Monthly Archives: July 2020

Defense minister decorates pro-Russian mayor Vilkul for ‘assisting military’

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Andriy Taran (L) awards Kryviy Rih Mayor Yuriy Vilkul (R) a medal for assistance to the military on May 29, 2020.Photo by OLHA YEHOROVA Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andriy Taran has decorated Andriy Vilkul, the mayor of Krivyi Rih, with a medal for supporting the country’s military during its war with Russia, the city’s press service announced on

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Pentagon bans Confederate flag in way to avoid Trump’s wrath

1 of 2FILE – In this July 10, 2020, file photo Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Fla. Defense leaders are weighing a new policy that would bar the display of the Confederate flag at department facilities without actually mentioning its name, several U.S. officials said Thursday, July 16.

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Russia threatens to deploy nuclear missiles near EU borders

Russia will deploy medium and shorter-range missiles near EU borders if U.S. missiles are deployed in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Interfax. According to him, the missiles will be deployed along the borders with Baltics and Poland, if the U.S. moves missiles previously deployed in Germany to these regions, as proposed by the U.S. Ambassador to Poland

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Russian Couple Tried for ‘Treasonous’ Wedding Photos Face Charges of Sharing State Secrets

A couple from Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad who face 20 years in jail for blowing the cover of a secret agent in their wedding photos face new charges of passing state secrets to foreign intelligence, news outlets have reported. Baltic affairs expert Antonina Zimina and her husband Konstantin Antonets were charged with treason after Zimina’s old classmate, a Federal Security

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Russia Issues Travel Ban to Kremlin Critic Navalny in Slander Probe

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was barred Friday from leaving Moscow as police carried out a new raid on his offices. Russia’s opposition has accused the authorities of cracking down on opponents to President Vladimir Putin after he oversaw a vote this month allowing him to potentially remain in power until 2036. Navalny said he had been questioned by investigators and

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Head Of Ukraines’s National Bank Declares UAH 14.6 Million Of Salary In Ukrgasbank For 2019 And Land Plot Owned By His Wife In Crimea

    The head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Kyrylo Shevchenko, among other things, declared UAH 14.594 million of salary in Ukrgasbank for 2019 and a land plot owned by his wife in Feodosia (Crimea). This is evidenced by the data of his declaration, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The head of the National Bank and his wife Yuliya Shevchenko

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Law on defense procurement brings Ukraine closer to NATO – Kuleba

17.07.2020 16:37 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has thanked all MPs who voted for the adoption of the law on defense procurement, which contributes to further integration into NATO. “Great news! The Verkhovna Rada has just passed a reformist law on defense procurement. This is an extremely important step for Ukraine’s security, further NATO integration and strong and enduring defense

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Putin demands increase in Russia’s military spending

The draft federal budget for 2021-23 should include additional resources to ensure the country’s defense capability, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a video conference meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, his deputies, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank, as well as officials of the presidential administration and the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The coronavirus

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Buzhansky’s scandalous bill: Kravchuk announced that the document will not be put to a vote in the fall

Deputy Chairman of the Servant of the People faction Yevgenia Kravchuk said that the bill of Maxim Buzhansky on the state language in the educational process in the fall will not be considered in the Rada. This was reported by Radio Liberty . According to her, by autumn the scandalous document ” will lose its essence.” ” After all, from September 1, 2020, Russian-language schools are switching

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Russian Police Major Falls From Window After Testifying Against Boss — Reports

A police major in Far Eastern Russia has fallen to her death from a window after testifying against her boss in a criminal extortion case, news outlets reported Thursday. Security cameras reportedly captured the lifeless body of criminal investigation officer Yekaterina Mishkina, 37, near a nine-floor apartment building in the city of Khabarovsk more than 8,000 kilometers east of Moscow. 

