Monthly Archives: December 2019

U.S. Senate approves sanctions targeting Nord Stream 2

Sanctions are imposed against companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream pipelines. REUTERS The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, December 17, approved the National Defense Authorization Act, which, among other items, contains provisions on sanctions targeting the construction of Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines, both bypassing Ukraine. The NDAA passed the Senate

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Kyivs General Plan: Housing boost, reconstruction of Khrushchev-era apartment blocks

There is a need to increase the area of housing since the number of Kyiv residents will rise by 0.8 million in 20 years. REUTERS Head of the municipal organization Institute of the General Plan of Kyiv Serhiy Bronevytskyi says the current General Plan for the Kyiv development, in terms of the infrastructure construction rate, has been implemented only by

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US Congress approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

The US Senate voted Tuesday to slap sanctions on companies working on Russia’s Nord Stream pipeline, sending a bill to President Donald Trump that is sure to antagonize European nations counting on the project’s natural gas. The measure, inserted into a huge annual defense spending bill, passed 86 to eight after easily clearing the House of Representatives last week. It

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Russia secretly deploys convoy of military hardware to occupied Donbas

Also, Russia delivered about 3,000 tonnes of fuel and lubricants. Russia keeps arming Donbas militants / @shelomovskiy The Russian Federation has secretly deployed a convoy of military hardware, in particular, armored vehicles, artillery, and military trucks, to the occupied Donbas, as announced by the press secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Colonel Maksym Prauta. “The leadership of the Russian Federation,

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Rick Gates: ex-Trump aide sentenced to 45 days in prison for lying to FBI

Gates, the Trump campaign’s former deputy chair, provided extensive cooperation to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates to 36 months of probation and ordered him to serve 45 days in jail. Gates provided extensive cooperation that helped the government secure convictions for Republican operatives Roger Stone and Paul

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The Secretariat supports certification of the gas transmission system operator of Ukraine

By an Opinion adopted today under the Third Energy Package, the Secretariat confirmed that the newly established gas transmission system operator of Ukraine, GTSO, is unbundled in line with the requirements from European law. Unbundling had been suffering from internal disputes and inertia for many years. Today’s  positive Opinion is essentially the consequence of the recent adoption of a Law

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Ukraine & Energoatom joins EPRI program for engineering support of NPPs

The move will allow Energoatom to use the best international practices and modern engineering support methods for nuclear power plants. Photo from Energoatom Ukraine’s national nuclear energy generating company Energoatom has joined the program of the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., (EPRI), an American independent, nonprofit organization, for engineering support of nuclear power plants (NPPs) operation. The relevant agreement was signed

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Bill reducing number of Ukrainian MPs to 300 declared constitutional – source

17.12.2019 16:17Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared constitutional bill No. 1017, which provides for a reduction in the number of MPs from 450 to 300 and introduces a proportional electoral system. A respective decision was made at a meeting of the Grand Chamber of the Constitutional Court on Monday, December 16, a well-informed source in court told Ukrinform. The judge-rapporteur on

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Markarova hopes next program with IMF will be last one

17.12.2019 09:41Ukraine must conclude a new program with the International Monetary Fund and implement it and then cooperate with the IMF as a participating country that does not require new lending, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oksana Markarova has said. “We have reached an agreement not just about the next tranche, but about a new program [on cooperation with the IMF]. This

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TV personality Antin Mukharsky: Open Letter to Showman Zelenskyy

Article by: Antin Mukharsky Background Note Antin Mukharsky is a well-known Ukrainian writer, musician, stage actor and television personality. His famous alter ego is Orest Liutyy, Professor of Anthropology, who appears on stage to sing Ukrainian patriotic and parody songs, what he calls “Fierce Ukrainization”.  In February 2014, he performed on the Maidan, including clandestine concerts for Pravy Sektor, and

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Russia expands sanctions against Ukraine

17.12.2019 16:35Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree expanding the list of Ukrainian individuals under sanctions. TASS reported this with reference to a relevant decree of the Government of the Russian Federation. According to the document, nine more people have been included in the list, two Ukrainians have been excluded from the list. Thus, the

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Putin approves temporary travel ban for former Russian Federal Security Service employees

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that bans former Federal Security Service (FSB) officers from leaving the country for up to five years. Such restriction can be established from the date of dismissal. The document is published on the official Internet website of legal information. Earlier, the co-author of the bill, Chairman of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control

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Wiesenthal Center names UK’s Corbyn top anti-Semite of 2019

Ahead of Thursday’s British elections, Labour chief placed above US synagogue killer on group’s annual list; rabbi warns electing him would make UK a ‘pariah’ The Simon Wiesenthal Center named UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as its the top anti-Semitic person or event for 2019, and warned that Britain would become a “pariah” if it elects the hard-left leader as

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KREMLIN WATCH STRATEGY

FOR COUNTERING HOSTILE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE 20 SUGGESTED MEASURES FOR THE NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND EU MEMBER STATES EUROPEAN VALUES CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICYEuropean Values Center for Security Policy is a non-governmental, non-partisan institute defending freedom and sovereignty. We protect liberal democracy, the rule of law, and the transatlantic alliance of the Czech Republic. We help defend Europe especially from the

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U.S. Businessman Buys Russian-Language RTVI Broadcaster

U.S. businessman Mikayel Israyelyan has bought a majority stake in New York-based Russian-language television network RTVI from its Russian owner and plans to expand it in the United States, the channel said on Tuesday. The sale marks the first time the network, one of the biggest Russian-language broadcasters outside of Russia, will be majority owned by a foreign shareholder, a

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Constitutional Court Declares Unconstitutional Bill On President’s Constitutional Right To Appoint NACB And SBI Directors

The Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the bill that enshrines in the Constitution the right of the President to appoint and dismiss directors of the National Anticorruption Bureau (NACB) and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Ukrainian News agency learnt this from a well-informed source. According to the source, the decision was taken on December 16. It did not provide

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Dozens detained in Kazakhstan Independence Day protests

Police detained dozens of people in Kazakhstan’s two main cities on Monday at rare protests demanding political reform and the sidelining of the family of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Groups of up to 100 anti-government protesters marked Independence Day with simultaneous demonstrations in the capital, Nur-Sultan, and in the commercial hub Almaty. They chanted slogans such as “Wake up Kazakhstan!”

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Putin Still Uses Obsolete Windows XP, Report Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to still use Microsoft’s discontinued Windows XP operating system, the Open Media news website reported Monday after examining photographs of his desktop. Microsoft stopped releasing security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003, with occasional exceptions, in April 2014. Russian officials are technically banned from using foreign software as Moscow aims to protect national interests

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Giuliani keeps shitting on Ukraine’s case

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has published conclusions about his visit to Ukraine, as well as those to Budapest and Vienna, on the Trump impeachment case. “Budapest – Kyiv – Vienna. After hundreds of hours and months of research, I have garnered witnesses and documents which reveal the truth behind this impeachment, which includes NO wrongdoing by real DonaldTrump,”

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Kyiv against Donbas self-proclaimed republics joining ‘Normandy format’

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has denounced attempts to establish contact between foreign politicians and the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR). “We strongly condemn any attempt at contact with the so-called republics, the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories. This kind of contact, though disguised as mediation, is by no means conducive to attaining peace; on the contrary, it is

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Zelenskyy’s Amendments To Constitution As For Decentralization Mention Nothing About Special Status Of Donbas Or Its Territories

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s bill 2598 on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine as for the decentralization does not mention anything about special status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions or their territories. This follows from the text of the bill posted on the official website of the Ukrainian Parliament, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Not only does Zelenskyy avoid mentioning of provision

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