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G7 warns that Russia may face tougher sanctions over war in Ukraine.

The G7 summit of the world's most powerful democracies wrapped up its meeting on May 27 with a unified approach to Russia. The leaders said economic sanctions will stay in place and could toughen if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not call off his war against Ukraine and return Crimea. Here is the relevant section: ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

G7 says ready to beef up Crimea sanctions against Russia.

G7 nations including the United States said Saturday that they stood ready to strengthen sanctions imposed against Russia after its annexation of Crimea if Moscow's actions warranted it."We recall that...

- Expatica - NL

G7 leaders condemn, don't recognize Crimea annexation.

The Great Seven , that is the United States, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, condemn and do not recognize the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by Russia, according to a communique signed following a G7 summit in Italy’s Taormina.

- UNIAN - UA

Nalyvaichenko: Dialogue between Ukraine and Russia possible only after return of Crimea, Donbas.

A dialogue between new Ukraine and new Russia is possible only after Russia returns Crimea, the occupied territories in the east of Ukraine and releases all hostages and political prisoners, leader of the Spravedlyvist Social-Political Movement Valentyn Nalyvaichenko believes. “First of all, it is necessary to return ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Tough-on-crime Jeff Sessions lets Citigroup off with fine for money laundering across the border.

Jeff Sessions is making it known that he is tough on crime—unless you are a corporation. Then apparently, money-laundering across the border is perfectly okay with the attorney general. Because despite a whole lot of tough talk and a seemingly zero-tolerance approach to crime, Sessions and the Trump administration just ...

- Daily Kos - US

Trump has put incredible effort into trying to crush the investigation into his Russia connections.

Maybe we should be glad the Trump White House is so intent on stopping the investigation into election mangling by Russia. First, because we've definitely reached that point where the cover-up is beginning to generate more heat than the crime—which is a considerable achievement when you consider the crime. However, the ...

- Daily Kos - US

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wins major human rights award.

Emil Kurbedinov, a tireless advocate for all those facing politically motivated persecution in occupied Crimea, has become Front Line Defenders’ 2017 Laureate of the Human Rights Defenders at Risk Award. The honour is truly well-deserved, although Emil himself considers it recognition of the work done by all lawyers ...

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Ukrainian Deputy FM: Kyiv to establish autonomy for Crimean Tatars.

Vadym Prystaiko, the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, said Thursday that Ukraine will establish autonomy for the Crimean Tatars who fled from Crimea after the Russian invasion, Daily Sabah reports.

- UNIAN - UA

Poroshenko: Russia's aggression against Ukraine challenge for whole Black Sea region.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia's annexation of Crimea and its aggression in eastern Ukraine are a challenge for the entire Black Sea region and global security, according to his statement made at a solemn opening ceremony of the Istanbul Park in Odesa, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

- UNIAN - UA

UNIAN: Poroshenko says Russia's aggression against Ukraine challenge for whole Black Sea region.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia's annexation of Crimea and its aggression in eastern Ukraine are a challenge for the entire Black Sea region and global security, according to his statement made at a solemn opening ceremony of the Istanbul Park in Odesa, an UNIAN correspondent reports. The post UNIAN: ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Trump's son in law Jared Kushner under investigation in Russian probe.

Washington: United States President Donal Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner is under investigation in the Russian probe.The Washington Post recalled Kushner, who is also a senior White House adviser, meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which faced US sanctions ...

- Sify - IN

Reuters: Crimean lawyer fighting 'unwinnable' cases wins human rights award

LONDON - A Crimean lawyer who was jailed earlier this year by Russian authorities vowed to continue his work to bring global attention to Crimeans fighting for justice after receiving a major human rights award on May 26. The post Reuters: Crimean lawyer fighting 'unwinnable' cases wins human rights award appeared first on ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Crimean Tatar lawyer wins international prize for human rights defenders at risk

Emil Kurbedinov, a 35-years-old Crimean Tatar lawyer, who has been fighting for the rights of several prominent Crimean Tatar and pro-Ukrainian activists and journalists in Russian-held Crimea,  becomes the 2017 winner of the Front Line Defenders prize, the annual award for human rights defenders at risk. “When ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Daily Sabah: Deputy FM says Ukraine to establish autonomy for Crimean Tatars

