Monthly Archives: April 2020

Ukrainian giant An-225 Mriya starts series of flights delivering cargo to fight coronavirus (Photo, video)

The plane has performed a test flight following maintenance and upgrade. ‹› 1/3 The world’s largest cargo aircraft An-225 Mriya, made in Ukraine, has departed from the Kyiv-Antonov-2 International Airport for the first commercial flight after maintenance and upgrading. An-225 is involved in transportation from China to the European Union of humanitarian aid – medical supplies to fight the coronavirus,

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Belarus cancels purchase of coronavirus test kits from Russian citing delays and poor quality

Belarus will not buy 30,000 Russian-made coronavirus test kits due to stalled negotiations and their poor accuracy, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. “We were in talks with two Russian companies to acquire 30,000 units, but these negotiations have stalled. And now we do not need these test kits: we produce test kits ourselves, and about 50,000 more. We have

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Ted Cruz says Saudi oil dumping is ‘enemy’ act, and if China cuts medical supplies that’s an act of war

Texas Republican presses theory tracing new coronavirus to Chinese biolab, and sees threats to medical supplies as act of aggression WASHINGTON — As the world fights its way through a pandemic and flash recession, Sen. Ted Cruz is warning that Saudi Arabia and China have each misbehaved in ways that should make the United States wary — and may even

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Ukraine puts in water naval boat Russia seized in 2018

Mykolaiv-based Shipyard repaired and restored combat efficiency of the Ukrainian Navy’s Nikopol and Vyshgorod armored artillery boats. That’s according to Defense Express. On the Nikopol boat, restoration of electrical systems and equipment is still underway after it has been put back in water. All works are scheduled to be completed before the end of the month. At the same time,

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Russia provides multi million dollar loan to Moldova

The Moldovan government will meet next week for a special meeting to consider changes to the 2020 budget, taking into account external sources of funding. On April 10, Moldovan Presindent Igor Dodon confirmed that Russia would provide the previously promised multimillion-dollar loan. “The government of the Russian Federation has decided to approve a loan agreement with Moldova. Yesterday there was

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UN concerned with increase in civilian casualties in Donbas

Matilda Bogner, Head of UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, states that she is concerned with the increase in civilian casualties in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. “I am extremely concerned with the increase in civilian casualties in the conflict zone, especially those caused by the shelling and fire from small arms and light weapons. In March of

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Two-thirds of Russian regions weaken measures against COVID-19

As of April 9, 56 of Russia’s more than 80 regions had decreased the severity of the measures they are taking to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, TASS reported. Most regions did so by expanding the kinds of businesses that are permitted to operate during the national non-working days ordered by Vladimir Putin to extend through April 30. For example,

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Absent in published interview: Moscow mayor’s reported comments about how Russia’s ‘budgets are cracking’

Last last week, multiple news agencies reported on an interview with Sergey Sobyanin recorded by the state TV network Pervyi Kanal, where the Moscow mayor argued against cash stimulus handouts to the public during Russia’s coronavirus lockdown. Memorably, according to reports by the news agencies TASS and RIA Novosti, Sobyanin said, “The budgets are cracking — they won’t even be able to cover the

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Quarantined hospital in Ufa, Russia, sees 170 patients and staff test positive for COVID-19

More than 1,000 patients and medical workers are currently quarantined in Ufa’s Kuvatov Republican Clinical Hospital. On April 10, regional Health minister Maxim Zabelin announced that 170 of them have tested positive for the new coronavirus, while the rest have tested negative. Zabelin emphasized that another round of tests will be conducted to verify those results. On April 5, an

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Shvets, Putin’s classmate at KGB institute: if Russian secret services have brought coronavirus in Wuhan it is chance for “successors” to get rid of Putin blaming the atrocity on him

While the whole world is busy, fighting coronavirus that as of April 3, 2020 morning had already took 53 thousand lives, too little attention gets a story that could possibly uncover when and where the virus had originally appeared. In September 2019, when no one heard of the coronavirus yet, near Novosibirsk fire occurred on secured facility called Vector –

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FBI had information Steele dossier was part of ‘Russian disinformation campaign,’ declassified footnotes show

The FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team investigating the Trump 2016 campaign received multiple indications that former British spy Christopher Steele — one of their key informants in their investigation — was part of an elaborate “Russian disinformation campaign,” according to several newly declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FBI misconduct. “It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed

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