Monthly Archives: April 2020

Avakov describes search at ex-MP Chornovol’s dwelling, suspicions against her as abnormal and shameful

Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov has described a search of the dwelling of Member of Parliament of the eighth convocation (2014-2019) Tetiana Chornovol by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) on Friday morning and the suspicion notice served to her as abnormal and shameful. The minister said that First Deputy Head of the SBI Oleksandr Babikov should resign. “Tania

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Razumkov signs order to call Verkhovna Rada for extraordinary session at 14:00 on April 13

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Dmytro Razumkov has signed an order to call an extraordinary session of the parliament at 14:00 on April 13, the Office of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine said. The extraordinary session will be held upon initiative of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The agenda of the session consists of eight items, including second reading of the bill

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Riot, Fire Break Out at Siberian Prison

A prison in Siberia reported disturbances at a high-security penal colony Friday, while local campaigners called the incident a full-blown riot and posted images of fire on the premises. Russia’s penal service said inmates at the No 15 penal colony in Angarsk “attacked a guard” while others cut themselves with glass from broken surveillance cameras. The service said the guard

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Moscow’s efforts to Russianize non-Russians will lead to demise of Russian nation and Russian state, Gyylman says

2020/04/03 – 15:11 • INTERNATIONAL, OP-ED Moscow believes that it will be able to “completely assimilate the nationalities of Russia” in this century by forcing them to use Russian rather than their national languages and to define themselves as members of a civic Russian nation, Tatar analyst Nail Gyylman says. But it is in for a rude surprise in a double sense, he argues.

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Russia Sees Sharp Drop in Spending as National Coronavirus Lockdown Continues

Bank data shows spending is down by as much as a third in big demand hit to Russian economy. April 8, 2020 Russians have cut back their spending by as much as one-third as the country remains in a month-long national shutdown which has seen half the economy switch off and major cities including Moscow go into mandatory quarantine. Early data from

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Russia has begun a criminal prosecution over the removal of the statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague

Moscow, April 10 (CTK) – The investigating committee of Russia has started a criminal prosecution of the removal of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev’s statue from Prague, its spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said today. The Prague 6 town hall did so last Friday. On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said this was a crime that would not remain unanswered. Petrenko said the

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Russia capitulates in oil war

The Kremlin’s attempt to show its teeth in the global oil market and sacrifice a partnership with Saudi Arabia in order to strike the U.S. shale industry ended in Russia’s capitulation. On Thursday, following a video conference, the ministers of the OPEC countries reached an agreement to stabilize the global oil market, which was on the verge of disaster due

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Russia: U.S. operation against drug trafficking from Venezuela will have negative consequences

The decision of the United States to launch a military operation to cut off drug supplies in Latin America poses a threat of negative consequences, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, as cited by RIA Novosti. “Washington’s decision to launch a military operation to cut off drug supplies in Latin America, which is accompanied by increased military activity around Venezuela,

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Conflicts between Donbas Militants increasing

The internal conflicts among the Donbas militants are increasing over the past days. The invaders brought fresh, according to the Minsk treaty banned, heavy artillery in position near the front line. Today another ukrainian soldier suffered lethal injuries and died from an attack by the invaders. Additionally feuds among the militants claimed another life. A militant was attacked with a

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Ukrainian soldier killed amid enemy shelling attacks in Donbas

Russia-led forces violated the ceasefire regime in the Joint Forces Operation area by firing on the positions of Ukrainian units in the Luhansk region, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action, the JFO headquarters reported on Facebook. “In the area of the JFO, the enemy violated the ceasefire regime by firing on the positions of Ukrainian units in

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Russia cancels talks on prisoner swap

Coordinator of a group of lawyers working for 24 Ukrainian sailors Nikolay Polozov says Russia has decided to suspend prisoner swap talks with Ukraine on Ukrainians illegally imprisoned in Russian territory and occupied Crimea. “The negotiation process on the transfer of Ukrainian political prisoners by the Russian side has been suspended for some reason. Now 120 Ukrainian political prisoners, including

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U.S. Air Force fighters intercept Russian maritime patrol aircraft approaching Alaska

09:30, 10 April 2020 The airplanes did not enter the U.S. or Canadian airspace. The U.S. Air Force intercepted Russian maritime reconnaissance airplanes that were on their way to Alaska. The Diplomat reported that the incident took place over the Bering Sea, north of the Aleutian Islands. NORAD reported that “F-22 fighters, supported by KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 AWACS aircraft from the North American

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Putin has “no other choice but to withdraw from eastern Ukraine and Crimea” – Ukraine’s foreign minister

23:20, 09 April 2020 Kuleba says Ukraine’s policy toward the settlement of the armed conflict in Donbas remains unchanged – Russia is a party to that conflict. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has expressed confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin has no other choice but to leave Donbas and Crimea alone. His comments came during an online discussion hosted by

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Jack Laurenson: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Jack Laurenson. Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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Problems in the Ukrainian military food-supply system: Coronavirus or symptom of slowdown in reforms?

Photo: mil.gov.ua  2020/04/06 – 11:02 • REFORMS, UKRAINE Article by: Alla Hurska On March 1, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MOD) reported that all combat units and some small garrisons (indirectly involved in Joint Forces operations) of the Armed Forces switched to a new meal and food-supply system. The poor quality of soldiers’ meal packs has long been a source of chronic

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