The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych stated that he would like the Crimea back to the Ukraine. «It will depend on the residents of the Crimea. In the period when they decided to leave the Crimea, they defended themselves and their families. I was in the Crimea, met with Crimean people, saw their determination, but also concern, because they were afraid that independence will spread to the territory of the Crimea, and this, thank God, did not happen» – quoted Yanukovych news Agency «Interfax».
According to Mr. Yanukovych, «cowardly», the Ukrainian authorities were afraid «to use force to prevent the referendum, including to use armed».
«Their heroism is manifested when they moved military might on the unarmed population of Donbass. And in the Crimea they understood that the get-tough,» said the ex-President.
According to Moscow’s information, the terrorists of ISIS have been planning in Syria «staged the chemical attack to justify U.S. strikes on the Syrian government army», writes «Rossiyskaya Gazeta» with reference to the statement by the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Chemical attack can be carried out in several areas in Eastern ghouta, as well as «in areas of armed groups controlled by Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel, and in Eastern Syria».
Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said that about 20,000 civilians held in the war zone in the old part of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the last stronghold of the jihadists who stormed the Iraqi government forces.
«We believe that 15 thousand civilians, and possibly 20 thousand are in the quarters of the old city, which jihadists are in control» – quotes words of the coordinator of the publishing WG.
Earlier, the UN representative reported that the cost recovery of basic infrastructure in Mosul after the city was liberated from the militants is estimated at one billion dollars.
President of Ukraine Poroshenko signed the law «On amendments to some laws regarding the foreign policy course of Ukraine», which enshrines in law the priority of the country’s membership in PATO, according to the newspaper