Monthly Archives: August 2020

Zelensky outlines reforms Ukraine needs

These are tax, judicial, law enforcement, healthcare, educational reforms, as well as capital amnesty. Photo from president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has outlined a list of reforms Ukraine needs, including tax, judicial, law enforcement, healthcare, educational reforms, as well as capital amnesty. “There is still a lot of work ahead. Its scope is clear – just look at the election

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Lukashenko: We have a somewhat authoritarian system. But it must not be tied to Lukashenka

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko expressed the opinion that the existing system in the country is authoritarian and needs to be changed. He stated this at a meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Valentin Sukalo.  The President asked the Supreme Court to get involved in the work on the new constitution, although in general “Belarus has the most

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“This would have grave consequences for the relationship between Belarus and Russia.” Tikhanovskaya – on the possible introduction of Russian forces

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main rival of Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential elections in Belarus, warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against sending officers of the Russian security forces to the republic. “We demand from all countries to respect the sovereignty of Belarus. At the same time, we are extremely concerned about the statements of Mr Putin to send the Russian OMON to

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PODCASTHow Is Zelensky Different From Poroshenko, And What Is The Role Of The Volunteer And Veteran Community In Ukraine?

August 11, 2020Host Volodymyr Yermolenko (chief editor at UkraineWorld.org) welcomes Hennadiy Druzenko, a well-known Ukrainian intellectual and volunteer, and the co-founder of a volunteer mobile hospital helping soldiers on the frontline and people who suffered from COVID-19 pandemics. They talk about Zelensky’s presidency and how it compares to Poroshenko’s; about the Ukrainian volunteer movement and its future; about the veteran

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Fokin’s statement on special status for Donbas does not meet national interests – Avakov

31.08.2020 14:17 A statement by Ukraine’s representative to the TCG Vitold Fokin on a general amnesty and a special status for Donbas does not meet national interests, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said. He said this following a ceremony of honoring the memory of four soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine who died as a result of a terrorist act

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EU foreign ministers agree to move forward on Belarus sanctions

By Alexandra Brzozowski EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement in Berlin on Friday (28 August) on punitive measures against high-ranking supporters of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him into holding new elections. According to the political agreement, the future measures on Belarus are meant to mainly target those accused of being responsible for the fraudulent elections and the

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Lukashenka promises ‘changes’

   Belarus’ dictator Lukashenko announced changes in his authoritarian state after yesterday’s protests in Minsk and other cities. ‘Changes, changes’, the leader said this Monday. ‘We need changes in the system and the constitution. And we will discuss this now’, he added. Observers conclude that the support for Lukashenko within the system is shrinking, but doubt he will resign. He

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Europe needs a new plan for Belarus and Eastern Europe

The EU should drop the illusion of a reset with Russia, and extend Nato membership east Arseny Yatsenyuk August 29 Opposition activist Nina Baginskaya struggles with police during a Belarusian opposition supporters rally at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, in August © Dmitri Lovetsky/AP The writer is a former prime minister of Ukraine and now chairman of the Kyiv Security

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The woman leading the fight against Putin ’24/7′ after poisoning of Navalny

Nobody knows when, or even if, opposition leader Navalny will return to his previous role as he recuperates in Berlin By Theo Merz MOSCOW 30 August 2020 • 4:00pm Lyubov Sobol was already among the most visible dissidents in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. At 32, she has fronted a protest movement, calling thousands to the streets when she and other opposition

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From the FB page : SUPPORT UKRAINE, UKRAINIANS IN USA

August 30, 2020 Today we’re remembering #Ukraine’s soldiers who have died because #RussiaInvadedUkraine. We remember Sabina. 23 years-old, she was a Senior nurse. Feb 2018, a Russian anti-tank rocket slammed into her ambulance. Male and female, she’s one of many medics killed by Russia’s forces in eastern Ukraine. Donbas #Donbass From sister FB page: RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE: On this date,

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Lukashenka’s riot police powerless against 10,000-strong women’s march | Photos

