Monthly Archives: February 2020

Julian Assange: Trump ‘offered pardon for Russia denial’

A witness in Julian Assange’s extradition hearing will claim President Donald Trump offered the Wikileaks founder a pardon if he said Russia was not involved in leaking emails during the US election. Assange’s barrister revealed the claim at Westminster Magistrates’ Court ahead of an extradition hearing next week. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled the witness’s evidence admissible. The White House

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US strategic drone approaches Russian Defense Minister’s plane over Europe

An unknown drone approached the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu over Europe, reports the Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing Serbian military and diplomatic sources. The Minister’s plane was in Kosovo airspace at the time of the incident. The UAV approached the aircraft at an approximate distance of at least 150 km. Several MiG-29s of the Serbian Air Force were

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NATO urges Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine

NATO has expressed its concern regarding the escalation in the Donbas and urged Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, the Ukrainian Mission to NATO wrote on Facebook. “We are concerned by the escalation of violence by the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine this morning. This undermines the Minsk agreements and the efforts towards a peaceful conflict resolution,” said NATO

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Nobody Wants to Buy Russia’s National Plane – Except Russia’s National Airline

Russia’s home-grown Sukhoi Superjet 100 has no new customers lined up for 2020. By Gleb Stolyarov for Reuters Russia’s main home-grown passenger jet, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, conceived as a rival to Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer, has no confirmed orders this year beyond a long-standing deal with state carrier Aeroflot, two sources told Reuters. The aircraft, which entered service in 2011

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How North Korea’s Leader Buys Purebred White Horses From Russia’s Stud Farms

The Moscow Times spoke to horse breeders and agents who have sold many of Russia’s famous Orlov Trotters and a thoroughbred Welsh pony to Kim Jong-Un. By Pjotr SauerUpdated: 5 hours ago On a chilly April morning in 2019, four North Korean men arrived unannounced at the Verona stud farm in Moscow’s elite suburb of Rublyovka in search of a perfect white

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MP from party ‘Servant of people’ refused to honor memory of Heroes of Heavenly Hundred

112 Agency While the MPs in the Verkhovna Rada rose to honor a minute of silence in memory of those killed on the Maidan during the Revolution of Dignity, the “Servant of the People” Maksym Buzhansky refused to get up. Andriy Dzinja posted the incident video on his Facebook page. Recall, on February 18, 2014, after the activists refused to fulfill the ultimatum of

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Ukraine’s Defense Minister: Over 25,000 Russian troops in occupied Donbas now

The minister says the situation is constantly changing. REUTERS Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk says that over 25,000 Russian troops are now in occupied Donbas. “The situation is changing… We see that there are more than 25,000 [Russian troops], for sure,” he told reporters after a parliamentary committee meeting when asked how many Russian troops are in eastern Ukraine today, according

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‘I think it’s very difficult,’ Putin tells woman living below Russia’s poverty line

On a visit to St. Petersburg on Wednesday, after laying flowers at a monument to the late Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, Vladimir Putin spoke to a group of local residents. One woman asked him how he thinks she lives on a salary of 10,800 rubles ($170) a month. “I think it’s very difficult,” the president said. When the woman asked Putin how he thinks her

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Russia’s State Duma cancels fines for displaying Nazi symbols in non-propagandistic cases

The State Duma has voted in favor of an amendment to the Codex of Administrative Violations that cancels some existing fines for displaying Nazi symbolism. The amendment passed its third and final reading, practically guaranteeing that it will become law. Fines that previously reached up to 50,000 rubles ($784) will no longer be applied in cases where Nazi symbols are

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Militant Khodakovsky about features of “civil war” in Donbass: “Ossetian to the left, Russian to the right” (Photo)

Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky has published an archive photo showing that Russian mercenaries and representatives of illegal armed formations of unrecognized South Ossetia took an active part in unleashing the armed conflict in the Donbass in 2014. A photo taken in the center of Donetsk in May 2014 depicts Russian and Ossetian militants. “According to the

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Russia accuses EU of reluctance to visa Schengen in Russian passports issued in occupied territories

