Monthly Archives: November 2019

US Ambassador to Ukraine: I have warned Zelensky repeatedly that Kolomoisky could cause him to fail

US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor said that he has warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on multiple occasions that the harmful influence of the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky could lead to his downfall. Taylor spoke about this on October 22 during closed hearings related to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump. “The influence of one particular oligarch over Mr.

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Merkel demands more money for German Armed Forces because of situation in Eastern Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a weekly televised statement, which is published on German Government’s website, that the situation in Eastern Ukraine forces NATO member countries to reconsider the Alliance’s defense strategy. “Because of the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, the topic of national defense and Alliance defense came into focus,” said German Chancellor. According to

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Lavrov: Russia won’t cooperate with EU at expense of China

An abnormal situation was created after the EU supported the coup abroad that took place the morning after the agreement on the settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine was signed through the mediation of France, Germany and Poland. This is what Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov declared during a meeting with the students of the Diplomatic

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Proportion Of Ukrainians Whose Hopes Were Justified By New Government’s Performance Down From 23% To 17% – Razumkov Center Poll

The proportion of Ukrainians whose expectations have been met by the new government’s performance has reduced from 23% to 17.1%, compared with October. This is indicated by the results of a poll conducted by the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research. This is evidenced by the results of the survey, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the

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Syrian Leader’s Family Owns $40M in Moscow Luxury Apartments – Watchdog

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s extended family and associates own $40 million worth of luxury apartments in Moscow’s skyscraper district, according to the anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness. Russia has been a staunch ally of the Assad family over its nearly 50-year rule. The Kremlin threw its military support behind Assad in 2015, helping Damascus retake most of Syria in its

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Libya Slams Russian Intervention: ‘Wherever Wagner Goes Destruction Happens’

Russia is using private military contractors to escalate the conflict in Libya and boost its influence there, the security chief of Libya’s UN-backed government has said. Libyan interior minister Fathi Bashagha’s accusations follow reports of at least two deployments of Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenaries in recent months as forces based in eastern Libya attempt to take the capital. Russia denies its military

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Putin, Merkel agree Ukraine should give special status to Donbass – Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Monday that Ukraine should give the separatist-controlled Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said. The leaders also discussed preparations for a four-way Ukraine peace summit comprising Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, the Kremlin said without giving

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UN General Assembly to consider two resolutions related to Crimea by the end of the year

Until the end of 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will consider two draft resolutions related to the Russian occupation of Crimea. According to Ukrinform, this is a draft resolution on the violation of human rights and Russia’s militarization of the Ukrainian peninsula. The draft resolution on the violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, initiated by

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Verkhovna Rada this week to consider bills on budget, land reform, amber production

11.11.2019 10:26The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine during the plenary week from November 12 to 15 intends to consider the draft state budget for 2020 at second reading and the bills on amber production, the demonopolization of Ukrspyrt, the turnover of agricultural land. Representative of the Servant of the People party David Arakhamia said this at a press briefing after the

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Russian Veterans Join Anglican Church Remembrance Day Service

On November 10, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church held a service commemorating the end of WWI and in remembrance of those who died in wars. Ambassadors and military representatives of countries that fought in the war placed flowers on the altar, starting with the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and Germany. Russian veterans also attended the event. Despite the many diplomatic

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Secret U.K. Report Names Conservatives’ Russian Oligarch Donors – Sunday Times

Nine Russian businesspeople have donated to Britain’s Conservative Party, according to a secret parliamentary report on Russian interference in British elections, The Sunday Times newspaper reported Sunday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opponents accuse him of blocking the report ahead of the Dec. 12 parliamentary election, an assertion that his Conservative-led government dismissed. Johnson’s office has not yet approved the report,

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Zelensky: Permission to sell land to foreigners will be put to referendum

The Verkhovna Rada will ensure between the first and second readings of a bill on the agricultural land market that only Ukrainian citizens and companies founded exclusively by Ukrainians will be able to buy land, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said in a video address posted on his Facebook page. “Amendments will be introduced to the current bill between its first

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Zelensky, Razumkov, Sentsov most trusted in Ukraine

Ukrainians show the most trust in President Volodymyr Zelensky (68%), Verkhovna Rada Chairman Dmytro Razumkov (52%) and film director Oleg Sentsov released from Russia (36%), according to a study conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center from November 1 to November 7, 2019. “Estimating the level of trust in politicians and public figures, only three of those whose

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Russia to build two pre-trial detention centers in Crimea

Russian authorities will build two new pre-trial detention centers in the annexed Crimea to increase the number of detainees, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Oleksandr Pavlichenko said. According to him, the pre-trial detention center in Simferopol had nearly the worst conditions of detention in Ukraine, the Crimea.Realities portal reports. “I think that one pre-trial detention center

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Russia Accuses Bolivian Opposition of Unleashing Wave of Violence as Morales Resigns

Russia on Monday accused Bolivia’s opposition of unleashing a wave of violence in the South American nation and said it looked like a government push for dialogue had been swept aside by an orchestrated coup. Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he was resigning to ease violence that has gripped Bolivia since a disputed election, but he stoked fears

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U.S. lethal aid to Ukraine might not continue forever – U.S. national security adviser security-adviser.

“For right now, we’re set,” said O’Brien. REUTERS National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in an interview with CBS News said he couldn’t “commit the United States” to keep providing lethal aid to Ukraine forever. Asked by a CBS host, whether he believes the U.S. policy toward Ukraine implies provision of lethal aid until Russia stops backing its proxy forces

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