Monthly Archives: April 2020

Ukraine at Minsk talks categorically rejects idea of fixing special status of occupied Donbas in Constitution

Ukraine during another stage of Minsk talks on Donbas settlement once again categorically rejected the possibility of fixing a special status of the occupied areas in eastern Ukraine in the country’s Constitution. The regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement was held via a video link on Wednesday, April 22, reads the report published on the Presidential

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LNR start closing coal mines

Occupation authorities of the “LNR” developed a plan to close the mines, which they will consider unprofitable. This was stated by calling himself “chairman of the government” Sergey Kozlov. “A program to reorganize the coal industry of the LNR will begin in the near future”, – Kozlov reported at a meeting with “specialized ministers”. According to him, “the main tasks of

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Ministry of Health recognizes that most hospitals are short of money because of second stage of health care reform. Up to 50%

Most Ukrainian hospitals have a funding gap due to the start of the second phase of health care reform. This was reported by Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov at a briefing in Kyiv today, – correspondent of OstroV reports. “In connection with the start of the second stage of reform of the healthcare system, all our healthcare institutions (city, district

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Ukraine has blocked Russia’s resolution at the UN

The document contained Moscow’s cynical allegations of “good neighborliness”, blurred theses on weakening sanctions and did not support the Organization’s secretary general’s peaceful initiatives. Ukraine has interrupted the so-called “default procedure” and blocked a new Russian resolution at the UN. This was reported on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook page on Wednesday, April 22. “We will continue to block Russia’s attempts to

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Business Update: April 22 – EU allocates 1.2 billion euros for Ukraine, Zelensky wants Antonov airline

The European Commission has allocated 1.2 billion Euros to Ukraine to fight the economic consequences of COVID-19. The EC, which is the executive branch of the 27-member European Union, announced the decision in Brussels on Wednesday April 22 amid heightened concerns over Ukraine’s ability to weather the economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. The country faces rising unemployment, shrinking GDP

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Putin, Merkel discus necessity of enshrining of special status of Donbas

The Russian president held phone talk with German chancellor President of Russia Vladimir Putin held the phone talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed the situation on the settlement of Donbas Conflict and the prisoner swap between Ukraine and militants as Kremlin reported.  According to the message, the leaders of the states provided the positive assessment of the held

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Saakashvili offered job of Ukrainian deputy prime minister

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said on April 22 that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had offered him the job of deputy prime minister for reforms. The offer comes as Zelensky’s administration is under pressure to push through reforms as it desperately needs foreign loans amid the global economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The administration has also recently faced its

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U.S. Embassy denies Medvedchuk’s report on ‘unlawful cooperation’ between Ukraine, U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has denied reports about U.S. military laboratories in Ukraine and added that they repeat Russian disinformation, according to a statement posted on the embassy’s website. “The U.S. Embassy would like to set the record straight regarding disinformation spreading in some circles in Ukraine that mirrors Russian disinformation regarding the strong U.S.-Ukrainian partnership to reduce biological

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Leading Russian Paper Vedomosti’s New Editor Bans Putin Criticism

The new chief editor of Russia’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti has banned employees from publishing articles that criticize President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional changes, the paper’s media editor said Wednesday in the latest report of recent censorship at the publication. Andrei Shmarov, who was named acting editor-in-chief by Vedomosti’s new owners in March, made news earlier this month for deleting

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“To Challenge Russia’s Ongoing Disinformation Campaigns”: The Story of EUvsDisinfo

With this article, we invite our readers on a tour behind the scenes of the output you see on the EUvsDisinfo website, including the public disinformation database; our presence on Facebook and Twitter and our weekly newsletter, the Disinformation Review. We go through some key moments of our history in changing contexts; from the 2015 decision to set up the East StratCom

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Coronavirus proves what Ukrainians already knew—the UN doesn’t work

Atlantic Council. Ukraine Alert by Pavlo Klimkin and Andreas Umland. The coronavirus crisis is still in full swing, but attention is already turning towards the international environment we are likely to encounter in the post-pandemic world. With entire countries currently in lock down and comparisons with major wars becoming commonplace, many expect the impact from the crisis to be genuinely

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Israeli warplanes bomb Syrian troops near Palmyra

Israeli combat aircraft, successfully bypassing the Syrian S-300 Russian S-400 air defense systems, managed to break into the central and northern part of Homs province and attack at least three populated areas. The reason for the attack remains unknown, however, neither the Syrian nor the Russian military was able to detect the attack in advance. The Syrian air defense systems

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Ban on farmland sales to foreigners risks starving Ukraine of investment

UkraineAlert by Bate Toms The Ukrainian parliament recently passed a landmark law significantly reducing prohibitions on the sale of agricultural farmland. This Moratorium Reform Law provides that, effective from 1 July 2021, Ukrainian citizens can acquire up to 100 hectares of agricultural land, and from 1 January 2024, Ukrainian citizens and legal entities other than banks can each purchase and

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U.S. Senate intelligence report backs joint assessment of 2016 Russian meddling – media

23:20, 21 April 2020 The committee review said interviews with those involved in drafting the assessment showed that “analysts were under no politically motivated pressure to reach specific conclusions.” The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released its review of a joint assessment issued by U.S. intelligence agencies of Russia’s coordinated campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. In its

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