Monthly Archives: July 2020

Crimea running out of water due to annexation, looks for water sources

The dry Northern Crimean Canal, which used to supply Crimea with water, is seen on April 27, 2014. After Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, Ukraine stopped to supply the peninsula with water. By 2020, the shortage of water in Crimea became critical. The situation with water supply in Ukraine’s Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula is becoming more critical as the Russian

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First arrest during Khabarovsk protests targets ‘Furgalmobile’ driver

Khabarovsk’s Central District Court has sentenced local protester Rostislav Buryak to eight days in prison, lawyer Vitaly Tykhta from the rights group “Human Rights Postcards” (“Pravozashchity Otkrytki”) told MBK Media. Buryak, an active participants in the ongoing protests in Khabarovsk, is best known as the owner of the so-called “Furgalmobile,” a food truck decorated with slogans in support of the region’s ousted governor, Sergey

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Leonid Kuchma withdraws from the negotiation process in Minsk format. Zelensky understands

Former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma has withdrawn from the negotiating group on the Donbass in Minsk. This is said in the press service of the President’s Office. It notes that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked him for the work at the helm of the Ukrainian delegation of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG). The President stressed that he

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Leader of “DNR” admits loss of health care personnel in “republic”. Russian diplomas do not help

The “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin has admitted the loss of health care personnel from the occupied territories of Donetsk oblast. This follows from the content of his conversation with “rector” of the separatist clone of the Donetsk National Medical University Grigoriy Ignatenko. It turned out that the graduates of the university that illegally carries out educational activities, leave CADO after

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Coronavirus Travel Bans Push Russians to Seek Foreign Passports

Russians have been trying to obtain foreign passports and residence permits in unprecedented numbers since the coronavirus pandemic shut borders worldwide, Forbes Russia reported Monday. Demand for foreign residence permits was up 20% in March-May 2020 compared with the same period last year, Forbes reported, citing data from the Knight Frank real estate consultancy and the UFG wealth management firm. “We are

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Nearly Half of Russians Support Anti-Kremlin Protests in Far East – Poll

Nearly half of Russians say they approve of a recent wave of anti-Kremlin protests in the Far East, according to an independent Levada Center poll published Tuesday. Mass protests broke out this month after the arrest of the Khabarovsk region’s popular governor Sergei Furgal and his replacement with a Putin-appointed lawmaker from an outside region. People have taken to the streets of

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Zelenskyy’s bad economics: Inflation and devaluation will not help Ukraine grow

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s policymakers appear to have embraced the dangerous idea that high inflation and substantial currency devaluation are good for economic growth. I urge them to rethink these ideas before they cause too much damage. In the 1970s, much of the Western world was enamored with a similarly simplistic form of Keynesian economics. More

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China blocks Putin’s Article on World War II

The Chinese translation of the article “75th Anniversary of the Great Victory: Shared Responsibility to History and our Future,” in which Putin justifies the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, holds the Polish leadership responsible for Hitler’s attack on the country and calls the Baltic countries’ accession to the USSR legal, appeared on the Chinese version of the Sputnik website (part of the “Russia Today”) on

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Bloody week in the war zone: war crimes and military incompetence

Escalation on the front lines in the Donbas began after Russia’s plans at the online Normandy meeting in Berlin on July 3 were not completely satisfied. By intensifying shelling and gunfire, resulting in a rising number of dead and wounded Ukrainian soldiers, Russia, through its proxy fighters, wanted to force Ukraine to comply with the Kremlin’s requirements for amendments to

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Kremlin names condition for Russia’s return to JCCC in Donbas

Peskov said there were reasons why Russian officers had stopped participating in the JCCC and had been recalled. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the issue of the return of Russian officers to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire and stabilization along the contact line in Donbas requires consideration and guarantees from Ukraine of their equal

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Bernard-Henri Lévy: A Russian war crime in Ukraine

The scene is the Donbas region of Ukraine. It is an ugly scene in an ugly war on Europe’s doorstep, where, for six years, the Ukrainian army has faced off against the pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk—and often against the Russians themselves. I know more than I want to know about this war. This winter, for Paris-Match and the Wall

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“Mr. Jones” film exposes the fake news campaign behind Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide

UkraineAlert by Serhii Plokhii The movie “Mr. Jones” is an important new historical drama with a very contemporary context. Released in the US in spring 2020, it sheds long overdue light on one of Stalin’s worst crimes, while also serving as a timely reminder that today’s talk of fake news is actually nothing new. Written by Andrea Chalupa and directed

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Ukrainians, Belarusians, Balts populated the Russian Far East, not Russians

Editor’s Note Amid the mass protests in the city of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, a Russian commenter explains how the predominantly Ukrainian past of the entire region is now largely and intentionally ignored by the Russian authorities.Most Russians and many outsiders believe that when the Russian Empire acquired the Far East, it dispatched Russians to settle the area

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The Crimean Drought

Russia Dangles ‘Donbas–For–Dam’ Deal, Exerts Pressure Through ‘Compatriots’ and Kavkaz–2020 Exercises The Cambridge Security Initiative originally published this brief in July 2020. The author is grateful to Dr. Tracey German for the Nezavisimaya Gazeta reference.  Russia is dangling a return of Donbas territory to Ukraine under special conditions in return for water for Crimea,two-thirds of which is suffering from severe drought. Russia already spends £4

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‘Ukraine wants stronger sanctions against Russia

Ukraine’s newly appointed deputy foreign argues for heightened pressure on Russia for Crimea crisis, lauds Kiev-Ankara ties Rabia İclal Turan |27.07.2020 FILE PHOTO KIEV The Crimean crisis must be strongly voiced in the international arena, a senior Ukrainian diplomat said on Monday. Urging “harsher” political pressure and economic sanctions against Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova said in an exclusive

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