Monthly Archives: February 2021

Lukashenko called the conditions for leaving power and promised a referendum on the new Constitution in 2022

The draft of the new Constitution of Belarus will be ready in 2021, and at the beginning of next year it will be submitted to a national referendum. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko, speaking on February 11 at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly in the Palace of the Republic in Minsk. According to him, for the new Constitution “it will be necessary to

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Twitter verifies Russian interior ministry’s accounts in occupied Crimea

Earlier, Twitter verified MFA Russia’s Crimea office account in a move already protested by Ukraine.Photo from UNIAN Twitter has verified the accounts of the Russian Interior Ministry’s offices in occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The blue verification badge was granted on February 11.SnapSnap So far, Twitter has not publicly commented on grounds for verification green light. “Verified” batch

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Beijing’s 17+1 Summit Flop; Britain fumes over Chinese spies

Edward Lucas In this issue: Lithuania derails the 17+1 summit, Beijing bets on vaccines and Britain wakes up to spies and lies. “The East is Red” is a popular Communist Party ballad. Make that “Red-faced,” after the failure of China’s  17+1 supposed showcase summit with central and east European leaders this week. What went wrong? First, the turnout. Six of

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UN Security Council session: France, Norway urge Russia to live up to Minsk agreement

Representatives of France and Norway in the UN claimed their support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and asked Russia to respect Minsk agreements. They said so during the video conference from the UN Security Council session. The gathering was convened so as to discuss the situation in Donbas. France claimed it “would not tolerate” the fact that Russia fails to live

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Estonian PM: Russia has humiliated Europe

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas believes that the results of the visit of the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to Moscow are humiliating. “Russia has humiliated the representative of Europe, humiliated Europe,” said Kallas speaking in the country’s parliament. “I think all this will cool down people who naively hoped that

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Russia suspends development of heavy rocket for Moon flights

Russia is suspending the development of a Yenisei-class super-heavy rocket that was planned to be used for flights to the Moon, reported Interfax, citing the head of the Progress Rocket and Space Center Dmitry Baranov. The Space Council  of the Russian Academy of Sciences recommended that the rocket, which was expected to be able to launch a 20-ton spacecraft into

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Putin reveals his vaccination plan: he postpones covid vaccinations due to flu and pneumococcus shots

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he did not supply himself with the Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus infection, since he has a vaccination plan, and it is impossible to do several vaccines at the same time. He stated this on February 10 at a meeting with the heads of Russian media outlets, Kommersant reports. According to Putin, his vaccination plan

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Blocking Ukrainian TV channels poses attack on freedom of speech, – Russian MFA

El Pais quoted Maria Zakharova, the official representative of Russia’s Foreign Ministry By blocking the broadcasting of several TV channels, the Ukrainian government allowed an outraging assault on freedom of speech. Maria Zakharova, the spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that on February 11, as quoted by El Pais, the famous Spanish and Latin American outlet. “This is actually

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In Russia’s Regions, Navalny Has Ignited Long-Simmering Discontent

Protests sparked by the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have spread beyond the traditional Russian activist hubs of Moscow and St. Petersburg as discontent with the authorities and frustration over low standards of living rise. Tens of thousands took to the streets in over 120 cities after the opposition leader was arrested on his return from Germany in January,

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Russian Authorities Warn Against Navalny Courtyard Protests

Law enforcement authorities warned Russians Thursday not to take part in Valentine’s Day courtyard protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s team has called on supporters to hold up their cellphone flashlights in their residential courtyards for short intervals to avoid the kind of crackdown that followed a wave of mass nationwide rallies in recent weeks.  A

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Europe of double standards. Why Borrell’s humiliation in Moscow is good for Ukraine

Bring the violence under control so that to create space for reviving civil society. It was the aim of the visit of EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell to Moscow. At least, it looked in such a way based on his goals. However, Russian hospitality stunned him. Mr. Borrell probably didn’t know that hospitable in the Kremlin could be only a

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Ukraine offers NATO to use airspace near Crimea

Ukraine counts on NATO’s support in monitoring air traffic situation along the border with Russia and offers to use airspace near Simferopol region for NATO air operations, said the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Vladyslav Krykliy, during talks with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning Patrick Turner. The meeting took place as part of a working visit of the Ukrainian government delegation

