Monthly Archives: September 2019

Russia demands inclusion of DPR and LPR as Steinmeier Formula signatories

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Kommersant in an interview that the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) are members of the Trilateral Contact Group and should sign the Steinmeier Formula. “We are extremely upset and concerned about what happened in the Contact Group. At the meeting of foreign policy advisors in Paris on September 11, there was

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Danyliuk Resigns As NSDC Secretary – Presidential Office

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksandr Danyliuk, has resigned. Press service of the Presidential Office has written this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Danyliuk wrote respective resignation statement before President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to the United States. According to the report, Zelenskyy will consider it after his arrival in Kyiv. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier

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Putin’s assistant admits that “DNR” militants are “our Donetsk people”

Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov congratulated Dmitry Trapeznikov, former militant and one of the “DNR” leaders, on his election as head of the administration of the Russian city of Elista (Kalmykia). The text of the congratulation is quoted by Russian media. “I know you from your work in leadership positions in the “Donetsk People’s Republic”

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Joint Investigation Links Chechen Rebel’s Killing in Berlin to Russia

A paper trail linked to the suspect in the killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin suggests Russia provided “active support” to the suspect, according to an international team of investigators.  Germany last month arrested a man who goes by the name Vadim Sokolov on suspicion of killing Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, who fought alongside anti-Moscow separatists in Chechnya. Sokolov allegedly received

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Ex-MP Zhevaho Leaves Ukraine

Former non-affiliated Member of Parliament and co-owner of the Ferrexpo company, Kostiantyn Zhevaho, is abroad. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a law enforcement source. “He is not in Ukraine and did not return from abroad,” he said. The source did not say which country Zhevaho is in. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the State Bureau of Investigation has

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Russia calls German news agency “foreign agent,” claims it “justifies extremism”

The State Duma commission is also analyzing the materials published by other news outlets, including opposition ones such as Meduza, Radio Liberty, and the BBC’s Russian service. REUTERS Head of Commission on the Investigation of Foreign Interference in Russia’s Internal Affairs Vasilii Piskarev says the State Duma Commission will review accreditation for Deutsche Welle, the German state radio station and

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Trump’s Lawyer Giuliani: There Is Evidence Of Ukraine’s Interference In Election In United States In 2016

Lawyer of President of the United States Donald Trump, former mayor of New York (1994-2001) Rudolph Giuliani, states he has evidence of Ukraine’s interference in the presidential election in the United States in 2016 and intends to make it public. He has written this on Twitter, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to Giuliani, it will be a lesson for those

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President’s spokesperson pushes journalist away during asking question to Zelensky

The president has not responded to the incident yet Yulia Mendel, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky attacked a journalist who tried to ask a question to the president as journalist Mykhailo Tkach reported on Facebook. Mendel started to push the journalist away when Volodymyr Zelensky came to the building. “Who can explain in which civilized country of the

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Kremlin says it hopes US wouldn’t release Trump-Putin calls

Russia has voiced hope that the U.S. administration wouldn’t publish private conversations between the two nations’ presidents, like it did with Ukraine. The rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy released by the White House Wednesday shows that Trump urged Ukraine to “look into” his Democratic political rival Joe Biden. The July 25 call is now the

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We’re In the Middle of a Global Information War. Here’s What We Need to Do to Win

Richard Stengel If the Russians had tried to find a more inhospitable space for our meeting, I don’t know how they could have succeeded. I was led into a narrow trapezoidal room with one grimy window in a faceless building off Red Square. It was 10 days before the 2016 presidential election, and I was the last State Department official

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Portnikov: With Putin, Zelenskyy can speak freely

Vitaly Portnikov Volodymyr Zelenskyy seemed genuinely perplexed by the very possibility of making public his telephone conversation with Donald Trump. While answering questions from Ukrainian journalists, Zelenskyy even said that he had assumed that only the American part of their conversation will be published and expressed the opinion that talks between presidents of sovereign states should not be made public

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Russian Theater Fined for ‘Insufficient War Preparation’

A theater in Russia’s fourth-largest city has been fined for its lack of provisions in case of nuclear war. The Cold War-era practice of training civilians on procedures to take in the event of a nuclear attack has grown more commonplace in recent years amid strained relations between Russia and the West. The Emergency Situations Ministry inspection of Kolyada Theater took

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Russian-led forces launch 23 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas. One soldier wounded

On September 26, the armed formations of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated ceasefire in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas 23 times. “The enemy used 120mm and 82mm mortars banned under the Minsk agreements, weapons on infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of different systems, sniping weapons and small arms to shell Ukrainian positions,” the press center

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Pompeo: US striving to help Ukraine end corruption

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the United States seeks to strengthen cooperation in bilateral relations with Ukraine, including to help President Zelensky end corruption in the country. “We have tried to use this opportunity to create a better relationship between the United States and Ukraine, to build on the opportunities, to tighten our relationship, to help end

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