Monthly Archives: February 2020

Putin agrees to major write-off of Russia’s defense industry debt

Corruption may have lessened in recent years in this area, but price fixing and company profitability look set to endure and probably limit the Kremlin’s ambitions18:28, 20 February 2020rbc.ru In late December 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an ukaz (decree) detailing plans to write off a large portion of the debt collectively owed by the country’s defense industrial complex (Oboronnyi Promyshennyi Kompleks—OPK). The details

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Russia to deliver first Pantsir missile system to Serbia by the end of the week

The first out of six Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems will be delivered to Serbia by the end of the week, announced the Radio Television of Serbia. The agreement was reportedly reached during a meeting between Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. Shoygu visited Belgrade on February 17. According to the TV channel, the Serbian military has been

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Business Update – Feb. 20: Nord Stream delays, food exports up, UN mulls investment

Environmental activists hold up a poster reading “Clog Nord Stream 2!” as they stage a protest at the construction site for the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) pipeline in Wrangelsburg, northeastern Germany on May 16, 2019.Photo by AFPPopular The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe through Germany may become only a pipe dream if Russia cannot find a way to complete

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Court rules Poroshenko’s judicial reform was partially unconstitutional

Judges of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court.Photo by Ratynskyi Viacheslav The Constitutional Court has recognized Ukraine’s 2016-2017 judicial reform as partially unconstitutional, according to a decision published by the court late on Feb. 19. Specifically, the Constitutional Court ruled that the liquidation of the old Supreme Court in 2017 as part of the judicial reform was unconstitutional. The decision triggered indignation among judicial

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Exclusive: ‘Made in Russia’ passenger jet finds a single buyer, Aeroflot

MOSCOW (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 ALTR.MM, two sources told Reuters. The aircraft, which entered service in 2011 and was the first passenger jet built in Russia since the fall of

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SkyUp Plane With Ukrainians Evacuated From Wuhan Lands At Kharkiv International Airport

The plane of the SkyUp air company with Ukrainian citizens evacuated from Wuhan (the People’s Republic of China) aboard landed at the Kharkiv International Airport at around 11:55 p.m. This follows from the data from the Flightradar, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The people will be delivered to the medical center of the National Guard, Novi Sanzhary, in Poltava region. As

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Ukraine imports nuclear fuel worth almost US$400 mln in 2019 – statistics

Russia was the major supplier of nuclear fuel to Ukraine. Ukraine is trying to diversify the sources of nuclear fuel supplies / Photo from UNIAN Ukraine in 2019 imported fuel assemblies for its nuclear power plants to the tune of US$396.889 million. Over the period under review, Russia supplied 263 tonnes of nuclear fuel worth US$240.91 million (60.6% in the

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Russian fraud at the Munich Security Conference: How far is the dialogue possible?

BOHDAN BEN Russia’s return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), despite its failure to implement PACE resolutions; Putin’s dominating presence at the January 2020 World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, where he promulgated his historical narrative; and finally the 2020 Munich Security Conference (MSC) held 14-16 February, promoting the notorious pro-Russia plan regarding Ukraine, under the statement’s neutral title

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Russia’s war crimes: Deputy Prosecutor General tells ICC representatives about hundreds of proceedings

Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Giunduz Mamedov held a meeting with representatives of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to discuss the evidence of Russian aggression in Donbas and Crimea. “The Ukrainian law enforcement agencies of Ukraine under the coordination of the Prosecutor General’s Office continue to gather evidence of the international-scale armed conflict and the

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Yanukovych offers to help Zelensky to ‘unite’ Ukraine

On the sixth anniversary of the Euromaidan Revolution, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych published a message addressed to the new government. The statement appeared on the Facebook page of his lawyer, Vitaliy Serdyuk. Yanukovych himself fled Ukraine in 2014. Yanukovych said that he is happy that former president Petro Poroshenko, who had ruled Ukraine since the revolution in 2014, has been

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Russia loses leverage as Ukrainian exports go global

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund Ukraine’s State Statistical Service has just published its data on Ukraine’s foreign trade in 2019. Overall, the changes it reveals might not appear large. The country’s merchandise exports increased by 5.8 percent to USD 50.1 billion, while imports rose by 6.3 percent to USD 60.8 billion. Since Ukraine currently receives annual remittances of around USD 12

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Ukraine military in Donbas find ammunition available only to Russian army

This is yet another evidence of Russian involvement in the Donbas war, which will be provided to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. JFO HQ A high-impulse thermobaric explosive has been found during a demining effort clearance in Donbas, within the zone of the Joint Forces Operation. “In the area of the Joint Forces Operation, work continues on documenting more

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Russian aggression in Crimea started six years ago

20.02.2020 10:00 February 20 is the official date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea, which was determined by the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On Countering the Armed Aggression of the Russian Federation and Overcoming its Consequences” of April 21, 2015. On February 20, 2014, Russia

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Please, Consider Exploring Ukraine Beyond Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa (OP-ED)

Since 2016, Ukraine has quietly been experiencing a tourism boom – not least due to the development of low-cost flights linking the country to the rest of Europe. The figures registered by Ukrainian airports during this period (+277% at Zhuliany (Kyiv), + 359% at Kharkiv, and even +389% at Lviv) are impressive. Admittedly, it mainly reflects the fact that Ukrainians

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Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Desperation: MH17 and WWII

This week, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine has begun “preparations” for the MH17 trial and continued its attack on Poland. A few weeks from now, on March 9th, the District Court of the Hague will begin the criminal trial of four suspects for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. With the court date approaching, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine is desperate to

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