Train convoys of heavy Russian military equipment, seen on multiple videos on social media, reportedly shipping from Siberia to the border regions of Ukraine. The Kerch Strait Bridge to the occupied Crimean Peninsula shut down briefly, apparently for a major shipment of weaponry.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron conferred, on March 30, by video-conference on multiple international issues, including the intensification of the “internal conflict in Ukraine” (according to Mr. Putin) or “conflict in Ukraine” (Ms. Merkel and Mr. Macron, though still not naming Russia).
KYIV – Ousted Constitutional Court Chief Justice Oleksandr Tupytsky on March 29 challenged his dismissal by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with the Supreme Court, a court filing shows.
Post-Soviet Ukraine’s sixth president had two days earlier revoked Mr. Tupytsky’s appointment to the court by reversing a presidential decree that his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, had signed on September 17, 2013.
KYIV – Ukrainian military Commander-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak this week notified parliament that Russian troops are amassing near the country’s border in the “north, east and south,” including in occupied Crimea.
Formed by the Ukrainian rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Holos (Voice) managed to become a member of the Ukrainian parliament in July 2019, only two months after the faction was officially formed in 2019. The party now holds 20 seats out of the total 450 members of parliament, making it the smallest faction in the Rada.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Decree No. 201 came into effect on March 20, 2021. The executive edict adds Crimea and Sevastopol to “the list of Russia’s border territories where foreign citizens, stateless persons and foreign legal entities cannot own land.” As such, non-Russians, including Ukrainian citizens who still reside in occupied Crimea but who refused to obtain a Russian passport, can now be stripped of their property.
The Kremlin’s representative to negotiations over Russia’s war in Ukraine’s east, Dmitry Kozak, is undoubtedly the source of the outpouring of secret documents to the Russian daily Kommersant (March 24), revealing the negotiating positions of the parties to the Normandy process (Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine).
LVIV – In nearly two decades since it was established in 2002, the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) has grown from a fledgling institution of higher education in Ukraine with programs in theology and history to a full-fledged university with programs that have won acclaim throughout the country.
KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on March 23 signed an order that puts into effect a decision that the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) made 12 days earlier to take over aero-engine maker Motor Sich.
KYIV – Targeting dozens of legal entities and individuals, including members of the country’s former political leadership, Ukraine over the past two weeks imposed a fourth round of sanctions designed to counter Russia’s influence in the country.