Monthly Archives: January 2020

MFA: OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to visit Ukraine soon

He is scheduled to meet with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Prystaiko. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Edi Rama is to visit Ukraine late this week and early next week. “On January 19-21 this year, the incumbent OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Prime Minister and Minister of European and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama, will be on a working visit to Ukraine,” the press

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Ukrzaliznytsia buys air conditioners for $1.2 million, five times market price

An old locomotive belonging to Ukraine’s state-owned monopoly Ukrzaliznytsia parked at the Darnytsia Railway Station in Kyiv on June 19, 2019. (Oleg Petrasiuk)Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk A subsidiary of Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine’s state-owned railway monopoly, ordered 19 train air conditioning systems for a total of $1.2 million. The maximum price online for 19 conditioning systems of a similar type is $260,000, Ukrainian

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Russia intends to stop spy satellites from monitoring its territory

Experts from the Russian state space agency Roscosmos have found a way to conceal confidential operations in Russian territory from surveillance by foreign spy satellites, according to an article written by experts from the company Russian Space Systems, as cited by RIA Novosti. According to them, data transmission from satellites can be jammed using land-based radio stations. “During periods when the

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Ukraine's President Zelenskiy rejects prime minister's resignation

The PM’s offer to relinquish his position came after he was caught on tape criticizing President Zelenskiy. The Ukrainian president later said he would give Honchurak a second chance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk on Friday. An audio recording emerged earlier this week that appeared to show Honcharuk question Zelenskiy’s ability to manage the economy. “I

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Russia's Incredible Shrinking Navy: Can Putin Grow It Back?

Russia’s president announced some new buys. But that’s not the whole picture. Key Point: Is the Russian Navy sinking?  The Russia fleet in 2019 will take delivery of 23 new surface vessels, two new submarines and three new aircraft, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced. The numbers on their face are impressive. But in fact, most of the surface ships are

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Russians Have Little Say in Their Future

Putin’s revamp underlines the extent to which the status quo rules. By Ilya Klishin    Read the Russian version here. Mikhail Mishustin appeared before the State Duma on Jan. 16 to answer questions from deputies. The previously obscure candidate for the post of prime minister behaved confidently enough, and when members of the Kremlin-friendly so-called “opposition” grilled him on what he felt should

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Lavrov: There were F-35s in the air in the Iranian border when Iran downed airliner

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Iran’s accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner on January 8 occurred at a time when Tehran was spooked by reports of advanced U.S. stealth fighters in the area. “There were at least six (U.S.) F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area (at the time). This information has

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Kadyrov prepares to obtain high post in Kremlin, – media

The head of Chechnya has temporarily resigned and is preparing for the promotion15:23, 17 January 20201601rbc.ru Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has been offered a new post; he may become the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation. It was reported by the Russian edition of Argumenti with reference to its own source in Kremlin. According to the media, Chechnya’s

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Minister of Justice crawled under table in support of PM

Photography shows Malyuska’s hand, while minister himself is hiding under table18:35, 17 January 2020000112 Agency  The Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denys Malyuska in support of Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk in a scandal with a ‘drain’ of audio recordings of the meeting posted a photograph sitting under the table.  Malyuska posted the photo on his page on Facebook.  The photography shows the hand

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Leader of "DNR" states that occupied Donbass must have its own "citizenship" according to Minsk agreements

The “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin has stated that the occupied Donbass would have its own “citizenship” after the implementation of the Minsk agreements. He stated this in an interview with separatist media, commenting on the facts of detention of the residents of CADO, who do not have a fake “passport” of the “DNR”. “We do not yet have a fundamental law

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Zelensky wants to know in two weeks who recorded Honcharuk’s conversations

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded that law enforcement agencies identify within two weeks those who recorded conversations during a meeting between Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, ministers and representatives of the National Bank of Ukraine. The head of state set a respective task at a meeting with the heads of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Office of the Prosecutor

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Ukraine ready to fully participate in NATO’s procurement system

Ukraine is planning to join in the services and partnerships of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in order to get full access to the alliance’s procurement system, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba has said. “Ukraine has intensified its efforts to join in the services and partnerships of the NATO Support and

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Ukrainian prime minister submits resignation after tapes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s prime minister submitted his resignation Friday, days after he was caught on tape saying the country’s president knows nothing about the economy. In a Facebook post, Oleksiy Honcharuk said that he had given his resignation to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “I took this post to implement the president’s program. He is an example of transparency and

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U.S. at OSCE: Elections in ORDLO should be held after withdrawal of Russian forces

Elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas should be held under Ukrainian control and in a secure environment, with Russia-led forces withdrawn from Ukraine’s territory. U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) James S. Gilmore said this during a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, January 16, an Ukrinform correspondent

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Rada To Legalize Gambling Business

The Verkhovna Rada intends to legalize gambling business. A total of 260 parliamentary members backed respective bill 2285-d, when 226 votes were enough to pass the decision, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. The bill envisions that the gambling will be regulated by the state collegiate body reporting to the Cabinet of Ministers. The bill introduces a system of online monitoring

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