Monthly Archives: March 2020

RFE/RL: Ukrainian Cabinet fills energy vacancy with former Akhmetov executive

Vitaliy Shubin was named acting energy and environmental protection minister. facebook/vitaliy.vitaliy.752 Another former executive who worked for Ukraine’s wealthiest billionaire, Rinat Akhmetov, has been appointed to the country’s cabinet amid a government reshuffle that started last week. Vitaliy Shubin was named acting energy and environmental protection minister, the Kyiv-based investment bank Concorde Capital said in a note to investors, RFE/RL

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Russian postpones launch of Proton-M rocket due to faulty components

Russia postponed the launch of the Proton-M launch rocket which was expected to deliver into orbit Express satellites due to substandard parts, as reported on the web site of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. According to Aleksey Varochko, director general of the The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, during a quality check of components, Russian experts found a discrepancy in

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Moscow to Build New $135M Coronavirus Hospital – Reports

Moscow plans to earmark 8.5 billion rubles ($135.7 million) for the construction of a new coronavirus hospital as the Russian capital continues to detect new cases, the Znak.com news website reported Wednesday. The funds will go toward constructing the building on the city’s outskirts and will not be used for the purchase of medical equipment, Znak cited an unnamed source close

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Russian biological warfare capabilities are world-threatening

A country that breached Budapest Memorandum may do the same with Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Rapid spread of Covid-19 coronavirus worldwide has made many countries think about mounting defenses against dangerous diseases. This issue looks even more relevant especially considering that in the world there is one country, which inherited from the Soviet Union a huge arsenal of biological

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Russia officially recognizes Ukrainians, Belarusians could be seen as Russian native speakers

Russia intends to further streamline the procedure for naturalizing citizens of neighboring states. REUTERS The Russian Federation Council at a plenary meeting on Wednesday, March 11, adopted a draft law recognizing citizens of Ukraine and Belarus who are fluent in Russian its native speakers, releasing them from the need to be interviewed before obtaining citizenship. Today, foreign citizens and stateless

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Russia Labels European Democracy NGO ‘Undesirable’

Russia has declared the European Endowment for Democracy grant-making foundation an “undesirable” organization Wednesday, making it the 20th foreign group facing limitations for its work in the country. The European Union founded the Brussels-based EED in 2013 to support pro-democracy movements and independent media outside its borders that cannot obtain funding otherwise. “This organization’s activities pose a threat to the

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There is no business like show business: The MH17 trial in Holland

This article contains unadulterated BS from the swamp dwellers. The usual debunked theories, attacks on the West, and the Dutch judges. The Dutch have always been good at business and that includes show business. Over the past decades, Dutch producers have been quite successful peddling their wares. Mostly TV productions and formats and musicals. However, show business is more than

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Woman accused of spying for Russia fighting in court for permission to come to Canada

He was a Canadian consultant working on a humanitarian project to build homes for demobilized Russian soldiers in the ruins of the former Soviet Union. She was his translator and girlfriend, and later his wife. Two decades later, the federal government is calling her something else: a spy. A Federal Court justice in Ottawa will hear arguments Wednesday in the

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MH17 crash trial: Russian special services were near Buk missile launcher when airliner was shot down

Russian special services, presumably the FSB, were near the Buk missile launcher, from which the Boeing MH17 was shot down over the Donbas, said Dutch prosecutor Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi at the court hearing in the case of the Boeing MH17 air disaster, RIA Novosti reports. The prosecutor referred to a witness who was classified under the code name M58. Presumably, he is a

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Erdogan: Turkish Army has destroyed 8 Russian Pantsir air defense systems in Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish military had destroyed eight Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems in the Syrian province of Idlib, reports the Turkish newspaper Sabah. “We destroyed eight Pantsirs in Idlib with the help of our drones. Their cost is very high, these are important air defense systems,” Erdogan said. The price of one Pantsir -S1 missile defense system for

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BREAKING: Ukraine shuts schools, mass events to prevent coronavirus spread

The Ukrainian government will close schools and cancel mass events around the country starting on March 12 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a lawmaker. There has been only one registered case of the infection in Ukraine. “Quarantine was introduced. For three weeks starting tomorrow. Until April 3,” lawmaker Viktoria Siumar wrote on Facebook on March

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MH17 crash: Putin faces lawsuit for permission to use Buk in Donbas

Relatives of crash’s victims demand $330 million compensation from Russia and its president Lawyer Jerry Skinner filed the lawsuit against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin on behalf of 40 families of the relatives of the victims of MH17 crash to the European Court of Human Rights as Deutsche Welle reported. “Such weapon as Buk missile system, from which MH17

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Delegation of Opposition Platform – For Life party meets Russian MPs in Moscow

The lawmakers discussed the opportunity of meeting in the Normandy Four format in April or May Ukrainian and Russian MPs met in Moscow as participants of the Normandy Four talks. The lawmakers of Ukrainian and Russian parliaments negotiated in the Russian capital on March 10.  The main goal of the meeting was the presentation of the “parliamentary dimension of the

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Hungary to block NATO-Ukraine meetings until minority rights deal reached – media

Hungary will continue to block NATO-Ukraine Council meetings Thereuntil minority rights are restored in Ukraine, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, told lawmakers on Tuesday. In a speech in parliament, Szijjártó said Hungary’s stance had been portrayed on the global stage as a Russia-friendly policy. This, he said, was “absurd,” according to Hungary Today. Szijjártó said that from afar it was

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