Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ukraine, separatists fail to agree on prisoner exchange

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists failed to reach an agreement on a prisoner exchange Wednesday after several hours of tense talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the separatist rebel met in the Belarusian capital Minsk to discuss conditions for an “all for all” prisoner swap following a tentative agreement reached during

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China on purchase of Ukraine’s Motor Sich defense plant: We’ve snatched ‘pearl of engine building’ away from US and Russia

An article has appeared in the Chinese press which claims that the companies Tianjiao Aviation Industry Investment Co (Skyrizon Aircraft) and Xinwei Group (both Chinese) will be acquiring a controlling package of shares in the Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich. The deal will involve a package of shares worth around $250 million, the amount that the Chinese firms will “invest”

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General Assembly of UN Adopts Resolution on Human Rights Situation in Crimea

The vote is a win for Ukraine in its fight to return the illegally annex peninsula The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on December 18, 2019 seeking the protection of human rights in occupied Crimea. 65 representatives voted in favor, with 23 against and 75 abstentions. The document enters force after voting. The draft of the

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EU grants Ukraine EUR 6 bln for infrastructure projects

Most of the funds have not yet been used, as it is required to make sure that the available funds are invested effectively and for the benefit of the public. REUTERS Abby Adhimi, EU Project Manager for the “Assistance to Ukrainian Authorities in Improving Infrastructure Project Cycle Management,” says the European Union and its financial institutions have provided Ukraine with

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Russian Embassy Worker Expelled From Germany Identified as GRU Officer – Report

One of two Russian diplomats expelled from Germany over the killing of a former Chechen rebel in Berlin has been identified as Yevgeny Sutsky, an officer in the GRU military intelligence agency, a report by the German tabloid Bild and the investigative outlet Bellingcat has said. Germany sent the two unnamed Russian Embassy employees home earlier this month because it

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The Hunger for Truth: Documentary about Canadian journalist who was first to report about Holodomor

The Canadian journalist who was the first to write about the 1932 genocidal famine in Ukraine — Rhea Clyman — died in New York, in 1981, forgotten. Only recently has her story come to light in the 2018 documentary film, The Hunger for Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story, co-produced by American filmmaker Andrew Tkach and Kyiv-based Babylon 13. Clyman wrote

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Ukrainian tycoons allegedly continue doing business in sanctioned Crimea

By Alexander Query. Published Dec. 17. Updated Dec. 17 at 7:09 pm Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov (R), former lawmakers, multimillionaires Andriy and Serhyi Klyuyev (C), tycoon Vasyl Khmelnytsky (L) allegedly continue to do business in sanctioned Crimea, that was annexed by Russia in 2014.Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin / kmu.gov.ua / Vasyl Chupryna / Igor Tyshenko Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the economic sanctions

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After lifting parliamentary immunity, lawmakers make it harder to prosecute them

By Bermet Talant. Published Dec. 18. Updated Dec. 18 at 4:44 pm Lawmakers vote to lift parliamentary immunity, in Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv, on Sept. 3, 2019.Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Lifting lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution was one of the new Ukrainian parliament’s first achievements. In early September, the legislature, led by President Volodymyr Zelensky’s majority, passed the constitutional amendment that had been promised to Ukrainians

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Luxury country home being built for Putin in annexed Crimea

In Crimea, between the towns of Foros and Yalta, construction work is underway on state dachas (“country homes”) number 6 and 8, which are now called “Putin’s dachas”, the Russian news outlet Proekt reports. According to the Russian journalists, over the last few years, a six-meter stone wall has been erected around the dachas, with surveillance cameras, and the area on

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Security operatives in Ukraine foil attempt to smuggle Su25 fighter jet components to Russia

The parts had been stolen from Ukrainian military bases, the investigation says. The components had been stolen from military bases/ ssu.gov.ua The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says its operatives have blocked two attempts to smuggle to Russia, the country waging aggression against Ukraine, components to fighter jets. A Kyiv region resident has been detained following his documented offer, voiced to

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Italian court used Russian fake news in Markiv case – NYT

A large amount of “evidence” in the case of Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian National Guard serviceman convicted in Italy, has been used from Russian propaganda sources. This is stated in an article titled “How Russian Propaganda Showed Up in an Italian Murder Trial,” which was published in The New York Times on December 17. As it turned out, among the

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Ukraine gets access to Trans-Balkan gas corridor

18.12.2019 16:31The GTS operator of Ukraine and the Romanian operator TRANSGAZ signed a technical agreement, according to which Ukraine will be able to transport gas from Southern Europe and Turkey from January 1, 2020. “Yesterday,  Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine and TRANSGAZ signed the interconnection technical agreement on cooperation under the EU rules. This means that suppliers will be able to

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250 people held captive by militants in Donbas

250 people are held captive by Russian-backed militants in Donbas. “Within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group for Peaceful Settlement of Situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, 250 people are defined as illegally imprisoned in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as of December 16,” the Security Service of Ukraine wrote in response to an inquiry

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U.S. Lawmakers To Discuss Russia Sanctions Bill From Hell

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate panel is set to debate a bill that is designed to punish Russia for its alleged interference in democratic processes abroad as well as “malign” actions in Syria and aggression against Ukraine. The bipartisan bill — described by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who is a cosponsor, as the “sanctions bill from

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Terrorists of “LPR” claim to entire Luhansk region. Imminent entry into force of “law on borders” announced

The leader of the terrorist group “Luhansk People’s Republic” in the occupied part of Donbass, supported by Russia, Leonid Pasechnik said that in the near future a “law” would come into force that establishes the “borders of the LPR” throughout the Luhansk region. He made a corresponding statement at a joint briefing with the leader of another armed terrorist group

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‘The Sea Turned Into Jelly’: Jellyfish Invade Crimea’s Black Sea Coast

The shores of Balaklava Bay in Russian-annexed Crimea became unexpectedly swarmed with aurelia jellyfish this month, photos posted online show. News of the jelly invasion quickly spread across the internet, with photos gaining thousands of likes on Instagram. Social media users said that the bay has turned into a “kissel coast,” comparing the waters to a traditional Russian fruit-based drink

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Pipeline gas or LNG? Ukraine doesn’t keep all its eggs in one basket

This article is part of our special report Ukraine gas transit: What’s at stake. Ukraine has for decades counted exclusively on Russian pipeline gas, for its own use and for the lucrative transit taxes. But the tensions with Russia after 2014 and the low prices of LNG have changed the paradigm completely. One of the least known secrets is that

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Two Russians carrying large amount of counterfeit US dollars detained in riot-stricken Beirut

Two Russian citizens carrying a large amount of counterfeit US dollars were detained at Beirut airport. According to New Lebanon news outlet, an investigation has been launched into the attempted smuggling of counterfeit money. The publication does not provide any details of the detention or the names of the detainees. It is only known that the detention was carried out

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Zelensky reacts on clashes near Ukraine’s parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that political slogans, rather than the voices of farmers were heard during a rally against the opening of the land market outside the building of the Verkhovna Rada on December 17. “Everyone has the right to a peaceful assembly. Everyone has the right to express an opinion. And everyone has to bear responsibility if

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UN General Assembly to consider draft resolution on human rights in occupied Crimea

The document condemns mass detentions of human rights activists, urges the Russian government of Crimea to stop poitical persecutions and condemns the practice of forced military draft to Russia’s Armed Forces The UN General Assembly will consider a draft resolution on protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea. The bill was pre-approved on November 14.  This is mentioned in

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