Monthly Archives: March 2020

Zelensky’s party divided amid allegations of compromise with Russia

By Oleksiy Sorokin When the presidential administration decided to negotiate with Russian-backed militants who control parts of Ukraine’s east, it proved extremely controversial. It also sparked tensions within Servant of the People, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s political party, which holds the majority of seats in parliament. Now, some loyal lawmakers are seeking to form a group in support of the president.

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Kyivans self-quarantine as capital’s restaurants shut down

On March 17, all restaurants, night clubs, gyms, beauty salons and shopping malls have been shut down in Kyiv. The decision further extends restrictions that Ukraine imposed earlier to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading by shuttering all educational institutions and banning mass events until April 3. The same measures have recently been established in other Ukrainian cities, including Zaporizhia,

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Why so few COVID-19 cases in Russia?

One explanation could be the huge consumption of vodka, another that the Kremlin is blatantly lying. The latter seems more realistic. On social media there were reports of dead bodies piling up in the country, but could not be confirmed so far. In Ukraine it is now prohibited to use public transport without face masks. Eventually a response to fears

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Iryna Venediktova appointed Ukraine’s new Prosecutor General

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has appointed Iryna Venediktova, former acting chief of the State Bureau of Investigation, the country’s new Prosecutor General. The relevant decision was backed by 269 MPs, according to an UNIAN correspondent. After the vote, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who attended the extraordinary session, shook Venediktova’s had to congratulate her. Venediktova called her first steps at

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Chicom bat virus

In several Australian news outlets and the mass-circulation Daily Mail, there was a story on March 16 from Australia that stated that two existing drugs: ‘Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and HIV-suppressing combination lopinavir/ritonavir have both reportedly shown promising results in human tests and made the virus ‘disappear’ in infected patients.’ SO: in light of the emergency, why are these existing

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Ukraine’s pro-Russian MPs plot new front with Putin

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo Most Ukrainians are currently focusing their attention almost exclusively on the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This is entirely understandable, but the undeclared and ongoing war with Russia remains an arguably greater threat to the country’s future well-being. A number of developments in recent days have raised questions over Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s approach

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