Monthly Archives: March 2020

Kyiv mobile squad disinfects train after it arrives from Moscow with Ukrainian evacuees

The carriages were disinfected inside and outside / Photo from Ukraine’s Emergency Service

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Sweden remains open as other countries lock down over coronavirus

People walk along the main pedestrian shopping street in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The streets of Stockholm are quiet but not deserted. After a long, dark Scandinavian winter, the coronavirus pandemic is not keeping Swedes at home even while citizens in many parts of the world are sheltering in place and won’t find shops or restaurants open on the few occasions they are permitted to venture out.

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Kremlin: wealthy Russians have been deceived in the West

Wealthy Russians have long been deceived in Western countries for their own money, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. “You’ve been fooled for years for your own money. You’ve been fooled and paid with gold for ruin, for the illusion,” she said. According to her, “very rich” Russians informed her about the medical collapse in London

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UKRAINE Servant of the People MP Leaks Video Seemingly Implicating Brother of Presidential Chief-of-Staff in Corruption

Geo Leros, an MP from the ruling Servant of the People party, leaked on March 29 a video seemingly showing the brother of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief-of-staff, Andriy Yermak, attempting to sell government positions for personal profit. In a Facebook post, Leros wrote that he had obtained “video evidence of how Yermak, through this brother, peddles government posts, creates his

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Donbas peace talks group meets online, averts highly criticized agreement meant to include Russia-run “people’s republics”

OLENA MAKARENKO The Minsk Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) met on 26 March to discuss the Donbas situation, but no ratification of controversial agreements, drafted two weeks earlier, took place. The meeting had to be conducted online, and thus the necessary physical signatures were impossible to obtain. Arising from the most recent meetings held in Minsk on 11 March, the newest

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General previously accused of corruption heads Russia’s leading research institute

Major General Igor Bozhkov, who previously worked in the Russian Interior Ministry, was appointed the acting director of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP). Bozhkov was previously involved in the corruption case. The order to appoint an ex-policeman has been published on the institute’s website. According to publication the Project, Bozhkov had never been involved in science before, but

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Alexei Bayer: Why Russia robs its citizens

By Brian Bonner. Last week Vladimir Putin addressed his subjects on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Among measures he unveiled was a week-long “vacation” for everyone in the country — for which employers, including owners of restaurants, stores and a variety of other businesses, will have to pay out of their own pocket while staying closed — perhaps indefinitely so. Needless

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Kremlin takes ownership of all Rosneft’s assets in Venezuela

Russian oil giant Rosneft announced that it is terminating operations in Venezuela and will be selling its assets in that country. “Today, Rosneft entered into an agreement with a company 100% owned by the Government of the Russian Federation to sell shares and cease its participation in all projects in Venezuela, including shares in Petromonagas, Petroperija, Boqueron, Petromiranda and Petrovictoria,

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Russians book up Black Sea hotels following Putin’s paid leave announcement, prompting regional governor to forbid checking in

Krasnodar Krai Governor Veniamin Kondratyev has ordered all hotel room reservations and check-ins to be suspended from March 28 to April 5. The temporary ban also applies to resorts and sanitoriums, according to a document published on the website of the governor’s administration. “Nobody’s going to kick out tourists who are already living in hotels and sanitoriums. But starting March

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MPs preparing new amendments to ‘Land law’: Launch of market to be delayed until July 1, 2021

During the first two years, individuals will be able to buy no more than 100 hectares each17:21, 28 March 2020  MPs intend to introduce new amendments to the bill No. 2178-10 “On the turnover of agricultural land”, which suggest a delay in launching the market until July 1, 2021. This became known from the statement of the Servant of the People

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Kyiv: Special status of Donbas will never be included into Ukrainian Constitution

“Ukraine does not intend to include into its Constitution the special status of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. According to Reznikov, the Russian representatives in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for peaceful settlement in the Donbas are constantly trying to

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Spain returns to China unreliable coronavirus test kits also purchased by Ukraine

Spain has sent a large batch of rapid coronavirus test kits back to the Chinese manufacturer because they proved unreliable, reports El Pais. On March 10, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko announced that the Ukrainian authorities bought similar rapid test kits. These test kits were to be distributed to seven hospitals for coronavirus testing. It is noted that the first

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Russia’s attempts to lift sanctions amid Covid-19 pandemic is prospectless, – Kuleba

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister held phone talk with Austrian colleague The attempts of the Russian Federation to influence the lifting of sanctions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are hopeless as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reported on Facebook. It is noted that Dmytro Kuleba held a phone talk with Austrian colleague Alexander Schallenberg. The foreign ministers discussed the situation around

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Italy may exit EU due to delay in assistance against coronavirus

Leader of Italian political party ‘League’, former vice-premier of Italy called EU ‘den of snakes and jackals’ The leader of the Italian political party League, former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, announced the possible withdrawal of his country from the European Union due to the delay in helping to overcome the coronavirus epidemic, as Affar Italiani reports. “This is

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Inequality during crisis

Kyiv Post Editorial As Ukraine joins the world in extending COVID‑19 quarantine measures, one sad revelation becomes clear: The world may be in this together, but the rich and the poor experience the pandemic very differently. In Ukraine, the measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus highlighted the class divide. The well-traveled rich are most likely to bring

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Ukraine: Option of default off the table – Zelensky’s spox

21:20, 27 March 2020 The president hopes that MPs at their upcoming extraordinary meeting will vote for the required legislative initiatives to support businesses, vulnerable segments of the population, as well as highly important reforms in the banking and agricultural sectors. Ukrainian authorities are not considering the option of default, while counting on an increase in potential funding from the

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IMF may increase funding for Ukraine to $8 bln – Zelensky

23:50, 27 March 2020 The president noted that, together with financing from the World Bank and the EBRD, Ukraine could receive at least $10 billion. The International Monetary Fund may increase funding for Ukraine to $8 billion, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in a comment to reporters. “Every day we are negotiating with the International Monetary Fund. Now we

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Ukrainian parliament registers two bills as alternatives to ‘anti-Kolomoisky’ bill

Ukrainian lawmakers Oleksandr Dubinsky and Ihor Palytsia, who are connected to former PrivatBank owner Ihor Kolomoisky through their previous positions, on Wednesday registered bills which provide alternatives to another bill which was submitted by the government on Tuesday and was unofficially dubbed “the anti-Kolomoisky bill,” which is required in order to launch a new program with the International Monetary Fund

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NATO to considers providing additional military assistance to Ukraine

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who assured the Ukrainian Foreign Minister that the members of the Alliance will discuss additional support for Ukraine, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. “Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO members plan to discuss additional support for Ukraine as part of the Comprehensive

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Gazprom significantly cuts gas transit through Ukraine – Kobolyev

27.03.2020 10:25 Russia’s Gazprom has significantly reduced gas transit through Ukraine because of the economic crisis in Europe, according to CEO of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy Kobolyev. “We see that this is taking place because of the crisis in Europe, Gazprom is pumping significantly less gas than last year due to less consumption. Europe is oversupplied with gas,” Kobolyev

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