Monthly Archives: July 2020

Roman Leshchenko: “As the Head of the State Geocadastre, I will hand over the land powers to the people”

On June 10, Roman Leshchenko, the Presidential Commissioner for Land Affairs, was appointed Chairman of the State Geocadastre. Once the land market is opened, the agency will be key to further implementing land reform. About the existing land schemes and plans to combat them, about the changes that await the State Geocadastre, preparations for the opening of the land market and ambitious

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In the Odesa region, a major overhaul of the section of the route connecting six districts of the region has been completed

Maksym Kutsyi checked the completion of works on the 8-kilometer section of the R-33 highway, which connects six districts of Odesa region. According to the head of the regional state administration, capital repairs of the road were carried out within the framework of the presidential program “Big construction”. “This section of the road near the city of Rozdilna has not

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RFE/RL: Russian lawmakers propose expanded ‘extremism’ law aimed at Crimea

The new bill proposes imprisonment of 6 to 10 years, especially for repeated violations of the law. REUTERS A group of Russian lawmakers has proposed an expanded extremism bill aimed at further quelling opposition activists and politicians as well as anyone questioning Moscow’s forcible seizure of the Crimean Peninsula. One of the authors of the bill, chairman of the parliamentary

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Russia conducting special information operation in Ukraine – Foreign Intelligence Service

    Russia continues special information gathering operations in Ukraine and tries to use Ukraine for external influence on the course of political events in the world, Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Service has said in a statement. “Russian special services continue to use their capabilities in Ukraine to conduct information gathering operations against the Ukrainian state. The intensification of the multi-vector work

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Russia explains mass destruction of Pantsir air defense systems by Turkish drones in Syria and Libya

The mass destruction of the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems in Syria and Libya can be explained by the existence of a so-called “dead crater” or “dead zone”, writes the newspaper of the Russian Defense Minister Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star). The newspaper states, referring to the official tactical and technical characteristics of the air defense system, that Pantsir

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Olena Rotari: Trukhanov is accused of creating a criminal group

Odesa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov (C) speaks during a congress of their political party, Doveryai Delam (“Trust in Deeds”), in Kharkiv on June 2, 2019.Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk In the last week, detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, known as NABU, conducted mass searches across various parts of Odesa. Criminal proceedings relate to the schemes of City Hall and the

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Zelensky as if shot for independence of the NBU from Javelin. IMF program will be frozen – British investment company strategist

This year, Ukraine will no longer be able to receive the second tranche under the new program with the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) , which was expected in the fall. This opinion was expressed by the strategist of the financial company Bluebay Asset Management Timothy Ash. He noted that the independence of the NBU was the central theme of the new 5-billion stand-by

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Ex-Prime Minister of Russian Federation Medvedev believes that Ukrainians should put up with loss of Crimea and give Donbass special status

Former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev assures that Russia, which annexed the Crimea and occupied part of the Donbass, does not pursue an “unfriendly policy” regarding Ukraine. He said this in an interview with the Russian Komsomolskaya Pravda. At the same time, he advised the Ukrainian side to recognize these acts of aggression as a fait accompli. “I can only say

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Russia demands changes to bill on special status for Donbas – Kazansky

The Russian side in the Trilateral Contact Group for the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions (TCG) is delaying the negotiation process and demanding that the preamble be removed from the bill on a special status for Donbas, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, journalist Denys Kazansky, has said. “During the discussion of

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‘Not logical’: Kremlin lambasts rumors tying Chechen murder victim in Austria to Kadyrov

The Austrian Prosecutor’s Office checks politics as the motive behind the murder, because the victim had a blog where he expressed his political positionsKremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov© Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Thursday that it was utterly illogical to tie the murder of a Chechen national in Austria to Ramzan Kadyrov, head of

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Derkach’s tapes: Poroshenko “planned sabotage” in Crimea in 2016

According to the recording, Biden criticized the decision. Photo from UNIAN Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko planned a sabotage operation in Crimea in August 2016. This is evidenced by the recording of the corresponding conversation between Poroshenko and Biden, which was released by Ukrainian Member of Parliament Andriy Derkach on July 9, according to the Ukrainian news outlet Glavred. According to

