Monthly Archives: October 2019

Russian population shrinking at 11-year record rate

Russia is continuing to tumble into the demographic abyss. Between January and August, the natural population loss accelerated by a further 30%, the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), announced on Thursday. Over eight months, 994,300 people were born and 1.21 million died. Although mortality fell (by 33,700 people), the birth rate declined more than two and a half times faster (by

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Ukrainian MPs form coalition to reclaim Russian Kuban region

13 members of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, have created an interparty coalition called “Kuban”. The new group will work on the return of Ukrainian ethnic territories and ethnic Ukrainians to the cultural and social field, MP Oleksiy Honcharenko, elected head of the union, wrote on Facebook. “First and foremost, we will work on Kuban. But other regions that are densely

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Fake: Ukrainian Diaspora Condemns Sanctions against Crimea

Ukrainians from different countries are calling for the lifting of sanctions against Crimea, several Russian media outlets declared last week. 15 representatives of Ukrainian emigres from various countries announced that unification of the peninsula with Russia must be recognized, Komsomolskaya Pravda claimed. Not one organization representing the Ukrainian diaspora has made such a claim, quite the contrary, Ukrainian emigres speak

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Russian Gazprom imposes new conditions for Ukraine to conclude contract

For the new contract, a “zero variant” was suggested by Miller in the Stockholm arbitrage, which Russia lost Head of Russia’s Gazprom Alexey Miller stated that the gas price for Ukraine in case of direct supplies will be 20 % lower, fulfilling several conditions including a “zero variant” in the Stockholm arbitrage. He told about it during the meeting with

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Ukraine’s Government: Currently impossible to disconnect from Russian energy system

The energy systems of Ukraine and Russia are united historically and it is technically impossible to disconnect from Russia’s system now. “Our energy systems are connected historically. They exist as one system and only one part – the Burshtyn Energy Island – has a connection with the European energy system. Our goal is to integrate fully with the European energy

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40% of IDPs ready to return to Donbas

Forty percent of IDPs in Ukraine are ready to return to their homes if the Ukrainian authorities guarantee security in non-government controlled territories, according to a report on the results of a study “Prolonged Temporality: How IDPs Live in Places of Compact Living” by the Right to Protection charity foundation. The results of the study were presented at a press

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Russia’s replacement of population in occupied Crimea violates Geneva Contention – UN report

In December 2018, the UN General Assembly approved the Ukrainian resolution A/RES/73/263 on the protection of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. The resolution, among other things, required the UN Secretary-General to report on its implementation on the 74th UN General Assembly’s session in the fall of 2019. A formal presentation of

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Rada at first reading approves bill to create independent GTS operator

The Verkhovna Rada at first reading supported bill No. 2239-1 on amending certain legislative acts in connection with the separation of natural gas transportation activities, which is necessary for certification of a new independent operator of the Ukrainian gas transmission system and creation of conditions for signing a transit contract with Gazprom according to European rules. “It is very important

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Vietnam to suspend Russian wheat imports

Vietnam is suspending its imports of Russian wheat. Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s federal veterinary and phytosanitary supervisory authority, has received a letter from Vietnam containing a request to stop issuing phytosanitary certificates to suppliers of wheat to Vietnam, said department’s spokesperson Yulia Melano as reported by finanz.ru. Russia is the world’s largest wheat exporter, and Vietnam is a major buyer, although it

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Re-birth of a Kyiv legend

Radisson Blu Hotel near Golden Gate reopens with 254 fully renovated rooms, conference area, lobby, and lobby bar Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv, near Golden Gate, presented its new look this week after a full renovation of the legendary Kyiv establishment. It includes a stylish design that applies local heritage reinterpreted using modern materials, with attention to the smallest details and

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Russian Lawmakers Accuse BBC, Meduza, RFE/RL of Violating Election Law

A State Duma commission on foreign interference says it has found violations of election law by six foreign and independent outlets operating in Russia, Interfax reported Friday. Russian lawmakers created the commission after this summer’s wave of opposition protests in Moscow. At the time, Russia had accused Germany’s Deutsche Welle news outlet, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Google of

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Putin introduces bill to rescind recognition of UN War Crimes Commission

Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a bill in the State Duma which would have Russia withdraw from the international agreements to establish and recognize the credentials of the UN War Crimes Commission. According to the document, which was published in the database of the lower chamber of parliament, Russia intends to rescind its recognition of one of the additional protocols

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Enemy fails to meet Donbas disengagement terms – Ukrainian defense minister

Russia-led militants have failed to meet the disengagement terms and the attacks continue, in particular, in the vicinity of Zolote, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said at the Verkhovna Rada on Friday in response to the question asked by Opposition Platform – For Life faction co-chair Yuriy Boyko. “The disengagement of forces and hardware on the contact line is conditioned

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Almost 230,000 Ukrainians become human trafficking victims since independence

Almost 230,000 Ukrainians have become human trafficking victims since 1991. “Since 1991, nearly 230,000 Ukrainians have become human trafficking victims. In particular, unfortunately, a study of the International Organization for Migration gave us an estimate that 70,000 Ukrainians suffered from human trafficking in 2015-2017,” Acting Head of Mission at International Organization for Migration Ukraine Anh Nguyen said during a briefing

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Russia preparing troops for large-scale aggression against Ukraine

Russia is preparing to carry out large-scale military aggression against Ukraine not only along the contact line in Donbas but also along the entire section of the border, Head of the Main Directorate of Training, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksiy Taran has said in an interview with the Ukrainian Week magazine. “Russia is

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