Monthly Archives: August 2020

The Wrong Place – Markiv Investigation Doc – to be presented at Senate of the Republic in Rome on September 1st

2020/08/29 – 15:36 • INTERNATIONAL, WAR IN THE DONBAS A 30-minute version of The Wrong Place will be presented at 11:30, September 1, 2020 in the Sala Caduti di Nassirya del Senato (Senate of the Italian Republic) in Rome. The Wrong Place is a documentary investigating the death of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and Russian journalist and interpreter Andrei Mironov on May 24,

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Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for military exercises

    Russian paratroopers from the Moscow Airborne Guards Unit are in Belarus, Interfax reports, citing the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. On Thursday, together with their Belarusian colleagues, they conducted exercises to practice storming a building at the test site near Brest. Russian servicemen parachuted out of the Mi-8 MTV-5 helicopter, stormed, freed the hostages and cleared the

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Lobbyists drop Ukrainian lawmaker tied to Russia

The U.S. intelligence community has accused the lawmaker, Andrii Derkach, of links to Russian intelligence. By BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN A Ukrainian politician accused of helping the Kremlin interfere in the 2020 election interference has quietly parted ways with his D.C. lobbying team, POLITICO confirmed. One of the ex-lobbyists said he is now cooperating with U.S. law enforcement. In April of

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Putin recognizes presidential elections in Belarus

Putin believes that the OSCE decided in advance to abandon election observation Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the elections in Belarus and called them valid. He stated this in an interview with the Russia-1 TV channel, Interfax reports. “We proceed from the assumption that the elections took place. I did it right away. We recognized their legitimacy. I congratulated Alexander

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U.S. on Remembrance Day of Ukraine’s Defenders urges Russia to end conflict in Donbas

   The U.S. diplomats reflect on and honor those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The United States on Remembrance Day of Ukraine’s Defenders has called on Russia to end the conflict in Donbas. “On this Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of Ukraine, we reflect on and honor those who have

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From the FB Page of Petro Poroshenko

(Translation) Today John McCain was supposed to be 84 years old. He was a great person, professional, principled politician and a true friend of Ukraine. In 2018, the disease took him away from us. Ukraine, like America, will always lack it. We remember how during the Revolution of Dignity, in minus 26 degrees, he came out to people on the

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The 50th protest rally in defense of Sergei Furgal took place in Khabarovsk. People chanted “Putin, have some tea, Khabarovsk treats you!”

For the 50th time in a row, residents of Khabarovsk staged an unauthorized rally in support of the former governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested in connection with the organization of murders and assassination attempts. https://t.me/avtozaklive/7453 According to the Khabarovsk website DVhab.ru, the action began at about noon local time. Its participants marched through the central streets of the

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Belarusian Foreign Ministry stripped dozens of foreign journalists of accreditation

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has revoked dozens of local journalists working for foreign media outlets from their accreditation, Natalya Vasilyeva, the correspondent of The Daily Telegraph in Moscow , said on Twitter. Journalists from the bureau Reuters, Associated Press, AFP and Deutsche Welle were left without accreditations allowing journalists to work legally in the country, Vasilyeva said. According to her, if they report from the

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Man’s Message For Rioters Who Burned Down His Business

Those querying the origins and motivations of BLM, including some of the commenters here, might be interested in this extract from westernjournal.com : “Thousand Currents, the California-based charity that manages fundraising operations for the national arm of Black Lives Matter, includes on its board a convicted terrorist whose sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton on his last day in

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Day of Remembrance of Ukraine’s Defenders marked today

   Today, August 29, is the Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of Ukraine who died in the struggle for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state. It was established “in support of public initiatives and with a view to worthily honoring the memory of service people and members of volunteer formations who died fighting for the independence,

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Kuleba Sees No Reason To Sever Diplomatic Relations With Belarus

   Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba sees no reason to sever diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Belarus. He said this during an online briefing, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “We do not break off relations with Belarus. We pause the preparation and holding of official meetings between our countries, but there is no reason to break off diplomatic relations now, we are

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Su-27 fighters practice landing on highway in Ukraine (Video)