The first Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Vadim Prystaiko, said President Poroshenko presented an initiative to Parliament for the creation of an autonomous Crimean Tatars republic for people that fled Crimea after the annexation, adding that the Minsk process aiming to restore peace cannot go further due to the ongoing ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Ukraine moves to support political prisoners held in Crimea & Russia and their families

A very welcome legislative initiative, if passed into law, will give formal recognition to the political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia, and financial assistance to their families. Donbas at present does not appear to be included, which is one of many issues that needs to be considered

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Russia afraid to call key defence witness in political trial of Crimean Tatar leader

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has rejected the defence’s application for Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov to give testimony in the ongoing ‘trial’ of Chubarov’s Deputy, Akhtem Chiygoz.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Trump's son in law under investigation in Russian probe

, May 26 : United States President Donal Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner is under investigation in the Russian probe.The Washington Post recalled Kushner, who is also a senior White House adviser, meetING with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which faced U.S. sanctions ...

- Sify - IN

Russia just released this video of its elite Spetsnaz taking over a cargo ship

Screenshot/Sputnik Russia just released a video of their elite Spetsnaz forces simulating a drilling rig rescue in Crimea — the region of Ukraine that Moscow illegally annexed in 2014. The training simulation was performed as "a response tothe current challenges and threats, first ofall coming fromUkraine, including ...

- Business Insider - US

Xinhua: Russian FSB holds anti-terrorist exercises in Crimea

MOSCOW - Russia's Federal Security Service on May 24 started a six-day anti-terrorist exercise in Crimea, RIA Novosti news agency reported. The post Xinhua: Russian FSB holds anti-terrorist exercises in Crimea appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Tillerson says sanctions on Russia to remain in place until Moscow returns Crimea to Ukraine

MOSCOW - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their recent meeting that Crimea-related sanctions imposed on Russia will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy to Russia said. “As Secretary Tillerson made clear ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Trump: Russia accountable for its actions in Crimea and Donbas

U.S. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed commitments to holding Russia accountable for its actions in Crimea and Donbas, according to a statement by the White House.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine submits new evidence to ECHR over Crimea annexation

Ukraine's Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko has told Ukrainian TV Channel 5 that the evidence collected by the Ukrainian side refutes the Russian Federation's arguments in the European Court of Human Rights in the Crimea annexation case.

- UNIAN - UA

Russia's FSB to hold anti-terrorist drills in occupied Crimea

Task forces of Russia's FSB security service will hold exercises in the occupied Crimea and the Black Sea on 'preventing terrorist attacks and subversion,' according to TASS, referring to the FSB's public relations center.

- UNIAN - UA

One Year of Not Knowing: Where is abducted Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov?

On May 24 exactly one year will have passed since Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov was abducted close to his home in Bakhchysarai. Despite video footage of the abduction and international demands, the de facto authorities under Russian occupation have done nothing to find the young man or those who seized him.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Crimea annexation could be stopped at one point – Crimean Tatars' Chubarov

There was a short period of time when the process of the occupation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia could in fact be stopped, said Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy Refat Chubarov, according to Apostrophe.

- UNIAN - UA

Bloomberg tells how Manafort brought pro-Russian party to Rada despite Crimea annexation

Months after Russia annexed Crimea, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's political advisor Paul Manafort returned to Ukraine to advise the pro-Russian party, the 'Opposition Bloc', for the 2014 parliamentary campaign, according to Bloomberg.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine stands firm with Crimea's Tatars – Klimkin for WSJ

The still-fresh historical wound of the 1944 deportation of 240,000 ethnic Tatars from Crimea has been reopened, with Russia’s illegal annexation of the Ukrainian territory in 2014 and Moscow’s continued repression of the Tatar community, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin's column published ...

- UNIAN - UA

On Trial in Occupied Crimea for Upholding Russian territorial borders

The trial begins on May 31 of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov who could face a 5-year prison sentence for saying that Russia must leave Crimea and Donbas. This is the second such trial in Russian-occupied Crimea where Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena is facing essentially identical charges.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

112.ua: Trial of journalist Semena in Crimea postponed to June 5

Zheleznodorozhniy District Court of Simferopol in the annexed Crimea has postponed the hearing in the case of journalist Mykola Semena on June 5. This was reported by Krym.Realii referring to journalist Anton Naumliuk. The judge took such decision as the case materials read out in court — personal correspondence of the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Week's milestones. President's ban, Premier's pensions, and Parliament's swings

Sanctions against legal entities and individuals that affected Russian social networks and large internet players sparked an active debate in Ukrainian society. President Poroshenko personally attended the ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation. PM Groysman made a bid on the implementation ...

