Monthly Archives: June 2020

Kolomoisky made millions selling Russian coal to state company in Ukraine, investigation alleges

Billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, at the 16th annual Yalta European Strategy conference on Sept. 13, 2019, in Kyiv’s Mystetskyi Arsenal. He allegedly made money selling coal from Russia and Russian-occupied territories of eastern Ukraine to the state-owned energy company Centrenergo, the Bihus.info investigative news outlet reported on June 8. Controversial Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky allegedly made money selling coal from

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‘Unprecedented’ Siberian Oil Spill Reaches Arctic Glacial Lake

A massive fuel spill in northern Siberia has reached an Arctic glacial lake after seeping through floating barriers installed to stop the leak, regional officials said Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency last Wednesday, several days after 21,000 metric tons of diesel leaked from a collapsed fuel tank outside the city of Norilsk. Massive concentrations of pollution were recorded

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New Danish ambassador presents copies of credentials at Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

09.06.2020 17:30 Newly appointed Danish Ambassador to Ukraine Ole Egberg Mikkelsen has presented copies of his credentials to Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yehor Bozhok, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service has reported. “The deputy minister congratulated the ambassador on his arrival in Ukraine and wished him success in his future activities,” the report said. The sides outlined future steps aimed

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Minsk deadlock: West must reject Russian bid to limit Ukrainian sovereignty

UkraineAlert by Duncan Allan While the world has been struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s ruinous war in eastern Ukraine has entered its seventh year. Diplomatic efforts to end the ongoing conflict, which has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014, have been reinvigorated since the election last year of Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Ukraine’s president. The foreign ministers of the

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Danone ad featuring Russian actor who shot at Ukrainian troops sparks outrage

By Alexander Query. A new ad by French dairy company Danone has sparked outrage among Ukrainian social media users for featuring a Russian actor who fired a heavy machine gun at Ukrainian forces in the Donbas. Released on April 22, the ad features Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov touting the benefits of liquid yogurt brand Actimel. It was not immediately clear

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Arrests of local residents opposed to closure of mines begins in “LNR” – social networks

Arrests of local residents who oppose the closure of mines and other city-forming enterprises began in the occupied territory of Luhansk oblast. This is written by a popular blogger under the nickname “Donetsk Aborigine” on his page in the Telegram channel. “21 people have been arrested in the LNR over the past two days, 5 night arrests have been confirmed”,

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Ukrtransnafta transports WTI oil for first time

JSC Ukrtransnafta transported West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil for the first time in May, the company’s press service said. “After checking the quality indicators of crude oil, the company began accepting WTI oil for transportation to Kremenchuk oil refinery. ‘Light Sweet’ will be transported through the Odesa-Kremenchuk crude oil pipeline,” the company said in the statement. Thus, except for pumping

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First direct container train from China arrives in Kyiv, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to organize it on continuous basis

The first direct container train from China arrived in Kyiv at the Liski branch on June 8, acting Member of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, Infrastructure Director Roman Veprytsky has said. The train covered the distance of 9,000 km in 15 days crossing four countries. “For comparison: it would take 45 days to deliver containers from China to Ukraine by

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Panic in “LPR”: occupation authorities put local police on alert over leaflets calling for coup (Photo)

Leaflets urge people to go for strikes at coal mines and take to the streets to topple the self-styled “authorities”. Leaflet saying “Miner, hold your ground strong until the end. Pasechnik, where’s our money?” Ukrainian Army officer Anatoly Stefan says Russian puppet “authorities” in the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) in Donbas have put police forces on high alert after loads

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Kyiv to create Hungarian region in the Carpathian Mountains

The Ukrainian government is making the first concessions to Hungary. The Ukrainian Ministry of Community and Territories Development has unveiled new zoning projects in the Ukrainian regions, which stated that a new Beregovsky region is going to be established, writes Ukrainian publicist Andriy Lyubka in the “Point of View” column on Radio Liberty. The majority of the population in the area

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Popular Blogger Receives Threats for Criticizing Racism in Russia

A young mixed-race Russian blogger says she has faced a barrage of racist threats online after she posted a TikTok video criticizing racism in her country. Maria Magdalena Tunkara, 22, took to the popular app to dispute widespread claims that racism doesn’t exist in Russia amid a wave of anti-racism protests in the U.S. that have spread worldwide. In several

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Russia’s military, political leaders may become suspects in MH17 case – Yenin

Those who issued illegal orders, including military and political leaders of Russian Federation, could be added to the list of suspects in the case on downing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 along with the actual perpetrators of the crime, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin has said. “As far as I know, the international investigation group of investigators and prosecutors

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Kiev’s choice of Donbass ‘representatives’ indicates policy of further separation — expert

KIEV, June 9. /TASS/. Kiev’s involvement of Donbass “representatives” for talks within the political sub-group of the Trilateral Contact Group will not facilitate the peace process, says Andrei Portnov, Ukrainian lawyer and former Deputy Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s fourth President Viktor Yanukovich. “They are not bearers of the ideology of peaceful resolution,” Portnov wrote in his Telegram channel, commenting on the

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U.S. may have photos of MH17 missile, court hears

18:30, 09 June 2020 © UNIAN MH17 was shot down over an area where Ukrainian troops were fighting Russian-controlled forces. The United States may have crucial satellite photos of the missile used to bring down MH17 six years ago but the images are classified, a court has heard. In the District Court of The Hague on Tuesday, prosecutor Thijs Berger

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Ukraine receives humanitarian aid from China

   Ukraine has received yet another batch of humanitarian aid with a wide range of medical devices from the Government of the People’s Republic of China. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, its receipt was the result of close contacts between Ukraine and China at the high and highest levels in overcoming coronavirus

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Girkin’s interview with Gordon to be included in MH17 trial materials

The court in the Netherlands in the case of the downed Boeing flight MH17 over the Donbas in 2014 intends to include into the case materials an interview of one of the former commanders of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Girkin, with Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Gordon, reports Deutsche Welle, citing the presiding judge, Hendrik Steenhuis. This is an interview that Gordon posted

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Venediktova Ready To Sign Poroshenko’s Indictment

     Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, is ready to sign an indictment of former president, Petro Poroshenko, in presence of proper grounds and evidence. She said this in an exclusive interview for the Ukrainian News Agency, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Venediktova also said she knew the details of every single case the former president is involved in. Asked if there are

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Ukraine, Poland establish single virtual interconnection point

09.06.2020 16:37 Ukrainian and Polish transmission system operators have signed new agreement to unite existing two interconnection points into a single virtual interconnection point “GCP GAZ-SYSTEM/UA TSO”. The agreement will take effect on July 1, 2020.  “Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine LLC and Operator Gazociagów Przesyłowych GAZ SYSTEM S.A., concluded new interconnection agreement, which prescribes uniting existing two interconnection

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NATO’s relationship with Russia based on dual-track approach – Stoltenberg

    NATO will maintain a dual-track approach to relations with Russia, which, on the one hand, provides strong deterrence and defense and, on the other hand, keeps the channels of dialogue open as Russia remains a neighbor of the Alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said. He said this on Monday, June 8, during a video conference on NATO’s

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U.S. Congress members call on Pompeo to hit Russia with sanctions over Nord Stream 2

Russian authorities seek to complete Nord Stream 2 as a political and economic weapon to cut off critical gas transit through Ukraine, as well as to increase Kremlin’s leverage over Europe, members of Congress stress. REUTERS Members of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus have expressed concern regarding Russia’s efforts to circumvent Congressional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline,

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