Monthly Archives: March 2020

Five bills registered in Ukraine’s parliament to block signing of draft law on farmland

Two recent documents were registered by members of the Batkivshchyna Party’s parliamentary faction. Some lawmakers are blocking the launch of farmland / Photo from UNIAN Five bills have been registered in Ukraine’s parliament so far to block the signing of the draft law on farmland, which was passed in the early hours on March 31. A report on their registration

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Kremlin bans foreigners from owning land in Crimea

The Russian authorities have banned foreign nationals from owning land in most of Crimea and Sevastopol, repots Kommersant. In 2011, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a list of the country’s border territories where foreign nationals are prohibited from owning land. On March 20, 2020, Putin signed a decree to amend it, and to list most of the territories of Crimea

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Lukashenko not worried about NATO exercises near Belarus borders

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the country’s security forces, discussing the response to NATO’s military exercises “Defender Europe 2020”, reports Belta news agency. “I wouldn’t want us to look at it as saber-rattling. We do not consider NATO exercises, which are conducted in close proximity to our borders, as such. It is also because they [ NATO] have

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RFE/RL: Poland state gas distributor says it wins $1.5 bln from Russia’s Gazprom in price dispute

A subsidiary of Gazprom said that it had received the Stockholm arbitration ruling and was analyzing it. Poland’s largest distributor of natural gas has announced it won a years-long energy-supply price dispute with Russia’s state-run Gazprom worth $1.5 billion at an international arbitration court in Sweden. Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG), itself a Polish state-owned company, said in a

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Opposition Platform – For Life will turn to Constitutional Court of Ukraine to stop sale of Ukrainian land

Opposition Platform – For Life political party statement Ze-party in alliance with Poroshenko and the Voice party (political parties that voted for the presidential land sale law on March 31, 2020, – ed.) betrayed Ukrainian people. Contrary to the will of Ukrainian citizens, these unprincipled traders opened the sale of Ukrainian land! Neither the epidemic, nor the distressful situation of

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Russia’s Top Coronavirus Doctor Who Met Putin Tests Positive

The head of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital who met with President Vladimir Putin a week ago has tested positive, he said Tuesday, as the Kremlin announced the Russian leader’s health was fine. Last Tuesday Denis Protsenko met with the Russian leader who inspected the Kommunarka hospital while wearing a bright yellow hazmat suit. But the 67-year-old Putin was also seen

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Putin has not asked Trump to lift sanctions against Russia

President Vladimir Putin has not asked US President Donald Trump to lift sanctions imposed on Russia, said the Russian President’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, as cited by TASS. On March 30, Trump suggested before a phone conversation with Putin that the Russian leader would ask him to lift U.S. sanctions, AFP reported. “He’s been asking for it for two years,”

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COVID-19: learning from experience

Over the past 2 weeks, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has marched relentlessly westward. On March 13, WHO said that Europe was now the centre of the pandemic. A few days later, deaths in Italy surpassed those in China. Iran and Spain had also reported over 1000 deaths as of March 23, and many other European countries and the

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Russians Face up to 5 Years in Jail for Spreading False Coronavirus News

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday swiftly passed legislation imposing severe punishment — including up to five years in prison — for people convicted of spreading false information about the coronavirus. If a person were found guilty of inadvertently causing a person’s death or other grave consequences by spreading “intentionally false” information about life-threatening circumstances, he would face a fine of up to

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Russia Sends Medical Aid to Coronavirus-Hit U.S., Trump Says

Russia and other countries have sent medical aid to the United States, the hardest-hit country in the deadly coronavirus outbreak, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday. Russia previously sent decontamination units and military medical staff to coronavirus-hit Italy, raising questions over whether the move was an attempt at a publicity coup at home and abroad for President Vladimir Putin. Unnamed

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Shmygal: Ukraine’s GDP to drop 3.9%, shrink to $135.5 billion, in 2020

Prime Minister Denys Shmygal speaks during a press briefing in the Cabinet of the Ministers building in Kyiv, on March 11, 2020.Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Ukraine’s gross domestic product will shrink by 3.9% this year, according to a new government estimate. The government’s initial forecast for 2020 was positive: GDP would grow by 3.7%. Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it

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Ukrainian Parliament prohibits return of nationalized banks to their former owners

The bill envisages the possibility of compensation for losses and lost profits for the former owners of banks, whose liquidation or nationalization will be declared illegal17:58, 30 March 2020Verkhovna Rada Reuters Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved the Bill № 3260 “On amendments to the legislative acts of Ukraine on improving some mechanisms for regulation of banking activities”. 267 MPs voted in favor.

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Medvedchuk Channel urges Ukraine to follow Putin’s plan – monitoring

While current and former officials are arguing over how to save Ukraine from the coronavirus, NewsOne is simply advised to follow Putin’s plan. Participants and talk show hosts on Medvedchuk’s group called on Ukraine’s leadership to follow Russia’s actions to combat the coronavirus epidemic. This is stated in the review of political talk shows on March 23-27, 2020 . In particular, the hero of the

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Rada adopts bill on banks

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed at first reading a bill on the improvement of some control mechanisms in the sphere of banking activities, which is one of two preliminary conditions for the conclusion of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that 267 parliamentarians voted in favor of bill No. 2571-d during an

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Fake Ksenia Sobchak: Putin is the only European leader to visit a hospital with infected COVID-19

Ksenia Sobchak, the host of the Dok-Tok Channel One program, began the release on the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows: “The whole world is now watching only one story: how the coronavirus pandemic is unfolding. Our president is the only European leader to visit a clinic where people with suspected coronavirus are located. Today he visited a hospital in Kommunarka. ” On February

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Ukraine’s Rada sacks health, finance ministers amid virus crisis

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Parliament, has dismissed Health Minister Illia Yemets and Finance Minister Ihor Umansky. The move on Yemets was backed by 271 MPs, while 249 lawmakers voted for Umansky’s sacking. Yemets and Umansky were appointed to their posts in the Cabinet of Ministers on March 4, 2020, under the leadership of incumbent Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. At the

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FIGHTING TALK

Russian Propaganda in Poland “During the exercise you will be evicted from your homes…by U.S. troops!” Such “news” was a common occurrence in Poland in 2019. The presence of U.S. troops on Polish soil is under constant attack in the information domain, with the “eviction” case being just one example. Ever since the decision was made to enhance the Allied

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President calls on parliament to pass two laws to receive IMF assistance

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has called on MPs to adopt at an extraordinary meeting two laws needed to receive assistance from international financial partners. “I want to speak about the extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which is to take place tomorrow [March 30]. Our country has, in fact, found itself at a crossroads due to coronavirus, and

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Russian Jeweler Reveals Coronavirus Pendants to Ward Off the Disease

Can a silver coronavirus-shaped pendant act as a “talisman” and keep its wearer safe from the deadly pandemic? This Russian jewelry maker thinks so. Photos of the pendant went — ahem — viral on Russian social media over the weekend, sparking mixed reactions from the public. Pavel Vorobyov, a jeweler from the city of Kostroma 335 kilometers northeast of Moscow,

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Petition on reinstating Suprun as health minister gains required number of votes

The appeal was initially posted on March 23. A petition released on the presidential website on the reinstatement of Ulana Suprun as head of the Health Ministry has gained the required number of votes, namely 25,000. As of Monday morning, March 30, a total of 25,974 people supported the proposal. Now Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is supposed to respond to

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Zelensky: Default looming if Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass two “vital bills”

The president says this is now lawmakers’ responsibility. Zelensky says two bills need to be passed to secure support from donors / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says there is default looming if Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass two important bills. “I would also like to speak about the special session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which

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