Monthly Archives: August 2019

Kremlin denies reports about radioactive cloud over Arkhangelsk region

The authorities are working to eliminate any danger to the Russians after the missile explosion at the military test site near Severodvinsk, and the reports about a radioactive cloud over the region are absurd, said Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov as cited by RBC news agency. “The wording itself is quite absurd,” the Kremlin spokesman said. He also noted that Putin

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Macron says Russia not welcome in G8 without peace in Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met in France, an event viewed by some as a possible step to improve relations between the West and Russia. However, during the Aug. 19 meeting, Macron stood strong in emphasizing that Putin’s country cannot get back into the Group of Seven (G7) until its war in Ukraine ends. “The

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Hoffman and Soames: Stop Putin now, as Churchill would warn, or West will face the consequences

Fox News. August 23 marks the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the infamous neutrality treaty that secretly divided Poland, the Baltic States, and Romania between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The 1939 treaty offers lessons for any nation engaging with Russia today, especially those which were once part of the former USSR. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who served

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No Stable Ukrainian-Russian Peace Possible Until Putin Convicted of War Crimes, Shulipa Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, August 17 – Many have been speculating about what steps Russia and Ukraine must make to achieve a stable peace, but in nearly every case, they ignore the fundamental reality that Ukraine is a victim of Russian aggression and Moscow can’t be counted on to refrain from further aggression unless Putin is convicted of war crimes,

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1986 Chornobyl disaster: first classified U.S. intelligence report released

The National Security Archive released the first classified report of the U.S. intelligence that concerned Chornobyl nuclear catastrophe in April 1986. The document was created on May 2, 1986, a week after the explosion of the fourth nuclear reactor of Chornobyl power plant. The report states that the official data provided by the Soviet authority was nonsense. The U.S. intelligence

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Russia Is ‘Deeply European,’ France’s Macron Says in Russian

Russia is a European country, French President Emmanuel Macron has said following talks with President Vladimir Putin. Macron hosted Putin in France on Monday, where the French leader played up efforts “to tie Russia and Europe back together” and underscored his belief that “Europe stretches from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”  “Russia is a very deeply European country,” Macron wrote on his

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‘I gathered you here so you don’t have any problems’ An anonymous soldier explains Russia’s radioactive missile explosion to local townspeople

11:43 am, August 20, 2019Source: Newsader On August 17, the website Newsader published a video recording of a conversation between an unnamed Russian soldier and residents of Nyonoksa, where a prototype weapon exploded earlier this month, releasing a cloud of radiation. Newsader doesn’t identify the soldier, state his rank, or clarify when the video was recorded. Nevertheless, independent analysts told RFE/RL’s Mike Eckel that the footage appears to be

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Ukraine and Turkey to develop new heavy strike drone

By Illia Ponomarenko. Published Aug. 20 at 1:51 pm The Turkish-developed Akinci strike drone project.Photo by UkrOboronProm The Ukrainian and Turkish defense industries are pooling their efforts to develop the new Akinci heavy strike drone, Ukraine’s state military manufacturer UkrOboronProm said on Aug. 20. The new aircraft is being designed as part of a recently-launched joint production project between UkrSpetsEksport, an UkrOboronProm affiliate company,

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Putin announces conditions for Normandy Format negotiations

The Russian President thinks that there are a number of other issues, which should be agreed with the Ukrainian authority Russian President Vladimir Putin finds the implementation of the special status of Donbas to be the main condition for holding of Normandy Format talks as well as the solution of a number of issues with the representatives of the Ukrainian

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Russia Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions With Post-INF Missile Test

Russia said on Tuesday that the U.S. test of a ground-launched cruise missile was regrettable and showed that Washington had long been preparing for the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The Pentagon said Monday that it tested a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers, the first such test since the U.S. pulled

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Ukraine to receive gas from Romania (Scheme)

A permanent capacity for imports of 1.5 bcm of gas per year from Romania will be created before January 1, 2020. Photo from UNIAN The state-owned operator of Ukraine’s gas transmission system (GTS), Ukrtransgaz, and Chișinău-based Moldovagaz have agreed on technical solutions to create the required capacities to receive natural gas from Romania via a system of trans-Balkan pipelines by

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The West Needs to Act Fast to Help Ukraine

By Anders Åslund On August 29, the newly-elected Ukrainian parliament will convene. The country has a unique chance for change that rests mainly with the president, parliament, and soon-to-be appointed government, but the West has a significant role to play. Ukraine will have a window of opportunity for profound reform, but such windows are rarely open for long. The West

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Russian soldiers accidentally fire missile in hangar in Crimea

Monday, August 19, 2019 12:00:34 PM In an airfield near Saki in the annexed Crimea, two Russian soldiers accidentally fired an air-to-surface missile in a hangar, Kommersant reports. The X-29TD missile was fired by two naval aviation soldiers from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. The missile’s 100 kg warhead did not detonate. If it had, the consequences could have been catastrophic.

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