Monthly Archives: September 2019

Brian Bonner: Will Zelensky be servant of the people or the oligarchs?

By Brian Bonner. Published Sept. 17. Updated Sept. 17 at 10:30 pm Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) meets with the controversial oligarch and his former business associate Ihor Kolomoisky on Sept. 10, 2019. They were joined by several top officials, including Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Chief of Staff Andriy Bohdan and Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel.Photo by President’s Office of Ukraine After a brilliant

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Media: Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense systems unable to detect Israeli warplanes flying over Syria

Russian S-300 and S-400 missile systems, which are considered one of the most advanced air defense weapons in the world, failed to detect Israeli warplanes flying over Damascus. The Israeli news outlet NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli warplanes, which struck eastern Syria. As it turned out, the Israeli Air Force planes , which,

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Volker: West willing to help Russia find easy way to withdraw from Ukraine

US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 that Russia is achieving the exact opposite of what it had hoped by continuing its occupation and war in eastern Ukraine. Volker emphasized that the members of the Normandy Format and the US are willing to help Russia find an “easy way” to withdraw from the occupied

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Ukrainian, Russian presidents agreed to Steinmeier formula on Donbas settlement – FM Prystaiko

The top diplomat announced two conditions allowing for holding a Normandy Four summit. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko has stated that Ukraine and Russia have no disagreements regarding the so-called “Steinmeier formula” on Donbas settlement. Asked by a reporter, what disagreements Ukraine and Russia have regarding the “Steinmeier formula”, Prystaiko responded: “There are no disagreements. The Steinmeier

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Infrastructure ministry waiting for adoption of all EU integration bills by Rada before 2020

The Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine is waiting that the Verkhovna Rada would pass bills on railway, inland water and highway transportation, as well as on the transportation of hazardous freights (they are part of the package of the EU integration bills) by the end of 2019. “The cool goal is to implement the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement in the field of

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Belarusian President Lukashenko: conflict in Eastern Ukraine cannot be resolved without the USA

During a meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale in Minsk, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said, that the United States could contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports BelTA news agency. “Speaking about the problems of Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, in particular, Ukraine, I am convinced that it would be impossible to

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Defending democracy through media literacy

This article represents personal opinions of the author. Stopfake editors may not share this opinion. By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal This is the transcript of a speech given by Jakub Kalenský at the International Workshop on Defending Democracy through Media Literacy in Taipei, Taiwan. Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Swedish

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Donald Trump appoints Robert O’Brien to replace John Bolton as National Security Advisor

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed Robert O’Brien as the new National Security Advisor, replacing John Bolton and signaling a less combative approach. Mr Trump made the announcement on Twitter, promising that Mr O’Brian, his former Special Presidential Envoy on Hostage Affairs at the State Department, will do a “great job” as the fourth NSA in this administration.

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What is the ‘Steinmeier Formula’ and why are so many Ukrainians against it?

By Oleksiy Sorokin. If German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier read Ukrainian, he would be surprised how often he is mentioned by local media. Their interest is not in Steinmeier himself, but in a peace initiative bearing his name. The governments of Ukraine and Russia have been widely discussing the so-called “Steinmeier Formula,” a peace plan proposed by the German president back in

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Kyiv doesn’t sign ‘Steinmeier formula’ in Minsk

Members of the Ukrainian delegation have not put the “Steinmeier formula” on paper, an informed source told Interfax. “The Ukrainian delegation during the Contact Group meeting in Minsk refused to formalize and sign the ”Steinmeier formula’, saying this document is not supported by the Minsk Package of Measures,” the source said. Kyiv insists that it should receive control over the

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Head of OSCE: Free elections impossible in Donbas until control returned to Ukraine

Free and fair local elections cannot be held in the Donbas until Ukraine regains full control over the territories, said OSCE Chairperson Miroslav Lajcak in an interview with BBC. “I think that free elections could only take place in a free situation, and, of course, in accordance with Ukrainian laws and with observation by international observers – the OSCE, other

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Putin: Israel is a Russian-speaking country

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Israel is a Russian-speaking country, and Russians and Israelis are one family with a shared history, reports Channel 24. According to the Russian President, the two countries are linked by family, kinship, and friendship ties. “I say that without any exaggeration. There are almost two million Russian-speaking citizens of Israel in the country. We

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Ukrainian Armed Forces preparing for disengagement of troops along entire contact line in Donbas

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are preparing for the disengagement of troops along the entire contact line in Donbas, Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Commander Lieutenant General Volodymyr Kravchenko has said. He said this at a meeting with UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani, the JFO headquarters reported on its Facebook page on Wednesday. In particular, he said that active preparatory

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Ukraine’s foreign minister “already agreed” to “Steinmeier formula” of Donbas settlement

The preliminary accord on the wording has been reached at the meeting of Normandy Four advisers held on Sept 2. Photo from UNIAN Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko on Wednesday, Sept 18, announced that he had already agreed to the so-called “Steinmeier formula” to resolve the situation in the occupied part of Donbas. The statement came as the minister

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Figure of the Week: 37

For pro-Kremlin social media the Yellow Vest protests were 37 times more important than the protests in Moscow. The Russian local election and the protests in Moscow have passed its peak and now it is a good time to take a look at the coverage of those protests. As the frustrated opposition candidates were barred from running for the City

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