- UNIAN - UA

RFE/RL: Ukraine opens criminal probe against Stalin, Beria for Crimean Tatar deportations

Ukrainian officials have announced a criminal investigation into Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and his secret police chief, Lavrenty Beria, for the mass deportation of Muslim Tatars from the Crimean Peninsula during World War II, which killed tens of thousands, according Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty .

- UNIAN - UA

UNIAN: Dzhemilev says Russia deploys six nuclear warheads in Crimea

Crimea was turned into a military base … We even have information that there are now six nuclear warheads,” he said, LIGA.net reports. Dzhemilev also noted that it is dangerous to deploy any military operations in the peninsula. The post UNIAN: Dzhemilev says Russia deploys six nuclear warheads in Crimea ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Russia deploys six nuclear warheads in Crimea – Dzhemilev

The Ukrainian president's envoy to the Crimean Tatar people and Crimean Tatar leader, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev has said in an interview with UATV that Russia deployed six nuclear warheads in Crimea, according to LIGA.net.

- UNIAN - UA

Viktor Nazarenko: Almost 40 Russian artists are banned from entering Ukraine

Ukrainian authorized agencies have banned around 40 Russian actors and singers from entering Ukraine over their illegal visits of Crimea, Head of Ukraine's State Border Guard Service Viktor Nazarenko has said. “As for artists and other public figures from Russia who visited Crimea, today we have revealed around 40 ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Ukraine's envoy: Lavrov's new song 'Visa discrimination' of Russians in Crimea

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba has said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned 'visa discrimination' of Russians in Russian-occupied Crimea after Ukraine had signed EU visa waivers.

- UNIAN - UA

Remembering Sürgünlik: Supporting Crimean Tatars in a Dark Time

Remembering Sürgünlik: Supporting Crimean Tatars in a Dark Time Gina S. LentineMay 18, 2017Today marks the 73rd anniversary of Joseph Stalin's deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland, Crimea.

- Freedom House - US

US Scrutinizes Ukraine Ban on Russian Websites

U.S. officials say they are closely following Ukraine’s order blocking access to a number of Russian websites in the latest round of sanctions over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea. The U.S. State Department has not taken an official position on the matter. However a U.S. official on background told VOA that ...

- Voice of America - US

Russia detains Crimean Tatars for honouring the victims of the Deportation

Russian police and FSB marked the 73rd anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People with detentions and harassment of people, many elderly, gathered in prayer

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Slain Crimean Tatar Symbol of Struggle against Russian Invasion Declared Hero of Ukraine

Reshat Ametov wanted his three children to grow up in a free Ukraine. When others were too fearful to join him in a peaceful demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the 39-year-old Crimean Tatar came out in solitary protest.  He was abducted by armed paramilitaries from outside the Crimean parliament and ...

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Ukraine bans Russian social media sites in an attempt to punish the Kremlin

Ukraine banned two popular social media sites Tuesday, in a new attempt to purge Russian influence in the country. The move to block these Russian websites is an extension of sanctions against Russia that have been in place since it annexed Crimea in 2014. Personally announced by President Petro

- VICE News - US

Ukraine bans Russian websites

Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, has banned several Russian internet services on Tuesday , as part of sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea. The ban includes social media popular among Ukrainians, such as VKontakte, and search engine Yandex. Russia's foreign ministry condemned the ban. Shortly after its ...

- EU Observer - EU

Deputy Secretary General visits NATO troops in Estonia

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller began a two-day visit to Estonia on Friday , stressing that Allied forces in Estonia are at the heart of NATO's collective defence. Visiting British infantry troops at a training range in Tapa, the Deputy Secretary General said that all Allies stand united against any threat. ...

- NATO - INT

The comeback of Angela Merkel

Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential elections and a conservative upset win in a bellwether German regional election, both on Sunday, have produced an unexpected third winner: Angela Merkel. Germany's chancellor, who is aiming for a fourth term in the September 24 elections, has had a hard three years. ...

- Brookings - US

Russia and the post-2014 international legal order: revisionism and realpolitik

Roy Allison Russia's annexation of Crimea and military intervention in eastern Ukraine, as well as Moscow's claims around these acts, challenge the post-Cold War territorial settlement and its underlying international legal principles. Unlike previous controversies over western-led interventions, a major power has used ...

- Chatham House - UK

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