Monthly Archives: February 2021

U.S. Embassy declares support for NSDC move to impose sanctions against Medvedchuk

The NSDC at its meeting on Friday, February 19, imposed a package of sanctions on Medvedchuk.U.S. Embassy declares support for NSDC move to impose sanctions against Medvedchuk / Photo from UNIAN The Embassy of the United States in Ukraine has declared support for the decision taken by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine to impose sanctions against

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Russia destroying health of political prisoners – human rights defenders

The health of Ukrainian political prisoners held in Crimea and Russia is a matter of particular concern to human rights defenders, says the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG). According to the CHRG, these people are the most vulnerable category of Ukrainian nationals because they are under the control of the occupiers. “Not providing health care to prisoners is one of

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Ukraine loses half of its natural gas deposits due to Russia’s occupation of Crimea

Due to the temporary occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, Ukraine has lost the opportunity to exploit the Scythian section of the Black Sea shelf, where gas production was to begin in 2017. Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych said this at the All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30: Public Utility Bill”

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UK calls on Russia to immediately release all Ukrainian political prisoners

The UK also welcomes the new International Crimean Platform, which will bring together the international community to support the return of Crimea to Ukraine.REUTERS The UK calls on Russia to immediately release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Crimea and Russia. “The UK has reaffirmed its unwavering support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and its support for Ukrainians whose

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The Biden presidency and Ukraine

    In a December 2020 New York Times interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president. Zelensky observed that Biden “knows Ukraine better than the previous president” and “will really help strengthen relations, help settle the war in Donbas, and end the occupation of our territory.” While Zelensky’s comments may prove overly optimistic, there is little

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Moscow police began to patrol the bridge where Nemtsov was killed – out of fears that Navalny’s supporters would come there

Update. On the afternoon of February 20, the police detained eight people on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. Some of them tried to lay flowers at the scene of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, OVD-Info  reports . After about two and a half hours, all the detainees were released without a protocol being drawn up. Moscow police began patrolling the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, where politician Boris Nemtsov was killed in 2015, Ekho

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The strategic nature of Ukrainian-American relations in the defense sphere was confirmed: the Ministers of Defense of Ukraine and the United States had a telephone conversation

Today, February 19, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Defense of the United States of America Lloyd Austin, which once again confirmed the strategic nature of bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States in the field of defense. Andriy Taran congratulated his American colleague on his appointment and acquainted

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Ukraine imposes sanctions against Putin’s friend Medvedchuk and his wife

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has imposed sanctions against the Ukrainian politician, MP, leader of the political party “Opposition Platform for Life”, Viktor Medvedchuk. Medvedchuk is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he refers to as “a personal friend” Medvedchuk’s wife Oksana Marchenko was also put on sanctions list. The list includes another Ukrainian

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VTsIOM asked the Russians who they consider to be real men. It turned out – Putin and Lanovoy. And more Khabensky

On the eve of the holiday on February 23, VTsIOM asked the residents of Russia which of their famous compatriots they consider to be real men. More often than others, Russians called the names of President Vladimir Putin and the  recently deceased actor Vasily Lanovoy (9% each). The third most popular real man was the actor Konstantin Khabensky, who was named by 6%

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The Russian Ministry of Justice asked the ECHR to overturn the decision demanding the release of Navalny

The Russian Ministry of Justice asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to reconsider the decision, which requires the immediate release of Alexei Navalny. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to a source in the ministry. The Ministry of Justice also asked to declare inadmissible the complaint of Navalny’s lawyers, due to which the court made its decision.

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U.S. should restore strategic dialogue with Ukraine – Volker

     The United States should restore a dialogue with Ukraine on the main issues of geostrategic importance as soon as possible, Former U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said. “Ukraine’s success remains as strategically important to the West as ever. Now is the time for the United States to renew its engagement and support. Secretary Blinken’s

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Pentagon chief reaffirms U.S. commitment to building up Ukraine’s military capabilities to defend against Russian aggression

   Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andriy Taran to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine. “Secretary Austin emphasized that the U.S. remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He reaffirmed U.S. commitment to building the capacity of Ukraine’s forces to defend more

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Ukrainian party Opposition Platform – For Life sees sanctions on Medvedchuk, his wife as repressions

     The Ukrainian party Opposition Platform – For Life sees the National Security and Defense Council’s decision to impose sanctions on the head of the party’s political council and parliamentarian Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko as repressive, violating the constitution, and destroying democracy. “In violation of the Ukrainian constitution and other laws, the National Security and Defense Council

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Final countdown. The last days of the Revolution of Dignity – a chronicle of the events of February 20-22, 2014

Author: Inna Semenova Seven years ago, on February 18-20, 2014, the most tragic events of the Revolution of Dignity took place . It was on these days in the center of Kiev that the largest number of participants in the three-month protests – almost 100 people – died. At the same time, the Verkhovna Rada finally condemned the actions of Viktor Yanukovych’s regime, and

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Russia expels Estonian diplomat in tit-for-tat

Estonian authorities expelled a Russian diplomat from the country, announced at a briefing the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova. “The newly sworn-in Government of Estonia may have decided to show loyalty to Washington and Brussels in this way. The Russian Embassy diplomat in Tallinn was announced persona non grata without any justification. He was responsible for culture,

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Minister Tkachenko: NSDC decision is beginning of new era, when enemy is called by name

Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko supports the NSDC’s decision to expand the sanctions list, in particular, by MP Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko. “For me personally, this decision is historical justice. Unfortunately, it was delayed in time. Petro Oleksiyovych [Poroshenko] did everything so that Medvedchuk could fly to Moscow and conduct his business

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Merkel notes lack of progress in Minsk process

23:30, 19.02.21 – UNIAN Tough agenda is needed on Russia within the Trans-Atlantic community, the Chancellor stressed. One of the challenges the Trans-Atlantic community has to address is its relationship with Russia, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, addressing this year’s virtual Munich Security Conference. “When it comes to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, we have not really made

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