Monthly Archives: April 2020

Mariupol seaport increases cargo handling by 30.4% in Q1 2020

Mariupol seaport (Donetsk region) increased cargo handling by 30.4% in January-March 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, to 1.654 million tonnes. According to the statement of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority on the state-owned enterprise’s website, during the period the port increased the transshipment of export cargo by 26.8%, to 1.386 million tonnes, import by 29%, to 224,660

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Rada launches reform of river transportation: details of bill passed at first reading

Bill No. 1182-1-d “On Inland Water Transport” provides for the realization of Ukraine’s potential as a river state, liberalization and deregulation of river transportation, as well as significant savings on repairs of roads being destroyed by heavy trucks. Photo from UNIAN The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the country’s parliament, has adopted at first reading Bill No. 1182-1-d “On Inland Water

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Language ombudsperson resigns over “lack of funding”

The relevant Secretariat was never established, she adds. Photo from UNIAN Commissioner for the Protection of the Ukrainian Language, Tetiana Monakhova, is stepping down. She delivered the news via Facebook, noting that her time in office of language ombudsperson was a “bright, useful, and unforgettable period in life”. “My family is happy: I’m finally returning to a normal life, creative plans,

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Cabinet sacks customs, tax chiefs

Their deputies were also laid off. Maksym Nefyodov / Photo from UNIAN At an extraordinary meeting on Friday, April 24, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dismissed Head of the State Customs Service Maksym Nefyodov and Head of the State Fiscal Service Serhiy Verlanov. Nefyodov’s deputies were also dismissed: Robert Zeldi, Deyis Shendryk, and Serhiy Petukhov, as well as Dmytro

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Fewer flowers & more food as Ukraine-Dutch trade stays high

Keepind a 1.5-meter distance, tourists visit a tulip field in western Dutch city of Lisse on March 28, 2020. As sales drop rapidly in the Dutch flower industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine’s import of flowers has been cut signifucantly. However, country’s export of agricultural products to the Netherlands is expected to stay stable.Photo by AFPPopularon social media The Netherlands

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Kyiv: Russia conceals COVID-19 cases among military in Crimea

Russian authorities hide information about COVID-19 cases among the military stationed in annexed Crimea, stated the Ministry of Reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. “In all temporarily occupied territories – both in the Donbass and in Crimea – there is an acute shortage of medical personnel to treat patients. The spread of coronavirus among military contingent is carefully

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Russian mercenary states that “DNR army” is a part of Russian army, and there are no “republics”

Russian mercenary Alexander Zhuchkovsky, who fought in the Donbass, has stated that the “DNR/LNR” are not “independent republics”, and their “armies” are part of the Russian Armed Forces. He wrote this on his page in social network. “This is still an army, although poorly organized. To be precise, a part of the Russian army, based on the fact that the

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Russia delivers dozens of trucks with ammunition, armored vehicles to Donbas

24.04.2020 16:10 According to the data of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russia continues to supply arms, ammunition, and other military equipment to the occupation troops on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions across the border sections beyond control of the Ukrainian Government.  “Since the beginning of April, up to 20 units

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Missing high-ranking Moscow official found dead in Crimea

Leonid Osharin, deputy head of Moscow’s culture department, was found dead in Crimea, reported TASS citing a source in law enforcement agencies. “The deputy head of the capital’s Department of Culture Leonid Osharin was found dead in Crimea. The cause of his death is being investigated,” the source said, adding that no traces of violent death were found on the official’s body.

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Saakashvili: President offered me to engage in talks with IMF

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered him to hold negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if he takes up the post of deputy prime minister for reform. Sakashvili told this to reporters before a meeting with members of the Servant of the People faction on Friday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The

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Daily Telegraph

Revealed : How coronavirus attacks your veins, heart, brain and blood – as well as lungs We think of Covid-19 as a respiratory virus – one that simply attacks the lungs. But scientists are now wondering if it is much more than that, with a stream of medical papers being published over the last few weeks which suggests the contagion

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Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend and 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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ICC’s Influence Can Be Strengthened by Ukraine’s Case

Chatham House 22 April 2020 Second in a two-part series analysing why Ukraine’s attempts at international justice are worth taking – and outlining how the impact goes far beyond just the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Part two examines Ukraine’s appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek individual criminal responsibility of the alleged perpetrators of the gravest crimes in occupied Crimea

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Odd stats about covid 19

In Britain, so far 120 NHS (National Health Service) workers have sadly given their lives helping covid victims. It turns out that a staggering 75% of them are BAME (British term for black, African, Asian, ethnic minority). The reasons for this are not fully understood. Similarly, in the US, the disease seems to be disproportionately affecting black people. In France,

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