Monthly Archives: February 2020

Diplomat from Russian mission to WTO oversaw secret hit squad – media

President Vladimir Putin, who previously headed Russia’s main intelligence agency, has made the country’s military and spy agencies a priority during his tenure in office. The Insider A Russian man who had diplomatic credentials in Geneva was in fact a military intelligence officer linked to a secret hit squad accused of a spate of poisonings in Europe, according to a

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$190 billion withdrawn from Russian as capital amnesty program comes to an end

The Russian government is concluding the capital amnesty program, in which major businesses have been given the opportunity to bring assets and capital back into the country in exchange for a guarantee that they will not be prosecuted for tax and foreign currency violations. Another round of amnesty, the third since 2015, when President Vladimir Putin called on billionaires to

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Sources: Banker, veteran politician Tigipko considered for prime minister

By Bermet Talant, Olga Rudenko. Published Feb. 25. Updated Feb. 25 at 4:54 pm Three sources in the Ukrainian government have told the Kyiv Post that President Volodymyr Zelensky is considering veteran politician Serhiy Tigipko for the post of the prime minister. The sources weren’t authorized to talk to the press about the possible appointment as negotiations with Tigipko were still underway. Iuliia

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Russia develops prototype of hypersonic missile for Su-57 stealth fighter

The cutting-edge aircraft may be armed with the air-to-ground kind of projectile, Russian Defense Ministry says Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter could be equipped with a hypersonic air-to-ground missile; the projectile can fit in the aircraft’s internal weapon bay, which would make the fighter even harder to detect by the radars. The Diplomat reported that, quoting a source in the Defense

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Bellingcat Names Russian Diplomat as Bulgarian Poisoning Suspect

One of three Russian men charged with poisoning a Bulgarian arms dealer was an accredited diplomat, according to a joint investigation by Russia’s The Insider news website, the investigative outlet Bellingcat and Swiss media. Bulgarian prosecutors charged three Russians including Georgy Gorshkov last month with the attempted murder of arms factory owner Emilian Gebrev and two other Bulgarians in spring

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Russian TV Airs 13M Names of Soviet WWII Casualties Ahead of 75th Victory Day

A Russian state-run television channel is airing the names of the nearly 13 million Soviet soldiers killed in World War II in the weeks leading up to the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The project is a collaboration between Russia’s Defense Ministry and Memory of the People, an internet database that documents the conflict that Russia

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Putin claims readiness for new Cuban missile crisis “if someone wanted that”

The Russian leader said he wouldn’t like an arms race now, but that would become reality if the U.S. deployed its new missiles in Europe Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country was ready for a new bipolar military escalation like the 1962 Cuban crisis. “Putin’s comments, made to Russian media late on Wednesday, follow his warning that Moscow

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Ukraine’s IT exports growth continues

Information technology specialists work in the Kyiv office of tech firm Ciklum on Dec. 6, 2019. The company employs almost 3,000 Ukrainian tech people. (Oleg Petrasiuk)Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk Ukraine’s information technology industry is continuing its meteoric ascent. According to data from the National Bank of Ukraine, the industry’s exports grew by 30.2% to $4.17 billion in 2019, slightly faster than in 2018,

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Russia appoints trade representative in Ukraine

The post of Russia’s trade representative in Ukraine has been vacant since 2012. Photo from UNIAN Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a decree appointing Andrei Babko as trade representative of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. The document is published on the official portal of Russia’s legal information, according to the Russian news agency TASS. In addition, Anna Donchenko

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NSDC has lists of all Ukrainians who received Russian passports in Donbas – Danilov

The Russian Federation has issued about 156,000 Russian passports in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has lists of all Ukrainian citizens who received these passports, NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov has said in an interview with liga.net. “We are closely monitoring the number of passports issued by the Russian

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Truth Justice, Reconciliation Commission: Russia/Ukraine/EU. 36 proposals for peace between Ukraine & Russia

Today, as Ukrainian and world politicians seek an effective plan to restore peace between Russia and Ukraine, the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission draws attention to a list of proposals concluded through open dialogue between civil society in Ukraine, Russia and the EU. The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission between Russia and Ukraine with the Mediation of the European Union

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U.S. provides US$1.5 mln of improved facilities for Ukrainian army

The United States has provided US$1.5 million of improved facilities for the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces. “The United States recently provided $1.5 million of improved facilities for Ukrainian Special Operations Forces going through training,” the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine wrote on Twitter on February 24, 2020. In particular, the assistance was provided to the 142nd training center in the town

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Poland considers buying M1 Abrams tanks from US

Poland has decided to consider the possibility of purchasing US-produced M1 Abrams tanks. Among other things, the country will need to determine the extent to which these tanks would improve the army’s capabilities in view of the current threats. Poland’s political elite still consider Russia the primary threat to the country. Starting next year, Poland will commence with a 15-year

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Legal battle: How Ukraine sues Russia in international courts

Article by: Oleksiy Vynohradov  There are quite a few international judicial instances in Europe and each court has its own jurisdiction. And it is not so easy to puzzle out differences between them. Ukraine had filed lawsuits in all those courts. RFE/RL’s radio Donbas.Realii has put together a review of Ukrainian state-level legal actions for damage and casualties of war,

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“Vlast Deneg” Magazine Named the 25 Most Successful Ukrainian Brands

The magazine has published a list of the 25 most successful Ukraine-based brands, which includes companies from various economic sectors. The rating includes such brands as ATB supermarket chain, Metinvest mining and metallurgical group, Darnitsa pharmaceutical company, Lvivske beer, Morshinskaya mineral water. “These are the brands of Ukrainian companies that managed to win top positions in their industries and gain

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Russian warplanes strike Turkish army checkpoint in Idlib

A Turkish army checkpoint was attacked near the village of Kansafra in the southern province of Idlib. Syrian news agency SANA reported, citing The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), that the strike was carried out by the Russian and Syrian air forces. According to the SOHR, ten people were killed and wounded in the attack and severalTurkish vehicles were destroyed. Russian

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