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Court Cancels Renaming Moskovskyi Avenue As Stepana Bandery Avenue In Kyiv

   The District Administrative Court of Kyiv has declared unlawful and cancelled the Kyiv City Council’s decision dated 2016 on renaming Suvorova Street as Mykhaila Omelianovycha-Pavlenko and Moskovskyi Avenue as Stepana Bandery Avenue. That follows from the District Administrative Court of Kyiv’s decision dated January 28, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Therefore, the court partially satisfied an appeal from the Public

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Lithuania rejects Russia’s request to detain Navalny’s ally

   Lithuanian authorities refused to detain Leonid Volkov, the head of the network of regional headquarters of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was put by Russia on the interstate wanted list, reports Delfi with reference to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. “The use of the international arrest warrant instruments against the opposition, in fact, discredits Russia’s participation in

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Covid crisis accelerates Ukraine’s digital revolution

UkraineAlert by Mykhailo Fedorov February 10, 2021 Some good news for a change! A lady in Lviv checks her smartphone while wearing a protective mask. (Photo by Mykola Tys/SOPA Images/Sipa USA via REUTERS) COVID-19 is without doubt one of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. However, this unprecedented crisis may also offer a silver lining. With much of

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EU making Russia into ‘phantom enemy’ for geopolitical reasons, shouldn’t lecture others about democracy – Irish MEP to RT

Waning! Contains BS from another Kremlin paid lackey Hand-wringing over Alexey Navalny is but an excuse to target Russia, and the EU should not lecture anyone about human rights when it turns its back on Julian Assange and other cases closer to home, Irish MEP Clare Daly told RT. “We have this narrative of supposedly European values, whatever they are,

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Ukraine harshly criticized in European Parliament’s report on Association Agreement implementation

The European Parliament approved a resolution on Ukraine’s implementation of the Association Agreement: corruption inhibiting reforms, lack of political will to ensure the independence of judicial institutions, and more – Ukraine has been harshly criticized. The resolution was supported by 676 MPs. The results of the vote, which took place on Wednesday evening as part of the plenary session of

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Leading European politicians, experts, world media criticize Zelensky’s decree on closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK

Numerous European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts, and world media such as Reuters, Associated Press, Washington Post, criticized Zelensky’s decree on the termination of the work of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK Nicolas Bay, the French politician, and MEP: “It always raises concerns when you see that censorship is applied to media. Especially when the head of

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Why are the toilets in Russian jails such shit?

Human rights activists have spent 30 years fighting for better privacy and cleaner facilities, but ‘holes in the floor’ persist In recent weeks, the Russian authorities arrested thousands of demonstrators at protests across the country, sentencing hundreds to several days or weeks in jail. For many of these people, behind bars for the first time in their lives, state custody

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Russian-occupation forces in Donbas violate ceasefire seven times over past day, one Ukrainian soldier wounded

   Russian-occupation forces violated the ceasefire seven times over the past day, one Ukrainian soldier was wounded by a gunshot, the press center of the Joint Force Operation (JFO) has said. “Over the past day, on February 10, seven ceasefire violations were recorded in the area of the Joint Force Operation. In the area of responsibility of the Skhid (East)

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Government approves resolution on banning registration of Russian vaccines

   The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the Procedure for state registration of COVID-19 vaccines and banned the registration of vaccines produced by the aggressor state. The relevant government’s resolution as of February 8, No.95, has been published on the Government portal, Ukrinform reports. “To approve the Procedure for state registration of vaccines or other medical immunobiological drugs for

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Ukrainian Navy receives 20 humvees, 84 boats from United States – embassy

   On Wednesday, a ceremony was held in Odesa to hand over 20 armored humvees and 84 inflatable boats of various types from the United States to the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said.    “U.S. Naval Attaché Peter Mallory and Marine Corps Attaché Dan Schierling participated in a ceremony in Odesa commemorating

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Exclusive: Ukraine Releases ‘Shock’ Call With Giuliani As Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Begins

Time Magazine BY SIMON SHUSTER FEBRUARY 9, 2021 5:59 PM EST “Let these investigations go forward,” Rudy Giuliani told the presidential headquarters in Kyiv, Ukraine, his voice turning impatient. “Get someone to investigate this.” On the other end of the line, hunched over a speakerphone, two Ukrainian officials listened in disbelief as Giuliani demanded probes that could help his client,

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