Monthly Archives: December 2019

Zelensky confirms he will meet one-on-one with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed he will hold a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris and stated that all leaders of the Normandy Format countries will have bilateral meetings. He said this live on the talk show “Freedom of Speech of Savik Shuster” on Friday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Yes. All presidents will have bilateral

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Russians not to take Donbas men over 45 in military ranks starting 2020 – intel report

At the same time, Russian occupation administration is strengthening propaganda work toward military-patriotic and physical education of local youths. REUTERS Starting 2020, the invaders will not accept for military service persons over 45 years of age and will terminate contracts with “military personnel” aged 50 to 55, that’s according to a Ukrainian intelligence report. Russian occupation command continue increasing the level

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Kyiv: Ukraine has collected $2.1 billion from Russia’s Gazprom

Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev told LigaBusiness in an interview that, in reality, the company has managed to collect $2.1 billion from Gazprom in the form of gas that Ukraine did not completely pay for, in other words 45% of the compensation awarded to Kyiv by the Arbitration Institute in February 2018. Kobolyev noted that the amount went “almost entirely to the Ukrainian

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Russia asks France for shale oil technology

Russia plans to get French companies to help develop the Bazhenov Formation – one of the largest shale oil fields in the world. On Thursday, Natalya Komarova, Governor of the Russian federal subject Yugra, and Didier Houssin, President of the French Renewable Energy Institute, signed a memorandum of cooperation in the area of oil extraction, including hard-to-recover oil reserves. The

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Russia, Athletic Coaches Must Be Fired, Top Anti-Doping Official Says

Russian sport needs a “serious change” in its leadership starting with the firing of all its athletics coaches, the country’s top anti-doping official said Friday as it braces for a four-year Olympic ban for flouting anti-doping rules. Russian sport could enter four more years of gloom on Monday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s executive committee convenes in Lausanne to rule

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Venice Commission believes PACE not obliged to deny credentials to Russian delegation over Crimea annexation

The report says other options could be applied to the delegation. The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) says the illegal annexation of Crimea does not oblige the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to deny credentials to the Russian delegation to the Assembly. That’s according to the Venice Commission’s report on the implications of inclusion

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It’s Time for Ukraine to Let the Donbass Go

Reintegration would be too costly; beyond an expensive reconstruction, it would entail reintegrating a deeply pro-Russian region at a time when Ukraine is finally moving West. By Alexander J. Motyl As the Dec. 9 meeting of the Normandy group tasked with resolving the war in Ukraine’s Donbass approaches, Ukrainians would do well to consider that Russia’s occupation of the territory

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Russian Su-30 fighter jets criticized by Belarus, they want F-16

Russia has started implementing a contract on the delivery of a batch of its newest Su-30SM multirole fighter jets to Belarus, but some analysts raised concerns about costs over the entire life cycle of the aircraft, from fabrication to maintenance. The publication Lenta.ru reported Friday that a wide range of renowned experts has expressed their concerns regarding Belarus selected Russian-made

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Moscow Blames Evacuations In Russian Capitals On Ukrainians – OpEd

Paul Goble For the last four days, courts, government offices, churches, stores and other public places have been evacuated in Moscow and St. Petersburg after telephone callers said that bombs had been planted there. No bombs have been found, but the authorities have no option but to evacuate people lest one of the reports be true. What is most disturbing

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Ukraine sends Hague Court details of Russian execution of Ukrainian POWs

Ukraine has passed information to the International Criminal Court [ICC] in the Hague about extrajudicial executions of nine Ukrainian soldiers taken prisoner during the battles for Ilovaisk and Debaltseve.  The Prosecutor General’s Office reported on 5 December 2019 that it had sent the ICC Prosecutor evidence of war crimes committed by Russians in Donbas. The material was prepared by lawyers

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The Russian Orthodox Church now formally opposes new legislation against domestic violence

5:33 am, December 4, 2019 The Russian Orthodox Church now formally opposes new draft legislation in Russia that would increase penalties on domestic violence. In an announcement by the Patriarchal Commission on Family Issues and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, the Church argues that the bill recently published by the Federation Council “contains a number of legal defects that

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Zelensky claims he did not know US military aid for Ukraine was frozen when he spoke to Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that when he spoke to US President Donald Trump on the phone, he was unaware that the US was blocking part of its military assistance. He also said that the Trump impeachment scandal is not influencing his work. “With all respect to our strategic partner, Ukraine is independent and we have higher priority problems,” he

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Trump’s Lawyer Giuliani Meets With Ex-Prosecutor General Shokin

Lawyer of President of the United States Donald Trump / former New York city mayor (1994-2001), Rudolph Giuliani, met with former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a well-informed source. “There was already one meeting during the visit of Giuliani,” he said. The interlocutor did not say what was discussed at this meeting. However, he said

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