Russian boycott

    Leaders of the world`s Orthodox Christian churches have gathered for the first time in more than 1,200 years despite a boycott by the Russian church and three others, according to Radio Liberty.Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew led prayers on June 19 on the first day of a weeklong council on the Greek island of Crete, RFE/RL reports.”This great...

    N.Korea threatens to strike U.S. bases in case of provocations
    Jun20

    N.Korea threatens to strike U.S. bases in case of provocations

    North Korea (DPRK) is ready to deliver a strike on the American bases in the region in case of provocations, a representative of the DPRK National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement released by the North`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday, Russian news agency TASS has reported.According to him, the U.S. facilities,...

    EU Council to consider extension of sanctions against Russia on June 21
    Jun20

    EU Council to consider extension of sanctions against Russia on June 21

    On June 21, COREPER [Comite des Representants Permanents, or the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union] is going to consider the extension of sectoral sanctions against Russia in connection with its activities in Ukraine, the EU Council told an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.”It is planned for tomorrow,” the EU Council...

    Steinmeier favors gradual phasing-out of Russia sanctions
    Jun20

    Steinmeier favors gradual phasing-out of Russia sanctions

    The European Union should gradually phase out sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukraine crisis if there is substantial progress in the peace process, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted on Sunday as saying, according to Reuters. His comments reflect divisions within Germany`s ruling right-left coalition over policy...

    Russian proxies attack Ukraine 31 times in last day
    Jun20

    Russian proxies attack Ukraine 31 times in last day

    The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 31 times in the past 24 hours, including 14 times in the Donetsk sector, 11 times in the Mariupol sector and six times in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.The situation was most tense near...

    Austrian foreign minister calls for improving relationship with Moscow – Reuters
    Jun20

    Austrian foreign minister calls for improving relationship with Moscow – Reuters

    Austria`s foreign minister said on Sunday it was time for the European Union to make an effort to identify common ground with Russia, according to Reuters.”I believe that we should gradually come to a modus in which for every implementation of the Minsk Protocol, for every single step, sanctions will gradually be lifted in return,” Sebastian Kurz...

    Shevchenko top candidate for next Ukraine coach
    Jun19

    Shevchenko top candidate for next Ukraine coach

    The Football Federation of Ukraine will try to seal the deal next month so that the coaching staff had the time to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers in 2018.The FFU leadership plans to hold talks with the current assistant head coach of National team Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko over his possible appointment to the post of a head coach after...

    Crimean Tatar Battalion raises its flag above checkpoint with Russia-occupied peninsula
    Jun19

    Crimean Tatar Battalion raises its flag above checkpoint with Russia-occupied peninsula

    The Crimean Tatar Battalion named after Noman Celebicihan* has hoisted its flag above the Chongar checkpoint – one of Ukraine`s main two land borders with Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, Ukraine Today reports citing Crimea blockade main coordinator and Vice-President of Crimean Tatar World Congress Lenur...

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