Monthly Archives: April 2020

Zelensky: Almost 100 Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monks test positive for COVID-19

The president calls on Ukrainians to stay home on Orthodox Easter. REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that almost 100 people from the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. “As for the situation in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra: now almost 100 coronavirus cases have been confirmed on the monastery’s territory and, unfortunately, there are two fatal ones,”

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Moscow Health Department warns that COVID-19 hospital beds may soon run out

The Health Department of Moscow’s city government has predicted that within the next two or three weeks, Russia’s capital may see a shortage of hospital beds in facilities designated for COVID-19 patients. Department officials described the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic in the city as “tense.” “The daily counts of new coronavirus cases remain high,” they reported. Within the next

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Russia’s Central Bank reports that foreign investment in Russian companies has almost completely stopped

Direct foreign investments in Russia’s non-banking sector during Q1 2020 reached only $0.2 billion, the business newspaper RBC reported based on data from the Central Bank. For comparison, that figure in Q1 2019 was $10.3 billion, making for a more than 98-percent decrease. Portfolio investors have also begun removing capital from Russian markets, causing an outflow of $1.2 billion as opposed to

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Russian Banks Reject Most Applications for Emergency Coronavirus Loans

Lenders slow to approve interest-free salary loans while consumers face frequent rejections for loans not covered by government schemes. Russian banks are failing to approve the majority of appeals for financial support from consumers and businesses seeking emergency funding under government schemes to ease economic damage stemming from the coronavirus, the Central Bank has confirmed. Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina said Friday

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Russia’s Coronavirus Outbreak Is ‘Changing for the Worse,’ Putin Warns

Russia’s coronavirus outbreak is deteriorating and its new cases are getting more severe, President Vladimir Putin warned Monday as the country reported its highest day-to-day spike in infections to date. Russia has reported 18,328 overall coronavirus cases and 148 total deaths, making it the world’s 15th most-affected country as of Monday.  “We see that the situation is changing almost daily and, unfortunately,

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Russians’ Positive Opinions of Putin Fall for 3rd Straight Year – Poll

Russians’ opinions toward President Vladimir Putin have become more negative for a third consecutive year as he pursues constitutional changes that will allow him to extend his rule through 2036, according to a survey published by the independent Levada Center pollster on Tuesday.  Putin’s approval rating reached an all-time high of 87% after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, but has been slowly

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OSCE observers come under fire near railway station in Yasynuvata

14.04.2020 10:30 Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) came under fire near the railway station in non-government-controlled Yasynuvata, according to a report released by the OSCE SMM on April 13. On 13 April, an SMM patrol consisting of four members and two vehicles was positioned outside of the railway station in Yasynuvata (non-government-controlled, 16km north-east of

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State Department leaked cables renew theories on origin of coronavirus

US sounded alarm on Wuhan lab studying coronavirus two years ago, report says State Department cables obtained by The Washington Post warned about the safety and security of coronavirus testing on bats in China in 2018; Gillian Turner reports. A Chinese laboratory at the center of new theories about how the coronavirus pandemic started was the subject of multiple urgent warnings inside the U.S. State

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Ukraine begins large-scale military exercises

Tactical military exercises will begin in the West of Ukraine, involving the Airborne Assault Forces, infantry units and the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. As part of the exercises, the movement of units, landings and combat missions in mountainous areas will be practiced. The amphibious units will be supported by Air

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World’s largest plane delivers record medical cargo from China to Poland

Ukraine’s An-225 Mriya, the world’s largest transport aircraft, has delivered a record medical cargo from China to Poland – 100 tonnes, the press service of the Antonov Company has reported on Facebook. “On April 14, 2020, the An-225 Mriya plane transported a record amount of medical supplies to Poland’s capital, Warsaw, from China as part of the fight against the

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Putin’s ex-assistant was and is member of council of commanders of Russian mercenaries in Donbass – Borodai

Former Assistant to the President of Russia Vladislav Surkov was and remains the commander of the armed gang of Russian mercenaries who fought in the Donbass. This was stated by one of the activists of the Russian occupation of part of eastern Ukraine, first leader of the so-called “DNR” Alexander Borodai. Responding to a question from a journalist about the

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SBU reveals top mole in own ranks working for Russians

Counterintelligence operatives with the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have exposed and detained SBU Major General Valery Shaitanov on charges of high treason and terrorism. “The SBU collected a sufficient amount of evidence that convincingly testifies to Shaitanov being an asset of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation,” the SBU press service reported, adding that it has at

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‘There Will Be Mass Starvation,’ Moscow Opposition Warns Mayor as Coronavirus Slams Economy

A lack of aid for Moscow’s small and medium businesses hit by the coronavirus lockdown will lead to mass starvation and widespread protests, opposition lawmakers have reportedly warned Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. Moscow and its 12.7 million residents have been under lockdown since March 30, with all nonessential businesses and activities suspended until at least May 1. Nationwide, the fallout from

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Why appeasing Putin in Ukraine won’t work

Recent weeks have seen fresh developments in the ongoing quest to end the six-year war in eastern Ukraine. The conflict has been semi-frozen since early 2015, with sporadic engagements along a stable front line and large swathes of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts under de facto Russian occupation. In an apparent bid to break the deadlock, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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Italians offered EUR 200 for praising Putin’s help on camera – media

09:00, 14 April 2020 Videos are to be posted on social networks. Italians are being offered EUR 200 for starring in a video to be shot by “Russian media”, thanking Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, for humanitarian assistance. Such proposals are being spun via WhatsApp messenger, Italy’s La Repubblica reports. “They need 15 Italians who will say something good

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine lost its chance for civilian, business-minded defense minister

When then-U.S. President-elect John F. Kennedy interviewed Robert S. McNamara in December 1960 for a job in his administration, he knew exactly what he wanted from his future secretary of defense. McNamara had vast experience in analyzing the efficiency of the U.S. bombing of Japan during World War II and was also a top-level expert in strategic planning, rationalization, and

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EU watchdog for disinformation debunks 8,000 cases in 6 years

The EUvsDisinfo database has now surpassed 8,000 disinformation cases. In just four months, the database has grown by more than a thousand cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation, covering over 20 languages – from English to Russian and Serbian to Arabic – and averaging about 60 new cases per week. It likely comes as no surprise that a significant proportion of these latest thousand

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EU says drafting Crimean residents in Russia’s army violates international law

20:59, 13 April 2020 The EU continues to expect Russia to stop all violations of international law in the Crimean peninsula. The European Union (EU) says drafting residents of the Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula in the Russian army violates international law. “The Russian Federation is carrying out conscription in the illegally-annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to

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