Ukraine imposes sanctions on tycoon Dmytro Firtash

Ukraine imposed sanctions on tycoon Dmytro Firtash on Friday for selling titanium products that allegedly end up being used by Russian military enterprises. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s security and defence council said the exact nature of the sanctions would be announced separately in a presidential decree. Firtash rose to become a wealthy and influential businessman in… Read More Ukraine imposes sanctions on tycoon Dmytro Firtash

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

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signs decree offering citizenship to Russian political refugees

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on Tuesday offering citizenship to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to foreigners who fought on Kiev’s side in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy had announced such a move last month in response to a Russian decree expanding the number of Ukrainians who can apply for fast-track… Read More Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signs decree offering citizenship to Russian political refugees

Italian court jails Ukrainian fighter over 2014 killing of photojournalist

An Italian court sentenced a Ukrainian man to 24 years in jail on Friday over his role in the 2014 killing of an Italian photographer covering fighting between pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian troops. Journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian colleague Andrey Mironov were killed after they were hit by mortar fire near the town of… Read More Italian court jails Ukrainian fighter over 2014 killing of photojournalist