Monthly Archives: February 2020

Naftogaz agrees to pass Ukrnafta’s debt to Ukrainian taxpayers

Billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky (C) speaks to Naftogaz representatives during a Ukrnafta oil and gas company meeting in Kyiv in May 2015. Ukrnafta is a 50 percent state-owned company, with Kolomoisky’s Privat Group owning 42 percent. Ukrnafta owes $500 million in unpaid taxes to the state.Photo by Courtesy (Ukrinform) State-owned gas utility Naftogaz and Ukrnafta, the country’s leading oil and gas

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Experts on children’s “upbringing” in occupied Donbas: This somehow resembles “Hitler Jügend”

Experts on children’s “upbringing” in occupied Donbas: This somehow resembles “Hitler Jügend” VLAD ABRAMOV 14:00, 05 February 2020 Russian propaganda is raging in schools across the temporarily occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Militarization of young minds in these areas is entering a new round amid preparations for the celebration of February 23 (Russia’s Homeland Defender Day) and May

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Donbas: Russian mercenaries shell their own positions to discredit Ukrainian troops

At about Monday midnight, the enemy allowed a ceasefire provocation, making a salute to “celebrate February 23”, the Day of Defender of the Motherland that is regularly marked in Russia08:46, 24 February 2020 On late Sunday and early Monday, Russian militants used artillery to land provocative attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas. 20 shells hit the positions of Ukrainian forces there,

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Business Update – Feb. 24: Reddit, honey exports and cheaper mortgages

Minister Timofei Milovanov has said. “It is important to know here that the main desire of the IMF is to ensure that there are either equal conditions or better conditions for small and medium-sized businesses,” Milovanov said according to UNIAN. “But there is no precondition on the land market in those agreements with the IMF.” Ukraine’s Court of Appeals has ruled that

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Why Azov should not be designated a foreign terrorist organization

In their recent New York Times op-ed, “We once fought jihadists. Now we battle white supremacists,” Democratic Congressman Max Rose and former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent Ali H. Soufan raise a critical question: to what extent can we consider domestic right-wing terrorism an exclusively domestic phenomenon? As a follow up, they also ask about the role transnational

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The storm Julia struck Odessa: a woman died, the wind fell trees on cars and tears off the roofs – photos and video

On Monday, February 24, the storm Julia hit Odessa , the II ( orange) hazard level was announced . On the street Nezhinsky tree fell on a woman of 60 years. She died from her injuries on the spot. The strength of the wind reaches 25−28 m / s, it collapses trees and tears off the roof. Public transport is intermittent. There is no electricity in homes in different areas of

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Nasirov achieves reinstatement as SFS head, refuses to be reinstated

 The sixth administrative court of appeals has upheld reinstatement of Roman Nasirov as head of the State Fiscal Service (SFS), but Nasirov refused to be reinstated, the press service of the court has reported. “The sixth administrative court of appeals on February 17, 2020 adopted the rejection of the claim for reinstatement as head of the SFS, and the decision

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More than 950,000 people in “DPR/LPR” have Ukrainian biometric passports – DW

More than 950,000 people with registration in ORDLO received biometric passports of Ukrainian citizens to travel abroad, Deutsche Welle Corporation reported on Monday referring to the State Migration Service of Ukraine. According to the Service, received at the DW request, as of mid-February 2020, some 950,405 passports of a citizen of Ukraine were issued for travelling abroad to citizens of

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Dutch-led investigation has eyewitness to Russian missile launch – media

The recently released intercepted phone calls mention the Russian defense minister, the deputy director of Russian intelligence, and a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin. An investigative team used open-source tools, including Google Maps and Google Earth, and videos and photos posted online, to trace the missile system all the way back to its suspected origin, a Russian military

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Russian billionaire reregisters one of Russia’s biggest retailers in Cyprus

Lenta, Russia’s third biggest retailer by profit, with a network of 249 hypermarkets in more than 130 Russian cities, has received permission from the Cypriot authorities to use Cyprus as its jurisdiction, and has changed its official name to Lenta PLC, the company announced. “Today the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (DRCOR) has issued the company a

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“The authorities were taken under control by “polite people”. Militant admits that “Crimean spring” was made by Russian weapons

Russia’s annexation of the Crimea was not the result of choice of the residents of the peninsula, since all the events of February-March 2014 took place under the control of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. This was told by active participant in the seizure of the Crimea, nicknamed Trifon, who calls himself former lieutenant colonel of the reserve

