Monthly Archives: February 2020

Russian Security Council secretary flew to Oman while Zelensky was there – media

The President’s Office has stated that Zelensky had no contact with and wasn’t even acquainted with Patrushev. REUTERS During the stay of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Oman in January this year, Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council, also came to this country, claims RFE/RL’s investigative project “Skhemy” [Schemes]. Skhemy’s investigation says Patrushev arrived on the night of January

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NATO: Russian missiles able to target European cities ‘with little warning time’

By Illia Ponomarenko. Published Feb. 12. Updated Feb. 12 at 8:13 pm A man looks at a Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launcher at the permanent exhibition of military equipment and vehicles at Patriot Park in Kubinka, outside Moscow, on Sept. 8, 2016.Photo by AFP PHOTO / Utkin BRUSSELS — Russia’s long-standing progress in developing intermediate-range missiles, both nuclear and conventional, and the most

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Business Update – Feb. 13: Banks generate record $2.5 billion profit, UAE firm buys local port operator

By Denys Krasnikov. Published Feb. 13 at 8:31 pm Heavyweight marine cargo handling firm from the United Arab Emirates enters Ukraine. Called DP World, the company – one of the world’s leading port operators – has acquired a controlling stake in TIS Container Terminal Ukraine, the largest dry cargo port in the country. Ukraine will become the 51st country where DP World operates, CEO

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Russia starts developing defenses against hypersonic missiles

The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to develop a new multipurpose long-range interception missile system which will even be capable of intercepting hypersonic weapons, Izvestia reports, citing sources in the ministry. The news agency writes that, at the military department’s request, theoretical work has already been done on a super long-range air-to-air missile with a splitting warhead, and work is

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World must not forget Putin’s Crimean crime

UkraineAlert by Suleiman Mamut Six years ago this month, Russia shocked the world by launching a lightning operation to seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Putin’s Crimean crime was a watershed moment for global security that challenged the basic principles of international law established in the post-WWII era. For the first time since the days of Hitler and Stalin, one

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Putin: Hypersonic weapon makes idea of Russia’s deterrence meaningless

Russia’s president believes that the U.S. attempts to neutralize Russia’s nuclear capacity are meaningless President of Russia Vladimir Putin believes that the presence of a hypersonic weapon in Russia made the expenses of other states for its deterrence meaningless as Interfax reported. According to Putin, the missile defense system of the West aims for the neutralization of Russia’s nuclear capability.

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Erdogan blames Russia for bloodbath in Syria

On February 12, Turkish President Recep Erdogan blamed Russia for the “bloodbaths” occurring while it supports the Assad regime, Radio Liberty reports. The Turkish leader is threatening to destroy the forces of the Syrian regime “everywhere”, if Turkish soldiers are subjected to new attacks. “The regime backed by Russian forces and pro-Iranian militants is constantly attacking peaceful civilians, carrying out mass killings

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Russia calls UN Security Council meeting to discuss Minsk agreements

13.02.2020 11:39 Russia has called for a meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine to be held in connection with the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Minsk agreements, the Interfax news agency has reported, citing Russia’s First Deputy Permanent to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy. “In connection with the fifth anniversary of the Package of Measures for

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Government plans to count population of occupied Donbas and Crimea via satellites

13.02.2020 15:16 The Government plans to count the population of the occupied Donbas and Crimea via satellites. “We’ve just met with UN representatives who will help us to implement a very complicated satellite imagery project. A similar project is being carried out in Afghanistan, where much of the territory is also not controlled by the authorities. They have been trying

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Ukraine at OSCE: Berdyansk boat was hit from Russian helicopter

13.02.2020 17:20 Ballistic examination has shown that the Berdyansk boat was hit by an armor-piercing projectile from a Russian Ka-52 helicopter, which confirms the aggressive nature of the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in November 2018. “We would like to draw the attention of delegations to the results of a ballistic examination of the damage caused by the attack on

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Portnikov: Next Normandy Four summit won’t be soon

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko expresses doubts about the possibility of holding a summit of the Normandy Four in April. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko claims that the Normandy format summit is in jeopardy. Almost everyone agrees that no preparations are being made for a meeting of leaders. The only surprising thing in these comments is that there were people–and these are

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The Best Defence is Good Offense

Pro-Kremlin Coordinated Efforts on Disinformation The new coronavirus epidemic is dominating the news this week, and this is clearly reflected in the flow of disinformation from pro-Kremlin outlets. The narrative on the virus is getting focused on hinting on it being man-made, and probably manufactured by the same British lab that poisoned the Skripals. The virus is further tailor-made to

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Are they preparing a new annexation? Russia has claimed its rights to Svalbard and insists that it is “not originally Norwegian territory”

Since the beginning of February, the Russian Embassy in Norway has issued a series of statements accusing this country, the sovereignty of which extends to Svalbard , in violation of the international archipelago treaty of 1920. One of these statements says that the archipelago  is “ not originally Norwegian territory”. At the same time, some Russian media outlets published materials about Svalbard, which talk about the

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