Monthly Archives: July 2020

Imbed with Kadyrov Investigative journalists at ‘Proekt’ say a Moscow businessman handles hundreds of millions of dollars that belong to Chechnya’s elite

The investigative news website Proekt reports that Moscow businessman Pavel Krotov is responsible for handling money and property for several powerful Chechen public figures, including republic head Ramzan Kadyrov, his close friend Adam Delikhmanov, and others. Sources told Proekt that Krotov has at least twice obtained access to assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars while acting in the interests of Chechnya’s political elite. In 2010,

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Govt decides to ban wagon imports from Russia into Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to ban the import of wagons of residents and the railway administration of the Russian Federation into Ukraine at a meeting on Wednesday, Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleksiy Honcharenko (the European Solidarity faction) said on his Telegram channel. According to the document released by him, in particular, the import of wagons into the customs

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Mykola Azarov: Donbass as an example of a new world order can change the future of Ukraine

The regime of the current president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, is undergoing a serious test of strength. According to recent polls, a year after the presidential election, Zelensky’s rating fell by almost half, and only 38% of voters support him . The country’s economy is in decline, and the current government calls it perhaps the weakest in the history of Ukraine. The mono-majority in the

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LPR admits inability to build infrastructure for new entry points to Ukraine

The recent agreement of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) to open two new checkpoints on the demarcation line is probably doomed to failure, admit the leadership of the breakaway republics. The Telegram channel “Luhansk Insider” reported that the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic is facing problems with their construction. “Opening of the Shchastya and Zolote entry points… may not take place

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MH17 trial: Netherlands files lawsuit against Russia under three articles of European Convention on Human Rights

15.07.2020 10:54 The Netherlands has revealed additional details of the lawsuit filed against Russia over downing of MH17 flight at the European Court of Human Rights. “At today’s [July 14] briefing at the Ministry of Justice and Security of the Netherlands, representatives of the international Joint Investigation Team member states and countries, whose citizens died in the plane crash, provided

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Pompeo makes statement on killing of Ukrainian medic in Donbas

15.07.2020 18:02 U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has made a statement in which he mentioned the killing of a Ukrainian military medic in Donbas by Russian occupiers and condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. He stated this at a special briefing on international issues at the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, July 15, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “I

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U.S. Threatens New Sanctions Over Russia-Germany Pipeline

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday threatened new sanctions to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that Russia is building to Germany. “Our expectation is that those who participate in the continued project will be subject to review for potential consequences,” Pompeo told a news conference. President Donald Trump last year signed legislation from Congress that targets contractors

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Belarus Protests Turn Violent as Opposition Candidates Barred from Elections

Hundreds of protesters rallied and scuffled with police in Belarus on Tuesday with more than 100 people detained after officials barred President Alexander Lukashenko’s main rivals from running in an election in August. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Tuesday evening, walking peacefully and clapping as passing drivers honked their horns in support.  But

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Russia Arrests Disabled ‘Soviet Citizen’ Suspected of Plotting Coup

A disabled Russian pensioner who denies the collapse of the Soviet Union is suspected by the authorities of plotting to overthrow the government, according to the local chapter of the organization that believes the U.S.S.R. still legally exists. Vladimir Beskhlebnyi, 72, was placed under house arrest in the Omsk region Saturday on charges of creating an extremist group and plotting

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Russia’s Khabarovsk Region Tasted Democracy. Now Voters Feel It Was Ripped Away.

Protesters told The Moscow Times they will continue rallying until their governor’s murder trial is held in Khabarovsk. By Evan GershkovichUpdated: 5 hours ago For as long as Valery Nechayev could remember, the ruling United Russia party had been in charge of his home region of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East. And, for a while, that was just fine.  But as the

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Yanukovych’s interior minister wanted to use 50,000 policemen to disperse Maidan in Feb 2014 – general

According to the general, the said special operation was developed by ex-Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko and ex-SBU Chief Oleksandr Yakymenko. Ex-chief of Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Service, General Mykola Malomuzh has said the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s interior minister wanted to use about 50,000 police officers to disperse Maidan protesters in February 2014. “Special forces were being prepared, about 50,000

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War crime: Ukraine calls on OSCE to respond to killing of doctor in Donbas

Ukraine has called on OSCE participating states to respond to the killing by Russian occupation forces of a Ukrainian combat medic during an evacuation operation in Donbas, which constitutes a war crime, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna Ihor Lossovskyi has said. He said this at a joint meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security

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Kremlin has “influence on republics” in occupied Donbas – Putin’s spokesman

The occupying forces in eastern Ukraine have recently increased the number of attacks on the positions of Ukraine’s Joint Forces. Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov admits the Kremlin has “influence on the republics” in occupied Donbas, but he “knows nothing” about the recent escalation along the contact line in Ukraine’s east. “Honestly, I do not have detailed information about this.

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Ukrainian Armed Forced advance 3 kilometers into Donbas

Militants of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics reported that the Ukrainian troops advanced 3 km into the territory of the Donbas near Stanitsya Siphonna and Donetsky settlment. Military correspondent of the militants Marina Kharkova reports that the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces advanced 3 km. The fighters of the Ukrainian army took up new positions and entrenched

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65% of Ukrainians trust army, 44% trust Zelensky – poll

    Some 44% of Ukrainians trust President Volodymyr Zelensky, whereas 49% do not trust him, according to a survey taken by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center. Deputy Director of the Razumkov Center Mykhailo Mishchenko presented the results of the poll at a press conference on Wednesday, July 15, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Zelensky continues to remain a

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Germany vows to make reviving Normandy format talks key to its EU Council presidency

Reviving talks with Ukraine and Russia will be among the priorities of Germany’s EU Council Presidency, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the EU Parliament’s Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee on Monday. Germany assumed the EU Council Presidency on July 1 amid a very challenging moment for the European Union, with the bloc’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis and

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The Kremlin Goes Orwellian on Orwell

Newspeak as Editorial Policy Recently, Russian Strategic Culture Foundation published an article, referring to George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. This is not very original; similar referrals appear frequently in pro-Kremlin media, suggesting that they represent the brave resistance against “The Thought Police” and “Big Brother” and other nasty Orwellian features. The author of the article hints that ominous techniques for

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NATO forces return to the Black Sea

21:53, 14 July 2020 – UNIAN Apart from conducting maritime security patrols in international waters, the two exercises will help enhance interoperability between Allies and regional partners. Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) units have entered the Black Sea for the second time this year to conduct further routine operations, and to

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Russia-led forces use Fagot anti-tank missile system in Donbas, six Ukrainian soldiers wounded

Another soldier was wounded as a result of enemy shelling near the village of Vodiane. REUTERS Russia’s hybrid military forces on July 14 used the Fagot anti-tank missile system to fire at the positions of Ukraine’s Joint Forces near the village of Novomykhailivka; as a result, six Ukrainian soldiers suffered shrapnel wounds. “Another soldier was wounded as a result of

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