Ukraine imposes sanctions on pro-Russian individuals and companies

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy extended sanctions against companies and politicians blamed by Kyiv for involvement in Russian aggression against Ukraine, his office said on Friday. The list of hundreds of entities includes Russian television channels, news agencies, newspapers, consulting companies, online payment system WebMoney, and leaders of pro-Russian separatists. They are prohibited from conducting business… Read More Ukraine imposes sanctions on pro-Russian individuals and companies

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Ukraine next week

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine next week, CBS News reported on Thursday, with tensions high between Ukraine and Russia. CBS News said Blinken confirmed the trip in an interview to be broadcast on its “60 Minutes” program on Sunday. Moscow alarmed Kyiv and Western capitals in April by building up forces… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Ukraine next week

Russia expels Ukrainian diplomat in retaliatory act

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had expelled a Ukrainian diplomat in retaliation for Kyiv kicking out an employee of the Russian embassy earlier this month. Russia and Ukraine expelled a diplomat each earlier this month after Moscow accused a Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg of trying to obtain classified information. Ukraine’s foreign ministry… Read More Russia expels Ukrainian diplomat in retaliatory act

Russia increases warship presence in Black Sea as tensions with Ukraine heighten

Two Russian warships transited the Bosphorus en route to the Black Sea on Saturday and 15 smaller vessels completed a transfer to the sea as Moscow beefs up its naval presence at a time of tense relations with the West and Ukraine. The reinforcement coincides with a huge build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine, something… Read More Russia increases warship presence in Black Sea as tensions with Ukraine heighten

Russia briefly detains Ukrainian diplomat for alleged attempted espionage

Russia’s FSB security service briefly detained a Ukrainian diplomat in St Petersburg, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, in the latest flare-up of tensions between the neighbouring countries. Interfax news agency earlier reported the FSB as saying Oleksandr Sosoniuk was taken into custody when he tried to obtain classified information from Russian law enforcement databases… Read More Russia briefly detains Ukrainian diplomat for alleged attempted espionage

Ukraine imposes sanctions on opposition party leader Viktor Medvedchuk

Ukraine on Friday announced sanctions on Viktor Medvedchuk, a prominent opposition party leader with ties to the Kremlin, and also said it was taking back into state hands a pipeline that transports Russian oil products to Europe. A statement from Medvedchuk’s party on Facebook said: “Today, Ukraine is one step closer to becoming a dictatorship.”… Read More Ukraine imposes sanctions on opposition party leader Viktor Medvedchuk

Ukraine bars Russian adult males from entry into country

Ukraine on Friday banned Russian men of combat age from entering the country, a move introduced under martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea last weekend. Ukraine announced it was barring entry to Russian men between 16-60 years and a senior state security official said Kiev was considering… Read More Ukraine bars Russian adult males from entry into country

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko accuses Russia of plans to annex his country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations. Poroshenko’s comments to German media were part of a concerted push by Kiev to gain Western support for more sanctions against Moscow, securing… Read More Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko accuses Russia of plans to annex his country