Monthly Archives: June 2020

Ukraine to toughen punishment for DUI

Drivers will face criminal liability, while fines will also increase significantly. Photo from UNIAN Ukraine will toughen punishment for drunk driving from July 1. “Drivers will face criminal liability, while fines will increase significantly,” according to Ukrainian TSN TV news service. In particular, the fine for driving under influence will increase from UAH 10,200 (US$382) to UAH 17,000-34,000 (US$637-1,274). In case of

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90% OF RUSSIAN BLACK SEA FLEET VOTED AGAINST THE NEW CONSTITUTION!!!

Reports are coming about the Sevastopol-based Black Sea naval fleet showing teeth amid the ongoing vote for Russian constitutional amendments that would allow Vladimir Putin to retain power, resetting the count of his presidential terms. Reports seem plausible as even the avid pro-“Russian spring” commentators are voicing alarm across social networks over the defiant position of Russian sailors – something

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Zelensky: quality reforms must make people “want to live in Ukraine”

Volodymyr Zelensky chaired the first meeting of the National Council of Reforms, attended by Cabinet and Parliament leadership. Opening the meeting, the Head of State assessed the quality and dynamics of implementation of changes in Ukraine, his office reported. According to him, any reform can only be deemed successful if it yields result. “Any reform is first and foremost about

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Putin Urges Russians to Back ‘Stability, Security, Prosperity’ in Vote

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Russians to take part in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms to ensure “stability, security and prosperity.” In a televised address before the week-long ballot ends on Wednesday, Putin said Russians should vote for the country “we want to pass on to our children” but made no mention of a controversial amendment that would

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Stanislav Aseiev: Donbas is disappointed and embittered over not becoming part of Russia. But this doesn’t add any love to Ukraine

Journalist Stanislav Aseiev spent more than two years in captivity in the occupied Donetsk, most of the time – in a modern-day concentration camp, a special prison called “Izoliatsia”. In an interview with UNIAN, he told about the “Russian world” idea and how this “world” looks from the inside. Journalist Stanislav Aseiev is a former prisoner of the Donetsk concentration

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‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops

Russian officials have blasted a New York Times report on alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Since the story first broke Friday, several American and British media outlets have reported on the U.S. intelligence conclusion that Russia offered cash incentives for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The reports cite anonymous senior officials

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Wizz Аir launches flights from Lviv, Kyiv to Pardubice from Sept, from Odesa to Milan, Bologna, Rome from March 2021

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced the launch of flights to five new destinations from Ukraine. As the airline’s press service said on Tuesday, in particular, from September 1, 2020 it is planned to launch flights from Lviv and Kyiv to Pardubice (the Czech Republic), and from March 2021 from Odesa to Milan (Malpensa), Rome (both starting from 29

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Russia withdraws from UN deconfliction mechanism in Syria

Russia has notified the UN that it is stopping cooperation through the deconfliction system in Syria, reports TASS with reference to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock. During the meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria, Lowcock said that on June 23, Russia notified the UN that it is stopping participation in the humanitarian deconfliction

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Occupying authorities launch freight traffic across Crimean bridge (Photo, video)

Two trains ran toward each other. Occupying authorities launch freight traffic across Crimean bridge / Screenshot The de-facto authorities in Russia-occupied Crimea have launched freight traffic across the Kerch Strait Bridge. “Two trains ran toward each other: [One] from Crimea with goods, and [the other one] from Russia with fuel, grain, fertilizers, and building materials,” the Crimeainform information agency wrote

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Floods in western Ukraine: Tymoshenko demands changes to state budget

The Cabinet of Ministers has not yet submitted to the Verkhovna Rada any bill introducing amendments to Ukraine’s state budget regarding assistance to those affected by floods in western Ukraine. The leader of the Batkivshchyna faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Yulia Tymoshenko, said this at a meeting of the parliament’s conciliation council on Tuesday, June 30, according to an Ukrinform

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“A Missive from a Free Country” – A letter from ERG Chairman Mark Francois to Michel Barnier.

A letter from the chairman of the ERG (European Research Group), Mark Francois MP, to Michel Barnier, Head of the European Commission Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom. It’s a masterclass in being firm, fair and polite, concerning Britain’s soon to be independence from the repellent Franco-German Russia lackey that the EU has become.

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NACB, SBU And SACPO Detain Kirovohrad Governor Balon On Suspicion Of Extorting UAH 2 Million Bribe

  The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB), the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SACPO) detained the head of the Kirovohrad Regional Administration, Andrii Balon, on suspicion of extorting about UAH 2 million bribe and receiving the second tranche of the sum in the amount of UAH 250,000. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a source

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‘Are you sure this isn’t fake?’ Kremlin spokesman responds to reports of major companies monitoring voter turnout among employees

Meduza: Our publication discovered that there is an electronic system [called] votely.ru, which is being used to monitor turnout among employees at large enterprises in the vote on amendments to the constitution. For example, Russian Post, Rostec, and Rostelecom are connected to the system. Employees at these companies are being given special QR-codes, which are then scanned at polling stations under the

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Kolomoisky’s control over Ukrnafta appears to grow — with help from Naftogaz

Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky talks with journalists at the Yalta European Strategy conference in Kyiv on Sept. 13, 2019.Photo by Matthew Kupfer In Ukraine, state companies are hotbeds of corruption. One oligarch is especially talented in milking them.  Since July 2019, oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky has allegedly gained millions of dollars through the resale of natural gas from the state-owned Ukrnafta oil

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Did Vladimir Putin support anti-Western terrorists as a young KGB officer?

Putin has sworn his time as a KGB officer in Dresden was uneventful. There’s a lot of reason to doubt that claim. By Catherine Belton DRESDEN, Germany — When Vladimir Putin first arrived in Dresden as a mid-level KGB officer in 1985, East Germany was already living on borrowed time. On the verge of bankruptcy, the country was surviving with

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Lukashenko: $640 million laundered through Gazprom Bank in Belarus

The Russian authorities understand the reasons for the situation with the Belgazprombank case and the arrest of its former head Viktor Babariko, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the government in the Minsk region. “On June 24 (during my visit to Moscow), I noticed that when we ctracked down on this gas industry bank, they understood

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Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

By Michael Schwirtz First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially saw them as isolated, unconnected

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NO CHOICE

Edward Lucas Russia’s China Problem Is Not What It Seems ​ Vladimir Putin has a choice. That is more than the Russian people have in this month’s phony vote on constitutional changes. But after savoring his victory, the Russian leader will return to his desk in the Kremlin — and to the question of what to do about China. For

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Head of Crimea refuses to ask Ukrainian President to resume water supply to peninsula

The head of the annexed Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that the Crimean authorities will not ask the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to resume the supply of water to the peninsula. “Besides Zelensky, no one in Ukraine can make such a decision, everything else is a talk about nothing,” said Aksyonov in an interview for Russian 24 TV channel. He added

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Ukraine-NATO: Politicians struggle, while military acts

Article by: Yuri Lapaiev Relations between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have long been complicated, sometimes even uncertain. From hopes for membership after the Bucharest Summit in April 2008, to effectively declaring Ukraine neutral during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency; from the reactivation of a Euro-Atlantic integration course following Russian aggression in early 2014, to new doubts after Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s victory in the

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