Monthly Archives: May 2020

Ukroboronprom supplies more than 300 armored vehicles to military since year start

During January-May 2020, the enterprises of the armored division of Ukroboronprom group of companies transferred more than 300 new, restored and modernized various armored vehicles to the Defense Ministry, Deputy Director of Ukroboronprom Ihor Fomenko said. “In general, for the first quarter of 2020, the enterprises, run by the armored equipment department of Ukroboronprom, fulfilled a plan for commodity output

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Russia examines ventilator type sent to U.S. after fires kill six

Andrew Osborn, Alexander Marrow MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow has begun investigating the safety of a Russian-made medical ventilator, some of which have been sent to the United States, after six people died in hospital fires reported to involve two such machines. Five people died at Saint George’s Hospital in St Petersburg on Tuesday – including four in a coronavirus intensive care

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Russia urges U.S. to resume joint space exploration

“The Russian Foreign Ministry has noted the media reports that U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly has no plans to involve Russia in discussing plans for joint development of the Moon,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “Of course, we have noted these messages. They are perceived by us as a reflection of the well-known U.S. line on asserting its

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Donetsk art center turned into concentration camp: former hostages share their memories

A deer figure atop a slagheap near the former art center Izolyatsa in occupied Donetsk. The art center was turned into a prison by Russian occupation forces back in 2014. The facility remains operating since then. Photo: izolyatsia.org  2020/05/08 – 18:45 • RUSSIAN AGGRESSION Article by: Media Initiative for Human Rights / Ukrainska Pravda The Izolyatsia (“Isolation”) is a prison run by militants

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On the threshold of a palace coup. Why Putin canceled quarantine

The Russians, despite the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, are returning to work. What guided the Kremlin in making such a dangerous decision? All decisions made by Vladimir Putin come from one criterion – what will help to maintain power and what can undermine it. In the situation with coronavirus, he constantly weighs what will threaten his power more – tens of

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Russian occupiers treating Crimeans during pandemic even worse than Moscow does Russian Federation residents, Kirillova says

Policemen enforcing COVID-19 regime in Yalta on the Russia-annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, May 2020  2020/05/11 – 10:57 •  The Putin regime’s failure to provide adequate support for Russians it has ordered to remain at home in order to stop the spread of the pandemic and the shortcomings of the Russian medical system as a result of that regime’s healthcare

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PM Shmyhal: EUR 150 mln of Germany’s aid to be directed to hospitals, business

12.05.2020 18:20Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the economic situation, including overcoming the consequences of coronavirus and directing EUR 150 million from the unused reserve of provided German financial aid to hospitals and businesses. This was discussed during the online conference of Heads of Government, the Government portal reports. “The Prime Minister thanked Germany for its consistent

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‘RT’ accuses ‘Meduza’ of publishing fake news about the scale of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak. Turns out, they reported the exact same news.

In a post on Twitter, the Russian state-funded international TV network RT (formerly known as Russia Today), accused Meduza of spreading false information about Russia’s COVID-19 statistics. After Meduza reported that Russia had now become the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, RT hit back in a tweet, calling the claims fake news.“Meduza’s news about ‘Russia taking second place in the world for the number of

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Poland receives final permit for construction of Baltic Pipe gas pipeline

The Swedish government has approved the construction of the offshore section of the Baltic Pipe pipeline, through which Norwegian gas will go to Poland, reported the Polish gas pipelines operator Gaz-System, which is building the pipeline together with the Danish company Energinet SOV. About 85 kilometer of pipeline will be in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone. In general, the length of the underwater

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Poland recognizes Russia as the main threat to national security

On Tuesday, May 12, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed an updated National Security Strategy, Polskie Radio reports. Polish National Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that other provisions relating to the activities of the Polish army would be developed on the basis of this document. The Minister stressed that the National Security Strategy deals with threats to which Polish military should

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U.S. Congress prepares bill on sanctions against Kremlin for persecution of opposition

The resolution urges the Russian Federation to release the political prisoners immediately The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives prepared the draft resolution on the sanctions against the leadership of Russia for criminal persecution of the journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists as the press service of the House of Representatives reported.

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Enough already

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring The bad old ways have returned to Kyiv. A year after its sunny new president took office and brought a blast of optimism that the country of over 40 million might be turned around, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s lofty pledges have begun to strain credulity. On March 4, the world took note when Zelenskyy sacked most of his

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Putin’s Spokesman Hospitalized With Coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with coronavirus, he told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Tuesday. “Yes, I got sick, I’m being treated,” Peskov told Interfax. The Kremlin spokesman is at least the second person in Putin’s administration and the fifth senior government official to test positive for Covid-19. In addition to Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova, Construction Minister

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Putin’s press secretary tests positive for COVID-19

The press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, has contracted COVID-19. He confirmed this information to Interfax news agency. “Yes, I’m sick. I’m being treated for it,” he said. Putin’s 52-year-old spokesman is in hospital, but it has not been reported which one. Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for COVID-19. He is in self-isolation. This diagnosis

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In the Shadow of Revised History

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all strands of human activity, including the trajectory of pro-Kremlin disinformation. Revision of World War II history, which had become a focus of pro-Kremlin disinformation, faded into the background as media outlets loyal to the Kremlin turned their focus to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the local authorities in Prague removed a statue to Soviet

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Ukraine informs UN about violation of Minsk agreements by Russia

The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN has announced a violation of the Minsk agreements by Russia’s illegal armed formations in Donbas and called for a global ceasefire. This is stated in a statement on the Mission’s Facebook page. “15 ceasefire violations in Donbas on 10 May alone, leading to the injury of 4 Ukrainian soldiers. Weapons banned under

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Ambassador: Merkel plays crucial role in deterring Russian aggressionAmbassador: Merkel plays crucial role in deterring Russian aggression

As long as German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally coordinates the process of peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not dare to escalate. As Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk said in an interview with the Radio Liberty, Merkel continues to play a crucial role in deterring Russian aggression. “We, Ukrainians, should understand one

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