Monthly Archives: March 2020

In controversial change, Ukraine to enter direct negotiations with Russian-led militants

By Oleksiy Sorokin President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak announced on March 13 that Ukraine will officially enter into direct negotiations with Russian-led militants for the first time in the six years of war in the Donbas. This drastically diverges from the country’s established policy of holding negotiations only with the aggressor state, Russia, and not legitimizing its

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Ukraine, U.S. agree on annual supplies of 6-8 bcm of LNG for hub creation

The U.S. Department of State and the Ukrainian government have agreed on supplies of 6-8 billion cubic meters (bcm) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) every year to Ukraine with its further transportation to European countries via a hub based on Ukrainian underground gas storage (UGS) facilities, Deputy Energy and Environmental Protection Minister Kostiantyn Chyzhyk has said in an interview with

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First Woman in Space Brought Down to Earth by Backlash Over Bid to Prolong Putin Rule

Valentina Tereshkova was hailed as a hero when she became the first woman in space in 1963. Now 83, she has become a hate figure for some Russians after this week putting forward a constitutional amendment that could allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. At least two online petitions have been launched against her, one calling for

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Ukraine recognizes “DNR/LNR” subjectivity in Minsk and promises to consult with them as equals – media

Agreements on the creation of a body that records the CADLO subjectivity were signed in Minsk, and Russia appears to be in the status of a guarantor-observer. This is stated in the decision of the Trilateral Contact Group, which met in Minsk on March 11. The photocopy was published by ZN.UA. Citing relevant documents transmitted from a source in the

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Ukraine increases gas imports by 57%

13.03.2020 10:44In January-February 2020, gas imports into Ukraine totalled 1.438 million cubic meters, up 57% compared to the same period last year. “In February 2020, 981 million cubic meters of natural gas was imported into Ukraine, up 47% compared to February 2019,” the press service of the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine reports. As of March 11, 2020, gas

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UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission: Detainees tortured systematically in occupied Donbas

The detainees are systematically tortured, including by mock executions and electric shocks, in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine. “In self-proclaimed republics, we recorded a systematic practice of torture and ill-treatment of detainees. The frequency, intensity and length of the torture and ill-treatment varied considerably, however they usually continued until a detainee agreed to confess

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Sweden sees risk of military escalation in Baltic region

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Sweden’s external military intelligence service said Friday that the security policy situation in the Baltic Sea region “has deteriorated over time,” meaning there is “an increased risk of military incidents and confrontation that can, in the worst case, lead to a situation escalating.” The Military Intelligence and Security Service, known by its Swedish acronym MUST, said “the

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Tolerating traitors

Few sights are as revolting as Ukrainian politicians who make friendly visits to the Kremlin in the midst of Russia’s war against Ukraine. On March 10, a group of Ukrainian lawmakers from the pro-Russian Opposition Platform party visited Moscow. The group included people like Vadym Rabinovich, an expressive politician who lives on Ukrainian television, and Rinat Kuzmin, a disgraced ex-deputy

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Facebook, Twitter Remove Russia-Linked Accounts in Ghana Targeting U.S.

Facebook and Twitter said on Thursday they had taken down a network of Russian-linked fake accounts operated out of Ghana and Nigeria which targeted the United States. Facebook told reporters that the network, which it removed from Facebook and Instagram for engaging in foreign interference, was in the early stages of building audiences and was operated by local nationals, some wittingly

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Russian snipers deployed in Ukraine’s Donbas to “pass exams” aiming at Ukrainian troops

21:00, 12 March 2020 On Thursday, a Ukrainian soldier was wounded by a sniper, the report reads. Russian occupation forces continue violating ceasefire agreements, the Joint Forces Operation HQ reports, adding that the latest enemy attack was recorded near the village of Zaitseve. “The enemy engaged Ukrainian positions with anti-tank grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms. Enemy snipers

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U.S. to continue to “impose costs” on Russia for disrespecting Ukraine’s sovereignty

23:30, 12 March 2020 The statement came in response to a call by MFA Ukraine spox for the “international response” to stop Russian aggression against Ukrainian troops in Donbas. U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus says her country continues to “impose costs” on Russia until the Kremlin respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Russian aggression in Ukraine must stop,”

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