On 31 August, there was a successful assassination attempt against Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the unrecognised ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’.
The construction and opening in May 2018 of the Crimean Bridge has contributed to a worsening of Russian–Ukrainian relations in the Sea of Azov.
On 2 May, the Permanent Court of Arbitration passed a ruling in a case brought by a group of Ukrainian companies and one individual against the Russian Federation.
The awards by the Arbitral Tribunal have radically changed the model of Ukrainian-Russian gas relations.
The political situation in Ukraine is determined primarily by the ongoing war, and the situation of stalemate at the front is raising the level of public impatience.
Under a decree signed by President, the Russian Federation recognised the documents issued by the governments of the ‘people’s republics’.
Regardless of the transport and social problems, the vast majority of the population have remained on the peninsula adapting to the new situation.
It may be assumed that Russia intends to use the present escalation of exchanges of fire to put more pressure on Kyiv, and mainly on the West.
During her two years’ imprisonment, Savchenko became a national hero for Ukrainian society, and one of the symbols of the country’s war with Russia.
On 18 April, the Russian Ministry of Justice placed Mejlis, the council of Crimean Tatars, on their list of extremist organisations.