Monthly Archives: April 2020

European Parliament pushes for Eastern partners’ greater integration, slams Russia – RFE/RL

The document is to be debated by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in the coming weeks and could potentially be endorsed by the full chamber in May. The European Parliament will call for the creation of a “common economic space” between the EU and the six former Soviet republics of its Eastern Partnership program as part of a process

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Donbas in Flames

GUIDE TO THE CONFLICT ZONE Read the latest book “Donbas in Flames. Guide to the Conflict Zone” published by Prometheus Center. This guide will be useful to journalists, researchers, war experts, diplomats and general readers seeking information on the war in Donbas. Download your free pdf here. (c) InformNapalm

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Parliament passes essential legislation, paves way for adopting anti-Kolomoisky bill

Speaker Dmytro Razumkov (C) speaks at an emergency parliament session in Kyiv on March 30, 2020.Photo by rada.gov.ua On April 16, the parliament adopted a new special procedure allowing lawmakers to vote on amendments in batches if the number of amendments to a single law is over 500. The law seeks to end the wide-spread practice of filibustering bills by registering

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Russia, U.S. Should Help Each Other During Pandemic: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the global coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for his country to work together with the United States, the Kremlin said Thursday. “President Putin believes this pandemic is the time to help each other,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, after U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered to send ventilators to Russia. “This is very

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Russia’s Healthcare System Faced Cuts for Years. Now Medical Students Are on the Coronavirus Frontlines.

In Moscow, Russia’s coronavirus epicenter, medical students have been deployed to hospitals strained by the pandemic. By Evan Gershkovich and Pjotr SauerUpdated: 2 hours ago In between studying for exams coming up next week, Tatiana, a 22-year-old sixth-year medical student at First Moscow State Medical University, is working as a nurse at Kommunarka, Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital.  For someone who has eight weeks of

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Parliament passes essential legislation, paves way for adopting anti-Kolomoisky bill

By Oleksiy Sorokin On April 16, the parliament adopted a new special procedure allowing lawmakers to vote on amendments in batches if the number of amendments to a single law is over 500. The law seeks to end the wide-spread practice of filibustering bills by registering thousands of amendments. “If we don’t change the bylaws, the parliament’s work can be

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The Interim Investigation Commission has completed an investigation into Medvedchuk’s channels

On April 15, the Interim Commission of Inquiry to investigate information on compliance with legislative requirements during the change of owners of news channels and ensure counteraction to information influence of the Russian Federation, submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the materials concerning TV channels 112 Ukraine, ZIK and NewsOne, which belong to a close associate of Viktor Medvedchuk Taras Kozak.

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Ukraine to sign defense agreement with Sweden

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has authorized Defense Minister of Ukraine Andriy Taran to sign an agreement on defense cooperation between the Cabinet and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden. The decision was made at a government meeting on April 15 without discussion, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. Due to changes in the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers of

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Britain, Ukraine to sign new deal on free trade, strategic partnership

By Jack Laurenson A few months ago, the world was a different place. Politicians, diplomats and business leaders could meet without respirator masks. Important negotiations didn’t need to take place by video links. Deals were still being struck with ink on paper and with the shaking of hands. Just on Feb. 14, Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar uploaded a photo to

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Russian jet’s inverted maneuver in front of US plane risked collision, Navy says

STUTTGART, Germany — A Russian fighter jet risked a midair collision when it intercepted a Navy aircraft at close range over the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, U.S. military officials said. A U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft, used for tracking submarines, was flying in international airspace when a Russian SU-35 performed a high-speed, inverted maneuver 25 feet in front of the Navy

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French study finds hydroxychloroquine doesn’t help patients with coronavirus

(CNN)A drug that’s been touted by President Donald Trump as a “game changer” didn’t help hospitalized patients with coronavirus and was associated with heart complications, according to a new study.”This provides evidence that hydroxychloroquine does not apparently treat patients with Covid 19,” said Dr. Paul Offit, an infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Even worse, there were side effects

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Ex-political prisoner Sentsov comments on today’s prisoner swap

Ukrainian film director and the Kremlin’s former political prisoner Oleh Sentsov has commented on the latest stage of prisoner swap that kicked off in Donbas this morning. “Another swap. Today, 19 of our guys will finally be home. This is very good, and I congratulate these people on their release and express gratitude to those whose efforts made this happen.

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Donbas terrorists hand over nine people to Ukraine, – ombudsman

The captured serviceman of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Viktor Shaidov is among them Militants of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic have handed over nine people to Ukraine as part of today’s exchange near Horlivka and Mayorsk checkpoint. Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova announced this on her Telegram page and posted the photo of the released Ukrainians.  “Nine citizens of Ukraine will be

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U.S. Ready to Send Ventilators to Coronavirus-Hit Russia, Trump Says

The United States, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, could send Russia ventilators to help the country battle its record-setting rise in coronavirus cases, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday. His announcement follows controversy over Russia’s shipment of medical supplies to the U.S., which Moscow described as humanitarian aid and Washington said it had paid for. Experts said the U.S.

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Zelensky receives credentials from ambassadors of Serbia, Cuba, Kazakhstan

During the meeting, they discussed prospects for cooperation and trade. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has received credentials from Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia Aca Jovanovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba Natacha Díaz Aguilera, and Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan Darkhan Kaletaev. During a meeting with Ambassador Jovanovic, Zelensky reaffirmed Ukraine’s clear position as regards the sovereignty

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Donbas prisoner swap kicks off, 19 Ukrainians set to return home

Another stage of the prisoner swap has kicked off in Donbas – Ukraine is bringing home 19 of its citizens who have been held in captivity in the temporarily occupied territories. Given the quarantine restrictions that are currently in force, those released will be sent for compulsory observation immediately, according to the President’s Office. Mutual release of detainees is taking

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Vaccine Hesitancy and Pro-Kremlin Opportunism

The “Vaccine Scare” has been present in the pro-Kremlin disinformation network for a long time, usually in the “undergrowth” of the disinformation jungle, spreading through social media – notably Twitter. The New York Times describes in a recent article how Russia-based Twitter accounts influence the “anti-vaxxer community”, and already a year ago, in March 2019, US CBS News reported on

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US is investigating if ‘COVID-19 accidentally leaked from Wuhan virus lab and that China blamed the wet market as a cover-up’ – sparking Mike Pompeo to demand that Beijing ‘come clean’

By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com and Associated Press01:02 BST 16 Apr 2020 , updated 03:49 BST 16 Apr 2020 Shocking report says officials believe Wuhan Virology Lab was source of virus Claims virus was isolated from bat in bungling attempt to upstage US scientists But escaped after lab worker became ‘Patient Zero’ in lab accident, reports say China quickly blamed

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