Monthly Archives: November 2019

Ukraine breaks its potato import record

In October, Ukraine imported 92,600 tonnes of potatoes, which exceeds the annual import volume, according to Ukrainian Horticultural Association (UHA). “The critical situation with the potato import growth in the country reached its peak in October 2019. That month, the record for imports was again updated – 92,600 tonnes of commercial potatoes were supplied to the country – the highest

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Putin’s Trojan horse: The US military’s problem with far-right Patriot groups

Putin’s Trojan horse: The US military’s problem with far-right Patriot groups A rally-goer holds a Three Percenters flag at a rally in Portland, Oregon in June 2019. Photo: rightwingwatch.org  2019/11/12 – 20:37 • International Article by: Lieutenant Colonel John Foley, US Army, Retired Russia’s active measures campaign to destabilize the Western democracies has received a lot of attention since 2016,

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Russia loses $13 billion on arms deals

With increasing frequency, Russia is receiving no payment for its arms exports, which are second in quantity only to the US’s, due to the practice of giving loans to buyers, and due to US sanctions blocking dollar transactions. At the end of 2018, the accounts receivable on the balance sheet of Russia’s defense export agency, RosOboronExport, including all of the

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Feedom of speech level can determine the level of democracy in the country. Ukraine is in 102nd place in the world

Report of the Committee on Freedom of Speech regarding personal security and independent activities of Ukrainian journalists presented in Parliament by MP Nestor Shufrych, Opposition Platform – For Life party The issues of personal security and independent activity of Ukrainian journalists are more relevant today than ever. I want to note – it is very symbolic that our hearings almost

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Ukraine’s Naftogaz strikes again at Gazprom

Naftogaz of Ukraine has managed to have the accounts of GazAsia Capital S.A., the company that placed Gazprom’s yen-denominated eurobonds, frozen, Interfax reports, citing a memorandum on the Russian company’s new eurobond placements. GazAsia Capital S.A. is an SPV company, created for a specific purpose. Through it, Gazprom placed 10-year bonds for 65 billion yen (approximately $595 million) in December

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Pentagon confirms that military aid for Ukraine frozen for political reasons

12.11.2019 09:42Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense, a Ukraine expert at the Pentagon, confirmed that she had information about intentions of President Trump’s Administration to freeze military aid for Ukraine in exchange for statements linked to investigations against the Bidens. The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 11 issued the relevant statement announcing

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Ukraine will accede to NATO earlier than to EU – Kuleba

12.11.2019 14:01Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers plans to get within five years NATO’s decision on the country’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Dmytro Kuleba has said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. According to him, a new format of cooperation will allow the Ukrainian government to identify priority areas to which the assistance received

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Kremlin admits: Billions stolen in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome

More than 10% of the funds allocated to the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome were stolen, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Monday, November 11. “A total of 11 billion rubles (around $172 million) was stolen, 3.5 billion rubles ($55 million) has been recovered,” Peskov said, noting that, overall, the equivalent of $1.4 billion was allocated to the construction of

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Russia denies its involvement in death of White Helmets founder

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a post on its Facebook page that allegations of British media about Russia’s involvement in the death of one of the White Helmets organization founders, James Le Mesurier, are groundless. On November 11, The Independent published an article stating that “James Le Mesurier, British co-founder of the White Helmets, has been found dead, just days after

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Russia’s Gazprom sues EU for loss of Nord Stream 2 capacity

Nord Stream 2 AG, the Swiss subsidiary of the Russian company Gazprom, has taken the EU government to court regarding the gas legislation amendments that prohibit the Russian company from using more than 50% of the capacity of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. As reported by Interfax, Gazprom informed potential investors about the start of the litigation through a memorandum

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Israel Extradites Suspected Russian Hacker to U.S. in Snub to Moscow

Israel has extradited suspected Russian hacker Alexei Burkov to the United States despite Moscow’s proposal to swap him for an Israeli woman jailed in Russia over marijuana possession, The Times of Israel reported Monday. Burkov, who was detained during a visit to Israel in 2015, is wanted in the U.S. on charges of credit card fraud. Russia last month had

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Ambassador: Korean companies interested in infrastructure projects in Ukraine

Korean companies have extremely strong interest in the infrastructure projects in Ukraine in various areas. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Ukraine Kwon Ki-chang made a corresponding statement during a meeting with Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii, the Ministry’s press service reports. In particular, Kwon Ki-chang noted that Korean companies have extremely strong interest in the infrastructure

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