Monthly Archives: December 2019

2,000 German companies have pulled out of Russia

German companies are continuing to withdraw from Russia, winding up operations in the wake of US sanctions and the decline of solvent demand. In the five years since Russia annexed Crimea, its relations with the West have deteriorated sharply, and nearly 2,000 German companies have left the Russian market, Deutsche Welle reports, citing data from the Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber. At the

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Plane made emergency landing due to engine malfunction in Russia

15:32, 31 December 2019 It was plane of Ural Airlines Plane of Ural Airlines, flying from Novosibirsk to Moscow, made an emergency landing at the airport of Yekaterinburg due to a malfunction of one of the engines. TASS reports. “During the flight on the route Novosibirsk – Moscow, an indication of a malfunction of one of the engines was triggered. The aircraft commander decided

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USSR and Hitler divided Poland: Germany responded to Putin scandalous statement

Germany responded to the scandalous statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Poland was directly involved in “unleashing the Second World War.” “The position of the federal government (Germany  – ed.) Is clear: the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact served to prepare for the criminal invasion of Nazi Germany in Poland. The USSR, together with Germany, took part in this brutal partition of Poland, ” said German Ambassador to Poland

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Polish Prime Minister: USSR was an ally of Nazi Germany

 Tuesday, December 31, 2019 1:00:26 PM Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the Molotov—Ribbentrop Pact was initially a Union agreement between the USSR and Nazi Germany. Morawiecki also accused the Russian authorities of supporting Stalinism. “Russian citizens are the main victims of Stalin, one of the greatest criminals in world history, and therefore they deserve the truth. I believe

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Ukrainian electricity grid to become part of European grid in 2023

31.12.2019 13:47In 2023, the Ukrainian electricity grid should become part of the European grid. “The necessary documents have already been signed, we just need to work on this task. We hope that unification of Ukrainian and European grids will happen already in 2023. This will enable us, including our nuclear generation, even to export electricity, and gain profits. In fact,

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Putin, Zelensky agree to work on new prisoner swap – media

Putin and Zelensky agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to draw up a list of Ukrainians, including those held in Russian-annexed Crimea, and Russians held in Ukraine, for an exchange. Photo from UNIAN Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky have agreed to begin work immediately on a new prisoner swap, Ukraine’s presidential office said. Read

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Russia Is Reverting to Stalinist Patterns

A prologue to the 2020s in Russia. This year started off quiet. Things were calm until June, when the authorities arrested Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov. Then, from August onward, they snatched up one person after another following the Moscow protests. Now, as December ends, the country is witnessing trials of political prisoners nearly every day. What is most surprising is

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Zelensky: Transfer of former Berkut officers not to affect investigation into Maidan cases

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has assured that the cases over killings of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred will be completed and the transfer of former Berkut officers within the detainee exchange will not affect the investigation. “This will not affect the investigation into Maidan cases. First, we have been fulfilling our promises so far. That’s why, as I

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Russia to create unmanned strategic bomber

Commander of Russian Long-Range Air Force Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash said in an interview to the newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets that Russia plans to create an unmanned sixth-generation strategic bomber by 2040. According to Kobylash, in addition to the modernization of existing Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22MZ bombers, the Russian military is planning to create a new long-range aircraft. “We are also planning to

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Kremlin: payment of $2.9 billion to Ukraine was a difficult decision

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Vesti Nedeli program on Russia-1 TV channel that Gazprom’s $2.9 billion payment to Naftogaz of Ukraine was a difficult decision for the Russian side. “There was a choice between bad and worse. But all of us together, we can lose much more, unprecedented amounts,” said Kozak as quoted by TASS. In mid-December, Gazprom

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Russia abandons plans to catch up to US’s LNG production

The Russian Energy Ministry has dramatically lowered its prediction of the country’s future liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, according to the Energy Strategy 2035, extracts of which were cited by Interfax. In autumn, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Novatek co-owner Leonid Mikhelson said that in the next 16 years Russia could be producing up to 140 million tons of LNG