As part of the drills, Ukrainian military worked out the scenario of response to a full-scale invasion. Photo from UNIAN Ukraine’s Armed Forces on Thursday held military exercises in Rivne region, involving landing and take-off of Su-27 fighter jets on the Kyiv-Chop highway. Traffic was temporarily blocked on the relevant part of the highway, TSN reported. The 39th tactical aviation

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Zelensky hopes first tranche of EU’s macro-financial assistance of EUR 600 mln to be provided soon without additional conditions

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone conversation with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has expressed hope that the first tranche of the micro-financial assistance from the EU in the amount of EUR 600 million will be allocated to Ukraine soon without additional conditions. Zelensky noted the importance of the EU’s decision to provide

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Belarus may impose sanctions on Poland and Lithuania, Lukashenka says

On August 28, Alyaksandr Lukashenka threatened neighbouring Poland and Lithuania to limit their transit through Belarus. He also admitted that Minsk contributed to smuggling sanctioned goods to Russia. “We are going to show them what sanctions are. They (Poles and Lithuanians) transited our territory to trade with China and Russia. Now they will fly either through the Baltic Sea or

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Recovered COVID-19 patients could lose immunity within months, UK study finds

Research on 90 patients, healthcare workers at London hospital finds that 60% had ‘potent’ antibody response when infected, but it was only maintained in 17% of them 3 months later.    Assumptions of herd immunity to the coronavirus as more people get infected may be wrong, and patients who have suffered one bout of the virus could face reinfection, according

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“Find of the Century”: Trove of silver coins dating back to Kievan Rus found in Ukraine (Photo)

The discovery has been deemed “unprecedented.” Oleksandr Alfyorov / Facebook A treasure of national significance – thirty-two silver coins dating back to 1000-1019 – have been found in Horodnytsia, Zhytomyr region. That’s according to Oleksandr Alfyorov, a researcher with the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences, who took to Facebook to break the exciting news. These are

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Appointment of NABU director ruled unconstitutional – source

The Constituional Court is yet to issue an official press release on the judgment. Photo from UNIAN The Constitutional Court of Ukraine has ruled that the appointment of Artem Sytnyk Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau was unconstitutional, a source in the Court has told UNIAN. “Indeed, the Constitutional Court has recognized as unconstitutional the decree on appointing Artem Sytnyk

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Unknown attackers shoot rubber bullets at bus near Kharkiv, injure 4

A group of unknown individuals has attacked a bus on the Kyiv–Kharkiv highway, shooting at its passengers with rubber bullets and wounding four. The attack occurred on Aug. 27 near the city of Lyubotyn in Kharkiv Oblast, where the attackers blocked the road with their car and started firing at the bus, shattering windows and hurting passengers, the Prosecutor General’s Office

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Putin forgives Lukashenko’s $1 billion debt

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has reached an agreement with Vladimir Putin to refinance Minsk’s 1 billion dollars debt owed to Russia. “We have agreed with the President of Russia, and today our Prime Minister will hold talks with Mikhail Mishustin about refinancing,” said Lukashenko at a meeting on the development of the essential organizations of the Ministry of Industry. “That is,

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A court in Moscow ordered a victim of domestic violence to pay her ex-husband 10 thousand rubles for what she told about the beatings on Facebook

On August 27, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow partially satisfied the claim of the former deputy head of the investment company Alfa Capital, Yevgeny Zhivov, which he filed against his ex-wife Irina Zhivova, who accused him of domestic violence. The court ordered Irina Zhivova to pay her ex-husband 10 thousand rubles, Zhivova herself said in a story on Facebook. “By the decision of

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Putin’s Undying Support for Autocracy

Polls show that the average Russian is also unwilling to let go of Aleksander Lukashenko By Nikolai Petrov On Thursday morning, the Russia-24 TV channel suddenly announced that it planned to air an interview with President Vladimir Putin that would cover the day’s hottest topics.  However, anyone hoping for information regarding the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny — about whose

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Russian Cash and Duplicity—and Our Greed and Complacency

Frank Vogl Catherin Belton’s new book lifts the veil on Russia’s decades-long influence operations in the United States and United Kingdom. Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West Catherine Belton Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020, 640 pp., $35 The British government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dismissive: “We have seen no evidence

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