Monthly Archives: May 2020

Zelensky earned $1 million in 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky let go of his businesses but his earnings doubled thanks to royalties and property.  The president and the first lady declared Hr 28.6 million (a little over $1 million by current exchange rate) in income in 2019, according to a declaration of assets filed on May 30.  (C)KYIV POST 2020

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Ex-president Kravchuk estimates compensation for Ukraine’s nuclear weapons at US$250 bln

No negotiations were held with the United States on the compensation. Ukraine had about 46 nuclear warheads working on solid fuel / Photo from Depositphotos Leonid Kravchuk, the first president of independent Ukraine, estimates compensation for scrapping the country’s nuclear weapons after signing the Budapest memorandum at US$250 billion. “The nuclear weapons were tactical, they also went to Russia. There

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Ceasefire in Libya failed completely, situation continues to deteriorate, says diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that thanks to massive outside aid, the balance of powers has changed© AP Photo/Felipe Dana MOSCOW, May 29. /TASS/. The ceasefire in Libya, declared in January 2020, failed completely, and prolongation of the crisis threatens catastrophic consequences to the country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday. “We note that the situation

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Russia’s system of registering causes of death is among world’s most accurate – official

A member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and chief visiting pathologist of the Russian health ministry, said earlier that autopsy is made in 98% of lethal cases in Russia MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. Russia’s system of registering causes of death is among the World’s most accurate, as a final diagnosis is made after an autopsy, Anna Popova, chief of

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Iran ‘likely’ to give Ukrainian airplane black box to France – report

Following the Ukrainian’s side delay in responding to Iran’s offer regarding the Ukrainian plane’s black box, the Iranian authorities have decided to send the black box to another country. Iran will “likely” send the black box from the Ukrainian airplane shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to France, Al-Arabiya reported, citing Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency. The

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‘Trampoline Is Working’: Musk Taunts Russia

Russian space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin once ridiculed the lack of a U.S. manned flight programme, saying it might as well “deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline”. Six years later Elon Musk and NASA had the last laugh. “The trampoline is working,” quipped the 48-year-old U.S. entrepreneur at a post-flight news conference alongside NASA administrator Jim

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Putin’s approval rating drops to record low of 25%

   The level of Russians’ trust in President Vladimir Putin fell to 25%, in early April it was 28%, according to results of the survey conducted by Levada Center, a Russian independent, non-governmental polling and sociological research organization. In November 2017, the rating of confidence in the Russian president was at 59%. The survey participants were asked to “name 5-6

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Ukrainian serviceman reportedly abducted near border with Russia-occupied Crimea

Evidence of a fight with unidentified persons was found not far from the observation post. The incident happened close to the administrative border of Crimea / Photo from UNIAN A member of Ukraine’s Armed Forces has gone missing near the Chonhar peninsula, Kherson region, close to the administrative border with Russia-occupied Crimea; he has reportedly been abducted. “It became known

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Coronavirus: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO

President Donald Trump has been criticised at home and abroad after announcing he is ending US ties with the World Health Organization (WHO). The EU urged him to reconsider the decision, while Germany’s health minister called it a “disappointing setback for international health”. The head of the US Senate’s health committee, a Republican like Mr Trump, said now was not

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Trump delays ‘outdated’ G7 leaders’ summit

US President Donald Trump has said he will postpone this year’s G7 summit and invite leaders of other countries to participate in the talks. “I don’t feel that… it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,” Mr Trump said on Saturday. The G7 group, which the US hosts this year, includes Canada,

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Surrogacy in Ukraine: 11 couples arrive from Argentina to pick up their babies

A charter flight landed at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport tonight. REUTERS Eleven couples have arrived from Argentina to Ukraine to pick up their babies born from surrogate mothers. A charter flight landed at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport tonight, according to RFE/RL’s Ukrainian service. Those arrived were met by Ambassador of Argentina to Ukraine Elena Leticia Teresa Mikusinski. Prior to that,

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On Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea

As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore IIIto the Permanent Council, ViennaMay 28, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.  In 2014, Moscow saw an opportunity to exploit a period of significant political change in Ukraine and launched a campaign to undermine the diplomatic processes, governance, and territorial integrity of its sovereign neighbor, Ukraine. For more than six years, the Russian government

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Malta seizes $1 billion of Russia printed Libyan currency destined for Haftar’s government

The Maltese government has seized more than $1 billion of “counterfeit” Libyan currency that was printed by the Russian state-owned company Goznak, stated the U.S  State Department on its website. The seizure of a batch of Libyan dinars, which is worth $1.1 billion, was carried out on May 26, the statement said, in terms of the U.S. currency. “$1.1 billion of counterfeit

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Szijjártó: We will continue providing reverse gas supplies to Ukraine

30.05.2020 12:57 Hungary will continue providing reverse gas supplies to Ukraine. “We will continue providing reverse gas supplies to Ukraine. We have already [provided] 14 billion cubic meters,” Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said at a joint briefing with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in Budapest, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. Szijjártó also spoke

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Ukraine, Hungary to develop trade and border infrastructure

30.05.2020 11:57 Ukraine and Hungary intend to focus on the development of trade relations and border infrastructure. This was discussed during the meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in Budapest, the press service of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry informs. In particular, the interlocutors underscored the mutual interest

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OSCE SMM records more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region

  The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and fewer in Luhansk region. “Compared with the previous reporting period, the Mission recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and fewer in Luhansk region,” reads the OSCE SMM daily report 127/2020 issued on 29 May 2020 and based on information from the Monitoring

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US General: Russia Using ‘Same Playbook’ in Libya as in Ukraine, Syria

VOA By Carla Babb. May 29, 2020 07:42 PM WASHINGTON – Russia is further destabilizing Libya to gain a stronghold in northern Africa, just as it has in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, according to a top official with U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “Russia is executing the same playbook as successfully employed in Crimea, Ukraine and to a lesser extent in Syria. Russia has

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The UK Reverses Course on Huawei on 5G and Stands Up to China

It’s been a bad few days for the Communist Party-led government in Beijing in its efforts to gain economic and strategic influence in the United Kingdom and Europe. China’s flagship technology company, Huawei, is finding that its welcome mat is being taken away in London, the world’s biggest financial center, with major implications for its global operations.  The Daily Telegraph

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Trump says terminating U.S. relationship with World Health Organization over virus – media

The U.S. will be redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO had essentially become a puppet organization of China. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump

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