Monthly Archives: December 2019

Poroshenko warns Ukrainian delegation against bilateral meeting with Putin in Paris

The Ukrainian delegation should not hold bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Normandy Four summit in Paris as it will be deprived of the support of its European partners, European Solidarity party leader Petro Poroshenko has said. He said this from the rostrum of the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, the party’s press service reported. In his opinion,

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Donetsk People’s Republic wants to make Russian an ‘official’ language

The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin proposed to deprive the Ukrainian language of the official language status and make Russian the only official language in the “Republic,” report media controlled by the militants, citing the press-service of “DPR’s People’s Council.” “The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, proposed to amend article 10 of the Constitution

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The Council endorsed a request to submit a MAP to NATO

Parliament adopted a resolution “On the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine’s Declaration” On the first steps to ensure Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration is the acquisition of Ukraine’s full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It was supported by 284 MPs, Ukrinform correspondent reports. The statement stresses that today Ukraine is in fact the eastern border of the North Atlantic Alliance, and

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Three opposition parties demand ‘no capitulation’ in Zelensky-Putin meeting

By Oleksiy Sorokin. The leaders of three opposition parties in Ukraine’s parliament have signed a joint statement calling on President Volodymyr Zelensky not to make concessions they deem unacceptable during his upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart in Paris. In a Dec. 2 video blog, Zelensky described the meeting as a victory for Ukraine and a chance to find a diplomatic solution

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Member of United Russia Party from Crimea Detained After Trying to Get Ukrainian Passport

Igor Kucheryavy was an early supporter of Russia’s illegal actions in Crimea Member of the Russian political party United Russia and Crimean resident Igor Kucheryavy was detained at the Kalanchak checkpoint after he entered government-controlled territory to get a Ukrainian Passport, Ukrainian online media atr.ua reported. On December 3, 2019, Kucheryavy, who actively supported the occupation of the peninsula, was detained by

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Putin Criticizes NATO Expansion as Alliance Holds London Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday criticized NATO’s continued expansion, something he suggested was pointless given the absence of a threat from Moscow following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Speaking at a meeting of Russian military leaders in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin said NATO expansion posed a threat to Russia, but said he hoped

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German Prosecutors Suspect Russia Connection to Georgian Killing in Berlin

German federal prosecutors believe Russian intelligence was involved in the August killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin and want to take over the investigation, a legal source told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming a report by public broadcaster ARD. The measure could raise tensions between Germany  — and other western countries — and Russia, after strains over the poisoning of a former Russian

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Normandy Four leaders to sign non-binding document – Ukraine's Deputy PM Kuleba

The leaders of the Normandy Four states – Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia – are scheduled to meet in Paris, France, on December 9. Normandy Four leaders are to sign a non-binding document, which will not contain any legal obligations on part of Ukraine. “The first thing we must remember is that the communique is a political document. Undertaking any

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Russia Blocks U.S. Stock Photo Site's Domain Over 'Objectionable' Content

Russia’s communications watchdog has blocked one of U.S. stock photography and footage provider Shutterstock’s domains over content the company said had been “deemed objectionable” by the Russian authorities. The website of regulator Roskomnadzor showed that one of the firm’s domains had been blocked in Russia as a result of a decision by the country’s Attorney General on Nov. 13. It

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Putin Signs ‘Foreign Agents’ Law That Threatens Website Closures, Journalists With Libel

December 03, 2019 03:08 GMT Russian President Vladimir (Platform Shoes) Putin on December 2 signed a bill that amends an existing law on media outlets deemed “foreign agents” that critics say is used to muzzle dissent, limit news plurality, and discourage the free exchange of ideas. The new law gives authorities the power to label reporters who work for organizations officially listed

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MFA Ukraine hands protest note to Hungary Ambassador

23:45, 02 December 2019 The envoy was summoned to the Ministry on December 2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine handed a note of protest to the Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine, Istvan Íjgyártó over his recent statements regarding the autonomy of the Hungarian national minority in Ukraine and the Hungarian side blocking the Ukraine-NATO Commission. The press service

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IOM: Some 49,000 Ukrainians victims of human trafficking over past three years

22:40, 02 December 2019 UKRAINE About 94% of affected Ukrainians are those who suffered from labor exploitation. Over the last three years about 49,000 Ukrainians could have suffered from human trafficking, according to the International Organization for Migration. The vast majority (94%) of the victims suffered from labor exploitation. Over a half (65%) of the victims identified by the IOM

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