Nine thousand Russian soldiers are in Donbas, 60,000 more – in Crimea – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that as of today there are 9,000 Russian troops in Donbas.

"Nine thousand Russian soldiers with the most modern weapons have occupied my country. Sixty thousand Russian soldiers occupied Crimea. It is a rude violation of the international laws," the President said in an interview with Austrian Kurier posted on August 2.

IMF notes signs of economic stabilization in Ukraine, says banking system recovery is key to growth

The Ukrainian economy is showing signs of stabilization, however to restore economic growth it is crucial to continue the current balanced policy and structural and institutional reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

Militants' weaponry in Donbas guarded by paratroopers from Orenburg – OSCE SMM report

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) report registers presence of Russian troops in the place of storage of heavy weaponry of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in Donbas.

"An armed man guarding the facility at one of the sites claimed that he and those present at the site were part of the 16th airborne brigade from Orenburg, Russian Federation. They did not wear identifying insignia," reads the mission's report as of 19:30 on August 2.

IMF approves 2nd $1.7 bln tranche for Ukraine under EFF

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on July 31, 2015, completed the first review of Ukraine's Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), and the completion of this review enables the disbursement of SDR 1.1821 billion (about $1.7 billion), the IMF said in a statement on Friday.

The new tranche will bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 4.72 billion (about $6.68 billion).

Switzerland extradites 'citizen K.' wanted for misappropriation of over EUR3.7 mln to Ukraine

The Federal Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland has satisfied the request of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) and extradited citizen K. wanted for misappropriation of funds amounting to more than EUR3.7 million.

Foreign ministry wants "real negotiations" Russia, who's "in full command" of rebels

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin called on Russia to come to "real negotiations" about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine's war-torn east which will require fair elections that are internationally monitored.

He stated this in an interview with Associated Press.

According to him, Russian military and special forces are "in full command" in the rebel-controlled eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

OSCE cannot get close to border - Deputy Chief Monitor

The OSCE SMM monitors in the ATO area continue facing movement restrictions, and still do not have access to a significant part of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

USA expands sanctions against Russia

The USA has imposed a series of new sanctions concerning individuals and entities related to Russian aggression against Ukraine and Crimean occupation, as well as against former leaders of the regime of Viktor Yanukovych.

Their potential assets in the United States must be frozen, American individuals and legal entities are prohibited to conduct business with them, the U.S. Department of the Treasury reported.

Constitutional Court approves decentralization

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine has approved the law on amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization.

Judge of the Constitutional Court Mykhailo Hultai make public the relevant conclusion.

"The draft law meets the requirements of Article 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine," the judge said.

According to him, according to Article 157 of the Basic Law of Ukraine, the Constitution cannot be amended in conditions of war or emergency situations.

Poroshenko: Ukraine needs 1,240 Javelin missiles

Ukraine needs 1,240 Javelin anti-tank missile systems to deter further aggression by Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

"We're looking for just 1,240 Javelin missiles, and this is absolutely fair," he said.

The number of 1,240 has special significance for Poroshenko, as it is the number of nuclear warheads that Ukraine gave up under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.


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