Monthly Archives: February 2020

Strike begins in occupied Alchevsk at metallurgical plant, captured by “LNR”

Workers of two workshops went on strike at the Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant (AMP), located in the occupied part of Luhansk oblast. This is reported by the “Luhansk inside” blogger. Reportedly, on February 13, the railway workshop, the workers of which made a number of demands to the management (the strike is currently ongoing), went on strike and completely stopped its

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Business Update – Feb. 17: Ukraine may cancel Motor Sich acquisition, increase wages, spend $4.6 billion on roads

The Motor Sich aerospace firm showcases its latest aerospace tech at an exhibition on Oct. 11, 2018. A long-awaited Chinese takeover at Ukrainian Motor Sich looks increasingly uncertain, as Forbes reports that Ukraine’s antimonopoly committee may prevent the controversial Chinese acquisition.Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin A long-awaited Chinese takeover at the Motor Sich aerospace firm looks increasingly uncertain. Ukraine’s antimonopoly committee may prevent

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RFE/RL: U.S.-Ukraine produced rocket lifts off, takes supplies to International Space Station

A medium-class rocket jointly developed by U.S. and Ukrainian specialists successfully launched from a NASA flight facility in Virginia on February 15, carrying nearly four tons of supplies, hardware, and science payloads to the International Space Station (ISS). The Antares rocket, partly designed by the Pivdenne Design Bureau and made by the Pivdenmash in Ukraine’s Dnipro region, lifted off at

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NATO does not solve Ukraine’s problems, only makes them worse

This article is full of propaganda and BS from horseface. NATO only exacerbates Ukraine’s problems and undermines efforts aimed at implementing the Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Monday after the Munich Security Conference. Russia is engaged in a dialogue with those Western countries, which are involved in the Ukrainian settlement process, he stressed. “These are,

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Kremlin instructs regional governments to create festive atmosphere during voting on constitutional amendments

The Russian regions have been instructed to create a “festive atmosphere” in order to increase turnout on the day the population votes on Putin’s proposed constitutional reforms, RBC news agency reports, citing two participants of a seminar for vice governors dedicated to voting. The seminar was conducted by the Presidential Administration between February 13 and 15. According to RBC’s sources, the

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Russia Managing Libya Conflict ‘at Highest Level,’ Turkey’s Erdogan Says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia was managing the conflict in Libya “at the highest level,” Turkey’s NTV broadcaster reported Saturday. Erdogan, whose country backs Libya’s internationally recognized government, has publicly accused the Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group of supporting Libya’s rival faction headed by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Russia has repeatedly denied its military presence in Libya.  “Russia

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‘Terrorizing Our Own Citizens’: Russian Society Condemns Anti-Fascist Prosecutions

Russian scientists, teachers and other groups of professionals have signed open letters in support of seven young men who were jailed last week on what they call fabricated charges of terrorism. A court in the central Russian city of Penza last Monday sentenced the seven members of an anti-fascist group called Set to prison terms between six and 18 years. The defendants

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OSCE still has no 24-hour access to occupied Donbas – Zelensky

17.02.2020 10:56 The agreement reached by the Normandy Four leaders at the Paris summit in December to ensure round-the-clock access of the OSCE SMM to the entire non-government-controlled territory of Donbas has not yet been implemented. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said this at the 56th Munich Security Conference on February 15, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “Recalling the agreements in

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Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office not concerned over dismissal of Ukrainian prosecutors

17.02.2020 17:40The Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office does not express concern over the dismissal of Ukrainian prosecutors involved in the MH17 probe. “The Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office is not concerned over the reorganization consequences for upcoming MH17 trial as the Dutch court’s files are almost ready,” Spokesperson for the Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office Brechtje van de Moosdijk said in a commentary

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Ukraine Arrests Alleged Crime Boss After Six-Year Manhunt

Ukraine’s National Police have arrested alleged mafia boss Yevhen Anisimov, who has been wanted for six years on numerous charges mainly related to extorting money from businesses in the Zaporizhzhya region located in the southeastern part of the country. Anisimov, 44, was apprehended in the capital Kyiv on February 16 by an elite police unit and taken to Zaporizhzhya where

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Russia puts forward conditions for next Normandy format summit

The results of the previous arrangements should be seen to hold the next meeting in the Normandy format, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko said on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “There was a very clear agreement that the next Normandy format meeting should summarize what had been discussed at the previous meeting. This concerns

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Russian Priest Under Fire for Calling Common-Law Wives ‘Prostitutes’

An outspoken Russian priest has sparked public ire for comparing common-law wives to “prostitutes.” Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, who has raised eyebrows in the past for calling abortions “worse than the Holocaust” and comparing today’s young men to “scrawny chickens,” said recently that Russian women “don’t know what marriage is.” “They don’t want to say ‘I’m a free prostitute,’ so they say

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Poland suggests changing Normandy format

Poland suggests revising the Normandy format and involving the EU and the US in the negotiations to end Russian aggression against Ukraine. “Perhaps, it’s time to raise one very important question: is the Normandy format a good institution for solving this problem? … We support the format as President Zelensky and the Ukrainians support it, but, perhaps, we need to

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Disinformation sharpened tensions between Serbia and Montenegro

Disinformation sharpened tensions between Serbia and Montenegro The divisive situation around the newly adopted Law on Freedom of religion of Montenegro has been used by disinformation outlets in the region to foment division, resembling the practice already detected in Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. The adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion, enacted by the Parliament of Montenegro on 27

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“Don’t take it so seriously”: Ischinger on controversial “Munich Plan” for Donbas settlement

Ischinger believes that Europe shouldn’t accept Russia’s isolation and should instead strengthen dialogue with Moscow. Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ishinger, has commented on the scandalous “Munich Plan “Twelve Steps toward Greater Security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Region”, which was developed, including, by the Russians. Ischinger believes that Europe should not accept Russia’s isolation and should instead

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Russia’s next aircraft carrier will likely be nuclear

Two competing designs are in the frame to replace the only existing Admiral Kuznetsov. Both proposals have nuclear propulsion Only the U.S. Navy has so-called super-carriers, the extra-large nuclear-powered aircraft carriers which displace 100,000 tons. However, the Russian Navy may now be considering building one. Russia’s only existing carrier is the 60,000-ton Admiral Kuznetsov. That’s large, but because of its

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“Facilitating Occupation”: Should Ukraine Be Selling Water to Occupied Crimea?

“If we give water to the Crimea in order to have some great advantage in the negotiations about the Donbas, my personal opinion is that I would consider it a sufficient compromise,” the chairman of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction, David Arakhamia, said on February 11. But after the statement caused a public outcry, he apologized for his

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