Monthly Archives: December 2019

Is Belarus Putin’s Next Land Grab?

Last summer, in a small town overlooking the Russian border, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made a stark and pointed pronouncement. “If we don’t survive these years—if we fail,” he said, “it means we will have to become part of some other state, or they will simply wipe their feet on us. God forbid they unleash another war, like in Ukraine.”

Read more

Modern military bases to be created for new brigades of Ukrainian Ground Forces

PHOTOS12.12.2019 16:34In 2020, modern military bases will be built for new brigades of Ground Forces of the Armed Forces, primarily for the units stationed in eastern Ukraine. “Due to the fact that part of the brigades created within the framework of measures to enhance the combat capabilities of Ground Forces of the Armed Forces against the background of armed aggression

Read more

Cargo handling in Ukrainian seaports reaches 150 mln tonnes for first time in past 11 years

12.12.2019 12:48The volume of cargo handling in Ukrainian seaports has reached 150 million tonnes for the first time in the past 11 years. Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii wrote about this on Facebook. “Cargo handling in Ukrainian seaports for the first time in the last 11 years has reached the mark of 150 million tonnes. Such a volume had been recorded

Read more

Russian propaganda TV channel’s crew arrive in Kyiv

According to propagandists, they were not asked at the Ukrainian customs about the purpose of the visit to Kyiv. Snapshot The film crew of Russian Defense Ministry’s propaganda TV channel Zvezda have arrived in Kyiv. The crew turned out to be the first Russian journalists to visit Kyiv after an “invitation” voiced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Normandy Four Summit

Read more

Finland and Estonia launch Balticconnector gas pipeline

On December 11, ceremonies to mark the commissioning of the Estonian-Finnish gas pipeline Balticconnector were held simultaneously in Paldiski (Estonia) and Helsinki (Helsinki), reports Delfi news outlet. The gas pipeline was launched by the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. The length of the underwater part of the Balticconnector gas pipeline from Paldiski to Inkoo municipality in

Read more

U.S. House upholds sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Kobolyev said the next step would be the Senate vote next week. CEO of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy Kobolyev has said the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress voted for the bill on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020, which also provides for sanctions against companies that provide for the construction of the Nord Stream 2

Read more

Russian TV axes show starring Ukraine’s leader after Putin joke

Zelenskiy sitcom lasted just one night after alluding to Putin in crude sub-language A Russian television channel has abruptly cancelled a sitcom starring Ukraine’s president after an allusion to a crude joke about Vladimir Putin was aired in Russia’s far east. The political satire Servant of the People served as a platform for the former comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy to gain

Read more

Russian Mi-28 helicopter crashes in Krasnodar Area

Both pilots with the 55th helicopter regiment, which attacked Ukrainian naval boats and sailors near the Kerch Strait last November, died in the accident. The Mi-28 attack helicopter of the Russian Armed Forces crashed in Russia’s Krasnodar Area, leaving both crew members on board dead. Russia’s Defense Ministry has confirmed the accident and the death of the pilots, Russia’s Interfax

Read more

Russian Nationalist Party Leader Endorses Johnson in U.K. Election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a heartfelt endorsement from Russian nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky on the day of an election that may decide the future of Brexit. Polls show Johnson’s Conservative Party winning a majority in the general election, despite recent figures narrowing its gap with the Labour Party. Opponents have accused him of delaying publishing a report on

Read more

Tymoshenko opposes Donbas autonomy

Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Fatherland Party, said that her faction will not accept any autonomy for the occupied territories in eastern Ukraine. She said this in an interview published on Facebook. Earlier during the Minsk talks it was agreed on the so-called Steinheimer Formula, which has to be approved by the Ukrainian parliament (Rada). ® 2019 Facebook © Yulia

Read more

Russia’s Sole Aircraft Carrier Catches Fire in Northern Port

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, caught fire on Thursday during maintenance work in Russia’s Arctic port in Murmansk, with three people unaccounted for, Russian news agencies reported. One source told the TASS news agency that the fire had started on the upper deck and that thick, black smoke was billowing from the vessel. (c) The Moscow Times

Read more

Kremlin trying to “save face” in gas talks: economist

The expert has named a key problem in Ukraine-Russia gas talks. The main stumbling block in gas negotiations between Ukraine and Russia is the form of converting the outcome of the Stockholm arbitration dispute, where Gazprom was obliged to pay $3 billion to Naftogaz. “Those several billion dollars that Ukraine is supposed to receive by the Stockholm arbitration award can

Read more

Conference in U.S. Capitol reaffirms bipartisan support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Politicians of both the Republican and Democratic parties along with a group of political analysts, think-tankers, scholars and diplomats crowded into a large room under the iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol building in a united demonstration of support for Ukraine on Dec. 4. The ongoing American impeachment inquiry centers on whether U.S. President Donald Trump abused his power through efforts to pressure

Read more

Disinformation Review: A State of Panic

One element that strikes anyone who follows pro-Kremlin media is an omnipresent state of fear, anxiety, panic, anguish… Everything is sinking, breaking down, crumbling to pieces. This week’s Disinfo Review is a catalogue of the Kremlin’s worst fears. Accepting the truth can be scary for anyone, but in the case of pro-Kremlin disinformation, one observes a wholly uncompromising obsession with

Read more