✅ What to Expect From the Putin-Trump Meeting?
U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet on July 16 in Helsinki despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russian meddling in US elections, made public three days prior. Experts believe the meeting between the two leaders will not only determine future relations between the two nations but could also impact Ukraine, with journalists anticipating Crimea and Russian sanctions to form part of the agenda. Hromadske spoke to U.S. journalist Julia Ioffe ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting.
✅ Meet the International Soldiers Who Train Ukrainian Troops
Since the start of the conflict in the Donbas, Ukraine’s army has undergone extensive reform. The Yavoriv training center in the Lviv region has played a significant role in helping the country’s servicemen prepare for the frontline and introducing NATO standards into the military – a key requirement for NATO membership. Several military training missions from Western and European countries are based at the center. Hromadske spoke to NATO Liaison Office deputy director Sharon Irwin and Canadian Defense Brian Irwin about training Ukrainian troops and the progress of the country’s armed forces.
Deputy Director, NATO Liaison Office
Canadian Defense Attaché
✅ Inside the Russian Town Where Sentsov Is Held
Ukrainian film director and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov is serving a 20-year sentence in a penal colony located in the northern Russian town of Labytnangi. The town is remote and difficult to reach, with the closest airport located in Salekhard, a town across the river. Authorities have been promising to build a bridge to ease travel for residents for more than a decade and construction plans have again been flagged for next year. But residents are divided on whether construction will go ahead. For now, they envy Crimea with their fast-tracked bridge connecting Russia and the annexed Ukrainian peninsula.
✅ Four Years After the MH17 Disaster
This July marks the fourth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 passengers and crew on board. In May, the Joint Investigation Team into the MH17 disaster found that the Buk missile that shot down the plane belonged to the Russian army's 53rd brigade. Despite the evidence, Russia’s defense ministry has denied that it supplied the missile. Now the countries working on the investigation want to bring those believed to be responsible before the Dutch court. Hromadske spoke to Netherland’s Ambassador to Ukraine Eduard Hoeks and Dutch MP Sybe Schaap about bringing the perpetrators of the disaster to justice.
Netherland’s Ambassador to Ukraine
✅ Years After the Srebrenica Massacre, the Pain Is Still There
The Yugoslav wars in the 1990s resulted in some of Europe’s bloodiest crimes since World War II. Around 200,000 people were killed during the conflict period. In 1995, some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered by Serb Forces within a few days. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has since indicted more than 160 people for crimes committed during the conflict. But not all these people are seen as war criminals at home. Hromadske spoke to Croatian author Slavenka Drakulic and Norwegian Helsinki Committee Human Rights Department Head Enver Juliman about Yugoslav war crimes and how they are perceived in the Balkans today.
Senior Advisor, Norwegian Helsinki Committee