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Forget Ukraine’s New Patrol Boats—Anti-Ship Missiles May Sink The Next Russian Invasion Fleet

David AxeContributorAerospace & Defense When Russian troops invaded Crimea in 2014, they quickly overran the Ukrainian navy’s port facilities and captured many of the fleet’s aging, Soviet-vintage ships.  After the annexation was complete, Ukraine was left with just one large warship—the 404-foot-long frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy—plus a few dozen smaller boats. Hopelessly outgunned by the much larger Russian navy, the Ukrainian

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U.S. Fines Amazon for Crimea Orders

The U.S. has fined Amazon for providing goods and services to individuals in Crimea, in violation of U.S. sanctions which prohibit firms from operating on the annexed peninsula. The technology giant was also found to have sold goods to customers based in Iran and Syria, processed orders to people located or employed by embassies of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan

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Russian Governor Detained on Murder Charges

A sitting Russian governor has been detained on suspicion of organizing murders in the early 2000s, investigators said early Thursday. Sergei Furgal, 50, is a former timber and scrap metal metal merchant and member of the far-right Liberal Democratic Party, which has the third-most seats in the Russian parliament. Furgal handed a rare defeat to the pro-Kremlin United Russia party incumbent in

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An independent and sovereign Ukraine is key to Euro-Atlantic security

09.07.2020 15:36 An independent and sovereign Ukraine is the key to Euro-Atlantic security. “Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine have seriously undermined Euro-Atlantic security. Ukraine has engaged constructively towards a settlement. But the key for the normalisation of relations between NATO, Russia and Ukraine remains Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Sanctions relief in the absence of significant

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Brazilian leader thanks Zelensky for support in fight against COVID-19

      Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who tested positive for COVID-19, thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his words of support in the fight against the disease. “Thank you for your kind words and solidarity, President Zelensky. Brazil and Ukraine are united by strong ties of friendship,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter. The Brazilian leader added that he looks forward to continuing

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Ukraine reaffirms readiness for ‘all-for-all’ swap of detainees in Donbas

The parties also agreed on 13 sites in Ukraine’s east for landmine clearance. Ukrainian members of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) have reaffirmed Kyiv’s readiness for a swap of detainees with the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) in the “all-for-all” format. “Ukraine also reaffirmed its willingness to release detainees in the ‘all-for-all’ format as soon

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Russia wants to align interests in Minsk talks, Reznikov believes

     Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that the talks on Donbas have not ended in deadlock as Russia shows a desire to align their interests with Ukraine. “If the process continues, you can’t call these [negotiations] a deadlock, because a deadlock means that the parties have broken apart and do not

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Containing the Kremlin: Why the West must rethink policy towards a revisionist Russia

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov After more than five years of deadlock in Russia-Ukraine peace talks, it is obvious that fresh approaches are needed in order to stop the war on Europe’s eastern border. This means exploring pragmatic modifications to the existing Minsk Process. Previous suggestions of this nature have met with resistance, but the consequences of failing to explore alternative

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Investigator closes a criminal case against Poroshenko, denouncing political pressure

On 8 July 2020, the Pecherskyi district court of Kyiv held its third hearing in one of the many criminal cases against past Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. In this particular case, Poroshenko was accused of alleged abuse of power when appointing the deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. The accusation had no clear grounds since such an appointment is

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EU expects Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars

22:59, 08 July 2020 – UNIAN The EU expects all illegally detained Ukrainians to be released without delay. The European Union has commented on recent detentions in Russia-occupied Crimea, saying it expects Russia will end the pressure on Crimean Tatars. “The EU expects Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community. International human rights standards must be guaranteed

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Meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission focuses on reforms, developments in Donbas

00:59, 09 July 2020 – UNIAN Allies also stressed the importance of delivering on domestic reforms. A meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission in Brussels on July 8 focused on reforms and developments in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held talks on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna. They

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