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Ukraine may start exporting apples to India

Ukrainian farmers may launch apple exports to India if certain biosecurity requirements have been met, according to the Ukrainian Biosecurity and Consumer Protection Service's media liaison office.

Ukraine's president sees Russia as biggest threat to international security

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is confident that Russia is the biggest threat to international security today.

Ukraine exports almost nine mln tonnes of grain

Ukrainian farmers exported 8.62 million tonnes of grain from July 1, when a new marketing year began, until September 20, according to the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry.

Poroshenko at UN: Talks on release of hostages in Russian-occupied Donbas deadlocked

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that talks held as part of the Minsk peace process on the release of Ukrainian hostages kept by terrorists in Russian-occupied Donbas are deadlocked.

Anti-corruption bureau denies it unlawfully wiretapped Ukrainian officials

The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine has denied accusations recently brought by the country's chief prosecutor of wiretapping Ukrainian officials and presidential bodyguards.

RFE/RL: Kazakh citizen gets suspended sentence for fighting alongside separatists in Ukraine

A court in northeastern Kazakhstan has handed down a suspended prison sentence to a local man convicted of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty .

Transparency International: Ukraine needs independent anti-corruption court not chamber

Transparency International has called on the Ukrainian authorities to create an independent anti-corruption court as part of Ukraine's legal obligations and its commitments to the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

Poroshenko at UNSC: 'Today we need UN's peacekeeping shoulder'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed Ukraine's request sent to the United Nations Security Council for deploying a peacekeeping mission in Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

Reuters: From Russia with fuel – North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions, according to Reuters.

Klimkin confirms Ukraine's readiness to have language norm in education law examined by Council of Europe

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Kilmkin during a meeting with EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn confirmed Ukraine's readiness to submit for examination by the Council of Europe a language-related article in the country’s new law on ...

Man locked up in mental clinic after calling for Siberia separation from Russia - media

The Angarsk City Court in Russia's Irkutsk region has ordered a local resident to be committed a psychiatric clinic, after he publicly called for separating Siberia from Russia and the creation of an independent republic comprising the Asian part of Russia, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio ...

Poroshenko, Tusk meet on UNGA sidelines

President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, September 19, had a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk in the course of the working visit to the United States, according to the Ukrainian president's press service.

Thirty-six law enforcers injured as rally outside Odesa City Hall turns violent

Protesters demanded the resignation of Odesa Mayor Hennady Trukhanov and prosecution for those responsible for the death of three children killed in a fire that erupted at a local summer camp presumably over a failure of fire alarm systems, procurement of which was overseen by city authorities.

Fifty politicians, businessmen from Germany, Austria to visit occupied Crimea in spring 2018 – Russia media

Some fifty deputies, businessmen and public figures from Austria and Germany will allegedly arrive in the Russian-occupied Crimea to take part in the International Economic Forum to be held in Yalta in the spring of 2018, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

Ukraine readies new high court as reforms take hold - Justice Minister

Ukraine could have a new Supreme Court installed by next month as part of judicial reforms aimed at rooting out corruption, Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said on Tuesday, Voice of America reported citing Reuters.

Estonia's defense chief: Russia would intervene militarily in Belarus if needed

Russia is prepared to intervene militarily in Belarus, similarly to how it did in Ukraine, should the political situation in the former Soviet Republic head in a direction unwelcome by Russia, Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces Gen. Riho Terras told ERR in an interview.

Ukraine, China sign deal on cooperation in movie, media industries – Xinhua

The framework agreement between Ukraine and China aimed to push forward their cooperation in film and media industries was inked during the 7th International media forum 'Kyiv Media Week' by Zurab Alasania, director general of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine , and Tian Yuhong, vice ...

Polish Def. Minister says Russia may use nuclear weapons in Zapad 2017 drills

Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz says the Russian-Belarussian Zapad 2017 war games will stretch beyond September 20, involving the use of nuclear weapons, according to zn.ua, referring to the official's interview with TVP Info.

Actor Morgan Freeman calls on Donald Trump to protect democracy in U.S. and worldwide from Russia

The Committee to Investigate Russia, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization, has published a video starring an acclaimed Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman explaining Russia’s plot to undermine the United States.

Ukraine's battle with Russia moves to classroom - media

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new drive to promote teaching in Ukrainian — but some fear this will play into Kremlin hands, according to CodaStory.

Donbas militants violate truce 23 times in past day, Ukraine army responds to every 2nd shelling

Over the past day, militants violated ceasefire 23 times across the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters.

Russia resorts to blackmail, bullying and aggression in Ukraine – Grybauskaite

International community should not turn a blind eye to the actions of aggressor states, including Russia, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly September 19, 2017.

Devastating earthquake in Mexico kills at least 248 - media

A powerful earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing at least 248 people and destroying dozens of buildings in Mexico City, according to local officials, various media outlets report.

BBC: Strong earthquake in Mexico kills dozens

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing at least 44 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, officials say, according to the BBC.

French President calls for real ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron stresses the need for the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas, including the full ceasefire, in order to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Naftogaz's independent directors to quit because of government meddling, lack of reform

NJSC Nafogaz of Ukraine has announced all of its independent directors are going to quit the supervisory board because of the government's meddling in the company's work and the lack of reforms, according to the company's press service.

Ukraine hopes for EU's greater help in release of hostages in Russia, Crimea – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine hopes for greater support from the European Union in the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea, according to the presidential press service.

