Monthly Archives: March 2020

CNBC: Oil falls 24% in 3rd worst day on record, sinks to more than 18-year low

International benchmark Brent crude shed 14.1%, or $4.07, to trade at $24.67, its lowest level since 2003. Oil dropped 24% to a more than 18-year low on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sap demand for crude, and as rising worries about a global recession lead to fears of longer-term demand destruction. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 24.4%,

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Russia completes delivery of Pantsir missile systems to Serbia

The delivery of the Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems in the amount stipulated in the Russian-Serbian contract has been successfully completed, announced Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation, in an interview with the Interfax news agency. Serbia has acquired six Pantsir-S1 missile defense systems. Shugaev said that the systems were

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Russia complains about ‘attempts to isolate’ annexed Crimea

On March 18, on the sixth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement by the Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova , which pointed to “attempts by opponents to continue isolating” the peninsula. “Attempts to isolate Crimea continue, but it is becoming more and more difficult for our opponents to follow this course. In 2019, more

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‘Putin’s Chef’ Wins $190K Catering Contract for Coronavirus Patients

Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering magnate with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, has won a $190,000 contract to provide hospital food for Moscow’s coronavirus patients, according to information posted on the government’s online public procurement portal. The government portal says that AVK, a company owned by Prigozhin, will supply ready-made meals to the city hospital at Kommunarka, where coronavirus patients

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Such a “civil war”. “I saw Limonovites during the raids on the Donetsk Regional State Administration and SBU in Donetsk” – Manekin

Supporters of Ukrainophobe and Russian fascist Eduard Limonov took an active part as militants in unleashing the war in the Donbas and occupation of part of the Donetsk oblast. This was acknowledged by biggest admirer of the “DNR” Roman Manekin in his commentary on the death of the odious “National Bolshevik”. “I saw Limonovites during the raids on the Donetsk

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Coronavirus misinformation goes viral in Ukraine

As more countries ramp up measures to slow the coronavirus pandemic, there is one thing that spreads faster than the virus: misinformation. In fact, there are so many false claims circulating about the new disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it an “infodemic” and launched a myth-busting webpage. Dubious advice, conspiracy theories and fake news are proliferating

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Russian Prisoners, Students and Military Will Be Commandeered to Produce Masks

Russian prisoners, students and military personnel will produce medical masks and other equipment as the country faces down the coronavirus pandemic, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. The Federal Penitentiary Service has been ordered to have its inmates produce masks, RBC reported, citing an order from Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that it has seen.  Russia has the world’s fourth-largest prison population, with nearly 520,000

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Russian Ruble Hits 5-Year Low

The latest on how the ruble and Russian stock markets are reacting to the coronavirus. The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and the breakdown of the OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in the

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Putin is Being Protected From Coronavirus Around the Clock, Says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is being protected from coronavirus around the clock, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, saying all Kremlin staff involved in his events schedule were undergoing mandatory testing for the virus. Russia has recorded 147 cases of coronavirus so far and the authorities have temporarily barred foreigners from entering the country in an effort to prevent it spreading further.

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Bidding winners refuse to provide catering services to Ukrainian military

First Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Rusnak has said the catering bid winner companies refused to provide relevant services amid the recently imposed restrictive measures to tackle coronavirus spread. “As a result of the refusal of bidding winners to provide catering services, citing force majeure circumstances related to the introduction of restrictive measures to counter coronavirus, and due to the threat

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Russia closes border with DPR

Russian authorities temporarily closed entry for residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), reported the news agency TASS with reference to the border control department of Russian Federal Security Service’s Border Directorate for the Rostov region. “For this category of citizens, entry to the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted,” the department said. The Russian Federal Security Service also confirmed

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Russia Deploying Coronavirus Disinformation to Sow Panic in West – EU Document

Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters. Pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, the Russian campaign uses contradictory, confusing and malicious reports to make it harder for the EU to communicate

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The pro-Russian network behind coronavirus riots in a small Ukrainian town

Nine police officers were injured and 24 people arrested during the disorderly clashes in the small Ukrainian city of Novi Sanzhary where locals protested against the government’s decision to temporarily host evacuees from the coronavirus outburst epicenter in China on 20 February. Unflattering photos of locals attacking the bus carrying the coronavirus evacuees made headlines worldwide. Some publications mentioned that

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Ukraine’s horrible, no good, very bad month just got worse

Ukraine is having a bad month, and it only seems to be getting worse. Ukraine’s parliament named Iryna Venedyktova prosecutor general today. The appointment isn’t a surprise, but it sends an important signal, especially after the largely excellent government was sacked earlier this month. Venedyktova, who was the acting chief of the State Bureau of Investigations before her new appointment,

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Ukraine starts handling crude oil transit shipments heading to Belarus

Azeri Light arrived at the border between Ukraine and Belarus on March 17. REUTERS State-run Ukrtransnafta, the operator of Ukraine’s oil pipeline, has started handling crude oil transit shipments heading to Belarus via the Odesa-Brody pipeline and one of the two trunk lines of the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. “Azeri Light crude oil arrived at the border between Ukraine and Belarus

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