Sweden Increases Defense Expenditures over Russian Threat

Sweden´s government has announced plans to increase the budget share of defense in the years to come until 2024.

The country´s number of aircraft and submarines is to be increased, and military presence in the Baltic sea is to be bolstered, according to the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Crimean Tatar Leader Barred from Entering Russia

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of Crimean Tatars, has been refused entry into Russia, Crimea included.

Russian authorities have imposed a ban on Dzhemilev, who is an MP from Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and presidential candidate Tymoshenko's Batkivshchina, until 2019, RBC Daily has reported, citing the Mejlis (the Tatar assembly).

Russia Bans Military and Police from Traveling Abroad

Russia issued a blanket ban on foreign trips for its law enforcement and military personnel, reports 

The list includes Bulgaria, USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Japan, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, etc. The number of off limits countries totals 150. 

U.S. vice president says his country "stands with Ukraine"

U.S. vice president says his country "stands with Ukraine"

KIEV -- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden conveyed to Ukrainian political leaders that his country "stands with Ukraine against humiliating threats."

Biden told leaders of various political parties at a meeting on Tuesday that they were faced with "a historic opportunity to build a united Ukraine."

US 'Shows Evidence' of Russian Soldiers in Eastern Ukraine

The US State Department has released photos purportedly showing the presence of Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine.

According to US officials, the photos prove that some of the fighters taking part in Ukraine's recent unrest are actually special forces from Russia and even seemed to have Russian insignia, CNN has reported.

Russia Says Ukraine 'Broke Geneva Accord'

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of violating the Geneva agreement adopted last week, after an incident in the Ukrainian town of Slaviansk left three dead.

Its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared Kiev had not taken steps to disarm armed groups, which was one of the points in April 17's deal aiming at de-escalating tensions in southern and eastern Ukraine.