Monthly Archives: March 2020

U.S. military aid: Ukraine seeks to upgrade Island-class patrol boats

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is willing to bring upgrades to Island-class patrol boats received as part of U.S. military assistance. Ukraine is yet to receive formal authorization from the U.S. side, Defense Express reports, citing sources in the Ministry. “Such written consent is required, given the need to follow the procedures defined by the United States,” the source

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Russians caught red-handed pumping gas in Ukraine’s exclusive marine economic zone (Video)

Respective materials, being collected since 2014, have already been included in the evidence base of a case to be considered by the arbitration court in The Hague. The Russia-seized ‘Tavrida’ drilling rig / Photo from UNIAN A Ukrainian coastal patrol jointly with Ukrainian border guards have spotted two self-elevating drilling rigs with the Russian flag, which were accompanied by a patrol

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Russo-Ukrainian War: Putin must be held accountable

UkraineAlert by Olena Zerkal Six years since the Russian occupation of Crimea and the outbreak of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, the Putin regime still adamantly sticks to its mantra of Crimean “self-determination” and civil war in Ukraine. By definition, politicians should be ready for compromise. However, when 14,000 lost human lives in eastern Ukraine or the 298 victims of the

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine’s health minister calls people over 65 ‘corpses’

After less than a month in office, Ukrainian Health Minister Illia Yemets has already faced criticism for saying all pensioners will die during the COVID-19 pandemic, a remark many found flippant. Now, Yemets is again taking heat for speaking disparagingly of people 65 and older and calling them “corpses,” as seniors are the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. The

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‘The Government Doesn’t Believe in Small Businesses. The Feeling’s Mutual’: Russia’s Entrepreneurs Scramble For a Lifeline Coronavirus has hit Russia’s smallest businesses hard. Putin’s support package could be too little, too late.

Last week, Alla Komissarova sent a letter to her landlords, asking them to show a little flexibility towards the rent due for her two Moscow chocolate workshops over the next few months. Hand-made cakes and artisanal confectionery are not top of many Muscovites’ shopping lists as consumers start to worry about the looming economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic, and

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Putin Calls for Sanctions ‘Moratorium’ at G20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for sanctions relief during the coronavirus pandemic, telling G20 leaders it was a matter “of life and death.”  The leader did not specify which countries should be earmarked for sanctions relief, speaking instead more broadly.   “Ideally we should introduce a… joint moratorium on restrictions on essential goods as well as on financial transactions

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Russia to drastically expand its influence over Ukraine, rest of post-Soviet space

Article by: Kseniya Kirillova In recent months, the Kremlin dramatically stepped up efforts to push its interests and political agenda across the post-Soviet space as part of various “negotiations” and “conflict resolution procedures.” A particularly striking example of this can be seen in the results of the most recent Minsk negotiation process pertaining to the war in eastern Ukraine (Dzerkalo

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Council of Europe: Ukraine lagging in reform efforts to prevent corruption

GRECO invites Ukraine to submit additional information on the implementation of the outstanding recommendations by June 30, 2021. The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO has published its conclusions on Ukraine’s progress in enacting recommendations that were made by GRECO in 2017, on preventing corruption of MPs, judges and prosecutors. Out of 31 recommendations, Ukraine has satisfactorily enacted five, with

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Chinese outlet: Russia falling apart and its neighbors must be ready to reclaim what is rightfully theirs

Paul A Goble There is only one thing more unpleasant to the ears of many Russians than the suggestion that their country may fall apart. That is to hear others suggest that when it does, they stand ready to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. And Russians are especially angry and alarmed when the author of such suggestions is Chinese or

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US charges Maduro with narco-terrorism

The US has charged Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and other senior officials in the country with drug trafficking crimes. The move, which will increase tensions between the two nations, was announced by Attorney General William Barr. The US also offered a $15m (£12.5m) reward for any information leading to Mr Maduro’s arrest. It has long accused him of leading a

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4 Ukrainian doctors infected with COVID-19 due to lack of safety equipment

Four doctors have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Ukraine’s western Ternopil Oblast due to a lack of critical protective equipment. All four doctors either live or work in the Monastyryskyi District of Ternopil Oblast, the local center for fighting coronavirus announced late on March 25. There are currently 15 cases of COVID-19 in the oblast, with eight more

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La Stampa: 80% of humanitarian aid from Russia for Italy was useless

About 80% of the humanitarian aid that Russia sent to Italy to fight the coronavirus turned out to be ” absolutely useless or of little use,” the La Stampa newspaper writes, citing sources. The publication notes that Russian assistance consisted of equipment for the disinfection of territories and other special equipment of this type, while, for example, China sent mainly medical masks and mechanical ventilation devices to

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Russian Fighter Jet Crashes Near Crimea, Pilot Missing

A Russian Su-27 fighter jet crashed off the coast of annexed Crimea late Wednesday, prompting a search-and-rescue mission in the Black Sea, news agencies cited the military as saying. The Su-27 was carrying out a planned mission when it vanished from radars at around 8 p.m. 50 kilometers from the Crimean town of Feodosia, according to Interfax. The Defense Ministry

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