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Prague Changes Russia’s Embassy Address to Boris Nemtsov Square

The square in Prague where Russia’s embassy is located is to be renamed after Boris Nemtsov, the Czech capital said on Monday, joining cities like Washington and Kiev in commemorating the murdered opposition leader. Nemtsov, one of Russia President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics, was shot dead in February 2015 as he walked across a bridge near Moscow’s Kremlin palace. Prague Mayor Zdenek

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Ukraine’s course towards NATO membership to be documented in upcoming Ukraine’s military strategy – Aparshin

Within two to three months, the military strategy of Ukraine will appear, which will document the course of Ukraine towards NATO membership, said Ivan Aparshin, Director General of the Directorate for National Security and Defense of the President’s Office of Ukraine. “Ukraine’s acquisition of NATO membership is not discussed at all today. In the near future, the presidential decree, the

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Ukraine, Turkey expand scheduled air service

Ukraine and Turkey expand scheduled air service between the countries. “Following the negotiations at the level of the aviation agencies of Ukraine and Turkey in Ankara on February 20, the existing conditions of scheduled air service on routes between Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey were expanded,” the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine informs. The parties agreed that the air

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SkyUp doesn’t cancel flights to Italy so far

SkyUp Airlines does not cancel its flights to Italy so far, where 5 coronavirus deaths have been reported. “The flights are not canceled so far. However, we are in process of maintaining communication and taking decisions with government agencies,” the airline’s press service told Ukrinform. If the flight schedule is changed, a separate announcement will be made, the press service

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American investors who spend billions in Ghana are interested in Ukraine

An American investor from New York prognoses a meaningful growth and direct international investments for Ukrainian real estate market. Nevertheless, it happens only under the reformation of the justice system and setting-up state-private cooperation, as the head of an investment company Investigroup LLC Kizito Owusu believes. Critics and politicians often claim that Ukraine is developing on the level of African

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RFE/RL: Transdniester tycoon has Ukrainian passport, elite property in Kyiv, Odesa regions

A former KGB officer, Gusan controls through firms linked to him a 600-square-meter estate in Odesa region that he uses as a vacation home. Viktor Gusan, owner of the largest business in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdniester, has Ukrainian citizenship as well as land and property ownership in Kyiv and Odesa regions of Ukraine, an investigative journalism group reported over

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Russia abuses children – Child Militaries March in Yalta

Invading Russia continues to abuse children in Crimea for propaganda. Kremlin-ruled Administration of the Yalta city of occupied Crimea organized a march of ‘child military associations’ due to the Defender of the Fatherland Day celebrated in Russia. It was reported that students from Yalta, members of Yunarmiya (Young Army) civil society and military school students have participated in the propaganda

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Russian media: Turkey is ready to close Bosphorus to Russian warships

Turkey may soon close the Bosphorus to Russian warships in an attempt to weaken the advance of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Idlib and Aleppo, which is largely dependent on Russia’s large-scale which provides air power and weapons to Assad’s Army, reports the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta. Such actions, the newspaper suggests, will allow pro-Turkish military units in Syria to

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Iryna Shyba: The good, the gad and the ugly Constitutional Court of Ukraine

For many years of reforms, the Constitutional Сourt of Ukraine, or CCU, remained out of the focus of the politicians and anti-corruption activists. Even though, it was the court who helped Viktor Yanukovych establish an authoritarian regime. In 2010, these judges declared that changes to the Constitution establishing a parliamentary-presidential regime were adopted with violation of the procedure. Thus, the

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Crimea: From treachery to repression

What crimes Russia committed during the occupation of the Crimea and which are still committed on the peninsula Ukrainian human rights organizations and prosecutors have sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) eight reports on war crimes and crimes against humanity that have occurred in Ukraine since the aggression of Russia. The latter – transmitted in early 2020 – contains evidence

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Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad resigns

The Malaysian prime minister, 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, has submitted his resignation to the king. Mr Mahathir’s resignation comes amid rumours that he may form a new coalition without his promised successor, Anwar Ibrahim. The world’s oldest prime minister came into power in 2018. In a shock victory, he ousted then-prime minister Najib Razak, who has been linked to a multibillion-dollar

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U.S. congratulates Ukraine on progress in fighting corruption

The United States has welcomed Ukraine’s progress in the fight against corruption and the implementation of institutional reforms, and also reaffirmed its commitment to a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Donbas. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun said this during a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in Washington, D.C., on February 21. “Unwavering U.S. support

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