Russia has accused the European Union of “discrimination against the Donbass residents” because of the non-recognition of Russian passports and passports of the so-called “DNR/LNR” they received. This is stated in the message of the Russian Federation MIA. As noted in a comment by the Information and Press Department of the PF MIA, initiating a criminal case on the compulsory

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China expects Ukraine to provide state guarantees for investing $600 mln in building new unit of Sloviansk TPP

China expects Ukraine to provide state guarantees for investing $600 million in the construction of a new unit at Sloviansk thermal power plant (TPP, PJSC Donbasenergo), Liu Jun, the adviser for trade and economic issues at the Embassy of China in Ukraine, has said. “The Chinese side is ready to invest more than $600 million in this project, provided that

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Britain calls Nebenzya’s statement at UNSC briefing on Ukraine a falsehood

19.02.2020 09:36Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya made largely false remarks during a UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine on February 18. UK Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Karen Pierce, said this at that briefing in New York on Tuesday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The Russian Ambassador spoke at length about the failure of others in fulfilling

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Kyslytsya: Russian-led troops in Donbas dwarf many European armies

19.02.2020 11:54The Russian Federation continues to supply its occupation forces with the weaponry, regular troops and mercenaries “to the extent that now they dwarf many European armies.” “Around 500 tanks, around 1000 armored combat vehicles, almost 130 MLRS, almost 800 artillery systems are [stationed] now in the occupied territories in Donbas,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Kyslytsya said at the United Nations Security Council briefing

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Sweden accuses Russia of violating Minsk agreements

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde has said that yesterday’s attacks by Russian-led forces in Donbas are in breach of the Minsk agreements. She wrote this on her Twitter account. “Worrying reports of attacks by Russia-backed armed formations in eastern Ukraine yesterday, killing one Ukrainian soldier and wounding six. Another violation of the Minsk Agreements and the measures agreed at the

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Bakhmatyuk handed over inscribed eggs “Sytnyk is corrupt” to the director of NABU

Today, February 19, agrarians handed over to the director of NABU, Artem Sytnyk, convicted of corruption, “personal award” eggs with the inscription: “Sytnyk, go away”. About it reports Depo.ua. The protesters chanted “Sytnyk – away”, but the NABU leader himself was afraid to meet with the activists, and did not even send his representatives for negotiations. There are dozens of

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Nato: fit for purpose?

Nato came into existence for one reason only: to prevent Russia from thieving yet more sovereign territory in Europe in addition to what it had been gifted at Yalta by the ailing communist sympathiser FDR. See Dan Hannan’s article on Yalta here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/how-the-west-lost-world-war-ii-at-yalta Events since 2008 have demonstrated that both Nato and the EU are in fact absurdly sympathetic to

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U.S. accuses Russia of disrupting Minsk agreements

Russia refuses to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements and continues to support bloodshed in Donbas, Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Cherith Norman Chalet has said. She said this at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday, February 18, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Unfortunately, Russia has

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Navy preps its new USS Ford carrier for massive ocean warfare

By Kris Osborn | Warrior Maven 18 February, 2020 Navy weapons developers say the service’s emerging Ford-class carriers are engineered for the purpose of enabling a much higher volume of high-speed, overwhelming air attacks in rapid succession, as compared to today’s Nimitz-class carriers … all due to new technologies and the design configuration of the platforms. The Ford carriers, now on the cusp

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Vanity in the Kremlin. Putin realized that he lost

The strategic situation in the Russia-USA pair has changed dramatically. The political will of one of the parties that realized the existential threat has changed US presidents come and go, but the American “ deep state,” deep state, remains. Mike Pompeo’s recent Russian-Chinese underbelly voyage, which provoked anger and rage in Beijing and Moscow, was the introduction of these two wonderful cities to the

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U.S. Arrests Mexican Citizen Allegedly Recruited by Russia

U.S. authorities in Miami arrested a Mexican citizen who had been recruited by a Russian government official to locate and obtain the license plate number of the car of a “U.S. government source,” the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a resident of Singapore, was arrested on Sunday after he arrived at Miami International Airport with

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