Monthly Archives: July 2020

A Baker’s Dozen of Self-Defeating Russian Strategies

Paul Goble             Staunton, July 1 – Every nation has a unique set of coping strategies, and Russia is no exception. Some promise to solve problems but many only cover up or delay their resolution. In a Nezavisimaya gazeta article today, commentator Igor Yarkevich lists 13 such “Russian strategies” (ng.ru/ng_exlibris/2020-07-01/13_1036_strategies.html). 1.      Drink heavily and then ask “what is to be

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EU criticizes Russia vote that could extend Putin’s rule until 2036

Voters were denied access to ‘balanced information,’ says EU spokesperson The European Union on Thursday criticized a vote in Russia that could allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. “We expect all reports and allegations of irregularities, including voter coercion, multiple voting, violation of secrecy of the vote and allegations of police violence against a journalist who was

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France sees no progress in relations with Russia

France’s attempts to build new relations with Russia and return it to the ranks of leading industrialized countries have not yet yielded results, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly. French President Emmanuel Macron believes that pushing Russia away is a “big strategic mistake” and wants to enlist Moscow’s help in resolving various crises in the world, while reducing the level

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U.S. General Hodges: Ukraine Syria and Libya are one theater of war for Russia

Russia could provoke another migration crisis in Europe – about a million refugees can be transferred from Libya to the European continent, said in an interview with the Ukrainian news outlet LB.ua Lieutenant General, former commander of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe Ben Hodges. “If we do nothing to disrupt or limit their actions in Libya, we will get

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Russia Touts S-500’s Ability to Destroy Hypersonic Weapons in Space

Russia’s advanced S-500 air defense system is capable of destroying hypersonic weapons and satellites in near space, the head of Russia’s air and space forces has said. The S-500 Prometheus, which Russian defense officials say could enter service as soon as 2020, is touted as being capable of intercepting stealth warplanes. President Vladimir Putin has said that the S-500 is

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As Russians Went to the Polls to Extend Putin’s Rule, Yekaterinburg’s Hospitals Were Overflowing

Doctors in Russia’s fourth largest city told The Moscow Times they are treating coronavirus patients in hallways as more keep arriving. By Evan Gershkovich and Pjotr Sauer6 hours ago On June 26, the day after the start of a week-long vote on constitutional reforms that have since passed and will allow President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036, Russia’s fourth largest city of Yekaterinburg

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Breaking: Ministry Of Defense Warns About Possible Russian Attack On Ukraine

    he Ministry of Defense has warned about a possible Russian offensive. The ministry has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “Our state has informed the OSCE about the military potential accumulated by Russia against Ukraine. Ukrainian and American experts as well as the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine are warning about

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Russian Prosecutors Demand 6 Years in Jail for Journalist

Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded six years in prison for a journalist for allegedly justifying terrorism in a case that has drawn outrage from supporters and rights groups. Svetlana Prokopyeva, who is based in the northwestern city of Pskov and works for RFE/RL’s Russian Service, has been charged with publicly justifying terrorism after she wrote a piece about a bomb

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If You Love Anti-American Riots, Thank Our Universities

By Philip Carl Salzman  July 2, 2020 Rioters who hate America are not an accident; they are the fruition of decades of ideological indoctrination at our universities. While Marxism was increasingly repudiated around the world by countries that had suffered and failed under communist rule, professors in Western universities enthusiastically took up the destructive system, breathing life into its rotting

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UK won’t recognise voting on amendments to Russian constitution in occupied Crimea

   The UK does not and will not recognise voting on amendments to the Russian constitution in the territory of the occupied Crimea. “Russia’s use of Crimea for voting on amendments to the Russian constitution is unacceptable. The UK does not and will not recognise such voting on sovereign Ukrainian territory.  We stand in solidarity with Ukraine in reminding Russia

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Invaders launch ten attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

On July 2, the armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas ten times. “The enemy opened fire from 82mm and 120mm banned mortars, grenade launchers of different systems, heavy machine guns, and small arms,” the press center of the JFO Headquarters reports. In the zone of action of tactical force

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France Invites Ukraine To Take Part In Deciphering Of Black Boxes From UIA Plane Downed In Iran

    France has invited Ukraine to take part in deciphering of black boxes from the UIA plane downed over Teheran (the Islamic Republic of Iran). Deputy Foreign Minister, Yevhen Yenin, has written this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports. He noted that Ukraine’s task is to ensure maximal level of international acknowledgement of the facts of unlawful interference in the

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Russia Expects Expedited Fighter Jet Deal With India – Interfax

Russia and India could sign contracts for the sale of 33 fighter jets soon as New Delhi deals with heightened tensions with China and Pakistan, Interfax reported Thursday. India’s defense ministry said it has approved procurement of 21 Mig-29 for nearly $1 billion and 12 Su-30MKI for $1.4 billion. It has also approved an upgrade to its existing fleet of

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Putin denies having cholera

   Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ridiculed claims that he blocked a chemical toilet while staying in a static caravan during a recent UN summit because he has cholera. “This is a western conspiracy aimed at discrediting our government,” he told reporters. “I do not have cholera. Also in my country we only have extremely modern flush toilet facilities, and

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Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

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 Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Outcry as detectives seize critical components of operating air defense systems as part of ongoing probe

The Air Force Command press service, which had publicly condemned the move, stressing threats to the country’s defense capability, later reported that a compromise solution has been found, including thanks to public response. Ukraine Air Force Command State Bureau of Investigation officials in the city Khmelnytsky seized ultra-high frequency devices (klystrons) during an inspection at the air defense brigade of

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SBU operative nabbed for extorting $250,000 from Odesa businessman

Perpetrators blackmailed their victim with information in an MP death probe that might hurt the businessman’s reputation. OPG Ukraine The Office of the Prosecutor General says an “organized group” has been exposed, led by an SBU [Security Service] official with the agency’s Odesa department, who were engaged in extortion. Perpetrators are believed to have been blackmailing a local businessman, demanding that he pay

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Says Russia-Annexed Crimea’s ‘De-Occupation Is Inevitable’

July 02, 2020 17:16 GMT By Crimea Desk, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (file photo) Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says Russia’s departure from the Black Sea Crimea Peninsula, which it annexed in 2014, is “inevitable.” In an interview with RFE/RL, Kuleba said that Crimea’s “de-occupation” won’t be stopped, even by the controversial constitutional amendments — one

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