Monthly Archives: May 2020

Cruz tweet of the day

Excellent piece by @WSJopinion on why US needed to withdraw from Open Skies: “Russia, China & Iran are seeking regional dominance & unite against the US & its allies. There’s no reason to grant them the advantage of abiding by arms agreements they violate.” A brilliant spot in President Trump’s international coverage has been his recognition that treaties are solely

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Russia blocks Ukraine’s entry into NATO by occupying territories, but there is a solution to the problem – Volker

Former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker said Russia is keen to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, using occupation as a means to this end. This Walker said during an online discussion at the Kiev Security Forum on Friday. “ Russia wants to prevent countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova from joining the Alliance. And she occupied certain territories in these countries. And

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Putin Moving from ‘Great Victory’ to Hostility to Entire World – and Young Russians are Ready to Follow Him, Ilchenko Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 20 – Just as “Crimea is Ours” paled with time as a mobilizing tool, so too Vladimir Putin’s “Great Victory” by itself will be insufficient for him to dominate Russia in  the future, Sergey Ilchenko says; and so the Kremlin leader is adding another quiver to his bow, declaring Russia a separate civilization based on hostility

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Foreign intelligence trying to destabilize Odesa region, top security official says

Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives have been successfully countering such attempts, Bakanov assures. Foreign intelligence agencies are trying to escalate the situation in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region, SBU Head Ivan Bakanov said. Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives have been successfully countering such attempts, Bakanov assured during a working trip to Odesa region, the SBU press center reports. “Odesa region is the largest region of

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More than 1,000 workers at the biggest gold mine in Krasnoyarsk Krai were diagnosed COVID-19, making it one of Russia’s leading regions for coronavirus cases

https://meduza.io/impro/m9QH4YAT50UqugcMd1-o3zSZO6XW-NP_37QiT3tsuWM/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS81/MzgvMDQzL29yaWdp/bmFsL0lvdDFRVElj/d1dxUjgtQmZEeXQ2/N3cuanBn.webp An employee of the Olimpiada Gold Mine in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk Krai died of the coronavirus on May 21. This is the first death from the disease among the mine’s workers, hundreds of whom became infected with COVID-19 over the course of the last few weeks. The gold mine’s coronavirus patients make up about a third of the cases

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Georgia’s Anaklia Port Project Is Back on the Agenda

CEPA Emil Avdaliani 21 May 2020 Prospects are brightening for the important $2.5bn American-backed Anaklia deep-water port project, which has been stalled by local wrangles and Russian meddling. Located on the Black Sea coast, the port serves Georgia’s ambitions for euroatlantic integration by increasing trade with the European Union both from Georgia itself, and through transit to Central Asia and China.

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A third of Russian medical workers say they have instructions to underreport COVID-19 deaths, according to a new survey on a doctors’ mobile app

More than a third of respondents in a recent survey of 509 medical workers at Russian hospitals repurposed during the coronavirus pandemic said they’re instructed not to code pneumonia deaths caused by the coronavirus as COVID-19 fatalities. This policy is allegedly intended to “correct” Russia’s statistics on the incidence and mortality rate of the coronavirus.  The poll appeared on the

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Putin Adds Patriotism, War History to School Curriculum

President Vladimir Putin submitted legislation Thursday adding patriotism and war history to Russia’s education law. Putin’s amendments seek to add “a sense of patriotism and citizenship, respect for the memory of the defenders of the Fatherland and the achievements of the Fatherland’s heroes” to the law’s current definition of upbringing. His proposals, which need votes of approval in both houses

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Kyiv: LPR and DPR representatives are invited to Donbas talks by OSCE

Representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are invited to the meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group by the OSCE, said Ukrainian Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov, as quoted by Novyny Donbasu. “The OSCE invites them. They think they have the right to represent the territories, and I don’t think so, we don’t

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NAСB Refuses To Investigate Possible Corruption Of Yermak, His Brother And Zelenskyy At Government Posts Appointment

   The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB) has refused to open criminal proceedings on the possible creation by the former adviser to the president (the current head of the Presidential Office), Andrii Yermak, and his brother Denys, in collusion with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, of a corruption scheme for the appointment to government posts. This is stated in the materials of the

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Russia Expects ‘Significant Increase’ in May Deaths – Minister

Russia is expected to register a spike in mortality for the month of May, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday, as the country battles a coronavirus outbreak. “There will be a significant mortality increase in May” despite doctors trying to “save the maximum number of patients,” Golikova said, without referring specifically to deaths from the virus. “The illness

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IMF says agreement reached with Ukraine on new $5 bln program

22.05.2020 09:13 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Ukraine have reached a preliminary agreement on a new 18-month Stand-By Arrangement worth $5 billion, the IMF has said in a press release. “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff and the Ukrainian authorities have reached staff-level agreement on economic policies for a new 18-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA),” the statement reads. It notes that the

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Zelensky signs controversial “tax terror law”

The provisions of the law, which has been enacted under No. 466-IX, expand regulatory authorities’ rights, tighten the taxation rules, as well as introducing unprecedented control mechanisms for foreign companies. korupciya.com Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed bill No. 1210 into law to amend the Tax Code of Ukraine by improving tax administration and removing technical and logical inconsistencies in

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Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Kyiv Post By Brian Bonner, Illia Ponomarenko. Published May 21 at 11:31 pm 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

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Ukrainian community in Crimea calls on UN to protect Russian-speaking population

Warning! This article contains the usual Russian BS. SIMFEROPOL, May 22. /TASS/. Chairperson of the Ukrainian community of Crimea Anastasiya Gridchina has called on the world community to protect the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. Gridchina addressed the UN Security Council at an informal video conference on Thursday organized by the Russian permanent mission. According to her, the discrimination of the

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Russo-Ukrainian War: Zelenskyy unable to find path to peace with Putin

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson The promise of peace was key factor behind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s remarkable election success in 2019. To many voters, the former comedian represented the prospect of a fresh start for peace talks that had ground to a halt over the previous five years of bloody stalemate in eastern Ukraine. During the presidential election campaign itself,

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Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a ‘Blow’ to European Security

Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw. “The withdrawal by the U.S. from this treaty would be not only a blow to the foundation of European security … but to the key security interests

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