Monthly Archives: May 2020

U.S. Plane With Donated Ventilators Lands in Russia

A U.S. military plane carrying dozens of donated American ventilators touched down in Moscow Thursday, with the precious cargo ready to be sent to a hospital treating coronavirus patients. The 50 ventilators are “the first part of a humanitarian donation of a total of 200 much-needed U.S.-manufactured ventilators to Russia,” valued at $5.6 million, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said in

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Yanukovych minister charged with murder released on bail

The photo shows former Foreign Minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara, who had been detained on suspicion of having murdered entrepreneur Serhiy Starytsky.Photo by courtesy Ukraine’s former Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, who has been charged with murder, was released after paying bail on May 21. The bail was initially set at Hr 14 million but was eventually cut to Hr 2.1 million.

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US still determined to block Putin’s pet pipeline project

Author : Diane Francis Source : Atlantic Council With the US refusing to soften its stance on Nord Stream 2, Putin’s pipeline ploy to gain added energy leverage over Europe looks to be in tatters. Meanwhile, the Russian economy is crashing under the combined weight of the COVID19 pandemic, collapsed global energy prices, and sanctions imposed for the war in

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Almost 12 thousand places for wounded prepared in “LNR” in case of launching offensive

Occupation authorities of the “LNR” have confirmed plans for an attack on the Ukrainian positions and prepared almost 12 thousand places for the wounded. This was stated by calling herself “Minister of Health” Natalia Pashchenko. “All medical institutions of the Republic, their medical personnel, ambulance crews and brigades of evacuation of the wounded are fully prepared to fulfill their mission

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‘ETA should not exceed 20 minutes’ Muscovites are waiting longer than ever for ambulances during the coronavirus pandemic, but the reasons aren’t as obvious as you’d think

https://meduza.io/impro/_OBZ2Y2eSRGhhrG-uv9vfipp0LfEtEHwi2i_adNULZk/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS81/MzQvMzM2L29yaWdp/bmFsL0xVelVLX3VU/d2RHTjgtZUZpTFVx/OXcuanBn.webp Residents in and around Moscow complain that they now have to wait hours or sometimes even days for paramedics to come when called. Doctors admit that ambulance crews are currently understaffed because many emergency responders have contracted coronavirus or been placed under quarantine. Meduza spoke to multiple Moscow paramedics and studied the rules dispatchers and physicians use to determine who gets

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Health ministry takes heat for delayed delivery of biohazard suits

By Igor Kossov. A growing scandal has engulfed the Ministry of Health, raising the old specter of corruption that has haunted it for decades.  Controversy already surrounded the ministry’s decision to halt a domestic tender for protective suits and instead have different suits delivered from China at almost twice the cost. These suits were supposed to arrive in Ukraine on May

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Personal identification of LLS Orsk commander who led the crew during the invasion of Crimea

On January 15, volunteers of the InformNapalm international community published evidence of the large landing ship (LLS) Orsk participating in the invasion of Crimea. LLS Orsk belongs to 197th Brigade of Landing Ships BLS of the Russian Black Sea Fleet(military unit 72136). It this feature, we supplement that investigation by the data of the LLS Orsk commander. It was under his command, that

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Russian Foreign Minister warns of increase in gas prices for Europe because of problems with Nord Stream 2

Problems around Nord Stream 2 could lead to the increase in oil prices for the EU, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. At the same time, he is convinced that the project will still be completed. Earlier, Germany rejected the application of Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which asked to exempt the project from

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Chechen Leader Kadyrov Hospitalized With Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been hospitalized in Moscow with a suspected coronavirus infection, Interfax reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source in Moscow’s medical services. Kadyrov, 43, was reportedly flown to the Russian capital Wednesday, a few days after reporting flu-like symptoms, the Baza Telegram channel reported earlier Thursday. Chechen doctors recommended that Kadyrov seek treatment there after his “condition began deteriorating rapidly,” Baza

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Invaders firing at truck in Donbas. One Ukrainian soldier killed, one wounded, four injured

21.05.2020 15:19 In Luhansk region, Russian-occupation forces used heavy machine guns to shell a Ukrainian truck. As a result of the shelling, one Ukrainian soldier was killed, another one was wounded, and four others sustained combat injuries. “Today, on May 21, in Luhansk region, a courageous Ukrainian defender died in a truck explosion as a result of 120mm mortar shelling.

