Monthly Archives: February 2020

Ukraine launches Diya app, opening access to wide range of gov’t services online

The president says 9 million Ukrainians are now offered to have their driver’s license and car registration in their smartphones. facebook.com/eGovernanceUkraine Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the launch of the Diya [Action] mobile application as part of the State in a Smartphone project. “Today we are introducing the Diya app. From now on, it is available on Apple Store

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Russian Orthodox Leader Seen Wearing $16,000 Watch – Open Media

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church owns a number of luxury watches worth anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars, the Open Media news website reported Thursday. Patriarch Kirill sparked a massive scandal in 2012 when a photo on the Church’s website showed him with no watch on his wrist, but with a $30,000 Breguet watch reflected on the table where the

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First curling rink opens in Ukraine

PHOTOS06.02.2020 12:49President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka has attended the opening of the first specialized curling arena in Ukraine, the NOC’s press service has reported. “A remarkable event in the history of domestic winter sports development took place in the capital on February 5 – the opening of the first specialized curling arena in Ukraine. A

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Turkey losing interest in Russian gas

While Gazprom was completing the $7 billion Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Turkey was cutting back on its purchases of Russian gas. By the end of 2019, 14.4-14.8 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian gas had been transported to the Turkish market, Interfax calculates, based on statistics from the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK). In comparison with 2018, this equates to a

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Stop using Russia as chief ‘bogeyman’, let’s normalize relations – Putin spokesman to US politicians

WARNING! This article contains huge amounts of BS. By Bryan MacDonald After a few years of ‘Russiagate’, which bizarrely mutated into a Ukraine-inspired impeachment trial, now that Donald Trump has been declared ‘not guilty’ by the Senate, the Kremlin would like to move on. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says it’s time for American politicians to stop using

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Number of Belarusian supporters of union with Russia down by a third

The number of Belarusian citizens who support the idea of a union state with Russia has declined by 20 percentage points in the last year, Kommersant reports, citing the results of a sociological study by Andrey Vardomatsky’s Belarusian Analytical Workshop. While at the start of 2019, more than 60% of Belarusians advocated a union with Russia, by December this figure had dropped

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Government intends to teach six mln Ukrainians digital literacy in three years

06.02.2020 14:11Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has stated the government intends to teach six million Ukrainians digital literacy in three years. “Digital literacy today means the basis of country’s competitiveness in the world. This is a challenge we are taking. In the next three years, we plan to teach at least six million Ukrainians to use and develop their digital skills.

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Ex-education minister Tabachnyk spotted in Simferopol

06.02.2020 16:17 Dmytro Tabachnyk, former education minister of Viktor Yanukovych rule and ex-member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from the Party of Regions, was spotted in the annexed Crimea. As Crimea.Realities portal reports, the former Ukrainian politician was spotted near the tax office in Simferopol on February 5. Crimea.Realities also published a photo of Tabachnyk and tried to contact

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Iran’s Confession of Downing PS752 Conjures Kremlin’s Uncomfortable Past

Iran confessed to PS752, while Russia never did for MH17. Now, Russian propagandists are doubling down on denials. Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion-style article by Givi Gigitashvili,the Caucasus research assistant with the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DRFLab). It first appeared here and is republished with the author’s permission.  Following Iran’s admission of shooting down Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752, the Kremlin continued denying Iran’s

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Russia to Offer Free E-Visas to 53 Countries, Snubs U.S. and Britain

Citizens of 53 countries will be able to apply for free and simplified electronic visas to visit Russia starting next year, a senior official has said in an interview published Thursday. The 16-day e-visas will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021, for citizens of the European Union and different countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. U.S.,

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Russian TV Runs Conspiracy Theory Blaming Trump for Coronavirus

A Russian state television show has run a conspiracy theory which blames the coronavirus outbreak on none other than U.S. President Donald Trump.  During Wednesday evening’s edition of “Vremya” on Channel One, host Kirill Kleimenov recounted the theory that the highly contagious virus didn’t originate in a cave of Chinese bats, but was actually manufactured in an American laboratory on

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Infrastructure minister invites U.S. companies to join concession projects in Ukraine

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii has invited U.S. companies to join concession projects in Ukraine, according to the ministry’s press service. He said this during a meeting with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien and Counselor to the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, Caleb McCarry. “The use of concession mechanism will allow the state

