Monthly Archives: October 2019

Ukraine can now use US-produced Javelin missiles in Donbas

US-produced Javelin anti-tank missile systems can now be used in eastern Ukraine following the transition to an open arms purchase procedure between the two countries, former Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Valeriy Chaly told LB.ua news outlet in an exclusive interview. “We can now use these new anti-tank missile systems, when they are bought, at our discretion. And station them

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Pro-Russia Separatist in Ukraine Claims Mortar is NATO-Made

Oleg Nikitin Official representative of the Donestk People’s Militia “This is a 60-millimeter mortar shell. Such [mortars] are produced in NATO countries, including Croatia and Macedonia. According to Soviet nomenclature, there was no such caliber of shells.” Source: TV Zvezda, October 8, 2019 On Tuesday, October 8, a representative of the Donestk People’s Militia, Oleg Nikitin said in an interview

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Sharp rise in number of Donbas ceasefire violations regrettable – OSCE special envoy

The number of Donbas ceasefire violations has drastically increased, OSCE Special Envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Martin Sajdik said. Sajdik told reporters in Minsk on Tuesday that he unfortunately could not give a positive assessment to the observance of the ceasefire. The number of violations has sharply risen, he said. (C)INTERFAX UKRAINE 2019

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Kremlin announces launch of program to study Putinism

Russia is heading rapidly towards the Central Asian forms of state governance. Now that books of Putin quotes (“Thus said Putin”, “100 and 1 quotes of V. V. Putin”) are available in bookstores throughout Russia, Putinism could also obtain the status of ideology and research direction, just like Marxism-Leninism and Maoism. According to RBC news agency, Actual Comments, a publication founded by the

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Figure of the Week: 150

Since 2017, the number of countries using organised social media manipulation campaigns has increased 150%, from 28 to 70. According to the study by the Computational Propaganda Research Project at Oxford University, those 70 countries all have at least one political party or government agency that uses social media to shape public attitudes domestically. However, what distinguishes novices from sophisticated

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Another proof of ‘Salisbury tourist’ ties to Russia’s GRU

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and OSINT group Bellingcat found in open sources the photos of Russian spy Anatoly Chepiga, who, according to the UK authorities, was at play in poisoning the Skripals in the British town of Salisbury. Anatoly Chepiga must have been caught on camera during the wedding ceremony of Major General Andrey Averyanov’s daughter. Averyanov is the commander

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Ukraine sweeps its way into UEFA EURO 2020, defeating Portugal 2:1 in Kyiv

00:00, 15 October 2019 UKRAINE Andriy Shevchenko’s squad sealed the top spot in Group B ahead of the last game day of the group stage they will play with Serbia. Ukraine have stunned European champions Portugal 2:1 in Kyiv, sealing the top spot in Group B of UEFA European Championship Qualifiers with 19 points and leaving an almost 70,000-strong crowd at the

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