Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ukrainian Presidents Office says final agreement reached in gas talks with Russia, EU

Details will be announced on Saturday, December 21. Details will be announced Dec 21 / segodnya.ua Representatives of the European Commission, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation on Friday, December 20, reached a final agreement on the principled positions on the transit of Russian gas to European consumers via the territory of Ukraine after the existing contract expires on December 31,

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Ukrainian hryvnia worlds best-performing currency this year

The world-beating hryvnia rally may be helping persuade more Ukrainians that the grass isn’t greener beyond the country’s borders. Bloomberg Ukrainian currency’s 19% gain makes it the world’s performer in 2019. Russian ruble with a revaluation at 12% came second. The Egyptian pound, Thai baht, and Israeli shekel complete the top five of best-performing currencies, Bloomberg wrote. The world-beating hryvnia

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Russian Drivers Unveil Knockoff of Elon Musk’s Cybertruck

Russian auto bloggers have refashioned a classic Soviet car into Tesla’s Cybertruck electric pickup and took it for a spin for the world to see.  Motorists spotted the DIY contraption with a similar futuristic look and sharp angles on a northern Moscow highway Thursday.  The fake Cybertruck belongs to a YouTube blog called “Pushka Garazh,” its founder confirmed to the

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Germans Aim to Kneecap U.S. Sanctions on Russia

German officials warn about major blowback from U.S. efforts to block a natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany. Late on Friday, President Donald Trump is set to sign legislation sanctioning a gas pipeline project that would run from Russia to Germany. The Ukrainian government has worked to stop the project. The German government, meanwhile, opposes the sanctions. In a

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Ukrainian army to be trained in city warfare and coal mine capturing

The Defense Ministry of Ukraine has announced the start of a program to train Ukrainian soldiers to fight under city conditions, said Lieut. Col. Vladislav Ponomarev, deputy head of combat training at the chief training directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), as cited by ArmyInform. According to Ponomarev, this training will commence next year at the base of a

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Russia uses Germany’s AfD in influence campaigns – think tank

Over the past two years, Russian propaganda has been intensively attracting to its influence operations AfD’s Ulrich Oehme. Russia is once again exploiting its agents of influence from among German right-wing politicians, and this time is trying to legitimize the unrecognized “republics” in eastern Ukraine and induce another split between German and the U.S. While Washington considers recognizing Russia as

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Russia readiness to sign transit contract could be connected with imminent Nord Stream 2 sanctions – Naftogaz CEO

Russia’s willingness to sign a long-term transit contract with Ukraine under European rules is largely related to the upcoming U.S. sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, CEO of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy Andriy Kobolev has said. “Our counterparties have very serious concerns about the imposition of U.S. sanctions. I definitely know that lobbyists from Gazprom in the U.S. Senate

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“DPR” sniper kills Ukrainian soldier, uses child as human shield (Photo)

The child was spotted by the brigade’s reconnaissance group shortly before the fatal shot. The dead soldier’s bulletproof vest  / Photo from the 28th separate motorized rifle brigade / Facebook A child was spotted at a position of an enemy sniper of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) who on December 17 shot dead senior soldier of the 28th separate

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Trump Official Slams New Anti-Russia Sanctions in Leaked Letter

The letter says the proposed measures against Russia are “counter-productive” and “unnecessary.” Donald Trump’s administration has slammed a new package of tough anti-Russia sanctions advanced by U.S. lawmakers earlier this week, The Daily Beast reported Thursday, citing a leaked letter from a State Department official.  The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved draft legislation Wednesday that would impose new sanctions

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Ukrainian diplomat to Putin: Moscow was once subordinate to Kyiv

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemns Russia’s encroachment, in any form, on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including in the form of an allegedly historical narrative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar said this in Ukraine’s parliament on Friday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We unequivocally condemn any attempt by the Russian Federation to encroach on

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Kolomoisky becomes chairman of supervisory board of TV channel 1+1

Businessman Ihor Kolomoisky has become the chairman of the Supervisory Board of TRC Studio 1+1 LLC, according to the TV channel’s press service. Also, Yaroslav Pakholchuk has been appointed as new chairman of the 1+1 media board and the director general. Oleksandr Tkachenko remains the honorary president of 1+1 media, the press service added. It is noted that Kolomoisky will

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Ukraine wants to buy AH-64 Apache helicopters

The Armed Forces of Ukraine is looking into the possibility to buy AH-64 Apache multi-mission attack helicopters under the U.S. military’s excess defense articles (EDA) program. The publication the Ukrainian Military Pages reported Thursday that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade the army aviation fleet of the Armed Forces of Ukraine through the purchase of AH-64 “Apache” attack

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Russian media: The exchange of prisoners is hampered due to the refusal of detainees to return to ORDLO

Several dozen people whom Ukraine was preparing to transfer to the so-called “ DPR” and “LPR” as part of the exchange of prisoners did not want to return to the occupied territories, Kommersant writes . The Russian edition, citing a source, reports that about forty people from among those whom the Ukrainian side was preparing to transfer refused to participate in the exchange. The interlocutor did not

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Kremlin presents Russia ‘an island of stability’ in a turbulent world to warn Russians against radical change, Shevchuk says

This article represents personal opinions of the author. Stopfake editors may not share this opinion. By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Putin’s press spokesman Dmitry Peskov has reviewed an image of Russia widespread in 2008 but more recently in disuse, of Russia as “an island of stability” in an increasingly turbulent world, Mikhail Shevchuk says, thus sending a message to

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Putin concerned about Zelensky’s statement on possible revision of Minsk Agreements

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is concerned about the statement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about possible revision of the Minsk Agreements. “There is no way [to settle the situation in eastern Ukraine] but through the Minsk Agreements. Of course, I am seriously concerned about the statement made by President Zelensky in regard to the possibility of revision

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Ukraine, Russia reach “agreement in principle” on gas transit

The protocol is yet to be approved in Ukrainian and Russian capitals before the signing of the final agreement. REUTERS Ukraine and Russia during today’s round of trilateral talks in Berlin, held with the mediation of the European Commission, reached an “agreement in principle” on gas transit after the existing contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom expires, that is, from January

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