Monthly Archives: September 2020

Finance Ministry elaborates on main indicators of 2021 national budget draft

The budget deficit is capped at UAH 270 billion (US$9.7 billion). Photo from UNIAN, by Volodymyr Hontar Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko says the draft national budget for 2021, which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on September 14, 2020, provides for revenue at UAH 1.071 trillion (US$38.4 billion), while spending at UAH 1.35 trillion (US$48.4 billion). The budget

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6 ways Germany could kill the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Germany has multiple options if it decides to try and halt the project, but they carry costs Germany has long argued that the 1,230-kilometer pipeline that is supposed to send an extra 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas a year under the Baltic Sea is a commercial venture, not a political one. That position is increasingly under strain in

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Analyst: The West has nothing to offer Eastern Slavs but a maidan

Warning! Article contains verbal diarrhea of the Russian kind. MOSCOW, 14 September (BelTA) – The recent events in Belarus have shown that the West has nothing in store for Eastern European nations but a color revolution, Russian political analyst, international journalists Dmitry Babich told BelTA. “There is every indication of a color revolution in Belarus,” Dmitry Babich said. “The situation

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A step short of betrayal: Enemy never made it to inspect Ukraine’s positions in Donbas

Information about the “joint inspection” of Ukrainian positions near Shumy had the effect of a blasting bomb on many Ukrainians. Allowing the enemy into our trenches was not simply about “making concessions for the sake of peace,” but about humiliating Ukrainian military and, ultimately, realizing the Kremlin’s long-held dream of turning the war into an “internal Ukrainian conflict” in the

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Putin Backs Lukashenko as Belarus Leader Vows Closer Ties

President Vladimir Putin on Monday backed embattled Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko and promised economic support as the Belarusian strongman vowed to strengthen ties with Moscow. Lukashenko thanked Putin for his support and vowed to stick closer to “elder brother” Moscow during one-to-one talks at the Russian president’s residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Belarusian leader was making

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From the FB page of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

September 14. 2020 American strategic bombers have once again entered Ukrainian airspace.​​American partners are consistent in their actions, supporting Ukraine, both on the diplomatic front and in the Ukrainian sky.​​On September 14, accompanied by fighters of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, three strategic bombers of the US Air Force B-52H are again in the Ukrainian airspace.​​Under

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Belarus Opposition Leader Criticizes Putin’s Talks With ‘Usurper’ Lukashenko

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskya has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to hold talks with “usurper” Alexander Lukashenko rather than the Belarusian people. Tikhanovskaya’s statement comes ahead of one-on-one talks between Putin and Lukashenko in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday. The talks follow a month of mass protests that broke out after Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for

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Russia Considers Stripping Coronavirus Bonuses From Medics Who Refuse Vaccine – Reports

Russian health officials have proposed depriving medics of promised coronavirus payouts if they refuse to vaccinate against the infection, the Medvestnik medical news website has reported.  President Vladimir Putin this spring promised monthly bonuses ranging from $300 to $1,000 for doctors and other medical professionals treating Covid-19 patients. Russian doctors have since reported being underpaid or not receiving the bonuses at

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Kondratiuk calls on Ukrainian parliament to adopt statement on Belarus

14.09.2020 13:15 Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk has called on the Ukrainian parliament to adopt on September 15-18 a draft resolution with a statement on the situation in Belarus. According to Ukrinform, she stated this at a meeting of the parliament’s conciliation council on September 14. “I would like to say a few words about

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French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says

Three labs have independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent, Germany said Monday, renewing calls for Russia to explain the incident. Germany said earlier this month it had “unquestionable proof” that Navalny, 44, was poisoned with Novichok when he fell ill after boarding a flight in Siberia on Aug. 20. Navalny was flown

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Who Benefits from ”Cui Bono”?

Obscuring Facts through Questioning Information One of the Kremlin’s mouthpieces, the Strategic Culture Foundation, suggests in an article that any questions on the attack on the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny should not be directed at Moscow, but to those who gain from the attack: As ever, the old criminologist question of who gains should be foremost here. Indeed, there are

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Alexander Lukashenko plans to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin amid election uproar

   More than 100,000 demonstrators calling for the authoritarian president of Belarus to resign marched through the capital of Minsk on Sunday as the daily protests that have gripped the nation entered their sixth week. Many in the crowd, which the human rights group Viasna estimated as numbering more than 150,000, carried placards critical of Russia, reflecting concerns about President

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