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Ukraine-Russia Prisoner Swap Draws Criticism

Criticism mounted in Kyiv Monday over a controversial prisoner swap with Russian-backed separatists, as it emerged that among the captives exchanged by Ukraine were five riot policemen accused of killing protesters during the 2014 Maidan uprising. The policemen were members of a Berkut militia unit that is now disbanded. Relatives of those killed during the uprising had urged Ukrainian President

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Russia’s return to PACE has not promoted improvement in conflict in Ukraine – foreign minister’s report

RIGA – Restoration of Russia’s voting rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has not promoted progress in solutions to the conflict in Ukraine, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in his annual report. In the section on geopolitical situation, the minister said that restoration of Russia’s voting rights at PACE damaged the authority of the

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Washington: ‘Serious’ US companies are considering buying Ukraine’s Motor Sich

William Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Kyiv, said that “serious American” companies are investigating the possibility of buying the Ukrainian aerospace company Motor Sich, KyivPost reports. “There are several serious American and other companies interested in Motor Sich. They’re doing legal due diligence, looking at financial reports, visiting the plant, and talking to the owners. They’re doing

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Ukraine, Russian-backed militants agreed to not ‘persecute’ released captives, Russia claims

As part of the Dec. 29 prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russian-backed militants, both sides agreed not to persecute or prosecute those released, a senior Russian diplomat and Kremlin representative has said. That is according to Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s envoy to the Contact Group that works on a diplomatic solution to Russia’s war against Ukraine, a conflict entering its sixth

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Demand to swap suspects in Maidan killings shows Russia’s direct involvement – UWC

The organization has once again called on the international community to declare Russia an aggressor state, and maintain pressure and sanctions to prevent further hostage-taking and ensure effective implementation of the Normandy summit resolutions. “Implementation of the Normandy resolutions is necessary for peace in Ukraine, but it must be fair and not at all cost,” said Paul Grod / Photo

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President: Issue of release of Ukrainians from Russia and annexed Crimea being addressed

30.12.2019 12:54 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that his team currently addresses the issue of return of Ukrainians held in Russia and annexed Crimea. “Many our people are still held in the Russian Federation and a lot of them have been taken from Crimea. This is another issue we currently address,” Zelensky told journalists at the Boryspil airport,

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Three hundred more Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas

30.12.2019 13:28 About three hundred more Ukrainians are held captive in the territory of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic”. “Today, we have a valid confirmation about a hundred people who have documents – their relatives show that pre-trial detention center accepts parcels [for detainees] and issues relevant certificates… I fairly understand that about 200 people stay there

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Prisoner swap deal seen as ‘real attack on credibility of Ukraine justice system’

The deal that led to an exchange of prisoners on Sunday between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s war-torn east — swapping detained fighters for civilians and soldiers — has spurred public outrage in some quarters. Among those handed over to the separatists as part of the swap, Kiev included five riot policemen suspected of killing protesters during a

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76 Ukrainians return home following detainee exchange

The exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia has ended at the Mayorske entry and exit checkpoint in the Donetsk region, Ukraine’s Presidential Office has reported on Facebook. “The mutual release of detained persons is over. Seventy-six of our people are safe in Ukraine-controlled territory,” the report reads. According to preliminary data from Ukrainian Ombudsman Liudmyla Denisova, 80 Ukrainian captives

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Zelensky: If I could give away 100 Berkut fighters in order to return one of our scouts, I would do it

President Zelensky commented on the exchange of the former Berkut fighters for the first time22:40, 29 December 2019300 Zelensky talked to people at the airport Dec 29,2019t.me/pavlovskynews At Boryspil Airport, President Volodymyr Zelensky commented the exchange of the former Berkut fighters for the first time as the society was discussing its feasibility during a week. Zelensky stated that it was demand of

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