Monthly Archives: September 2020

Servant of the People expels whistleblower lawmaker critical of Zelensky

Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin Ukraine’s ruling political party has voted to expel lawmaker Geo Leros from its ranks after he publicly criticized President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom the party supports. During a parliamentary session on Sept. 1, Leros accused the president of not fulfilling his election promises and claimed that his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, had abused his office and worked

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Zhytomyr Armored Plant hands over dozens of repaired armored vehicles to Ukrainian army

PHOTOS31.08.2020 18:00 Zhytomyr Armored Plant has handed over more than 20 BMP-1 and about a dozen BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles to the Ukrainian Armed Forces as part of the implementation of the 2020 state defense order, the press service of Ukraine’s state defense company Ukroboronprom has reported. “The state-owned enterprise Zhytomyr Armored Plant, part of Ukroboronprom, handed over to the

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Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov produces first plane without Russian parts

The Ukrainian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Antonov produced the first transport aircraft An-178 without Russian components, said Antonov’s President Alexander Moose in an interview with Ukrinform. “This is the first plane without a single Russian part. We have been accused of not producing  planes for several years. But with the beginning of the Russian military aggression in 2014, we lost not only the

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Poland excludes Russia from the list of countries with which air traffic is prohibited

The Polish Cabinet of Ministers has updated the list of countries from which civil flights are prohibited. The list, according to the website of the Polish Radio Zet, excludes the Russian Federation, China, France and Croatia. Added Albania, Spain, Malta and Romania to the list. The new list, which includes 44 countries, will be valid from September 2 to 15. The ban

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Denmark Summons Russian Envoy Over Airspace Violation

Denmark said Tuesday it had summoned the Russian ambassador for talks after a Russian jet fighter violated the Scandinavian country’s airspace during a NATO exercise last week. “I take very seriously Russia’s unacceptable violation of Danish airspace. It is absolutely essential that everybody — including Russia — respects the ground rules and international principles,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a statement. “That

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‘Stop Torturing Protesters,’ UN Experts Tell Belarus

The UN’s special rapporteur on torture told Belarus on Tuesday that it must “stop torturing protesters” and bring to justice any police officers who have  beaten them with impunity. Nils Melzer and 14 other UN human rights experts said in a statement they had received reports of 450 documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty

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Russia supplies six wagons with ammunition to Donbas in a week

   Russia continues to supply weapons, fuel and lubricants to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Mykhailo Sharavara said this at a briefing on Tuesday, September 1, with reference to information from the Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The command of the operational group of Russian occupation forces is

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Groysman demands that Cabinet to restore 2019 govt decision on increasing teachers’ salaries

Prime Minister of Ukraine (2016-2019) Volodymyr Groysman appealed to the current government with a demand to restore decree No. 822 adopted in July 2019 on the increase of teachers’ salaries by 20-70%. “Last July, our government adopted decree No. 822, which provides for an increase in teachers’ salaries from 20 to 70%. The next government of Oleksiy Honcharuk canceled it.

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Russia Says Belarus Sanctions ‘Unacceptable’

Russia on Tuesday denounced sanctions against ally Belarus as “unacceptable” and voiced support for strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s proposal of constitutional reforms. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Western countries were “delivering verdicts” on events in Belarus, following weeks of protests against Lukashenko’s claim to have won a sixth presidential term in an August 9 election. Moscow considers this “to be unacceptable

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Belarus TV Staffs Up With Kremlin-Funded Journalists – RBC

Journalists and technical personnel from Russia’s Kremlin-funded RT broadcaster have been standing in for staff on strike at Belarus state television and radio, Russia’s RBC news website reported Monday. Workers at the Belteleradio broadcasting service walked off the job on Aug. 17 in protest against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s violent crackdown on peaceful opposition rallies. Lukashenko, whose claim of a landslide victory

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Danes Summon Russian Envoy Over Airspace Violation

  COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Danish government summoned Russia’ s ambassador on Tuesday after a Russian fighter jet violated the airspace over Denmark’s Baltic Sea island of Bornholm last week. “It is absolutely crucial that everyone — including Russia — adheres to the basic rules of the game and international principles,” Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a statement

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya Plans To Address UN Security Council And PACE

   Former presidential candidate and opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya intends to address the UN Security Council and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), her press service has reported. Tikhanovskaya’s press service announced both plans for a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council on 4 September and an address to the PACE on 8 September.

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Belarus could close borders outside Brest, Grodno to western countries – Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said he believes major European countries have not imposed sanctions on Belarus because they know that Belarus could close its borders outside Brest and Grodno, so they ordered the Baltic States to attack. “More experienced countries understand that they shouldn’t bully Belarus, because it could close its borders outside Brest and Grodno, and German cargo

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Ukraine’s ex-PM joins Eurasia Center

Honcharuk was the youngest prime minister in the history of independent Ukraine. Ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk will join the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center as a distinguished fellow. “The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center is honored to announce that Oleksiy Honcharuk will be joining as our new distinguished fellow. Serving as Ukraine’s prime minister from 2019 to 2020, Oleksiy Honcharuk

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Interpol Drops Extradition Notice for ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin

Interpol has removed catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin from its international alert list after U.S. prosecutors dropped a criminal case into election meddling against his company. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed in March the case against Concord Management and Consulting LLC, less than a month before the company was due to face a criminal trial in

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Russia’s English-language disinformation oulets disregard developments in belarus

“C’mon, let’s ignore!” The English-language segment of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets is surprisingly indifferent towards the ongoing events in Belarus. With a few exceptions, most seem to avoid the topic. This is particularly visible in the case of the Strategic Culture Foundation platform, where the English language version offers five articles on Belarus since the protests commenced, while the Russian language

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Lukashenka eager to change Constitution of Belarus

The head of Belarus has held a working meeting with the Chairman of the Supreme Court Valyantsin Sukala, BelTA informs. During the meeting, among other things, they discussed the issue of changing the Constitution of Belarus. “Therefore, I believe that, despite the fact that we have a somewhat authoritarian system for organizing public life, nevertheless, the President protects the courts.

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Russian blogger, anti-Kremlin activist attacked outside his apartment

31 August, 2020 – By Bradford Betz | Fox News Yegor Zhukov was arrested in widespread crackdowns on demonstrators last summer. A Russian blogger and vocal critic of Vladimir Putin was taken to the hospital late Sunday after an assault outside his Moscow apartment that left him bloodied and bruised, according to reports. Yegor Zhukov, 22, is one of Russia’s most outspoken critics of

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