Monthly Archives: January 2020

New construction standards on energy efficient housing become effective on Jan 1

The updated national standards for construction of houses with energy efficiency class of no lower than B became effective on January 1, 2020, the press service of Head of the Confederation of Builders of Ukraine Lev Partskhaladze has reported. “The requirements for all high-rise buildings in Ukraine, as well as other structures, to be designed energy-efficient according to all modern

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Lukashenko: NATO will not allow Russia to violate Belarus’s sovereignty

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is convinced that the West and NATO would respond accordingly if Russia tried to violate the sovereignty of Belarus. “Classic threats to sovereignty always exist, even for Russia. But I do not feel like the threat to Belarus’s sovereignty is growing. If this threat from Russia, as some people say, arises, and suddenly it tries to

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Forecast: Ukraine’s economy to see steady, slight growth until 2034

Ukraine’s economy is predicted to see steady but slight growth by 2034, accoding to the World Economic League Table forecast. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Ukraine’s economy is expected to experience steady, but slight growth until 2034, according to the World Economic League Table forecast. The outlook report, published on Dec. 26, was produced by London’s Center for Economics and Business Research. Besides

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Odesa Airport boosts passenger flow by 16.6% in 2019, to almost 1.7 mln people

The airport opened a new terminal for departure and expanded its flight geography. Odesa International Airport / pushkinska.net Odesa International Airport in 2019 boosted its passenger flow by 16.6% from 2018, to almost 1.7 million people. Read also Passenger flow at Ukrainian airports up 100% since 2016 – deputy infrastructure minister “The year was eventful for the airport. We opened

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Passenger traffic at Lviv Airport increases by almost 40%

02.01.2020 16:00In 2019, passenger traffic at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport increased by 38.8% compared to 2018, the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry has reported. “In general, in 2019, the airport’s passenger traffic increased by 38.8% and reached the level of 2,217,4 thousand passengers compared to the previous year (1,597,7 thousand passengers),” the report says. Also, the number of flights in 2019

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Use 1992 Yugoslavia Precedent for Russians in Tokyo – Historian

Clean Russian athletes should be allowed to compete in individual events at this year’s Tokyo Games under the banner of “Independent Olympic Participants,” historian Bill Mallon suggests. It is a designation used for athletes from Yugoslavia in 1992, and one that Mallon thinks offers a good road map of how to issue Russia a meaningful punishment without imposing a blanket ban. The 1992

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Ukraine plans to buy 40 General Electric locomotives

02.01.2020 11:16On December 30, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) and Wabtec (GE Transportation) signed a memorandum which provides for conclusion of contracts for the delivery of 40 General Electric TE33AC locomotives in 2020 and the provision of maintenance service for 70 such locomotives. “We plan to purchase 40 General Electric locomotives in 2020. We have an

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SMM’s freedom of movement in Donbas continues to be restricted – report

02.01.2020 10:53 The SMM’s freedom of movement in Donbas continues to be restricted, including at checkpoints of the armed formations near Verkhnoshyrokivske and Prymorske, and at a compound near Mykhailivka. The OSCE SMM informed this in a report issued on December 31, based on information from the monitoring teams received as of 19:30 on December 30, 2019. “At a checkpoint west of

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JFO HQ reveals enemy death toll in Donbas over 2019

In particular, 619 enemy troops were killed in action. The Joint Forces Operation Headquarters (JFO HQ) has disclosed the enemy death toll in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, over 2019. “According to the Joint Forces’ intelligence data, Russian occupying forces suffered 1,558 casualties in 2019, namely 619 were killed and another 939 wounded,” the JFO HQ wrote on Facebook on January 2,

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Almost 200,000 Donbas citizens received Russian citizenship, – Interior Ministry of Russia

Ukraine does not recognize Russian passports illegally issued to the citizens of occupied territories In 2019, 196,000 citizens of temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions received Russian citizenship on the simplified procedure. 232 applications were rejected as TASS reported citing Interior Ministry of Russia. Ukraine does not recognize Russian passports illegally issued to the citizens of occupied territories.

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Four reasons why Ukraine may not find peace in 2020

Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region is unlikely to find a road to peace in 2020 unless the country’s president Volodymyr Zelensky can shore up international support for his country’s independence. At a time when Ukraine’s positions are being eroded by the actions of its allies, rebuilding an international coalition opposed to Russia’s aggression is crucial to avoiding a scenario in which

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Trump urges NATO, Germany and France to help Ukraine financially

He noted that he was ready for any scenario of the impeachment investigation U.S. President Donald Trump has called on NATO, as well as Germany and France, to provide financial assistance to Ukraine. It was reported by Voice of America. “Where is Chancellor Merkel? Where is French President Macron? Why do not they allocate money? Why only the United States?

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Russian State News Agency Sputnik Shuts Estonia Operations

The Russian state-controlled news agency Sputnik said Wednesday that it is closing its bureau in Tallinn after nearly three dozen of its employees resigned saying they were facing pressure from the Estonian local authorities. Sputnik published a statement on Jan. 1 saying 35 of its staff in Estonia had terminated their labor contracts and resigned, fearing possible criminal prosecution. Sputnik

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The Future of Putin’s Information Autocracy

By Sergey Guriyev The Kremlin will be forced to dedicate a growing share of resources to silencing the informed. From Hitler to Stalin, and from Mussolini to Mao, the world’s twentieth-century dictators took to heart Niccolò Machiavelli’s famous dictum that “it is better to be feared than loved.” Yet most modern dictators seem more concerned about maintaining their people’s loyalty

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