Monthly Archives: April 2020

Ukraine buys 176 ventilators since March 1 – health minister

17.04.2020 12:42 Ukraine has purchased 176 medical ventilators since March 1, 2020, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov states. “The total number of ventilators, which were additionally purchased since March 1 and installed in hospitals to treat patients with COVID-19, is 176,” Stepanov said at a briefing on April 17, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. According to him, the number of ventilators is

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Russia’s Aeroflot Cancels International Flight Sales Until August

Aeroflot has suspended ticket sales for all international flights departing before August, as Russia’s coronavirus cases continue to rise at one of the fastest rates in the world. A message on the ticket search portal of Aeroflot’s website says there are no available flights for any international routes until August 1. The state-backed airline said the block on ticket sales

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Dozens of Russian Cadets Involved With WWII Parade Rehearsals Infected With Coronavirus: Reports

Nearly 50 cadets and instructors involved in rehearsals for Russia’s now-postponed Victory Day parade have been infected with the coronavirus, the Baza Telegram channel reported Friday. Rear Adm. Anatoly Minakov, the head of St. Petersburg’s elite Nakhimov Naval School, confirmed to local media that he’s been hospitalized in Moscow with a fever awaiting test results.  Baza, which is believed to have sources

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Russia Passes Dual Citizenship Law, Hoping to Add 10M Citizens

Russian lawmakers from both houses of parliament have passed legislation Friday allowing dual Russian citizenship for foreigners, sending it to President Vladimir Putin’s desk less than two weeks after introducing it. Lawmakers have described the amendments to Russia’s citizenship law, which among other steps strike down a requirement to renounce one’s existing citizenship, as “revolutionary.” Their authors expect up to 10 million

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Ominous silence

Almost three weeks have passed since video footage implicating the brother of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff in corruption was published by Geo Leros, a lawmaker from Zelensky’s own party. Since then, more evidence has piled up that Andriy Yermak’s brother Denys was trying to sell government jobs, which the brothers deny. Alleged accomplices have confirmed the fact of

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WhatsApp leak exposes Russia link to Dutch far right

The leaked WhatsApp texts also showed the MP was against Dutch NATO membership. A Dutch far-right politician behind a 2016 referendum on Ukraine and the EU had fishy ties to Russia, according to a new investigation. Thierry Baudet, an MP from the anti-EU and anti-immigrant FvD party, spoke of his Russia contacts in internal WhatsApp messages with FvD colleagues, which

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Limit, not ban: Ukraine treats Russian propaganda “like pornography”

The hybrid war with Russia exists de facto but not de jure. The government cannot hold martial law in the country for years, imposing total control for the sake of security like it usually happens during wartime. Therefore, Ukraine operates like any other democracy and you will barely notice any traces of war throughout the country, except for the frontline, where several dozens

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U.S. accuses Russia of breaching treaties on nuclear, chemical, biological weapons

Russia has been violating bilateral and international agreements restricting nuclear tests and on nuclear nonproliferation, as well as other agreements on chemical and biological weapons, the U.S. Department of State reported. “The United States has determined that in 2019, the Russian Federation continued to be in violation of its obligations under Articles I, IV, and VI of the INF Treaty

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UIA plane crash: Kuleba rejects possibility of uncoordinated actions with partners

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has rejected the possibility of any uncoordinated actions with Ukraine’s international partners in the investigation into the UIA plane crash near Tehran on January 8. “I have already explained that our position has not changed. We work towards a result in close collaboration with the colleagues from the International Coordination and Response Group for

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Firefighters Sent To Battle New Blazes Near Chernobyl In Ukraine

More than 1,000 firefighters have been sent to extinguish new fires that broke out in the radiation-contaminated area around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant. Three new fires broke out on April 16 but were “not large-scale and not threatening,” Ukrainian officials said. Gusty winds fanning the flames have made it harder to put them out. Volodymyr Demchuk, director of the

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Media: Iran pushes Kyiv to sign memorandum of understanding on downed Ukrainian plane

Iran is pushing Ukraine to sign a document obliging relatives of the victims of the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines passenger plane over Tehran to waive the right of further litigation, reports Radio Farda. It is noted that Iran has sent to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs a draft memorandum of understanding, according to which, the families of

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Berlin, Paris consider detainee exchange an important step towards implementation of ‘Minsk’

Western partners in the “Normandy format” called the exchange of detainees in Donbas an important step towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This is said in a joint statement by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, published on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office. “Today’s exchange of detainees in eastern Ukraine

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Putin and Xi Attack Attempts to Blame China for Late Virus Response

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday rejected as counterproductive attempts to blame Beijing for delaying informing the world about the coronavirus, the Kremlin said. Putin and Xi spoke after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration berated China for not sharing data more quickly.  Washington is also investigating the origins of the coronavirus — which has killed

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Minister explains low number of captured troops in Donbas swap lists

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov has commented on the latest stage of the exchange of held persons held with the Russian-controlled forces in Donbas on Thursday. In a comment to Obozrevatel, the minister explained why of 20 Ukrainians handed back to Ukraine, only two are military servicemen captured by the enemy

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Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

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 demise Russian

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