Monthly Archives: September 2020

Russia shuts down Kerch ferry service, earlier used to deploy troops in annexed Crimea

The facility is subject to U.S. sanctions after Russia occupied the peninsula.REUTERS Russia’s occupying administration has shut down the Kerch ferry service in annexed Crimea over a drop in demand for services to transport railroad cars by sea there. That is according to the Russian-registered Crimean-based news agency Kryminform, referring to the AnRussTrans ferry operator. “On September 28, our ferry service handled the last batch

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Poroshenko tests positive for coronavirus

He is on treatment at home now.Poroshenko has tested positive for COVID-19 / REUTERS Former Ukrainian president and leader of the European Solidarity Party Petro Poroshenko has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. “I’ve got a positive test for COVID,” he said on Facebook on September 29. He also informed he was planning to undergo treatment at home. “In the past six

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Russia uses terrorist methods in occupied Crimea and Donbas – Kuleba

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba believes that the global community should not turn a blind eye to the terrorist methods used by the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas. He said this during the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, which took place as part of the general debate of

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Fokin: ‘There is no evidence of war between Ukraine and Russia’

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Vitold Fokin, who now serves as the first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group in the Mink peace talks, said on Sept. 29 during a Verkhovna Rada committee meeting that he has not yet seen any evidence regarding Russia’s war on Ukraine, a war that has taken more than 13,000 lives. “I

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Figure of the Week: 1.11 billion euros

Media workers in high regard: budget expenditure earmarked for pro-Kremlin media increases yet again. Last September we wrote that the Russian draft federal budget for 2020 promised 92 billion rubles (1.3 billion euros; since September 2019, ruble exchange rates have changed from 70 rubles to 1 euro to around 90 rubles for euro) for state financed and controlled media. A

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Turkey’s F-16 fighter downs Armenia’s Su-25 from Azerbaijani territory — Yerevan

According to official Yerevan, the pilot of the shot down aircraft diedSu-25 plane© Sergei Bobylev/TASS, archive Warning: This article comes from Russian state-controlled media. TASS, September 29. Turkey’s F-16 fighter shot down Armenia’s Sukhoi Su-25 from Azerbaijni territory, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported. The Turkish plane, while staying inside Azerbaijani airspace, was providing support for Azerbaijan’s forces on the ground delivering strikes

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Armenia Accuses Turkey of Downing Warplane During Azerbaijan Clashes

Armenia said Tuesday that a Turkish fighter jet had shot down one of its warplanes during heavy fighting with Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan, but Ankara fiercely denied the claim. Direct Turkish military action against Armenia would mark a major escalation after three days of heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The two sides have

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U.S., European Oil Majors Could Create Supply Crisis With Renewables Push – Russia’s Rosneft

U.S. and European oil majors’ commitment to moving away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy threatens oil supplies and prices, Russia’s state-run oil giant Rosneft has said, according to the Financial Times. BP, Chevron, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Shell and Total have to varying degrees laid out strategies they say are compatible with the Paris climate treaty. They have announced measures

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Zelensky calls on Verkhovna Rada to approve anti-corruption strategy for 2020-2024

PHOTOS29.09.2020 10:26 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has held a meeting of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption to discuss a draft Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2020-2024, the president’s press service reports.  “The anti-corruption strategy should lay a basis for the fight against corruption. The anti-corruption strategy is a system of measures, the implementation of which can ensure the

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Without water: Occupied Crimea turning into a desert

The Russian-occupied Crimea has been struggling without the Dnieper water as local ponds and rivers are drying up, as well as major reservoirs. Amid the unfolding disaster, occupation authorities put blame on Ukraine, while pursuing response initiatives that could ultimately destroy the ecosystem across the peninsula. The hot summer and the rainless start of autumn have led to the drying-up

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Reservoir supplying water to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet base in occupied Crimea almost dried up (Photo)

The situation of Sevastopol’s freshwater supplies is rapidly deteriorating. Crimea’s Chornorichenske water reservoir, the main source of freshwater for Sevastopol, home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet base, is now less than half full amid continued drought. The city’s water supply situation is rapidly deteriorating, blogger Wasily Crimea wrote on Twitter posting fresh photos of the water reservoir. “The Chornorichenske water reservoir feeding

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Revenge Voting: Ukraine Prepares to Go to the Polls

For Zelensky’s team, used to winning landslide victories, the outcome of the upcoming local elections will be dispiriting and will fan the flames of internal strife. The autumn has brought with it new problems for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The ceasefire established with difficulty in the Donbas is hanging by a thread, the crisis in Belarus has destroyed relations with

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Putin Says Belarus Facing ‘Unprecedented External Pressure’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that neighboring Belarus was under unprecedented external pressure, as the Kremlin’s ex-Soviet ally faces a deep political crisis over a disputed election. Belarus is in a “difficult situation” and facing “unprecedented external pressure,” Putin said in televised remarks, after a presidential vote last month sparked ongoing protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko.  Protesters have

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Ukraine must think globally in its hybrid war with Russia

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko The poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has sparked lively debate throughout the Western world about the need for a fundamental rethink in relations with the Putin regime. New sanctions are reportedly being discussed, while the future of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project hangs in the balance. The incident has all the makings of

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Crimea: pandemic against tourist season

The 2020 tourist season in the occupied Crimea ends amid the growing outbreak of coronavirus. Anti-records for new cases of COVID-19 have been regularly recorded on the peninsula since the beginning of September. For example, on September 4, 101 cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the Crimea over the day. But the occupation authorities did not limit the tourist season

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No Novichok here

10:51 am, September 28, 2020 Source: Meduza Pro-Kremlin pundit broadcasts from hotel room where Navalny was poisoned to ‘prove’ that it couldn’t have happened there. During Sunday’s episode of his television show Vesti Nedeli, pro-Kremlin pundit and state media executive Dmitry Kiselyov visited the Tomsk hotel where opposition figure Alexey Navalny stayed the night before he became violently ill from severe poisoning. In a bid to

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Armenia reports Azerbaijan’s large-scale offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh region

Over 370 Azerbaijani soldiers have reportedly been killed.REUTERS “The enemy has launched a new, large-scale offensive in the Araks [River] valley and [the villages of] Madaghis and Talish,” he said. “The Defense Army of Artsakh (the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) successfully repels all attacks, inflicting significant losses on the enemy in manpower and equipment.” According to him, more than 370 Azerbaijani

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