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Russia acts without scruple or care for its reputation

TELEGRAPH VIEW17 July 2020 • 6:00am Russia was accused yesterday of trying to steal British research on a Covid-19 vaccine. It is further evidence that the country acts without scruple, and with no regard for its reputation. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, called it “selfish” and “reckless”. The cyber-attacks were carried out on researchers at Oxford and Imperial, part of an “ongoing

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Danish F-16’s escort Ryanair flight to Oslo after bomb threat

    A British national has been arrested following a bomb threat against a Ryanair flight from London to Oslo. Airport operator Avinor confirmed the presence of emergency response teams at Oslo Airport after a Ryanair flight received a bomb threat. The flight, which was en route from London to Oslo, landed safely after being escorted by Danish F-16 fighter planes

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US warns firms about sanctions for work on Russian pipelines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hardened its efforts to prevent the completion of new German-Russian and Turkish-Russian natural gas pipelines by warning companies involved in the projects they’ll be subject to U.S. penalties unless they halt their work. The move will likely increase tensions in already fraught U.S.-European ties as well as anger Russia. Secretary of

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Sweden’s OSCE Chairman: Settlement of situation in Ukraine should include Crimea

     Assuming OSCE Chair in 2021, Sweden will continue to work towards a political settlement of the conflict in Ukraine in line with OSCE commitments and in full respect of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within internationally recognized borders including Crimea and Sevastopol. “The most blatant and recent challenge to the European security order is what is often referred to

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Toothless mumbling

The war zone of Donbas saw many bloody days. But what happened near the frontline town of Zaitseve in Donetsk Oblast on July 13 was especially outrageous. A group of Ukrainian servicepersons of the 35th Marine Brigade were sent into between the lines to recover the body of a Ukrainian fighter who had been killed during a scout mission earlier

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Ukraine’s Holos Party goes into opposition – party’s leader

Rudyk claims the parliamentary majority formed by the ruling Servant of the People Party has betrayed the declared values. Ukraine’s Holos (Voice) Party has announced it has become an opposition political group. “We came to defend freedom and implement reforms. But instead, now we are constantly fighting against lies. The lies that there is a shortage of personnel, that there

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Defense Ministry Plans To Hold Military Exercises In September And Check Readiness Of Army To Stop Russia’s Attempts To Aggravate Situation

    The Defense Ministry plans in September, at the time when Russia will conduct its Caucasus-2020 exercises, to conduct military exercises and check the combat readiness of the army to stop any attempts by Russia to exacerbate the situation or start large-scale hostilities. Defense Minister Andrii Taran announced this during his speech in parliament, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to

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Viktor Medvedchuk addresses another open letter to President Zelensky

Warning! This article contains Russian propaganda from the leader of the United Russia party, Ukrainian branch. Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Party turned to President Zelensky with a letter Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk addressed another open letter to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Good morning, World! Good morning, Ukraine!A tragic day of remembrance….Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down on July 17, 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.On May 24, 2018, after extensive comparative research, the Joint Investigation Team concluded that the Buk that

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Ukraine’s Unpopular Populist: What Next for Zelensky?

A further fall in President Zelensky’s ratings could become a serious demotivating factor for the former TV star. His transformation from the “people’s president” into yet another Ukrainian politician with broken promises, a state dacha, and a dodgy entourage will primarily weigh on the president himself. The latest Ukrainian opinion polls show that President Volodymyr Zelensky has lost his main

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Invaders fire artillery, mortars in Donbas. Four Ukrainian soldiers wounded

    On July 16, armed formations of the Russian Federation violated the ceasefire in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas 13 times. “The enemy used 122mm artillery systems, 82mm and 120mm mortars banned under the Minsk agreements, grenade launchers of different systems, heavy machine guns, antiaircraft guns, sniping weapons, and small arms to attack Ukrainian positions,” the press

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Sweden calls political solution to conflict in Donbas its priority for 2021 OSCE chairmanship

22:20, 16 July 2020 – UNIAN Sweden will take over the OSCE Chair from Albania on January 1, 2021 with Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde serving as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Sweden has called a sustainable political solution to the conflict in Donbas its priority for the 2021 OSCE chairmanship. “As Chair we will continue to build on the dedicated

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Zelensky’s party nominates candidate for Kyiv mayor elections: Who is Iryna Vereshchuk?

Iryna Vereshchuk won the primaries July 16, Servant of the People faction held primaries of candidates to participate in the Kyiv mayoral elections. Iryna Vereshchuk won the primaries. Oleksandr Dubinsky came second, while Mykola Tyshchenko came third, Dmytro Hurin and Oleksandr Kachura came after. Vereshchuk announced her intention to become mayor of the capital at the beginning of last month.

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Zelenskyy Opposes Extension Of Coronavirus Quarantine By More Than 1 Month

      President Volodymyr Zelenskyy opposes extension of the coronavirus quarantine by more than one month. This was announced in a statement posted on the presidential website after a traditional conference call on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which was chaired by Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. “It is not necessary to rush to extend the quarantine for

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