Monthly Archives: December 2019

Zelenskyy Completes Bilateral Negotiations With Putin

Zelenskyy’s spokesperson, Yuliya Mendel, wrote this on Twitter, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “The bilateral meeting between Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and Russian President Putin in the framework of the Normandy Format in Paris was completed,” she wrote. Mendel did not provide any other details. In turn, Putin after meeting with Zelenskyy told Russian journalists that the meeting was “good, businesslike.” Earlier,

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Putin’s press secretary: Zelensky and Putin shook hands when meeting

This is the first meeting between Zelensky and Putin Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian leader Vladimir Putin shook hands before the Normandy Summit. Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said this, RIA News reported. It is worth noting that this is the first meeting of Zelensky and Putin. As we reported, the peace negotiations, known as the Normandy format, started

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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on problem of militarization of Crimea

The UN General Assembly has adopted the resolution “Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov” which contains a provision about the nuclear facilities and material seized by Russia in the occupied territory. Sixty-three countries voted in favour of

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Markiv case: Italian political party asks for European Commission observers at appeal hearings

Secretary of the Italian party Più Europa (+Europe), Benedetto Della Vedova, recently sent a letter about the Markiv case to the President of the newly created European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders. It concerns the trial of first instance in Pavia, Italy, which sentenced Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv (who also has Italian

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Andreas Umland: Putin’s quest for instability in Ukraine

By Andreas Umland. Published Dec. 9 at 7:12 pm Kyiv’s dilemma, at today’s Normandy Summit meeting, is that Vladimir Putin is not so much interested in the Donbas as he is in obtaining some degree of control or, at least, of instability in Ukraine, in general. What Russia’s strategy in its Donbas policy in general and the current negotiations in Paris, in

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Losses of Ukraine’s economy from Russian aggression reach $150 bln – Mylovanov

Losses of Ukraine’s economy from Russian aggression reach $150 bln – Mylovanov 09.12.2019 12:03Direct losses of Ukraine’s economy caused by the Russian aggression in 2014-2015 made up about 20% of GDP, while total losses amounted to about UAH 150 billion. Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture Tymofiy Mylovanov wrote about this on Facebook. “Direct losses in 2014-2015 amounted

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Poland PGNiG and Ukraine ERU to launch gas production in Lviv region

“PGNiG has signed an agreement with ERU Management Services providing for joint gas exploration and production operations in the western part of Ukraine, close to the Polish border,” the statement reads. “We are consistently pursuing our strategy to expand PGNiG’s foreign operations. The agreement we have signed today will allow us to explore for natural gas in a very promising region. I

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Stop Putin’s War: Femen activists protesting in Paris

Femen activists held a rally ahead of the Normandy format summit in Paris, demanding to stop the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine. As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, two activists topless jumped across the fence in front of the Élysée Palace and started shouting “Stop Putin’s war!” It happened while several hundred journalists were waiting in line to get accreditation

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Anti-Capitulation Movement And Democratic Axe Put Up Tent Camp Near Presidential Office

Representatives of the Anti-Capitulation Movement and the Democratic Axe have put up a tent camp near the building of the Presidential Office. A correspondent of the Ukrainian News Agency has reported from the scene. In particular, the participants in the rally have put up a total of 12 small and eight big tents. The organizers of the rally state they

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Russia Banned From Olympics for Four Years Over Doping Scandal

Russia was banned from the Olympics and world championships in a range of sports for four years on Monday after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled to punish it for manipulating laboratory data, a WADA spokesman said. WADA’s executive committee took the decision after it concluded that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked

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Secretary of Defense Esper: U.S. considering more aid to Ukraine

22:58, 08 December 2019 Around US$250 million will be allocated. United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has confirmed that the U.S. is considering more aid to Ukraine. “We have another tranche coming up at this time. I think it’s around US$250 million, and DoD [U.S. Department of Defense] supported it last time around. I imagine we’ll support it next

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Russian spy ship blocked from entering Panama Canal

The naval vessel Yantar (Amber) belonging to the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet has been blocked in Panama’s territorial waters. The Russian warship for the third day cannot leave the territorial waters of Panama because it has not received a permit to enter the Panama Canal. A few days ago, the Russian news outlet Avia.pro reported that the Russian warship Yantar,

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