Russian irredentism

Ukraine Threatens Kusturica with Ban over Crimea Visit

The Ukrainian embassy in Belgrade sent an open letter to Kusturica on Tuesday, warning that anyone who breaches the country's Law on Temporarily Occupied Territories by visiting Russian-annexed Crimea will be prosecuted.

"One of the punishments for a breach of the law is a ban on entering Ukrainian territory for a five-year period," the embassy said in the letter.

Emir Kusturica Arrived in Crimea for a Concert

The well-known Serbian director Emir Kusturica arrived today on the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia from Ukraine, to give a concert with his group "Smoking forbidden".They will play together in Yalta.

"I know there are wonderful landscapes and pretty girls in Yalta," he told journalists on his arrival at the regional capital, Simferopol, quoted by RIA Novosti.

Macron says France will not recognise Crimea 'annexation'

President Emmanuel Macron said Monday France refuses to recognise Russia's "annexation" of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, AFP reported.
Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said: "France is committed to Ukraine's sovereignty with its recognised borders."/FOCUS News Agency/

Russian ship sailing to Turkey sinks in Black Sea

A Russian ship sank on its way to Turkey in the Black Sea on April 19, as five people have been rescued and seven are missing, Doğan News Agency has reported.

"On April 19, the Heroes of Arsenal ship sank in the Black Sea," the Crimea department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

According to Crimean rescuers, the vessel had 12 crew members on board.

Sanctions imposed on Serbian politicians over Crimea visit

KIEV - The Ukrainian security service SBU has decided to impose sanctions on Serbian politicians who have paid a three-day visit to Crimea, SBU spokesperson Elena Gitlyanska announced on Facebook.

She said the sanctions had been imposed on four Serbian citizens and one citizen of the Czech Republic for illegally staying in the territory of Crimea, Sputnik reported.

Kiev summons Serbian ambassador over MPs' visit to Crimea

KIEV - The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned a visit to Crimea by a group of Serbian MPs, summoning Serbia's ambassador to Kiev.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemns in the strongest terms a visit by a group of Serbian MPs to occupied Crimea, the ministry's spokesperson Mariana Betsa told a press briefing in Kiev, Sputnik reported.