Monthly Archives: January 2020

Russian ex-Prime Minister Medvedev spends $2 billion from the budget a few hours before his resignation

On Wednesday, January 15, a few hours before his resignation, then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered to allocate 127 billion rubles ($2.06 billion) from the budget for the construction of the world’s largest nuclear icebreaker “the Leader.” The decree, signed by Medvedev, was published on Thursday on the official Kremlin’s website of legal information. The ship will be built at the

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Ukrainian MP: Servant of the People deputies discussed whether to 'beat s*it out of Prime Minister Honcharuk'. PHOTO

At a meeting of the faction of the political party “Servant of the People” in anticipation of the arrival of Oleksii Honcharuk, the Prime Minister’s the previously released audio recordings were discussed. Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainian MP Maksym Buzhanskyi channel on Telegram.  “We are sitting on the faction, waiting for the Prime Minister. The deputies are listening to the recordings with his

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Iran chooses Chinese J-10C over Russian MiG-35 fighters

Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM Contrary to reports from numerous sources in Russia’s Defense Ministry that Iran was seriously interested in Russian MiG-35 fighters, the Islamic republic’s government plans to use $1.5 of the $3 billion allocated by Qatar to purchase 36 Chinese Chengdu J-10C fighters, which are reportedly cheaper and more promising. “The Emir (head of state) of

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PHOTOFACT. Leader of "DNR" goes to movie with once disgraced militant Khodakovsky. Friends again?

Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky was seen next to the “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin while watching a propaganda Russian film about fighting for the Donetsk airport. Donetsk, January 16, 2020. OstroV’s briefing note. Alexander Khodakovsky is a former SBU employee who betrayed the oath from the first days of the Russian hybrid war against Ukraine and became one of

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French President Macron does not consider Russia's aggression against its neighbors an obstacle for closer cooperation

French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the news outlet RFI that he is ready for closer relations with Russia, despite Moscow’s long history of conflicts with its neighbors. When asked what event caused Emmanuel Macron to change his attitude towards Vladimir Putin and support a review of relations with Russia, the French president said that it was the result

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Parliament in Ukraine approves return of country's delegation to PACE

The Rada tasked the Ukrainian delegation with encouraging Russia to fulfill its international obligations. Council of Europe/ Candice Imbert The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the country’s parliament, on Thursday adopted a statement on the return of its delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2020, according to an UNIAN correspondent. The statement says the Verkhovna Rada

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Ukraine Will Return to PACE After All

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). 348 MPs voted in favor of this.  There was no discussion during the voting process. According to the explanatory note that accompanies the decree, the aim of this return is to “avoid the retainment of the current situation in Europe, which arose due to aggressive

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PM Honcharuk on leaked audio recordings allegedly with his voice: "You do not scare us"

Three parts of the audio recordings have already been released. PM Oleksiy Honcharuk / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has commented on leaked audio recordings allegedly with his voice recorded during a meeting between government and central bank officials. “I appeal to those who are fighting against us: You do not scare us! We will root out

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Iran lied about shooting down PS752 to defend national security, general says

He appears to have meant that Iranian missile defense would have been compromised by a lack of confidence in itself after making such a catastrophic error, rather than any technical fault to stop their equipment working. An Iranian general defended his government’s decision to lie for days about whether it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing 176 people. General

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Trump will discuss with Putin a hacker attack on Burisma

US President Donald Trump plans to discuss cyber attacks on Burisma’s website with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. It is reported by Reuters . “US President Donald Trump may discuss information about the hacking of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma the next time he talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” said White House adviser Kellian Conway. Recall that the Department of Cyber ​​Police of the

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Putin’s New PM Hiding Elite Moscow Property – Proekt

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new prime minister appears to own elite real estate in a prestigious suburb outside Moscow, the Proekt investigative news website reported Thursday. Russia’s parliament voted to approve Mikhail Mishustin, head of the country’s tax service, into office Thursday. Putin’s surprise choice is part of the president’s shake-up of the political system, which led to his loyal

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Government Accountability Office: Trump administration broke law by withholding security aid to Ukraine

The Government Accountability Office says the Trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress. “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. Office of Management and Budget [of the White House]

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Poroshenko: Putin wants to stay in power forever, not going to end war with Ukraine

The resignation of the Russian government makes no sense, because all power in Russia belongs to and will belong to Vladimir Putin, former Ukrainian President and European Solidarity party leader Petro Poroshenko has said. He told this to journalists, commenting on Putin’s message to the Federal Assembly and the resignation of the Russian government, the party’s press service reported. “My

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Ukraine opens criminal probe into surveillance of ex-US ambassador

Ukrainian police say they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the former US ambassador came under illegal surveillance before she was recalled from her post. The announcement on Thursday came two days after Democratic lawmakers in the United States released a trove of documents that showed Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, communicating about the removal

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Zelenskyy suspected of private meetings with Russian officials during Oman trip

Editor’s Note At the moment when Ukrainian flight PS 752 was shot down over Teheran, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in Oman. He did not announce this visit publicly until pro-Russian Ukrainian media Strana.ua, which is reportedly financed by Russia, published photos of Zelenskyy in Oman’s most expensive hotel, the Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton, on 5 January. Three days later,

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Think again

UkraineAlert by John E. Herbst In a recent National Interest article, George Beebe dismisses US policy on Ukraine as “steeped in illusions” and argues for a “sensible alternative.” It is a nice try, but what he comes up with does not pass muster.   Beebe disagrees with longstanding US policy to give Ukraine the opportunity to choose its own future, which

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