Monthly Archives: December 2019

Stripping MPs of Parliamentary mandates for absenteeism and non-personal vote unconstitutional – Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court has ruled that President Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s draft law No. 1027, which provides for stripping parliamentarians of their parliamentary mandates for absenteeism and not personally casting their votes in the parliament, is unconstitutional. Censor.NET reports citing Interfax. Member of Parliament Fedir Venyslavskyi (Servant of the People faction), who is Zelenskyi’s representative in the Constitutional Court. The presidential representative confirmed to

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Kharkiv Sports Palace terrorist attack suspects found guilty, but released for swap

Frunzensky District Court in Kharkiv has found suspects of terrorist attack near Kharkiv Palace of Sports in February 2015, Volodymyr Dvornikov, Viktor Tetiutsky and Serhiy Bashlykov guilty and sentenced them to life imprisonment. However, the measure of restraint has been immediately changed for personal obligation and the suspects have been released. Previously, Prosecutor Volodymyr Lymar said that Russia “as matter

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Odesa terrorists to be swapped for Ukrainian prisoners – media

Odesa’s Prymorsky District Court has released from custody 11 persons suspected of terrorist attacks. It is planned that they will be exchanged for Ukrainians captured by Russia-occupation forces in Donbas, the Odesa-based Duma ezine has said. Citing a source from Ukraine’s SBU State Security Service, Duma said on Friday morning Odesa’s Primorsky District Court released from custody suspects involved in

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Journalists denied accreditation to cover prisoner swap on Dec 29 – JFO

Representatives of the JFO’s headquarters will not be able to attend the event as well. Photo from UNIAN Head of the Joint Forces Operation[JFO]’s press center Vitaliy Sarantsev has said journalists were denied accreditation to cover a prisoner swap scheduled for December 29. Read also Zelensky: Prisoner swap may take place on Dec 29, but lists still being verified “The

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Sweden, Baltic countries may get multi-billion compensation for Russian nuclear waste burial in Baltic Sea – media

The retired intelligence officer asserted that the waste came from the large former Soviet naval base Karosta – next to the city of Liepaja in Latvia, southeast of Sweden and only a few hours away by boat. mc.nato.int The bottom of the Baltic Sea may contain nuclear waste burial sites made by the Russian military in the early 1990s. This complements

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Three suspected Russian spies traveled to Barcelona in 2016 and 2017 – media

According to information obtained by EL PAÍS, the members of the elite military group Unit 29155 made a total of four trips to the Catalan capital. REUTERS At least three suspected members of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU, as it is known in Russian by its initials) traveled to Barcelona between November 2016 and December 2017, according to information obtained

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‘5 Ex-Berkut Officers Charged With Maidan Crimes Are on Exchange List’ – Prosecutor

Prosecutor Serhiy Kutsyi has confirmed that the former fighters of the Berkut special forces, accused of the shootings on the Maidan, are on the exchange list. Because of this, the prosecutors are asking to change the measure of restraint for the former law enforcers. This is reported by a hromadske correspondent from the courtroom. The men involved are Oleh Yanishevskyi,

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Fist fight breaks out between Russian and American soldiers in Syria

American soldiers got into a fist fight with Russian soldiers in a settlement in Eastern Syria, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on its website. No weapons were used. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the incident took place on December 25 in the city of Tell Tamer in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. A unit of American soldiers came

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Ukraine’s parliament head signs bill on restriction of MPs’ immunity

The bill was later handed over to the president for signature20:32, 27 December 2019000 Ukranews Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov signed bill No. 2237, which amends legislation to restrict MPs’ parliamentary immunity as Interfax-Ukraine reported. The bill was later handed over to the president for signature. The pre-trial investigation of criminal offenses, allegedly committed by people’s deputies, will be carried out by

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Czech president blasts Moscow over 1968 invasion comments – media

In an interview published on his website on December 27, Zeman called Moscow’s remarks in opposition to the plan “absolute insolence.” REUTERS Czech President Milos Zeman, who often touts his close relationship with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin, has blasted Moscow for protesting against Prague’s decision to make the anniversary of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion a memorial day. In an interview

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Agrarian committee recommends VR to approve law on land market

The Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy has recommended the Verkhovna Rada to adopt at second reading and as whole the bill on the circulation of agricultural lands. The relevant decision was taken at today’s meeting of the committee following the consideration of amendments to the draft law, the press service of the Verkhovna Rada reported. It is noted that

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U.S. voices deadline for companies involved in Nord Stream 2, threatens with sanctions

According to the U.S., Nord Stream 2 is a tool Russia is using to support its continued aggression against Ukraine. REUTERS The United States calls on companies that are involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to finish wind-down within 30 days, otherwise they will face sanctions. “The United States will impose sanctions unless related parties

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Security Forces Kidnap Kremlin Critic, Force Him Into Army – Reports

Dec. 24, 2019    A Kremlin critic and prominent aide of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has reportedly been forcibly conscripted into the military in northern Russia almost 24 hours after he went missing. Ruslan Shaveddinov’s supporters raised the alarm Monday evening when he stopped answering phone calls and colleagues posted pictures of his apartment’s door — which appeared to have been smashed open in a

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PUTIN’S DAUGHTER’S DUTCH PENTHOUSE GOES ON SALE FOR $3 MILLION

The penthouse where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first daughter Maria lived with her partner has gone on sale. The 7,500-square-feet penthouse is situated over the two upper floors of the building, located among the picturesque canals of the “Crimean District” (Krimwijk in Dutch) in Voorschoten, a suburban area near the Dutch capital of the Hague and the university town of

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Ukraine’s government approves cost of organ transplantation

28.12.2019 11:27The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the cost of organ transplantation in Ukraine. A respective Cabinet of Ministers resolution of December 18 has been published on the government’s website. According to the document, the cost of kidney allotransplantation (from a living donor or a cadaver donor) was set at UAH 323,798 and ABO-incompatible (ABOi) kidney transplantation at UAH 721,230.

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Russia’s Gazprom pays US$2.9 bln to Ukraine’s Naftogaz under Stockholm Arbitration’s award

In total, based on the results of the gas transit arbitration, Naftogaz received US$5 billion from Gazprom. Photo from UNIAN National Joint-Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine has received US$2.9 billion from Russia’s gas giant Gazprom under the Stockholm Arbitration’s award, according to the Ukrainian company’s press service. Read also Naftogaz, Gazprom, and gas transit contract: who will ultimately win the

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Prystaiko: Germany refused Ukraine military assistance

Foreign Minister of Ukraine is outraged by fact that only smaller part of population in Germany approves of sanctions imposed on Russia after annexation of Crimea Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko announced Germany’s refusal to provide military assistance to Ukraine to combat Russian aggression in the east of the country. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy announced this in an interview with

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