Monthly Archives: February 2020

New composition of European Commission planning to give Ukraine's economy new "drive"

The Commissioner said it was about all areas which would contribute to economy growth and new jobs. Olivér Várhelyi / flickr.com/european_parliament The new composition of the European Commission is set to give a new “drive” to Ukraine’s economy to make sure it achieves sustainable growth, says European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi. “This Commission is interested in creating a

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Netherlands says it rejected Moscow offer for MH17 prosecution

The Netherlands has turned down an offer by Russia to prosecute three men suspected of involvement in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, the Dutch justice minister said Wednesday. Ferd Grapperhaus said Moscow sent a letter in October last year in which it asked whether the Dutch would consider transferring the criminal prosecution of three suspects

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Ukrainian President's New Chief Of Staff Says Room For Compromise With Russia

KYIV — The new head of Ukraine’s presidential administration has signaled there is room for compromise in talks on ending the war with Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country, a day after Moscow replaced a hard-line point man on the issue with a Ukrainian-born official in the Kremlin. Andriy Yermak told reporters in Kyiv on February 12,

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Political will of sides needed to resolve conflict in Ukraine's east

MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) – The resolution of the conflict in Ukraine’s east requires efforts and political will of the sides, BelTA learned from the OSCE special representative in the trilateral contact group on resolving the situation in Ukraine’s east Heidi Grau. The diplomat said: “A set of measures to fulfill the Minsk agreements was signed precisely five years ago.

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Kremlin spokesman busts idea of water supply to Crimea in exchange for Donbas border

Peskov stressed Crimea could not be a subject of “any exchange.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has busted the idea of exchanging water supplies from mainland Ukraine to Russia-occupied Crimea for full control by the Ukrainian authorities of the border in Donbas. “As for Crimea, this is a Russian region and, of course, the water supply of this region is provided

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New Ukrainian administration's attempts to review Minsk Agreements failed – Poroshenko

 The Minsk Agreements enable Ukraine to demand peace from Russia with clear criteria and conditions, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the leader of the European Solidarity faction, said in an article published by the online publication Ukrainska Pravda on Wednesday. “Even today, the Minsk Agreements provide a chance for formulating tough requirements to be met by Russia, for demanding and

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Ukraine may upgrade all major highways within two to three years – Ukravtodor

The country is launching large-scale road construction from March 1. REUTERS Head of Ukravtodor Automobile Road Agency Oleksandr Kubrakov says Ukraine’s main highways network could be upgraded within two or three years. “I think the country has a chance to get good roads and renew their main network in two or three years. But we can show a truly unprecedented

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Russian Police Detain and Pressure Convicted Anti-Fascists’ Supporters – Reports

Police in the central Russian city of Penza detained and allegedly pressured a group of activists who had come to support jailed members of an anti-fascist group, Russian media reported Tuesday.  Seven members of the group Set — Russian for “Network” — were sentenced to up to 18 years on terrorism charges in Penza on Monday in a case that observers have compared to

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FSB demands round-the-clock access to Russian citizens’ online correspondence

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has demanded that the major internet service providers give it access to their users’ online activity, The Bell reports, citing sources in Russian internet companies. In summer last year, Russian companies on the register of information distribution operators (IDO) started receiving a letter from the FSB headquarters on Lubyanka Square related to the requirements of the

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Anna Myroniuk: Peace in Donbas can’t mean capitulating to Russia

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written based on the experience of Kyiv Post staff writer Anna Myroniuk, a native of Donetsk, on a trip to Paris at the invitation of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sponsored a visit by Ukrainian journalists in early February. In Paris, the reporters had a chance to speak with top-level decision-makers and

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Ruling faction's head doesn't mind water supply to Crimea in exchange for Donbas border

Arakhamia’s position is that these are citizens of Ukraine who will use water in Crimea. Chairman of the Servant the People faction in Ukraine’s parliament David Arakhamia has said he would personally agree if water were supplied from mainland Ukraine to Russia-occupied Crimea in exchange for full control of the Ukrainian border in Donbas. “I would see it as a

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Nostradamus and coronavirus: How Russian propagandists use names of seers to push own narratives

“The Noble Lady in the City by the Sea. The Chinese Coronavirus Was Predicted by Nostradamus.” Last week, one of Russia’s largest state media companies decided to publish an article under this headline in one of its online outlets. What could be the motivation for promoting this kind of information? The name of the outlet suggests an answer: Ukraina.ru More .ru than Ukraina

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