Monthly Archives: December 2019

Honcharuk, U.S. officials discuss Ukraine’s integration into NATO

Ukraine has made significant progress in implementing the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance and hopes for U.S. support in getting the status of a participant in NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partnership. Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said this at a meeting with U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary

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Bohdan and Bakanov had a fight at the Office of the President of Ukraine – reporters

According to journalist Stanislav Rechynskii, after a fight with Head of SBU Ivan Bakanov Andriy Bohdan, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, is not showing up for work. Sonia Koshkina, LB.ua’s editor-in-chief, has also confirmed that fight had occurred. On October 30 at the Office of the President of Ukraine there was a fight between Andriy Bohdan,

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Vitaly Portnikov: Russia “bombarding” the doubters before Normandy Four Summit

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov The Kremlin is preparing for the Norman Four Summit as best it can. Shelling on the demarcation line has not stopped. The “DNR parliament” has just “voted a law” recognizing the borders of Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast as its own borders, thus enveloping the entire region. Speaker of the Russian State Duma Viacheslav Volodin has warned that

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Libya to Send List of 800 Russian Mercenaries to Moscow – AP

Libya’s internationally recognized government plans to present a list of up to 800 Russian mercenaries fighting for its opponents to Russian officials, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Tripoli has accused Moscow of escalating the conflict in the oil-rich North African nation following reports of at least two deployments of Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenaries in recent months. Forces loyal to eastern commander

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Putin announces navy upgrades in light of ‘NATO threat’

In response to “threats from NATO”, the Russian Navy will continue to undergo modernization, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a military meeting in Sochi, RBC reports. By the end of 2019, the navy will have acquired more than 480 new vehicles and weapons. “Today we must assume that NATO’s expansion, the development of its military infrastructure near Russia’s borders,

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Rudi Giuliani arrived in Kyiv today

If most people were in Rudy Giuliani’s position—under criminal investigation and at the center of an impeachment case against his client, Donald Trump—they’d likely choose to lay low for a little while. But not Rudy! The Trump attorney has not only maintained his public profile and continued to interact with reporters (sometimes unintentionally), but he has also continued to brazenly

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Russian Parliament Demands Apology From Norway as Tensions Escalate

Senator Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, and Rune Resaland, the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, had a tense meeting Wednesday as they discussed the countries’ relations and the 2018 arrest of a Russian parliamentary aide.  Kosachev told the Norwegian ambassador that there could be no normal cooperation between the two countries’ parliamentary assemblies until Norway officially

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Trump intends to give $250 mln in new military aid for Ukraine – Pentagon

A senior Pentagon official has stated that U.S. President Donald Trump will seek at least another $250 million in security aid for Ukraine in his 2020 budget request, including lethal Javelin anti-tank weapons, according to Defense News. “Assuming of course the Congress authorizes and appropriates it, we will continue that. We do envision continuing lethal aid assistance to Ukraine,” Under

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Hungary to block Ukraine's NATO membership, Szijjarto says

The row over the language law continues. Hungary’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Budapest would block Ukraine’s membership in NATO until Kyiv restored the rights that ethnic Hungarians had before the language law was adopted. Reuters says Hungary has clashed with Ukraine over what it says are curbs on the rights of roughly 150,000 ethnic Hungarians to use their native

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Ukrainian Parliament reboots State Bureau of Investigations, unblocks probe into Maidan massacre

Olena Makarenko On Thursday, 3 December, the Ukrainian Parliament passed key legislation to reform the State Bureau of Investigation (DBR). The institution was launched in 2018 to deal with the crimes committed by top officials, law enforcers, military officers, and judges. The MPs have supported the reboot of the institution. As a result, the current DBR chief and his deputies

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Disinformation Review: Bears and Drugs and Climate Change

The polar bears are doing just fine! It has been an unusually “green” fall season. This week, delegates from more than 200 countries gathered in Madrid to kick off the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, which follows on the heels of September’s Climate Action Summit in New York. Amid a growing sense of crisis about the climate emergency, attending countries

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Ukraine's ex-diplomat slams author of her NYT interview over manipulation

18:45, 04 December 2019 The piece claimed Ukraine had been aware of aid freeze long before it was publicly acknowledged. Former deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, who filed for resignation November 28, Olena Zerkal, has harshly criticized Andrew Kramer, who published an interview with her regarding Ukraine’s early awareness of the alleged U.S. assistance hold. “What was in the article

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