Monthly Archives: April 2020

Around 100 Servant of the People MPs Received Threatening Texts Prior to Anti-Kolomoisky Bill Vote

An MP from the ruling Servant of the People party has revealed to hromadske that around 100 of their colleagues received threats via mobile text prior to a key vote on the so-called “anti-Kolomoisky” bill. The text reads: “Hello, servant of the people. I want to give you some advice. I advise you not to vote for the law that

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Paul Niland: Coronavirus communication failures in Ukraine

By Paul Niland It does not take a genius to understand that we live in extraordinary times. But it seems that Ukraine’s political leaders fail to understand that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and in this, I am not talking about the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic but their failure to communicate to the country what they are

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‘There’s a shortage of absolutely everything’ Russian doctors describe the beginning of their coronavirus pandemic from the front lines

https://meduza.io/impro/_62LSWpxVPLINr_kS9o5P1K3YTdYEtEfEc-Md5vfotw/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS8z/NzgvODY4L29yaWdp/bmFsLzdwUk5hRHFr/blZaN0ctb0ZrNzVr/R1EuanBn.webp On March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a televised nationwide address on the coronavirus pandemic. He explicitly recognized the contributions of Russian doctors, saying, “You are now on the front lines of defense for our country. My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your self-sacrificing work.” A week beforehand, Russia’s Health Ministry issued Order No. 198, titled

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Ukraine could receive $4 bln as first tranche from IMF as soon as meets previously envisaged parameters – MP Hetmantsev

Ukraine could receive a first tranche of the loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the amount of $4 billion at once after the final adoption of the bill on banks by parliament, Head of the parliamentary committee for finances, tax and customs policies Danylo Hetmantsev has said. “We have already received an official letter, a statement from the

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Piet Ploeg, chairman of MH17 Disaster Foundation Despite the scale of disinformation, we have great confidence in the investigation

The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the MH17 trial in The Hague. Although the meetings are held online and the next one is scheduled for June, unprecedented worldwide attention and the diligent work of investigators give hope for an objective verdict and a triumph of justice. Piet Ploeg, chairman of Stichting Vliegramp MH17 (MH17 Disaster Foundation), which will unite the

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Kremlin not planning to postpone Victory Parade in Moscow despite COVID-19 spread

A video was posted showing the parade rehearsal in Moscow where nearly 15,000 Russian troops are seen standing in close ranks without any protective gear. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov says no decision has been made yet to postpone this year’s Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square May 9 amid the coronavirus pandemic. “No other decisions

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90% of Moscow Restaurants Could Go Bust, Industry Warns

Quarantine has shuttered 15,000 restaurants, cafes and bars across the city.  7 hours ago As many as nine in 10 of Moscow’s restaurants, cafes and bars might not survive the city-wide lockdown, an industry representative has warned. The Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers (FRIO) said the industry is facing a “great depression,” with revenue now down 90%, and the growth

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Ukrainian Security Service: Russian special services tried to recruit high-ranking Ukrainian Navy officer

The Russian Federal Security Service tried to recruit a Ukrainian serviceman with access to classified defense information, reported the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Law enforcement officers recorded the fact that the Officer of the Ukrainian Navy has been maintaining constant contacts with the personnel of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). “Among them, in particular,

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As Recession Looms, More than 60% of Russians Have No Savings

New survey reveals precarious position of Russian households as economic effects of coronavirus start to bite. As Russia’s battle against the coronavirus steps up with strict quarantines being rolled out across major cities, a new report has shown that six in 10 Russians have no savings at all. Otkritie Bank found that only 36% of Russians have a financial cushion,

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‘Children Will Die. It’s Terrifying’: Russia’s Charities Face Coronavirus Funding Crisis

Russia’s charities and NGOs face an acute funding crisis, as businesses and individuals cut back spending and lockdowns disrupt social care work. By Jake CordellUpdated: one hour ago Yekaterina Shergova is scared. Her sick children’s charity Podari Zhizn — Russian for Gift of Life — has already seen donations drop since the start of the coronavirus outbreak and she fears she will have to

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Over 60 People Fled Coronavirus Observation in Ukraine

Over 60 people, who had recently returned from abroad, fled precautionary coronavirus observation at the Kozatskiy Hotel in central Kyiv, stated Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko on air on the 112 Ukraine TV channel. These are people who returned on specially chartered flights from Doha, Qatar, and Bali, Indonesia a few days ago. Herashchenko explained that they

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Vitaly Portnikov: It’s simply a matter of life and death!

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov The extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada on March 30, 2020 demonstrated that a period of situational coalitions has begun in Ukraine’s political activity. In fact, President Zelenskyy no longer has a majority in the Verkhovna Rada. As of today, he can rely on two coalition options to make principled decisions. Until yesterday, one situational coalition

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“People fear that the virus will come from the Russian Federation.” What happens to coronavirus in ORDLO and why is it dangerous for the whole of Ukraine

Author: Maxim Butchenko, Kristina Berdinsky There is no quarantine, tests, or necessary medications at LDNR , but there are patients with coronavirus and people who spend two weeks in hospitals under forced observation. “ Last week, only in the city hospital No. 7 of Lugansk, nine people died from“ usual pneumonia ”. According to the conclusion of pathologists, the causes of these deaths have the signs of

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EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation Around the COVID-19 Pandemic

Note: The objective of this report is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation activities related to COVID-19. It does not provide a comprehensive or complete overview and focusses primarily on the external dimension, in line with the EEAS mandate. The report was authored by the EEAS Strategic Communications and Information Analysis Division, which

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Where is President Zelenskyy leading Ukraine?

UkraineAlert by Adair Appleton and Adrian Hoefer Related Experts: Anders Åslund, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst On March 20, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center hosted its first online public event entitled: “Big changes in Kyiv: What do they mean?” The theme of the event was Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s early March government shake-up, which saw some of the country’s most

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Authorities investigate MP who revealed possible corruption by brother of Zelensky’s chief of staff

By Oleksiy Sorokin The State Investigation Bureau, on March 30, opened a probe against lawmaker Geo Leros, a day after he leaked videos that appear to show the brother of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak selling high-level state positions. Now Leros is under investigation for “revealing a state secret” and “interfering in the work of a state

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FDA Approves Malaria Drugs to Treat COVID-19

March 31, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to distribute millions of doses of the medicines to hospitals across the country. “These drugs will be distributed from the Strategic National Stockpile to states for doctors to prescribe to adolescent and adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as appropriate, when a clinical trial is

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