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Head of occupation “government” of “DNR” goes missing

The so-called “chairman of the DNR government” Alexander Ananchenko went missing in the occupied part of Donetsk oblast. This is evidenced by the “official” reports of separatist media. You can read in the news archives that at the end of January 2019, Ananchenko, who was “appointed” head of the “government” in December 2018, held a meeting, and already on February

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Concept of “federal territories” with direct subordination to Kremlin is being worked out for “DNR/LNR” in Constitution of Russian Federation

The updated Constitution of the Russian Federation may introduce the concept of “federal territories” with direct federal subordination. This statement was made by co-chair of the working group on the preparation of proposals for amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation Andrey Klishas, – RIA Novosti reports. According to the Russian senator, the Federation Council committees on constitutional law

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Kremlin confirms appointment of “simple citizen of Russia” Pashkov as “Prime Minister of the DNR”

The Kremlin has confirmed the fact of appointment of Russian citizen Vladimir Pashkov “chairman of the government” of the so-called “DNR”. This follows from the statement of press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. Answering the question of how the Russian citizen headed the “government” of the terrorist “republic” and how this correlates with the Kremlin’s

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Japan to take part in Sea Breeze naval exercise in Ukraine for the first time

For the first time, the Japan Self-Defense Forces will be taking part in the Sea Breeze 2020 naval exercise, which will be held in Ukraine this year, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on its website. On Wednesday February 5, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk met with Jiro Hiroe, director of one of the departments of the Japanese ground forces command. During

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Russian Energy Exports to U.S. Set 8-Year Record in October

Russia’s energy exports to the United States have reached an eight-year high in October 2019, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data cited by the RBC news website Thursday. Russia exported 20.9 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products to the U.S. in October 2019, the highest one-month total since November 2011. Russia also surpassed Mexico as the second-largest

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Chubarov: Situation with water in occupied Crimea worse than reported by Russian media

At the same time, the official emphasized, there is no “humanitarian catastrophe” in Crimea. Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, former Member of Parliament of Ukraine Refat Chubarov has said the situation with water in annexed Crimea is worse than Russian media report. “A 100-day water reserve in Simferopol. The situation is even worse in the cities

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Ukrainian MPs clash in Rada over land market bill (Video)

The lawmakers were blocking the rostrum. Ukrainian MPs started a skirmish during a Verkhovna Rada session on Thursday over the land market bill. At first, a number of lawmakers blocked the rostrum. Leader of the Batkivshchyna faction Yulia Tymoshenko took the seat of Speaker Dmytro Razumkov. Clashes erupted between several legislators. First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

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Russia Proposes Internet Ecosystem to Protect Users From ‘Foreign Influence’ – Report

Russia’s state-controlled telecommunications provider is proposing a 260-billion-ruble ($4.1 billion) online ecosystem to “protect users from foreign influence,” the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Rostelecom’s so-called roadmap reportedly envisions the creation of state-run messengers, gaming services, browsers and operating systems. The telecom provider’s ambitious proposal also includes state-controlled content recommendation systems and speech and gesture recognition in addition to virtual

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Russia Says Alarmed by U.S. Deployment of Low-Yield Nuclear Missiles

Russia is alarmed by the U.S. Navy’s decision to deploy low-yield nuclear missiles on submarines since they heighten the risk of a limited nuclear war, a Russian official said on Wednesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the deployment of the W76-2 warhead in the name of strengthening deterrence had caused Russia great concern over U.S. nuclear strategy, Russian news

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Several thousand farmers at rally call on president to dismiss NABU chief Sytnyk, protect their jobs

Farmers demand that the pressure of law enforcement agencies on the enterprise cease and Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk, convicted of corruption by court, be dismissed. People came from almost all across Ukraine since enterprises operate in 600 settlements of 22 regions of the country, according to an UNIAN correspondent. During her address from

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Ukrainians most often travel to Poland, Russia – border guards

The number of Ukrainian passengers traveling to the EU countries is growing, whereas the number of those visiting Russia is shrinking, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service has reported. “The State Border Guard Service has recently reported a record number of citizens – more than 102 million – who passed passport control during 2019. […] Of the total number of Ukrainians,

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