Monthly Archives: December 2019

Russia to create unmanned strategic bomber

Commander of Russian Long-Range Air Force Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash said in an interview to the newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets that Russia plans to create an unmanned sixth-generation strategic bomber by 2040. According to Kobylash, in addition to the modernization of existing Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22MZ bombers, the Russian military is planning to create a new long-range aircraft. “We are also planning to

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Kremlin: payment of $2.9 billion to Ukraine was a difficult decision

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Vesti Nedeli program on Russia-1 TV channel that Gazprom’s $2.9 billion payment to Naftogaz of Ukraine was a difficult decision for the Russian side. “There was a choice between bad and worse. But all of us together, we can lose much more, unprecedented amounts,” said Kozak as quoted by TASS. In mid-December, Gazprom

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Russia abandons plans to catch up to US’s LNG production

The Russian Energy Ministry has dramatically lowered its prediction of the country’s future liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, according to the Energy Strategy 2035, extracts of which were cited by Interfax. In autumn, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Novatek co-owner Leonid Mikhelson said that in the next 16 years Russia could be producing up to 140 million tons of LNG

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Ukraine-Russia Prisoner Swap Draws Criticism

Criticism mounted in Kyiv Monday over a controversial prisoner swap with Russian-backed separatists, as it emerged that among the captives exchanged by Ukraine were five riot policemen accused of killing protesters during the 2014 Maidan uprising. The policemen were members of a Berkut militia unit that is now disbanded. Relatives of those killed during the uprising had urged Ukrainian President

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Russia's return to PACE has not promoted improvement in conflict in Ukraine – foreign minister's report

RIGA – Restoration of Russia’s voting rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has not promoted progress in solutions to the conflict in Ukraine, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in his annual report. In the section on geopolitical situation, the minister said that restoration of Russia’s voting rights at PACE damaged the authority of the

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Washington: ‘Serious’ US companies are considering buying Ukraine’s Motor Sich

William Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Kyiv, said that “serious American” companies are investigating the possibility of buying the Ukrainian aerospace company Motor Sich, KyivPost reports. “There are several serious American and other companies interested in Motor Sich. They’re doing legal due diligence, looking at financial reports, visiting the plant, and talking to the owners. They’re doing

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Ukraine, Russian-backed militants agreed to not ‘persecute’ released captives, Russia claims

As part of the Dec. 29 prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russian-backed militants, both sides agreed not to persecute or prosecute those released, a senior Russian diplomat and Kremlin representative has said. That is according to Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s envoy to the Contact Group that works on a diplomatic solution to Russia’s war against Ukraine, a conflict entering its sixth

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Demand to swap suspects in Maidan killings shows Russia's direct involvement – UWC

The organization has once again called on the international community to declare Russia an aggressor state, and maintain pressure and sanctions to prevent further hostage-taking and ensure effective implementation of the Normandy summit resolutions. “Implementation of the Normandy resolutions is necessary for peace in Ukraine, but it must be fair and not at all cost,” said Paul Grod / Photo

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President: Issue of release of Ukrainians from Russia and annexed Crimea being addressed

30.12.2019 12:54 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that his team currently addresses the issue of return of Ukrainians held in Russia and annexed Crimea. “Many our people are still held in the Russian Federation and a lot of them have been taken from Crimea. This is another issue we currently address,” Zelensky told journalists at the Boryspil airport,

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Three hundred more Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas

30.12.2019 13:28 About three hundred more Ukrainians are held captive in the territory of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic”. “Today, we have a valid confirmation about a hundred people who have documents – their relatives show that pre-trial detention center accepts parcels [for detainees] and issues relevant certificates… I fairly understand that about 200 people stay there

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Prisoner swap deal seen as 'real attack on credibility of Ukraine justice system'

The deal that led to an exchange of prisoners on Sunday between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s war-torn east — swapping detained fighters for civilians and soldiers — has spurred public outrage in some quarters. Among those handed over to the separatists as part of the swap, Kiev included five riot policemen suspected of killing protesters during a

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76 Ukrainians return home following detainee exchange

The exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia has ended at the Mayorske entry and exit checkpoint in the Donetsk region, Ukraine’s Presidential Office has reported on Facebook. “The mutual release of detained persons is over. Seventy-six of our people are safe in Ukraine-controlled territory,” the report reads. According to preliminary data from Ukrainian Ombudsman Liudmyla Denisova, 80 Ukrainian captives

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