Monthly Archives: August 2019

Rada appoints Prystaiko Ukraine’s Foreign Minister

Earlier, President Zelensky nominated Prystaiko for the post of the country’s foreign minister. Vadym Prystaiko / Photo from UNIAN The Verkhovna Radа, Ukraine’s parliament, has appointed Deputy Head of the President’s Office Vadym Prystaiko as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Read also Servant of the People names nominees for Vice PM for Eurointegration, foreign and defense ministers The relevant

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What is Center E? A former agent for Russia’s secretive Anti-Extremism Center explains how ‘eshniki’ crack down on protesters and prosecute online activity

A lot of other time-consuming formalities were introduced around the same time. For example, every week, I had to ask [the social media network] VKontakte to delete five images of swastikas, and I had to find each image myself. I didn’t have to look for the person who posted the swastikas; it didn’t even matter whether they actually deleted the

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Razumkov stops deputy from the party Medvedchuk speaking in Russian

The party representative Opposition Platform – For Life Oleg Voloshin, who began speaking in Russian during the first meeting of the new Rada, had his microphone turned off . It is reported by Ukrainian truth . “ Dear Ruslan Alekseevich ( Stefanchuk, First Deputy Speaker of the Rada – ed), I first of all welcome the intention you showed, just like Dmitry Alexandrovich ( Razumkov, Speaker of the Rada –

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PGNiG, ERU sign agreement: U.S. natural gas sold from Poland to Ukraine

LNG will be injected into the Polish transmission system after regasification, from where it will reach Ukraine and ERU. Photo from UNIAN Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has purchased a cargo of liquefied natural gas from the U.S., and then, following regasification, sold the natural gas to Energy Resources of Ukraine (ERU). The contracted LNG tanker will arrive at

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Ukraine’s Rada appoints Honcharuk Prime Minister

The parliament supported the candidacy proposed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Oleksiy Honcharuk / REUTERS The Verkhovna Radа, Ukraine’s parliament, has appointed Deputy Head of the President’s Office Oleksiy Honcharuk as Prime Minister of Ukraine. The relevant decision was backed by 290 MPs registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent. The parliament supported the candidacy proposed by

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Europeans to abandon Russian Soyuz launch vehicles

European astronauts will no longer use Russian launch vehicles to reach the International Space Station (ISS), announced René Pischel, head of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Moscow Office, at the Eurasian Aerospace Congress. The ESA, just like NASA, intends to stop using Russian rockets to send its astronauts to the ISS. The ESA’s astronaut Luca Parmitano, who flew to the

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Eastern Ukraine Isn’t Really That Separatist

The way to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine is to arrange a credible people’s vote in the Donbass. Leonid Bershidsky As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy consolidates power after his party gained a majority in parliament, there’s a sense in Europe that conditions might be ripe for productive talks on resolving the festering conflict in eastern Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron says there’ll

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Pentagon wants Ukraine military aid to continue

By BRYAN BENDER The Pentagon has completed a review of military assistance to Ukraine ordered by the White House and concluded the aid should continue, a senior official said today. Congress approved $250 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative in fiscal 2019. President Donald Trump had previously authorized the sale of lethal weapons, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, to help

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Medvedchuk sues Kipiani and demands to ban the release of his book about Stus

Journalist Vakhtang Kipiani said that the scandalous MP, the president’s godfather, Viktor Medvedchuk, sued him and demands to ban the distribution of his book The Case of Vasily Stus. Kipiani reported this on Facebook. “ Putin ’s godfather and accomplice Viktor Medvedchuk filed a lawsuit against me to defend his “ honor ”,“ dignity ”and“ business reputation ”and“ refute false information ”[my quotation marks]. We are talking about

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Russian Isolation Would Be Europe’s ‘Profound Error,’ France’s Macron Says

Pushing Russia further into isolation would be a “profound error” by Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron has said in his latest overture toward the country that has been under Western sanctions since annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Macron played up efforts to “tie Russia and Europe back together” when he hosted President Vladimir Putin in France last week. He

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Ukraine’s prosecutor general submits resignation letter

Earlier, Lutsenko announced he would resign along with the start of the work of Verkhovna Rada’s ninth convocation. Yuriy Lutsenko has written a letter of resignation from the post of Prosecutor General of Ukraine. “Yuriy Lutsenko has signed a letter of resignation as prosecutor general, addressed to President Zelensky,” spokeswoman Larysa Sargan wrote on Facebook. Earlier, Lutsenko announced he would

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POLITICO: Trump slow-walks Ukraine military aid meant to contain Russia

President Donald Trump asked his national security team to review the funding program, known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. REUTERS The Trump administration is slow-walking $250 million in military assistance to Ukraine, annoying lawmakers and advocates who argue the funding is critical to keeping Russia at bay. President Donald Trump asked his national security team to review the funding

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Opposition Figure Sobol Attacked Outside Moscow Apartment

Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol has been attacked with an unknown liquid outside her Moscow apartment, the activist said on Thursday. Sobol emerged as the de facto leader of this summer’s Moscow protest movement to demand fair local elections after several of her fellow opposition candidates were jailed on protest-related charges. Following a two-week lapse in protests, Sobol and other

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Lukashenko not to visit Poland on WW2 memorial events over Putin – media

Belarus will be represented by the country’s ambassador, officials say. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has turned down Poland’s invitation to participate in memorial events on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 2 because Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to attend, sources say. Due to the fact that Polish leadership ignored

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Zelensky proposes Avakov to post of interior minister – MP from Servant of the People Pidlasa

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a meeting of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction has proposed the candidacy of incumbent Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to the post of the interior minister. “There is a proposal to vote in favor of Avakov from the president as interior minister. I believe that if it is the proposal of the president, we

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The Imperialist West Strikes Again (Also, Sex!)

Of the Kremlin’s favoured disinformation narratives, perhaps the most enduring is whataboutism about the supposedly persistent evils of Western imperialism and meddling around the world. As we have explained previously, a core component of the Kremlin’s global disinformation strategy is to deflect attention from its own crimes and authoritarian behaviour by pointing fingers at others and accusing them of the

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