Monthly Archives: February 2020

Ukraine, Turkey sign agreement on military, technical cooperation

Ukraine and Turkey have signed an agreement on military and financial cooperation and a range of other bilateral documents. Following a meeting of Ukraine-Turkey High-Level Strategic Council, the sides signed an agreement on military and financial cooperation, a protocol of the implementation of financial aid and an agreement on mutual recognition of driving licenses, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported. The

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Those refusing to get sham “citizenship” in occupied “DPR, “LPR” receive no pay at work – intel report

The Russian occupying administrations have been increasing pressure on residents of the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. facebook.com/pg/mva.gov.ua Residents of the occupied territories in Donbas are not paid their wages until they agree to obtain “passports” of internationally unrecognized “Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics” (“DPR” and “LPR”). “The Russian occupying administrations are increasing pressure on residents of

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Ukraine, Turkey discuss possibility of transporting Caspian gas, – Zelensky

The parties also considered the supply of liquefied gas19:28, 3 February 2020Official website of the President of Ukraine President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the possibility of transporting Caspian gas through a gas pipeline via the specific connectors to Ukraine. Zelensky reported it during the briefing, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine

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Russian Businesses Lodge Rising Numbers of Official Complaints

Business ombudsman concerned by an increase in criminal proceedings against Russian businesses. Russian business owners lodged 24% more official complaints with the government’s ombudsman in 2019 than the previous year, the head of the service said Monday. Ombudsman Boris Titov said he was particularly concerned by the sharp increase in the number of businesses who had been embroiled in criminal cases —

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Russia GDP Growth Almost Halves in 2019

Russian economy grew 1.3% in 2019, its lowest rate since 2016. The pace of growth in the Russian economy fell by almost half last year, fresh economic data released Monday has shown. Russia’s GDP grew by 1.3% in 2019, the Russian state statistics agency, Rosstat said. That compares with an official expansion rate of 2.5% recorded in 2018, and is the

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Ukraine May Sell Water to Occupied Crimea, Says Ruling Party MP

Crimea’s water woes have reached critical levels. In some parts of the peninsula, agriculture has nearly ground to a halt due to drought. Prior to its occupation by Russian forces, this water was supplied by mainland Ukraine, via the Dnipro river and the North Crimean canal. But this arrangement quickly ended following the occupation. Now, a ruling MP from the

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Russia Takes Another Fascist Turn

As Vladimir Putin moves to secure his political future, Sarah Hurst reports on the country’s new political party. A Russian writer who boasted about killing Ukrainians in Donbass has announced that he is launching a political party called “For Truth”. Zakhar Prilepin was unanimously voted in as party leader at an event in Moscow that also featured naturalised Russian citizen

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Russian Firm Sues Over French Far-Right Leader’s $11M Loan

An obscure Russian company is suing the French far-right leader’s political party to recover an $11 million loan, the investigative website Open Media reported Monday, citing court documents. Marine Le Pen’s party took out 9.4 million euros ($10.8 million at the time) from the Moscow-based First Czech-Russian Bank in 2014. Two years later, the bank lost its license and the

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Netherlands Public Prosecution Service brings charges against four suspects in MH17 case

The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service has brought charges against four suspects in downing MH17 over the occupied territory of Donbas in July 2014 and summoned them to participate in the investigative procedures. “The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service considers it very important that all the parties are given sufficient attention during the trial, so we hope that on March 9, 2020,

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Oschadbank, PrivatBank join state program on affordable loans

The Entrepreneurship Development Fund has signed agreements with JSC Oschadbank and PJSC CB PrivatBank on the implementation of the state program “Affordable Loans at 5-7-9%”, according to the Finance Ministry. “On Friday, January 31, Oschadbank signed an agreement with the Entrepreneurship Development Fund to participate in the state program ‘Affordable Loans at 5-7-9%,” reads the report. On the same day,

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Ukraine plans to increase bilateral trade with Turkey to USD 10 bln – Zelensky

Ukraine intends to increase the volume of bilateral trade with the Republic of Turkey up to USD 10 billion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this at a joint briefing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Kyiv on Monday, February 3, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “We talked a lot about our joint present and future cooperation in trade, economic and

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Nearly 60% of Ukrainians say situation in Ukraine developing in wrong direction – poll

A total of 58.1% of Ukrainian citizens believe that the events in Ukraine are developing in the wrong direction, according to a survey published by the Center for Social Monitoring and the Oleksandr Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute for Social Research. When asked whether the events in Ukraine are going in the right or wrong direction, 39.3% said they were developing in

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Crimea today, Russia tomorrow?

Author : Melinda Haring Source : Atlantic Council Moscow is learning how to apply a range of oppressive and coercive tactics to minorities it perceives as hostile or of questionable loyalty The human rights situation in Russian-occupied Crimea is acute and merits a hearing as a stand-alone issue. But what happens in Crimea has the significance that goes beyond the

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Iran no longer sharing evidence on Ukraine airliner crash with Kiev after audio leak

Iran is no longer sharing evidence from the investigation into the Ukraine airliner crash that killed 176 people with Kiev after audio from the investigation was leaked by Ukrainian media, the director in charge of accident investigations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization was quoted as saying on Monday. Advertising The audio file was part of the evidence given to Ukrainian experts as part

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Russian shell fragments found in Ukrainian Berdyansk boat after ballistics examination

The ballistics examination of one of the Ukrainian ships returned by Russia in November 2019 – the Berdyansk small armoured artillery boat – has been completed. Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, Admiral Ihor Voronchenko said this in a commentary to Radio Liberty, noting that the boat came under fire of Russian military during the capture of Ukrainian ships

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Erdogan arrives in Kyiv

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started an official visit to Ukraine. Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar, who met the Turkish president at the airport, wrote this on his Twitter account. “We welcome President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Ukraine. An official visit of the President of the Republic of Turkey to Ukraine has begun,” he wrote. During

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“Without the Propaganda, the Killing of my Father Would Not Have Been possible”

Zhanna Nemtsova is a Russian journalist and the founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation, which is named after her father, the opposition politician and former first deputy prime minister, who was assassinated in Moscow five years ago, on 27 February 2015. Following the murder, Nemtsova left Russia and settled in Bonn, Germany, where she continued her journalistic career. Working for Deutsche

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Opposition MPs outraged at Zelensky’s words about USSR causing WWII, Holocaust

08:46, 3 February 2020 Viktor Medvedchuk and Vadym Rabinovych deny that the Soviet Union was involved in the Holocaust. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statement that the Soviet Union was the one to launch the WWII and the Holocaust is a blasphemy. Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life party said so.   “I’m definitely outraged at the fact that

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Pressuring Putin is the only way to end Ukraine’s pain

UkraineAlert by Paul Niland From Atlantic Council The Atlantic Council recently published an article by veteran correspondent James Brooke entitled, A frozen conflict may be Ukraine’s best option. While the arguments were laid out very coherently, the premise of the article was wrong on many levels. First and perhaps foremost, it is not within Ukraine’s abilities to deliver a frozen

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