Monthly Archives: August 2019

OSCE SMM says measures taken against observer from Russia who “wished death on Ukrainians”

Yet, the organization did not elaborate what measures had been taken. Measures have been taken against Alekseev / Screenshot The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has said it took measures vis-à-vis Nikolai Alekseev, an observer from the Russian Federation who reportedly wished “death on Ukrainians” in his social media posts. “We’re

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Russian spy exposed in Lviv region

The man, who is now being charged with treason, has been cooperating with a Russian intelligence official operating under the diplomatic cover. Counterintelligence officers of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have exposed a Ukrainian national, resident of Lviv region, who is believed to have been spying for Russia. “SBU operatives have established that a retired military officer, now head

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Russian village near site of suspected nuclear missile explosion to be evacuated, report says

By Nathan Hodge and Olga Pavlova, CNN Moscow (CNN)Residents of a Russian village near the site of a suspected explosion of a nuclear-powered missile have been told to evacuate, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported, citing a local official. Villagers were asked to leave Nyonoksa on Wednesday morning due to planned military activities, RIA reported Tuesday, citing Ksenia Yudina, head

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Kremlin Says It Is Winning Arms Race Against U.S. Despite Rocket Explosion

2 hours ago    The Kremlin boasted Tuesday it was winning the race to develop new cutting edge nuclear weapons despite a mysterious rocket accident last week in northern Russia that caused a temporary spike in radiation levels. Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, has said that the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test on a sea platform in the

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Turkey considers buying Su-35 fighters from Russia

After purchasing S-400 “Triumph” aerial defense systems from Russia, Ankara is now investigating the possibility of buying Russian Su-35 fighters for the Turkish Air Force now that Turkey’s membership in the American F-35 program has been suspended, the Turkish news outlet Yeni Safak writes. According to the news outlet’s sources, the military officials responsible for rearming the Turkish Air Force

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European Solidarity won’t support dismissal of Klitschko from post of Kyiv administration head

The ministers delegated to the incumbent government of Volodymyr Groysman from the European Solidarity Party (the renamed Bloc of Petro Poroshenko party) do not intend to support the dismissal of Head of Kyiv City State Administration Vitali Klitschko. “It has not yet been determined that the Cabinet meeting will be tomorrow … I’m sure that all representatives of European Solidarity

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Danylyuk calls Medvedchuk’s election to Rada a threat to national security

The election of the chairman of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk, to the Verkhovna Rada is a threat to Ukraine’s national security as the politician has a clear pro-Kremlin position, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk has said. He said this in an interview with BBC News Ukrainian when asked

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Norwegian F-16s scrambled to intercept Russian strategic bombers

Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers flew over the Barents, Norwegian and North Sea. At several parts of the route, they were escorted by Norwegian fighters, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced. The department noted that Russian bombers regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, Black and Baltic Seas and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. These flights, the Russians claim, are done

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Zelensky eases naturalization of Russian nationals subjected to political persecution

Also, a procedure was simplified for obtaining citizenship by foreigners and stateless persons who defended Ukraine. Photo from UNIAN President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky simplified the procedure citizens of the Russian Federation who were persecuted for their political beliefs. He also streamlined the granting of Ukrainian citizenship to foreigners and stateless persons engaged in ensuring national security and defense of

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Russia, China to Discuss ‘U.S. Meddling’ in Moscow and Hong Kong Protests

Russia and China plan to discuss foreign interference as anti-government protests continue to rock Moscow and Hong Kong and spur accusations of U.S. meddling. Russian lawmakers said they plan to cut short their summer recess to debate foreign powers’ “meddling in domestic issues” as they blamed Google for allegedly promoting last Saturday’s 50,000-strong protest on YouTube. Beijing has accused Washington of

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Putin Sued Over Helmet-Free Motorcycle Ride in Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been sued for riding a motorcycle without a helmet over the weekend. Putin attended a biker show organized by the Night Wolves motorcycle club in annexed Crimea on Saturday as protests raged in Moscow and several Russian cities. State television showed Putin at the wheel of an Ural motorcycle with two leaders of Crimea’s Russian-backed government

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SMM sees militants wearing ‘JCCC’ armbands in Donbas every day

At the weekend, the OSCE SMM saw militants wearing armbands with “JCCC” (Joint Center for Control and Coordination) written on them in the disengagement area near Stanytsia Luhanska, according to an OSCE report. “On 10 August, inside the disengagement area, the SMM saw up to 15 deminers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine clearing vegetation and conducting demining activities

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Trump administration to penalize green card seekers on public assistance – media

The administration wants to avoid situations where people who are adjusting their status become dependent on public benefits in the future. REUTERS The Trump administration announced a new policy Monday that would impede immigrants already in the United States from obtaining permanent residency or citizenship if they use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance. Ken Cuccineli,

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U.S. Has ‘More Advanced’ Rocket Than Russia’s Nuclear Cruise Missile – Trump

The United States has “more advanced” technology than Russia’s nuclear-powered cruise missile that was presumed to have been involved in a mysterious accident last week, President Donald Trump has said. At least five nuclear experts were killed in the secretive rocket engine test at sea in northern Russia five days ago. U.S.-based experts and intelligence officials have since said they suspect the mishap occurred during testing

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