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Yatseniuk optimistic about litigation in international courts to seek compensation for annexation of Crimea


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says that the total sum of the claims lodged by Ukraine against Russia is Hr 1 trillion.Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says that the total sum of the claims lodged by Ukraine against Russia is Hr 1 trillion© yatsenyuk.org.ua

Ukraine doesn’t give up the idea of litigation in international courts to seek the compensation of losses from the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.

Kyiv Post

Ukraine International Airlines launches direct Kyiv–New York flights


It takes approximately 10 hours to fly directly from Kyiv to the New York City with Ukraine International Airlines.It takes approximately 10 hours to fly directly from Kyiv to the New York City with Ukraine International Airlines. © flyuia.com

Ukraine International Airlines, the country’s biggest air carrier owned by oligarch and Dnipropetrovsk Oblast governor Igor Kolomoisky, launched direct flights between Kyiv and New York City on April 25.

This comes as a relief for those who regularly travel between Ukraine and the U.S. directly, which can be up to three hours shorter than flights involving transfers, since direct flights have been banned since September 19, 2013 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The American regulator slapped on the ban because it was receiving serious complaints about safety issues regarding Ukrainian airline operators.

Now it takes approximately 10 hours to travel from Kyiv to the New York, while the return flight takes slightly less time, according to Evgeniya Satska, UIA spokeswoman. Meanwhile, Volodymyr Haidamaka, UIA pilot of the Boeing 767-300 that flies this route, says it is possible to cover that distance by a little more than 9 hours.

At the moment, a one-way ticket to the Big Apple from Kyiv on UIA reaches $910, while in August the company plans to cut the price all the way down to $759. The flight schedule covers Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, though UIA is considering making them daily.

UIA’s prices for flights to New York are the lowest on the Ukrainian market, according to Tickets.ua online service. However, the company’s offer has a serious disadvantage – you may not change the date of the flight after you have purchased the tickets.

Passengers travelling to New York have to depart from Boryspol airport’s terminal D, which has been criticized for poor service, since only one café operates, and then with extremely inflated prices, compared to those in Kyiv’s elite restaurants.

Anastasia Fartushna, who regularly travels from Kyiv to New York, says that February is the cheapest month in terms of ticket prices. “Last time I paid $650 to fly to New York through Moscow with (Russian airline company) Aeroflot,” she said.

Flights from New York to Kyiv become especially popular in September and October, when U.S.-based members of the Jewish diaspora travel to Ukraine’s Uman in Cherkasy Oblast to celebrate Rosh-Ha Shana, Jewish New Year. Uman is famous for being the burial place of major Jewish religious leader Nachman of Breslov. Around 1,000 American Jews come to Ukraine annually for these celebrations.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Lufthansa plans to attract more passengers for their Kyiv–NYC flights that go via Frankfurt, Munich or Zurich, through providing the comfortable Airbus A380 a smooth flight.

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New York – Kiev

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Kyiv Post

Putin meets Poroshenko in France


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Ukrainian President-elect and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speak following a group photo of world leaders attending the D-Day 70th Anniversary ceremonies at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France, June 6, 2014.German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Ukrainian President-elect and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speak following a group photo of world leaders attending the D-Day 70th Anniversary ceremonies at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France, June 6, 2014. © AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko for the first time since his election, at a D-Day event in France.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko have called for a quick end to the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, Russian officials have said.

The two leaders were meeting for the first time since Mr Poroshenko’s election, at a D-Day event in France.

Immediate ceasefire was vital to create conditions for talks, Mr Putin said.

Separately US President Barack Obama spoke to Mr Putin of the need to de-escalate the situation.

Fighting continues, with government forces reportedly launching a tank attack near rebel-held Sloviansk.

The Ukrainian authorities have announced an “active phase” of what they call an anti-terrorist operation in and around Sloviansk, which was seized by pro-Russian militants several weeks ago.

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg, who was near the town on Thursday, says it was clear Ukrainian forces had encircled it and moved in a lot of weaponry.

Separately, Ukrainian media reported that one member of the security forces had been killed and several wounded in a mortar attack outside the city.

‘Informal meeting’  (more…)

Rebels shoot down Ukraine army plane on eve of Poroshenko’s swearing-in


Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army plane An-26.Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army plane An-26. © mil.gov.ua

Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army plane as fighting raged in the eastern town of Slavyansk on June 6, a day before the inauguration of pro-European billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s president.

  • Rebels shoot down Ukrainian army plane in Slaviansk.
  • Ukraine says member of special forces killed in a clash.
  • More people fleeing eastern regions as fighting continues.
  • Poroshenko to be sworn in as president on Saturday.

By Thomas Grove and Alissa de Carbonnel

DONETSK/LUHANSK, Ukraine, June 6 (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army plane as fighting raged in the eastern town of Slaviansk on Friday, a day before the inauguration of pro-European billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s president.

Slaviansk has been at the heart of a two-month insurgency in the Russian-speaking east of Ukraine by rebels opposed to the overthrow of a Moscow-leaning president and the formation in Kiev of a pro-Western government.

Separatists operating from the grounds of a church in Slaviansk also killed a member of the Ukrainian interior ministry’s special forces and seriously wounded two others in a mortar attack on Friday, the ministry said.

The self-appointed mayor of the city, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, said an Antonov An-30 intelligence plane had been shot down.

“The airplane was hit in the centre of the city. It happened in front of my own eyes. It was a wonderful sight. The residents who saw it applauded,” Ponomaryov told Reuters by telephone.

A spokesman for Ukraine’s “Anti-terrorist operation” or ATO, later confirmed a plane had been shot down but said it was an An-26 transportation plane carrying humanitarian aid.

The Ukrainian army and defence ministry were not available to comment on the reports. A YouTube video purporting to be of the An-30 and posted on several local news websites showed a plane clearly heading downwards in an irregular manner.

A photographer in Slaviansk, a city of 130,000 people in the province of Donetsk bordering Russia, said she saw the plane, visibly on fire, slowly descending but did not see it crash.

Residents said the sounds of shelling reverberated around the city on Friday. One separatist in Slaviansk told Reuters there had been shooting in the city centre and that there were casualties, although he did not know how many.

Resident Larissa Akincheva said she stayed away from her work as a store clerk due to the heavy shelling.

“Today I didn’t go out at all. I hear the explosions, the shelling. They have been firing all day,” Akincheva, 50, said by telephone. “You could hear the planes circling overhead, I don’t know if they were scouting or what.”  (more…)

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