Monthly Archives: October 2019

Russian troops assault Syrian soldiers in Palmyra

Russian troops violently assaulted several Syrian soldiers over the course of 15 minutes in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Syrian news outlet Soshals reports, citing the local newspaper Jorf News. Jorf News wrote that the Syrian troops were rendering “various personal services” to the Russian soldiers, citing a leaked report given by the commander of the battalion to which the

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Six powerful quotes from Anna Politkovskaya about Vladimir Putin

On 7 October 2006, the widely respected Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of Putin’s government and propaganda, was murdered. The courageous Politkovskaya, who was not afraid to speak and write about the atrocities of the Russian president, was shot dead on his birthday… On this anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s birthday we offer you six

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Trump’s Ukraine Extortion Was Also a Mafia-Style Shakedown by Rudy’s Clients

When autocratic leaders attack “corruption,” they are usually using it as a pretext to clear out the competition and establish their own racket. President Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate his domestic enemies follows this pattern. While Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani was leaning on the government in Kiev, he was simultaneously running a side hustle trying to extort the

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Trump’s Lawyers Appeal Ruling on His Tax Returns

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s lawyers are appealing a judge’s conclusion that the president cannot stop Manhattan’s district attorney from getting his tax returns. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero had said in his ruling Monday that he could not grant such a “categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity.” Trump’s lawyers immediately appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court

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“There is no other way”. Servant of the People believes that Donbass will have to be given “special status”

Ukraine will have to give “special status” to the occupied Donbass. This was said by head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs and people’s deputy from Servant of the People Bohdan Yaremenko in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. “Most likely, there is no other way out. But the question is what kind of “special status”. We would see it

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Ukraine can only rely on nominal sovereignty over Donbass. No more – Chesnakov

During the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Ukraine can rely only on nominal sovereignty over the now occupied Donbass. This statement was made by Russian political strategist Alexey Chesnakov, member of Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov. “We need to be realistic. Ukraine, ultimately, will have nominal, but not real sovereignty over the Donbass. It does

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Yovanovitch is latest casualty of Trump war on career diplomats – media

She has agreed to give a deposition to congressional committees on Oct. 11. Photo from UNIAN The treatment of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch – disparaged by President Donald Trump and abruptly recalled from Ukraine – exemplifies what current and former U.S. officials describe as a campaign by Trump against career diplomats. A veteran diplomat who has led the U.S. embassies

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Kremlin admits its influence on ‘LPR/DPR’, gives no guarantees of disengagement of troops

Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has not confirmed that the Kremlin can guarantee the disengagement of troops from the contact line in Donbas. “Moscow, along with Berlin and Paris, is the guarantor of the Minsk action plan. Like all countries, we are interested in the fulfillment of all objectives that were planned in due course, put on a paper and

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China thanks Kyiv for passing on military technologies

An article in the Chinese media has caused widespread expert and public discussion, especially in China itself. Even the title of the article being circulated by the Chinese press is controversial: “Thank you Ukraine. Over more than 20 years, this country has passed on so many major military technologies to China”. The article notes that China’s military industry has undergone

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Withdrawal of troops is canceled, militants violated agreement – Priestayko

The troop withdrawal in Petrivske and Zolote will not take place, since the militants violated the agreement. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadim Pristayko made a corresponding statement at a joint briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs. According to him, the withdrawal of troops should begin on the seventh day after peace is maintained at a

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Scientists Discover Record Methane Emission in the Russian Arctic

Researchers were able to see the greenhouse gas bubbling through the seawater. A group of scientific researchers has discovered a record methane emission coming from the eastern Siberian Sea, expedition organizer Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) said in a statement. The scientists found concentrations of the greenhouse gas —  which can significantly influence the planet’s climate — up to nine times

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