Monthly Archives: September 2019

Zelensky: no more ‘caste of untouchables’ in Ukraine society

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that members of the Ukrainian parliament will not hide from the law in parliament after lifting parliamentary immunity. “When assuming the post of the president, I said: our national idea is together do impossible. Today we have received confirmation. 373 votes in favor of what was considered impossible for more than 20 years –

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Chief Dutch prosecutor calls on Ukraine not to transfer ‘DPR’ fighter Tsemakh to Russia

Head of the Joint Investigation Team and Dutch chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke has called on Ukrainian authorities to prevent the transfer of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) fighter Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia within the framework of a prisoner swap. Tsemakh is considered a suspect in the Dutch prosecutor’s office in the case of involving the shooting down of Boeing MH17. He

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News from Donbass 2-9-2019

In the area of ​​the Joint Forces Operation on September 2, the armed forces of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated the ceasefire 7 times, – the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy fired at the positions of the Joint Forces units from weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements – 122 mm artillery systems, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars,

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‘If I’m sad, why do I need to pretend like everything’s fine?’ Death Cafés are bringing Russians together to break taboos about the end of life. Our correspondent joined in — and began to overcome her own fears.

Over the past several years, a movement advocating for “a more positive relationship to death” has taken off around the world, especially in Great Britain and the United States. This movement’s ideology suggests that people should talk more about their own deaths and those of their loved ones, establishing a more conscious relationship with the inevitable end of every life.

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‘Something’s about to go down’ Cossack troops and Donbas veterans might start helping police disperse Moscow’s election protests

The election protests that have rocked Moscow since July are set to continue, and government officials are looking for new ways to contain them. Five sources told Meduza that Cossack groups and members of the Union of Donbas Volunteers are currently negotiating with government representatives about the possibility of helping police and National Guard forces disperse protesters at forthcoming demonstrations. Three sources

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Belarus ‘tightly’ closes border with Ukraine – Lukashenko

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has said that Minsk was forced to “tightly” close the border with Ukraine due to the rushing “flow of weapons.” He stated this at an international conference on the fight against terrorism in Minsk on Tuesday, BelTA reports. “We had to tightly close the [Belarusian-Ukrainian] border. Even tighter than the border with the North Atlantic bloc, which has

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Salaries in agricultural sector grow by almost 24%

In January-June 2019, the average monthly salary in the Ukrainian agricultural sector grew by almost 24% compared to the same period last year, the Government portal reported with a reference to the data provided by the State Statistics Service. “According to the data provided by the State Statistics Service, the average monthly salary in the agricultural sector amounted to UAH

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Leading Rada faction leader vows “many high-profile cases” following immunity lift

Earlier today, the parliament voted to amend the Constitution to abolish parliamentary immunity. Chairman of the president’s Servant of the People faction in Ukrainian Parliament, David Arakamia, believes that the public will witness a range of high-profile cases after the law on the lifting parliamentary immunity comes into force. Answering a reporter’s question on whether the public will hear any

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U.S. Senators Blacklisted In Russia Say They’ll Visit Ukraine, The Balkans

Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat-Connecticut) tweeted that “Russia wouldn’t let us in, but [Senator] Ron Johnson (Republican-Wisconsin) and I will be visiting Ukraine, Serbia, and Kosovo this week to demonstrate bipartisan support for the new Ukrainian government and continued dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.” Ron Johnson is co-chairman of the Ukraine Caucus, a group of lawmakers who meet to pursue common

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MPs from Opposition Platform – For Life to challenge bill lifting parliamentary immunity in Constitutional Court – MP Nimchenko

MPs from the Opposition Platform – For Life parliamentary faction plan to initiate an application to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to annul the bill amending the Constitution of Ukraine passed by the Verkhovna Rada, which liquidated immunity of parliamentarians. After the final approval of the bill (No. 7203) amending Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which provides for

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Figure of the week: 55%

Between May and July 2019, bots accounted for a staggering 55% of all Russian-language Twitter messages about the NATO presence in the Baltic States and Poland, a study by the NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence reveals. This represents an increase in bot activity from the second quarter of this year, when 47% of Russian-language Twitter messages about the NATO presence

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Ukraine will not make unacceptable compromises to end war – Foreign Ministry

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to end the war in Donbas as soon as possible, without making any unacceptable compromises, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has said. He stated this after eight-hour talks held in the Normandy format at the level of political advisers in Berlin on Monday, September 2. “We are going to do it by the end

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