Monthly Archives: February 2020

Pentagon signs contract for Javelin production for Ukraine

The United States Department of Defense has signed a new contract for the production of Javelin anti-tank missile systems for partner countries, including Ukraine. The total cost of the contract exceeds $18 million, according to a report on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense. “Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded an $18,431,215 modification (P00022) to contract

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Zelensky, Ukrainian media groups agree to launch non-coded satellite versions of TV channels

President Volodymyr Zelensky and representatives of Ukrainian media groups met to agree on the launch of non-coded satellite versions of major Ukrainian TV channels by March 16, the press service of the head of state reports. “The president and representatives of the media groups agreed to ensure the launch of non-coded satellite international versions of nationwide TV channels by March

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Civic watchdogs urge Zelensky to unblock judicial reform

On Feb. 28, Ukraine’s leading anti-corruption and judicial watchdogs urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to immediately unblock his own judicial reform, which has been stalled since last year. The judicial reform law was initiated by Zelensky to oust tainted judges and create credible judicial institutions, and he signed it in November. Under the law, a new trustworthy High Qualification Commission –

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Ukrainian military forces worked out defense of coast of Azov sea

21:56, 28 February 2020 About 400 people, five ships and dozens of other military equipment participated in tactical exercises. Near the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov, in the area of ​​the Joint Forces Operation, the Ukrainian military conducted a tailwind exercise with live fire to repel the advanced forces of the enemy’s landing force. The press center of the JFO headquarters reports.

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Russian Opposition to Protest Putin’s ‘Leader-for-Life’ Reforms

Russia’s opposition on Saturday holds its first major protest since President Vladimir Putin in January announced plans which critics fear will help him stay in power after his mandate ends in 2024. The rally marks five years since the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov but its organisers want the event to also send a message to Putin after he

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G7 Ambassadors meet with Ukrainian experts to discuss local bill on disinformation

23:27, 28 February 2020 Possible approaches to combating the serious problem of disinformation were discussed. G7 Ambassadors, namely those of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan, have met with Ukrainian experts to discuss a Ukrainian bill on disinformation. “G7 Ambassadors heard local experts’ perspectives and concerns on draft disinformation legislation and discussed the challenges and

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Zelensky, Ukraine media groups agree to launch non-coded satellite versions of major TV channels

Many Ukrainians had no access to 20 major TV channels after their satellite signal was coded on January 29. Zelensky meets with top managers of Ukraine’s media groups / Photo from president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and top managers of major Ukrainian media groups have met to agree on the launch of non-coded satellite versions of major Ukrainian TV channels

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Britain Emerges as Near-Exclusive Buyer of Russian Gold

Russia has sold nearly all its gold for 2019 to Britain, according to customs data reviewed by the RBC news website Friday. The data says that Britain bought $5.33 billion worth of Russian gold last year, or 93% of Russia’s total gold exports. Russia sold $5.74 billion worth of gold overall in 2019, according to RBC. Twelve other countries, including Switzerland, shelled

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Putin’s Daughter Heads Elite University’s New AI Institute – Vedomosti

President Vladimir Putin’s alleged daughter will head a prestigious Moscow university’s artificial intelligence institute slated to open later in 2020, the Vedomosti business daily reported Friday. Katerina Tikhonova, 33, who is widely believed to be Putin’s younger daughter, runs the Innopraktika foundation near Moscow State University (MSU). Founded in 2012, Innopraktika is a conglomerate of MSU’s National Intellectual Reserve Center and Tikhonova’s

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Ukrainian train service has announced construction of European gauge

Users can be reached by train to any European country non-stop from Ukraine In 2020, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to begin construction of a narrow gauge of European standard from Lviv to the border with Poland. The director of strategic development and investment policy of the railway company Anton Sabolevsky announced this information, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia reports. A gauge of

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Kharkiv city council renames Hryhorenko Avenue in honor of Marshal Zhukov again

The city council of Ukraine’s Kharkiv has voted 52-8 to rename Petro Hryhorenko Avenue after Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported on Wednesday. The council’s toponymic commission’s secretary Oleksiy Khoroshkovaty said the request for name change had been received from several veteran organizations. In an online public vote the idea of renaming was supported by 11,193 people (86%).

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Ankara: Russia was given coordinates of the Turkish military convoy in advance, but it targeted even the ambulances

The strikes on the Turkish military convoy in Syria’s Idlib were carried out even though Turkey informed Russia about its location, said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, as cited by Anadolu. According to him, the Russian side was informed in advance about the locations of the Turkish military in the de-escalation zone, but the airstrikes continued despite Ankara’s warning. Even military

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Putin refuses to negotiate with Erdogan and attacks Turkish forces in Syria

The situation in northern Syria, where Bashar al-Assad’s army, with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, is fighting for control over Idlib, deteriorated sharply on Thursday. The Turkish army, which entered Idlib at the end of last year, was targeted in an air raid, which killed at least 22 soldiers, the Daily Sabah reports, citing the authorities of the Turkish border

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Russia Complains Elon Musk’s Satellites Are ‘Too Bright’

The Russian Academy of Sciences said it plans to file a complaint with the United Nations over tech billionaire Elon Musk’s high-speed internet satellites, which it says will interfere with astronomers’ work. SpaceX’s so-called Starlink constellation is a planned network of up to 30,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit that is intended to beam broadband internet globally. Russian scientists argue that

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Sanctions on the Spotlight: Disinformation Targets Latvia

Disinformation framing Latvia as Russophobic is part of a long-term campaign, this time resurfacing due to implementation of US sanctions.  Starting from December, pro-Kremlin outlets have been targeting Latvia and accusing it of Russophobia and of acting as a US puppet and a failed state, new analysis by the Centre for East European Studies (CEEPS) has found. The report analyses the

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With Friends Like These: The Kremlin’s Far-Right and Populist Connections in Italy and Austria

A blend of new threats and opportunities is causing Moscow to take greater risks and embrace more flamboyant policies in Europe. The Kremlin’s relationships with Italy and Austria shine a spotlight on how Europe’s domestic troubles have opened many doors for Moscow. Introduction Russian foreign policy has been growing more assertive in regions that the Kremlin largely neglected in the

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Russia Turns Crimea Into “Small Afghanistan” – Now Legalized Cannabis Production!

The Russian Federation has legalized poppy and cannabis production across the country with the new regulation coming into force. The Moscow administration took a resolution to implement the biotechnology complex on the peninsula to be used in the so-called medical drug production in occupied-Crimea. Scandal Resolution Mihail Sergeyev, Deputy Rector of Foreign Relations at the so-called Crimean Federal University (named

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