14 June 2019, 10:58

Top stories of the morning: Searches in Kharkiv region, plans of the Russian Federation to return to PACE and statement of Trump's adviser about Zelensky


The police of the Kharkiv region of Ukraine came with searches to two Kharkiv activists Vyacheslav Duda and Maksim Zinchenko in the case of the demolition of the bust to Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov. Activists intend to organize a protest today outside the regional police department against pressure on them.

Russia plans to sit in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) with the so-called MPs from the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol. Moscow hopes that on June 24, the organization will adopt a resolution on the return of the Russian delegation to PACE.

International human rights non-governmental organization Freedom House has included the occupied Crimea in the list of places without freedom. In the organization’s annual report, the assessment of the peninsula was 8 points out of 100. The rating of Ukraine is 60 out of 100.

John Bolton, an Adviser to US President Donald Trump on national security, said that the election of Volodymyr Zelensky as president of Ukraine creates a new opportunity to achieve peace in the Donbas. He expressed the hope that the head of the Ukrainian state will be able to achieve this.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of a “blatant attack” on Thursday on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The US military posted video on public access, which, according to them, provides evidence of Iran’s involvement in the incident.