Washington is offering a grant of up to $800,000 to Ukrainian public organizations that will monitor regional authorities and secure ties with local media. Political analysts say it’s a way to keep President Petro Poroshenko in power amid declining popularity.
NATO’s chief has urged alliance members to cough up the cash needed to secure the “transatlantic bond” that the US president-elect has threatened to cut, unless members contribute the rquired two percent of their GDP to the common “defense” goal.
A rally being held on Kiev’s central Independence Square, widely known as Maidan, to mark the third anniversary of anti-government protests that led to the coup in 2014, ended in scuffles between radicals and police.
One of the commanders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic’s defense forces has been killed in an explosion after a bomb reportedly went off inside the elevator of the apartment building in eastern Ukraine.
Russian arms producer Almaz-Antey says Western media distorted, mixed up and unduly rejected the conclusions of its investigation into the the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in 2014, according to a document obtained by a Russian media outlet.