Monthly Archives: October 2019

Watch This: Ground Crews Tumble In Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flanker’s Jet Blast At Kleine Brogel Air Base

“Beware of Jet Blast”. Filmed at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, on Sept. 14, 2019, the video below shows a Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flanker blowing away some ground crew members as it taxies before take off during the Spotter Day for Sanicole Airshow 2019. The somehow funny mishap, that fortunately did not leave anyone seriously hurt, was mainly caused

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Ukraine upgrades gas pipeline to expand gas reserve from Poland

At the Komarno compressor station in Ukraine’s Lviv region, construction and installation work has been completed and a new stretch of pipeline connector has been commissioned, Ukraine’s national gas pipelines operator UkrTransGaz announced in a press statement. “The updated configuration of the linear part of the gas pipeline will allow us to transport the blue fuel in both the obverse and

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Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela has won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite widespread criticism of its poor human rights record. A UN General Assembly meeting in Geneva saw the Latin American country elected to one of 14 new seats on the 47-member body. Nicolás Maduro’s government hailed it as an “important achievement”. His administration is accused of jailing, torturing

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Analysts: Russia Saying One Thing, Doing Another

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin is presenting himself as a peacemaker in the Middle East, the go-to arbiter to whom all regional leaders can turn to, secure in the knowledge that he considers incumbency a good thing and regime change bad, analysts say. When it comes to neighboring Ukraine, though, the picture is different. Russian-backed separatist forces have increased

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Mick Mulvaney publicly confirms Trump held up Ukraine aid for political gain

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump held up a military-aid package to Ukraine in part because he wanted the Ukrainian government to investigate unfounded conspiracy theories related to the 2016 election. Mulvaney said three factors drove the decision to withhold aid.He also said: “Did he also mention to me the corruption related

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Julian Röpcke on German-Ukrainian Relations and Normandy Four Meeting

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s Foreign Minister in 2016, was biased toward Russia when he proposed the Steinmeier formula, said German journalist and political editor of BILD Julian Röpcke in an interview to Hromadske during the Riga Security Conference. Germany’s current government, he stressed, has a neutral position when it comes to relations to Russia and Ukraine, which some of partners in

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‘They Tried to Break Me, Then Offered Me a Deal,’ Sentsov Says of Russian Imprisonment

Oleg Sentsov was the most high-profile prisoner among the 35 Ukrainian detainees who returned home last month in exchange for 35 prisoners wanted by Russia. The 43-year-old filmmaker was detained in Crimea in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian maximum security prison on terrorism charges he says were trumped up. The European Union said Sentsov’s case was

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Minister Mylovanov forecasts economic growth of up to 4.8% in 2020

Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Minister of Ukraine Tymofiy Mylovanov believes it is quite possible to achieve 4.8% economic growth in 2020 if the government program is implemented and the business climate is improved. “The World Bank’s growth rate forecast of 3.7% is in line with that of the Economic Development Ministry. We also have a more optimistic scenario of

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ECHR Declares Lustration Of Officials In Ukraine Violating Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared that the Law of Ukraine On purification of power in Ukraine violates human rights. This follows from the press release of the court, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The applicant parties in the case were former deputy chairperson of the staff department of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), Viyacheslav Poliakh; former employee

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Russia Moves to Require Visitors to Submit Fingerprints

Russian authorities are drawing up plans to require all visiting foreigners to submit fingerprints upon arrival, the country’s deputy police chief has said, as experts warned that the move would hurt tourism. Russia has prosecuted more than 30,000 foreigners so far in 2019 for violating migration law, Russia’s Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy said at an interagency forum Wednesday. His

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Husband cuts off rapist’s penis after seeing his own wife being sexually assaulted near their home in Ukraine – and faces a longer sentence than her attacker

The husband, 27, saw the attack taking place just yards from his home in Kharkiv Dmitry Ivchenko, 25, dragged the woman into the bushes and attacked her The husband found him and sliced off his penis to end the brutal assault The rapist faces five years in jail while the husband could face eight  By Roksana Panashchuk For Mailonline A

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Where Will Ukraine Go from Here?

THE NATIONAL INTEREST This is a lengthy article. Here are a couple of extracts: Today, Moscow has a primarily negative strategy with regards to Ukraine: make Ukraine unpalatable for EU/NATO membership; prevent a consolidation of the Ukrainian political system; and reroute Russia’s geo-economic connections. The goal is to recreate a failing state and throw responsibility for its financial upkeep onto

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SBU suspects former deputy minister of economy of working for special services of the Russian Federation – media

The SBU is investigating the possible work of the former Deputy Minister of Economics for the Russian special services . Ukrainian News writes about this with reference to the case materials. According to the investigation, the case is related to an attempt to disrupt the production of large-caliber shells in Ukraine. The court materials say that since June 5, the investigation has been under

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Ukraine Is Attacked Again. And Again. Repetitive Kremlin Disinformation. Again

More than a third of the cases this week are devoted to Ukraine. This number roughly corresponds with the total number of cases on Ukraine in the disinformation database. Since the database was established in 2015, pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have been targeting Ukraine’s statehood (around 100 cases), its leadership (around 700), and its language (around 150 cases). The database has

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