Ukrainians in Poland transfer US$2.24 bln to home country in 2016

Polish Deputy Minister, Undersecretary of State for Security Bartosz Cichocki says Ukrainians working in Poland transferred PLN 8 billion, or US$2.24 billion, to Ukraine in 2016, according to an UNIAN correspondent, reporting from a briefing in Kyiv on September 19.

First 100 days of visa-free travel to Europe: 10% more Ukrainians visit EU

The number of trips made by Ukrainians to the European Union member states in the three summer months of 2017 increased by 10% compared to the same three months of 2016, according to the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

Ukraine's defense & security chief: Over 120,000 troops involved in Russia-Belarus war-games

Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov estimates that over 120,000 troops and 10,000 units of military hardware are engaged in the active phase of the Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 war-games.

Trump at UNGA: 'We must reject threats to sovereignty – from Ukraine to South China Sea'

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on the United Nations member states to protect the sovereignty of other countries, including Ukraine.

RFE/RL: Saakashvili demands documents that stripped him of Ukrainian citizenship

Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and former president of Georgia, has arrived in Ukraine's capital, where he vowed to challenge the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty .

Kremlin reacts to U.S. Senate's move to approve lethal aid to Ukraine

Moscow believes the transfer of U.S. lethal weapons to Ukraine will not contribute to the Donbas conflict settlement, according to the Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, as reported by an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

Russia cannot accept Ukraine's independence – Poroshenko

During a working visit to the United States, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday visited West Point Military Academy where he addressed the cadets and staff, according to the presidential press service.

Ukraine's Health Ministry, Cabinet agree to pay wage arrears to personnel at healthcare facilities

Representatives of Ukraine's government and the Ministry of Healthcare have reached an agreement with the Healthcare Workers' Union on paying arrears on salaries the personnel working in the field, according to the ministry website.

Ukrainian farmers thresh almost 39 mln tonnes of grain

Ukrainian agrarians threshed 38.5 million tonnes of grain and leguminous crops from 10 million hectares as of September 18, according to the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry's press service.

Russia sanctions should be eased if UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas success – German foreign minister

Sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation should be eased step-by-step in case the UN peacekeeping mission sees success in eastern Ukraine, that’s according to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who spoke with the Magdeburger Volksstimme newspaper, MFA Germany reports.

Finance Ministry details recipients of funds to come from Eurobonds issue

The Ukrainian Finance Ministry will transfer to the general fund of the state budget US$1.318 billion received from the placement of Ukraine's $3 bln-worth external state loan bonds minus the cost of the purchase of Eurobonds-2015, according to the ministry website.

Ukraine borrows $3 bln: Terms of Eurobonds placement

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the terms of placement of Ukraine's Eurobonds issued for the first time since 2014, having instructed the Finance Ministry to place external state loan bonds worth US$3 billion with an annual interest payment at an annual rate of 7.375%, according ...

Poroshenko: Ukraine's defense spending exceeding requirements for NATO Allies

Ukraine’s military spending exceeds 6% of the country’s GDP, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday in his address at West Point Military Academy during his working visit to the United States, the president's press service reports.

Detained arms supplier gives important tips on Russia involvement in Donbas war – journalist

Testimony by one of the high-ranking mercenaries who was detained by Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives June 28, 2017, will be a useful tool aimed at proving Russia’s war crimes in Donbas at the European Court of Human Rights, a journalist and editor-in-chief at Censor.net Yuri ...

Another shipment of anthracite coal from RSA arrives in Ukraine

Ukraine's largest private energy holding DTEK has received its fifth 75,000-tonne batch of anthracite coal in the port of Yuzhny near Odesa, according to the company's press service.

Incident at Zapad 2017 drills: Ka-52 attack helicopter fires missiles at spectators

Two spectators sustained grave injuries after one of the pair of Ka-52 attack helicopters flying in an attack formation accidentally fired rockets toward the crowd that gathered at the Luzhsky training ground near St. Petersburg, according to 66.ru, Meduza reports.

Ukrainian teenager's condition in Russian prison deteriorates without medicines

The condition of a 19-year-old Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb who has illegally been detained by the Russian Federal Security Service in Belarus has deteriorated without medicines, according to Espreso.TV.

Cabinet expects local budgets revenue growth to $7 bln

Ukrainian Minister for Regional Development, Construction, and Housing Hennadiy Zubko says the government expects revenue growth of local budgets from UAH 144 billion in 2016 to UAH 185 billion in 2017, according to the ministry's press service.

Russia says U.S., Ukraine reject its UN proposal for Donbas

Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations said the United States and Ukraine have told Russia they will not work on a Russian proposal to deploy United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported citing TASS.

Ukraine, China pledge to strengthen cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative - media

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Monday met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, with the two sides pledging to enhance cooperation, according to Xinhua.

Court acquits 19 defendants in Odesa 'May 2 case'

The court in Odesa region’s Chornomorsk on Monday, September 18, found not guilty all 19 defendants in the probe into the May 2, 2014, Odesa’s deadly mass riots case.

ATO report: militants violate truce 14 times in last day, Ukraine army fights back

Late Monday, September 19, the situation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas remained tense but under full control of the Ukrainian forces, according to a Tuesday morning report of the ATO HQ published on Facebook.

U.S. Senate allocates $500 mln in security assistance for Ukraine, authorizes lethal aid

The U.S. Senate has passed the draft of the National Defense Authorization Act 2018, which provides for the allocation of $500 million to support Ukraine in the field of security and defense, that’s according to a tweet by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who continues his U.S. visit.