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Putin decorates defense chief with 1st Class Order of Merits to the Fatherland

On Thursday, May 21, Sergei Shoigu celebrates his 65th birthdayRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu© Alexei Yereshko/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, May 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on awarding Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu the 1st Class Order of Merits to the Fatherland with swords, the Kremlin’s press office reported on Thursday. “President of the Russian Federation

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Kyivstar gears up to connect all of Ukraine with 4G

Alexander Komarov, 48, CEO of Ukraine’s largest mobile operator Kyivstar, poses for a picture in the company’s Kyiv office. Telecom group Veon officially appointed Komarov as the new president of Kyivstar in December 2018. In 2019, Kyivstar’s operating income was Hr 22.3 billion ($775 million).Photo by Kyivstar In May last year, Ukraine’s ex-president signed a decree to roll out the fifth-generation, or 5G,

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Government dismisses first deputy health minister

21.05.2020 14:25 The Cabinet of Ministers has dismissed Olena Teriayeva as first deputy health minister. The relevant resolution as of May 20, No.546-r, has been posted on the Government portal. “To dismiss Olena Teriayeva as first deputy health minister in line with her letter of resignation,” reads the document. As Ukrinform reported, Teriayeva was appointed to that position on April

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Russia’s Unemployment Rate Jumps 30%

Living standards are expected to be the main victim of the coronavirus recession. Russia’s official level of unemployment has risen by 30% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said Wednesday. The jump takes the number of those registered out of work to 1.7 million — although economists say the real numbers could be three to four times higher.

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Coronavirus Patients Line Siberian Hospital Hallways – Reports

At least two hospitals in Russia’s Novosibirsk region have been keeping coronavirus patients in the hallways after reaching capacity, local media reported this week. Footage shared by medics and residents showed gurneys in hallways at the state hospitals refitted to treat Covid-19 patients. The Novosibirsk-based Ngs.ru news website said Wednesday that it had been receiving photographs of the hallways from the two

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EU Council approves allocation of EUR 1.2 bln in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

20.05.2020 17:29 The European Council has finally approved the allocation of EUR 1.2 billion in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Dmytro Kuleba has said. “The EU Council approved EUR 1.2 bln of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, concluding EU legislative procedure. Grateful for the solidarity and true friendship the EU demonstrates

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EU Court dismisses Nord Stream 2 claims against European gas directive

The actions brought against Directive 2019/692, which extends certain rules of the EU internal market in natural gas to pipelines from third countries, are inadmissible, the court ruled. REUTERS The General Court of the European Union has decided that Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine must operate in line with EU regulations, not being entitled to any exemptions.

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Ukrainians celebrate Vyshyvanka Day

Today, on the third Thursday of May, Ukrainians traditionally celebrate Vyshyvanka Day, the day of the national embroidered shirt. This Day is not a public holiday but is celebrated in Ukraine and abroad – Ukrainians and all people who are fond of the Ukrainian culture. The celebration started by students of the Faculty of History, Political Science and International Relations

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Walking a tight rope, one year of Zelenskyy’s foreign policy

UkraineAlert by Adair Appleton On May 13, the Eurasia Center hosted an event assessing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s foreign policy one year in. Think tank expert Alyona Getmanchuk, journalist Bohdan Nahaylo, Ambassador Steven Pifer, and former Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk participated. Due to time constraints, panelists were unable to address all of the questions posed by the audience during the event

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The Belarusian Approach to the Outbreak

Belarus’ defiant attitude towards the COVID-19 outbreak has caught the world’s attention. While most other European countries – including Russia – have introduced strict lockdowns, Belarus has remained open. Unlike Russia, Belarus held the Victory Day parade on May 9, rebelliously avoiding social distancing. This provoked Russian media to act, and as a result, Minsk and Moscow have been involved

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Zelensky seeks probe over leaked audio of Biden linking US aid to Ukraine prosecutor’s ouster

20 May, 2020 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for an investigation Wednesday of leaked recordings purportedly depicting then-Vice President Joe Biden telling Zelensky’s predecessor Petro Poroshenko that his country would receive U.S. aid once top prosecutor Viktor Shokin was replaced. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee already has acknowledged such an arrangement publicly. But the leaked audio revived criticism that Biden was engaged in a kind of

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