Monthly Archives: August 2020

‘We aren’t born democrats’ Vladimir Zhirinovsky explains how his party backs an ousted governor elected by the people of Khabarovsk in voting he opposes

With the arrest of Khabarovsk Governor Sergey Furgal and the appointment of Mikhail Degtyarev in his place, the two politicians’ political party — LDPR — suddenly finds itself at the center of Russian politics. Over the course of these events, the party’s long-time leader (the only leader it’s ever had), Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has reversed his initial hardline opposition to Furgal’s

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Armenia restricts broadcasting of Russian TV channels

The Armenian authorities have decided to restrict the broadcasting of Russian TV channels, RBC news agency reports. According to the Armenian Law on Audiovisual Media, which was signed on Wednesday by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, the broadcasting of foreign channels, including Russian ones, can be carried out only on the basis of interstate agreements. Restrictions will affect only broadcasts on state

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Ukrainian envoy says Ukraine may initiate new Budapest Memorandum if Minsk talks fail

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994. Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk says that if Minsk talks on Donbas in the TCG format come to a standstill, the Ukrainian side can initiate the signing of a new Budapest

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Ukrainian envoy says Ukraine may initiate new Budapest Memorandum if Minsk talks fail

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994. Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk says that if Minsk talks on Donbas in the TCG format come to a standstill, the Ukrainian side can initiate the signing of a new Budapest Memorandum. “I think we will not

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Court Jails Young Russians for ‘Plotting to Overthrow Putin’

A Moscow court on Thursday sentenced three young activists to long jail terms for plotting to overthrow President Vladimir Putin in a case that has sparked protests and allegations of police overreach. In 2018, authorities detained 10 people accusing them of belonging to an anarchist cell called the “New Greatness” that was plotting an uprising against the government. The group’s

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Putin’s Silence: Inaction of the Russian leader regarding “mercenaries” in Belarus plays against him.

The scandal about Russian mercenaries in Belarus continues to flare up, bringing more and more political dividends to the President of this East European country, Alexander Lukashenka. July 6, Lukashenka instructed the Prosecutor Generals of Russia and Ukraine to Belarus to be invited to discuss the future of the detained militants. Not a day goes by that the president of

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China Gezhouba Group Corporation showing interest in investing into Ukrainian power sector

     China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), the Chinese company specializing in the construction of hydropower facilities, has shown substantial investment interests in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in China said following a meeting of Ambassador Serhiy Kamyshev and CGGC Chairman Lyu Zexiang. “In order to successfully implement mutual interests, the CGGC leadership was provided with the embassy’s recommendations on interaction with

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Russian-backed militants in Donbass receive increased arms supplies – ex-OSCE SMM adviser

Russian-backed militants in the Donbass receive new, increased supplies of weapons and ammunition from Russia. This was stated by ex-adviser to the OSCE SMM Mikhail Botsyurkiv on the air of the DIM TV channel. He noted that the number of personnel is also increasing. Botsyurkiv expressed the opinion that the international community needs to change the methods of influencing Putin,

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Montenegro fully reopens for Ukrainians

Previously, Ukrainians were banned from entering the country by car. REUTERS Montenegro has allowed Ukrainian citizens to enter its territory without restrictions, since Ukraine has been put on the safe “green zone” list. “Montenegro has included Ukraine in its green zone list and allowed Ukrainians to cross in without restrictions. Many thanks our Montenegrin friends and partners for their trust

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Zelensky: If everything depended on Ukraine alone, Donbas would see real ceasefire

The president said many questions and problems arise in the process of preserving ceasefire. Volodymyr Zelensky / president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said if everything depended only on the Ukrainian side, it would be a real ceasefire in Donbas. “We are fighting to ensure that this regime is not violated… If everything depended only on our side, I am

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Agricultural trade between Ukraine and EU decreased by 5.1% in H1 2020

   In January-June 2020, the volume of agricultural trade between Ukraine and the European Union decreased by 5.1% to USD 4.6 billion. According to the National Scientific Centre “Institute of Agrarian Economics” (IAE), out of the total agricultural trade turnover between Ukraine and the EU, USD 3.0 billion accounted for exports and USD 1.6 billion – for imports. Ukraine’s largest

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It’s Time to Rethink Our Russia Policy

America’s current mix of sanctions and diplomacy isn’t working. An open letter on how to reconsider our approach to Putin—and whoever comes next. By ROSE GOTTEMOELLER, THOMAS GRAHAM, FIONA HILL, JON HUNTSMAN JR., ROBERT LEGVOLD and THOMAS R. PICKERING 08/05/2020 11:00 AM EDT The following open letter was signed by 103 foreign-policy experts, whose names and affiliations appear below. U.S.-Russia

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Nominee for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine names number of Russian military in Donbas

06.08.2020 10:18 There are about 2,300 Russian military personnel in the occupied territories of Donbas, says Keith W. Dayton, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. According to Dayton, Russia handed over to the separatists “more than 400 tanks, 700 artillery units, howitzers, UAVs, air defense artillery, small arms, etc.” The diplomat said that the Ukrainian military in Donbas is

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Zelensky appoints notorious figure as deputy head of his administration

The appointee will be responsible for law enforcement. Oleh Tatarov / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Oleh Tatarov as Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. “Oleh Tatarov’s tasks will include the formation of national policy in the field of law enforcement, expert and analytical support for the operation of the Office of

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Ukraine’s SBU detains member of notorious ‘Vostok Battalion’ involved in Donetsk airport battles

He secretly arrived in Ukrainian-controlled territory. He joined the ‘battalion’ on a voluntary basis / Photo from facebook.com/SecurSerUkraine Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has detained a member of the Russia-controlled notorious “Vostok Battalion,” who was involved in battles near Donetsk airport in 2014. According to investigators, a local resident of the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol in Donetsk region, voluntarily joined the so-called

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U.S. Offers $10M Reward Against Russian Election Interference

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday offered a $10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election, as the State Department accused Russia of waging an increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaign. The reward marks one of the most public signs that members of President Donald Trump’s administration are taking election meddling seriously, despite anger by Trump himself over

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