For the next three months, Ukraine will pay $247 per 1,000 cubic meters for Russian gas, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a day before the so-called ‘summer gas package’ for the second quarter expires.
A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine’s south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before.
The Ukrainian president has sealed amendments to the law that allow foreign troops to be present in Ukraine as part of an international peacekeeping force. The legislation also potentially allows the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country.
Russia is to give a further discount on gas supplies to Ukraine, as the oil prices remain low, said President Vladimir Putin. The price Kiev pays for Russian gas should be the same as Poland at above $400 per 1,000 cubic meters, he added.
The Minsk agreements on Ukraine crisis reconciliation, which have no alternatives, must be fully implemented, including the political aspects outlining constitutional reforms, said Russian FM Sergey Lavrov after the Normandy Four group ministers’ meeting.
In his first interview with Western media, Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovich told the BBC that Crimea splitting from Ukraine was a tragedy, but the only way to avoid war. Maidan violence contributed to the Crimean referendum, he said.