Monthly Archives: November 2019

France to produce 20 modern patrol boats for Ukraine’s interior ministry

Every fourth vessel will be made in Ukraine. mvs.gov.ua France will manufacture and deliver by 2023 a total of 20 modern patrol boats, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of the Interior. The 32m-long boats are designed to protect the state border on water, carry out surveillance and monitoring and control missions, search and rescue and countersabotage

Read more

Lifting moratorium on agricultural land sales to boost economic growth in Ukraine – WB

19.11.2019 17:30Lifting the moratorium on agricultural land sales and establishing a transparent and efficient market for agricultural land has the potential to boost economic growth in Ukraine by 0.5 to 1.5 percent per year over a 5-year period, according to the World Bank’s Special Focus Note. Ukraine has the largest endowment of arable land in Europe, but agricultural productivity in Ukraine

Read more

Russia must start fulfilling its obligations on Donbas – German Foreign Ministry

Heiko Maas also noted the important steps taken by the Ukrainian authorities for the residents of Donbas. Photo from UNIAN German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is convinced that now it is time for Russia to fulfill its obligations on Donbas settlement. For over five years, people in Ukraine have been separated by war, which took more than 13,000 lives,

Read more

Rate of theft by Russian officials reaches more than $7 million per day

The total damage in the corruption cases concluded in the first eight months of 2019 in Russia is approximately 102 billion rubles, around $1.6 billion at current exchange rates. These figures were cited on Monday by Dmitry Sevastyanov, deputy head of the division for combating the misuse of budget funds at Russia’s Chief Directorate for Economic Security and Opposing Corruption,

Read more

Russia threatens Belarus with economic crisis for refusing to integrate

Refusing to enter into a union with Russia will drive Belarus into an economic crisis, said Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chair of the State Duma committee for the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with Russian nationals abroad. The Russian politician was commenting on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision not to sign any documents to deepen integration with Russia that might deprive

Read more

Poland notifies Gazprom of intention to terminate gas supply contract

The Board of Directors of the Polish national  oil and gas company PGNiG notified Russian gas giant Gazprom of its intention to terminate the binding contract for the purchase and sale of natural gas. The so-called Yamal contract was signed on September 25, 1996 and expires on December 31, 2022. In the Declaration of PGNiG, it is noted that deliveries of liquefied

Read more

Leader of Batkivshchyna party faction replies to Zelensky’s offensive statement about opposition

“We hope to see you at office parties… you could bring your piano”, Yulia Tymoshenko posted on Facebook, referring to Zelensky’s indignant performance at Vecherniy Kvartal comedy show; as is known, prior to becoming a President of Ukraine, Zelensky used to be the actor Yulia Tymoshenko, the head of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party faction in the Ukrainian Parliament reacted to the

Read more

PROTESTS IN IRAN: DOZENS OF DEAD, HUNDREDS OF DETAINEES AND DISCONNECTED INTERNET

Several dozens of people are considered dead following the crackdown on mass protests that erupted in Iran last Friday. This follows from the message of the UN High Commissioner’s Office, which noted that during the protests, many participants were injured, and more than a thousand people were arrested. According to the UN, protests are taking place in 40 or more cities and

Read more

Russia’s Domestic Violence Problem Is ‘Exaggerated,’ Justice Ministry Says

The Russian government doesn’t see domestic violence as a “serious problem” and believes that its scale is exaggerated, the country’s Justice Ministry said in an official response to Europe’s human rights court obtained by the Kommersant business daily. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this summer had asked Russia to respond to questions regarding four cases in which women

Read more

Russian Lawmakers Discouraged From Foreign Contacts at Victory Day Events – Reports

The Kremlin wants Russian lawmakers to refrain from inviting high-level foreign guests to Victory Day commemorations next spring, the Open Media news website reported Monday. President Vladimir Putin has invited several foreign leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, to attend Russia’s parade marking the end of World War II on May 9. Trump’s response that

Read more

Young Syrian Kurds throw Molotov cocktails at Russian patrol in Syria

During a joint patrol by Russian and Turkish forces in northern Syria, a group of teenagers threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the patrol vehicles. No soldiers were injured, the vehicles remained operational, and the convoy continued its patrol, RBC news agency reports, citing a representative of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria. “In order to

Read more

Rape Charge Against Assange Dropped

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange no longer has to hand himself in to Swedish police. Previously he was suspected of rape. On Saturday evening the Swedish Prosecution Authority published a statement from the chief prosecutor, Eva Finné, saying that there are no longer any grounds to suspect Mr Assange of rape, and that the charge has thus been dropped.

Read more

Belarusian President Lukashenko once again refuses to deepen integration with Russia

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he will not sign any of the documents on further integration with Russia if they contravene the Belarusian constitution, BelTA reports. “Not a single one of the documents will be signed if they contravene the constitution and fundamental principles of life of our society. And the most important principles are independence and sovereignty,” he

Read more

Maas cancels trip to Donbas due to fog

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has canceled his trip to Donbas due to bad weather and will fly to Kyiv, Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on November 18, with reference to the German Federal Foreign Office. “Many flights at the Kharkiv airport were canceled or delayed due to thick fog on November 18,” the report reads. The German Federal

Read more

Lutsenko Accuses Former U.S. Ambassador Yovanovitch Of Meddling In Law Enforcement Activities Of Ukraine

Former Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko accuses Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine, of meddling in Ukraine’s law enforcement activities. He said this in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda publication, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “In the framework of the official SBU case, according to the decision provided by the Ukrainian court, we found that

Read more