Alya Shandra On Saturday, 29 August, a 10,000-strong Women’s March was held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus where protests against rigged elections are into their third week. Similar marches were held in other Belarusian cities. The protests calling on self-proclaimed president-elect Alyaksandr Lukashenka to resign and fresh elections to be held already had a feminine face. It was a

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Google and Facebook abandon plans to lay submarine cable from US to Hong Kong

Google and Facebook have abandoned plans to lay an undersea Internet cable between the United States and Hong Kong (Pacific Light Cable Network, PLCN). Bloomberg writes about it. The companies withdrew their application from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and filed a new one. It provides for connections with Taiwan and the Philippines and excludes the Hong Kong company Pacific Light Data

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Minsk restricts Internet operation by order of government agencies

Problems with the Internet in Minsk began at about 15:00 local time20:07, 30 August 2020Minsk protestNEXTA The bandwidth of the mobile Internet has been reduced by order of the authorized state bodies in Minsk. This was reported by the press service of the Belarusian A1 telecom operator on Twitter. “By order of the authorized state bodies on the territory of Minsk, the

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That Gun! Lukashenka Chooses Weapon Favored By Osama Bin Laden, Islamic State Leader

    After besieged Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka strode from his helicopter gripping an assault rifle on August 23, some watching may have felt a flash of deja vu. It was the same distinctive model of gun Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was frequently photographed with and the favored weapon of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The AKS-74U barrel

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What Belarusians gave Lukashenka for his birthday: a couple of funeral wreaths, a coffin for the dictatorship and a pub

On August 30, protests continue throughout Belarus, at which demonstrators call on Alexander Lukashenko to resign and demand new fair elections. On the same day, Lukashenka celebrates his birthday – today he is 66 years old. The protesters did not forget about the date and took gifts “for Sasha” with them to the streets: someone brought vegetables, someone – crafts, and someone

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Ukraine’s first PM stands for pardoning enemy troops in Donbas

A special status should be granted to the entire territory of Donbas, not just the temporarily occupied parts as Russia has been demanding, Fokin suggests. Snap from video First prime minister of Ukraine Vitold Fokin, who has recently been appointed deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation at the Donbas settlement talks within the Trilateral Contact Group, believes “general pardon” is

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DPR threatens to attack Ukrainian forces in Donbas

The head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, threatens to break the ceasefire, which has been in force in the Donbass for about a month. Pushilin demanded that the Ukrainian military “takes steps to withdraw troops and fortifications to the positions they were on July 22, 2020.” Pushilin gave Kyiv a week, until 10:00 pm, September 3, to issue such

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Putin and Lukashenko agreed to meet in Moscow “in the coming weeks”

Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko agreed to meet in Moscow “in the coming weeks.” This was reported by the Kremlin press service. The heads of state agreed to meet by phone. Putin also “warmly congratulated” Lukashenko on his birthday, the press service of the Russian president said. Lukashenka’s press service has confirmed the agreements of the heads of state on a personal

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National Security Advisor says US must ‘confront the Chinese across all spectrums’

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer Key takeaway: US National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien said the United States must be prepared to push back against Chinese aggression militarily, diplomatically, and economically, asserting that China continues to threaten its neighbors and attack US interests. Speaking at an Atlantic Council Front Page event broadcast on August 28, O’Brien also dismissed accusations

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“Wrong time to relax”: Ukrainian intel chief says no end to hybrid war while Putin in power

A Ukrainian soldier at the frontline in eastern Ukraine, where a war against Russian-backed troops is into its sixth year. Photo: Ukrinform  2020/08/13 – 13:57 • FEATURED, HYBRID WAR, INFOGRAPHICS Editor’s Note : “The current Kremlin government will never accept the existence of an independent, unitary, and Western-oriented Ukraine, and will, therefore, continue to wage a hybrid war against the

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Russia Repeating Its Ukrainian Scenario of Hybrid Aggression in Belarus

August 29. 2020 We republish the analytical review first published on the Ukrainian Tyzhden (Week) magazine website on August 25, 2020. The analytical review was prepared by Dzianis Ivashyn, editor of the Belarusian version of InformNapalm international initiative’s website InformNapalm’s editors added links to supporting OSINT studies and images to complement the article. The events of the past months in Belarus are starting

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