Monthly Archives: May 2020

Torture and 15-year ‘sentence’ for insulting tweets about Russian-controlled Donbas militants

24.05.2020 | Halya Coynash THE RIGHT TO LIBERTY AND SECURITY Marina Yurchak is a 40-year-old environmental chemist, who has been held hostage in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half years.  Her ordeal began with almost a year spent in ‘Izolyatsia’, the militants’ secret prison which former inmates refer to as a concentration camp.  While officially ‘sentenced’

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Iran names those responsible for PS752 downed aircraft

Missile system operator violated firing rules without permission Iran has named responsible for the Ukrainian plane shot down in January of this year near Tehran. It is the missile system operator, who violated the rules of firing “without permission”. This was stated by former Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeki with reference to the response to his request from the Minister of

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United States tests new powerful laser weapon to destroy drones

The U.S. Navy has been developing directed-energy weapons (DEWs), to include lasers, since the 1960s Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) on May 16. This was reported by the press service of the US Pacific Fleet Command. LWSD

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Completion of wall on Russian-Ukrainian border postponed till 2025

The Ukrainian State Border Service proposed to amend the plan for the implementation of the Wall project and to move the date for the completion of the fences on the border with Russia until 2025, said the Ukrainian  State Border Service in response to the inquiry by the public organization StateWatch. According to the State Border Service such a delay is caused

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Captive Ukrainian escapes from DPR prison

Police of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic announced the search for Ukrainian Grigory Sinchenko, arrested by militants in October 2019 in Donetsk, his mother Tatiana Gulevskaya told the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform by phone. “According to the local TV channel, the reports about the escape are shown in the video news of the DPR Interior Ministry. Those who provide the information about

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US seeks to undermine Russians’ trust in Putin via controlled media – State Duma speaker

According to Vyacheslav Volodin, some of them probably don’t even realize that they are “just pawns, which are used to destroy their own country”State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. The United States is trying to use controlled media, bloggers and opposition politicians to undermine Russians’ trust in President Vladimir Putin, whose policy has brought the

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Elon Musk will need more than 10,000 missiles to nuke Mars — Roscosmos

Earlier, Musk proposed an ambitious idea to terraform Mars by bombarding the planet’s poles with a large number of nuclear weaponsSpaceX CEO Elon Musk© AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan to bombard the Martian polar caps to terraform the planet through release of carbon dioxide will require launching more than 10,000

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Odesa’s Chornomorets stadium sold to U.S. company for US$5 mln

The U.S. company bought the stadium along with offices, a fitness center, restaurants, a hotel, and an underground parking lot. The stadium has been hosting matches for the Ukrainian Super Cup / Photo from fg.gov.ua The Odesa-based Chornomorets stadium has been sold to an U.S. company whose name has not been disclosed. The buyer paid US$5 million, or UAH139 million,

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Russian embassy urges Bloomberg to apologize for disinformation about Putin’s ratings

“They probably hope that their audience will not check the source and find a real level of trust 67.9%,” the embassy saidRussian President Vladimir Putin© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Press Office/TASS WASHINGTON, May 24. /TASS/. The Russian embassy in the United States called upon the Bloomberg news agency to apologize for wrong information about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s

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A deadly disease

Kyiv Post Editorial May 22. 2020 Ukraine will spend $4.2 billion on health care this year, probably a record amount, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But another real disease that Ukraine must conquer is that of corruption. It’s bad enough that President Volodymyr Zelensky has had three health ministers after deciding not to keep the widely respected holdover from his

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Ukraine risks losing US support as Zelenskyy steps into scandal cooked against Biden

On 19 May, Ukrainian independent MP Andrii Derkach made public audio records of phone conversations from 2015 allegedly “with voices similar to those of” Joseph Biden and Petro Poroshenko, the US Vice-President and the President of Ukraine at the time. Derkach made his allegations at a press conference in Interfax Ukraine, a branch of the Russian news agency Interfax, stating that the

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