Monthly Archives: March 2020

Putin’s Spending Boost Won’t Be Enough To Lift Russians Out of Poverty, Audit Chamber Warns

Russia’s plans to spend an extra $60 billion to raise living standards will fall short of the government’s ambitious poverty-reduction targets, the watchdog says. President Vladimir Putin’s new package of social spending initiatives will not be enough to hit the country’s ambitious poverty-reduction targets, a government watchdog has said. In its assessment of the government’s spending plans for the next

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Verkhovna Rada ratifies Ukraine-France agreement on maritime security

05.03.2020 11:43 The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has ratified an agreement between the Governments of Ukraine and France on enhancing maritime and border security. A total of 261 MPs voted for the relevant bill, No.0025, the press service of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. “On March 4, the Verkhovna Rada ratified the agreement between the Governments of Ukraine and France

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Ukrainian Security Service dismantles Russian spy network

The officers of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) have detained at the Ukrainian-Russian border the head of the secret agent network of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, a former Ukrainian military, who planned to go to Russia to report to his bosses about the accomplished tasks, reported the SBU press service. As the SBU counterintelligence has established, the former

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Russia tried to hinder, influence MH17 investigation on multiple fronts

By Janene Pieters Russia, and specifically the Russian secret service GRU, used multiple tactics to influence and hinder the investigation into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, the Volkskrant reports based on sources and its own research just days before the trail against the first four suspects in this case is set to start. The Dutch investigators are convinced

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The population of Kyivan Rus spoke Old Ukrainian, says historian

Article by: Bohdana Kostiuk In the ancient times of Kyivan Rus, Church Slavonic was used in writing, but common people used a colloquial language close to modern Ukrainian in everyday activities. Moreover, they employed the Ukrainian word order, and Prince Volodymyr was never mentioned as “Prince Vladimir”. Doctor of Historical Studies, Deputy Director of the Sofiya Kyivska National Reserve, Vyacheslav

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Kyivskyi Metropoliten Disinfects Wagons After Each Passenger Disembarkation At Terminal Stations

The Kyivskyi Metropoliten municipal subway maintenance enterprise disinfects the wagons every time after the completion of the one-way voyage cycle due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from the head of the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service in Kyiv, Oleh Ruban. “The metro is treated with a disinfector after disembarkation every time,” he said. Ruban

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Georgian President Zurabishvili Reiterates Country’s Transatlantic Path

March 04, 2020 18:22 GMT TBILISI — In her annual state of the nation address, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has said Moscow’s policies will not divert her country from its path toward the European Union and NATO. “If Russia plans to use the occupation of Georgia’s territories…to force Georgia to renounce its aspirations, that kind of goal will never be

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COREPER approves prolongation of sanctions over violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty

01:58, 05 March 2020 The previous sanctions period is expiring on March 15, 2020. The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union, or COREPER, has approved the prolongation of sanctions against 175 individuals and 44 organizations for another six months over the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. “The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the EU has approved the prolongation of

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