Monthly Archives: June 2020

Did the Ukrainian President Secretly Meet withWith Putin’s ‘Grey Cardinal’?

Stephen Komarnyckyj. From 28 January 2020 A Ukrainian MP claims that Volodymyr Zelensky met Vladislav Surkov in Oman. Stephen Komarnyckyj looks at the evidence. strange meeting took place on the 6 January 2019 in Muscat, the capital of Oman. Photographs of it show Oman’s Foreign Minister staring bewildered into space. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is sitting tensely opposite him

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Bear on an elephant. What is known about the magazine that published Putin’s article

Vladimir Putin’s article on the 75th anniversary of the World War II Victory Parade, published in the American magazine The National Interest, aroused the interest of politicians and experts around the world. What is this magazine, who is behind it and what ideas does it promote? In the article, Putin sets out his vision of the causes of World War II,

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Russia denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

Russia has said a leak of nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants. Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere. A Dutch public health body said that, after analysing the data, it believed the material came “from the

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The Saker – Blind Loyalty, Disguised as Defiance

A Network of the Kremlin’s Obedient Followers The Saker of the Vineyard is a blog by a retired Swiss Red Cross officer, residing in Florida and defending Russia against an enigmatic Empire. The Saker has become a franchise for an international network of pro-Kremlin outlets, with branches in German, Italy, Latin America, and Russia. A Saker is a sort of

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Kolomoisky’s Ukrtatnafta oil company wins Defence Ministry fuel supply contract despite offering a price that is a third higher than the others

Ukraine’s oil company Ukrtatnafta, which is controlled by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, has won a tender to supply the Ministry of Defence with 3,500 tonnes of aviation fuel despite asking a price that was 30% more than the lowest bidBy Ben Aris in Berlin June 25, 2020 Ukraine’s oil company Ukrtatnafta, which is controlled by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, has won a tender to

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Russia’s pseudo-vote on resetting Putin’s terms in power “looks like a gameshow” – media

Get-out-the-vote effort includes prize giveaways while campaign avoids focus on president. Meanwhile, weeks before the vote, publishers had begun stocking Moscow bookstores with copies of the amended constitution. REUTERS The people of Moscow received text messages this week telling them they had been registered to win “millions of prizes”. The catch? They have to vote on constitutional amendments that include

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Serbian defense chief tests positive for COVID-19 after visiting Moscow parade

Serbian media have reported that other government officials have tested positive for the virus but that President Aleksandar Vučić is fine. REUTERS Serbian defense minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement. Vulin does not have symptoms for the virus and will continue to do his job in self-isolation, Euronews reports. He was tested

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Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky demands that Prosecutor General opens criminal case against ex-President Poroshenko

Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky demands that the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova opens a criminal case against ex-president Petro Poroshenko, UNIAN reports. Businessman Igor Kolomoisky wrote a request to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova, which demands that she opens a criminal case against the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko under section 1 of Article 369-2 of the

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Russian Propaganda: Russia ready to supply coronavirus vaccine, medication to global market

From the first days, Russia has been providing assistance to the countries in Europe, America and Asia, international institutions, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union and the World Health Organization. (ed. Most of this “assistance” was deemed faulty, dangerous, exaggerated, incompatible, unneeded, a PR stunt, accompanied with Russian intelligence officers, rejected and came with a hefty price

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Russian embassy calls Baltic States privileged under Soviet occupation

2020/06/28 – 08:00 – Euromaidan Press In September last year we revealed how the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs smeared the Baltic countries by claiming they have not become democracies respecting the rule of law. Despite the pushback, the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign has once again been dialed to history, due to the postponed Victory day parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII. This

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In Constitution Day message Zelensky reduced territory of Ukraine for two regions

16:51, 28 June 2020 – 112 UA “You know, now I am in the Kherson region. This is a beautiful and picturesque region. And we are very lucky, because there are twenty-five such parts in our country,” the president said. Volodymyr Zelensky was mistaken in listing the number of regions of Ukraine in his special address on Constitution Day, writes Strana.  “You

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“Are we living our lives the right way?”: Zelensky addresses Ukrainians on Constitution Day

15:30, 28 June 2020 – UNIAN In his speech, the president mentioned people who refuse to wear face masks on subway and truck drivers damaging roads by overloading their vehicles. President Volodymyr Zelensky on Constitution Day annually marked in Ukraine on June 29 in a video address to the nation talked about the importance of the Constitution for every Ukrainian.

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Putin says all his COVID-19 tests were negative

Russian President said he regularly passes testsRussian President Vladimir Putin© Alexey Druzhinin/Russia’s presidential press service/TASS MOSCOW, June 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he regularly passes tests for COVID-19 and all of them were negative. “Regularly, once in three or four days,” Putin said in an interview with “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” program on Rossiya-1 TV channel when asked how often he

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Donbas war update: Ukrainian soldier killed, three injured in enemy shelling

To suppress enemy fire, Ukrainian units applied non-proscribed weapons. JFO Command Russian occupation forces on June 27 violated the ceasefire 12 times, Joint Forces Operation Command reported in a morning update. A Ukrainian military serviceman was killed in enemy shelling and another three soldiers were injured in action as the adversary employed 122 mm artillery systems, as well as 120

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Russia is quietly occupying Ukraine’s information space

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio SAT, JUN 27, 2020 Viktor Medvedchuk is Ukraine’s leading pro-Kremlin politician and a personal friend of Vladimir Putin. Medvedchuk’s expanding Ukrainian media empire is sparking concerns over Russian influence in Ukraine’s information space. (Photo: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin)  Vladimir Putin’s six-year military intervention in Ukraine has failed to reverse the country’s turn away from Russia, but the Kremlin

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Saakashvili states on superiority of reforms in Russia

As he said during a video conference, the Russian Federation went “far, far ahead of Ukraine” in the matter of deregulating the economy and the effectiveness of the fiscal system17:17, 27 June 2020The current chairman of the executive committee of Ukraine’s National Reform Council112 AgencyThe head of the Executive Committee for Reforms in Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili believes that Russia is better

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Macron confirms his imminent visit to Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron is going to come to Russia. He tweeted about it on Saturday. “The confidential dialogue started with President Putin in Brégançon continues. Security in Europe, regional conflicts, climate, including melting permafrost in the Arctic. We are moving forward, and soon I will come to Russia,” Macron wrote on Twitter. The French President made his statement after

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Russian citizen illegally crosses border of Ukraine, doesn’t want to join Russian army

During the explanation, the guy noted that he did not succeed and did not advise anyone to do so Yesterday, June 26, border guards of the Sumy detachment detained a 19-year-old resident of the Russian Federation, who illegally crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border on foot outside checkpoints. This was reported by the State Border Service press office. When clarifying the circumstances

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Local electoral official in Omsk wins apartment for voting in constitutional plebiscite

In the Siberian city of Omsk, the head of voting district No. 1352 won an apartment during a prize draw for participants in the ongoing plebiscite on constitutional amendments. On June 25, the lottery’s organizers announced on the social networking site “VKontakte” that Anna Ganeva, a 59-year-old resident from the town of Luzino, had won the apartment that was included in the

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THE NORDSTREAM AND TURKSTREAM SANCTIONS BILL

116TH CONGRESS2D SESSION S. llTo clarify and expand sanctions applicable with respect to the constructionof the Nord Stream 2 or TurkStream pipeline projects.IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESllllllllllMr. CRUZ (for himself, Mrs. SHAHEEN, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. COTTON, and Mr.JOHNSON) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on llllllllllA BILLTo clarify and expand sanctions

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Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says

    WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter. The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which

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