Monthly Archives: February 2021

Armenian Prime Minister: during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Russian missiles worked only 10 percent of the time

During the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the autumn of 2020, the Russian Iskander missiles in service with Armenian Armed Forces did not exploded “or exploded only 10% of the time”, said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with the website 1in.am. Answering the journalist’s question: “How is it possible?”, Pashinyan replied: “I don’t know… Maybe it’s an 80s

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Ukraine plans to disconnect from power grid with Belarus, Russia by end of 2023 – Kuleba

Ukraine plans to disconnect from the electricity grid with Belarus and the Russian Federation by the end of 2023, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. “Since Soviet times, the Ukrainian power grid has been a part of a single network that includes Belarus and Russia. But we want to cut off from this network and make the Ukrainian power grid

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Court rules to seize pipeline allegedly linked to Medvedchuk

Leader of the pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform – For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk (C) attends aparliament session on Oct. 31, 2019 in Kyiv.Photo by UNIAN The High Anti-Corruption Court on Feb. 23 ordered the seizure of an oil product pipeline owned by Prikarpatzahidtrans, a firm accused of having links to pro-Kremlin lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk. The politician denies owning it.   The assets were seized

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Russia’s Government Debt Rose 40% in 2020

Frugality through the pandemic means Moscow still boasts one of the lowest debt levels in the world. Russia’s state debt rose by 40% last year, as it sold trillions of rubles in bonds to prop up lost oil and gas revenues from the pandemic. The Audit Chamber, Russia’s government spending watchdog, said Wednesday state debt stood at 19 trillion rubles ($257 billion)

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SMM spots 15 Grad multiple rocket launchers in occupied Donbas

24.02.2021 09:55 The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has recorded 15 Grad multiple rocket launchers deployed in violation of withdrawal lines in the occupied areas of Donbas. The OSCE SMM said this in a report issued on February 23, based on information from the monitoring teams received as of 19:30 on February 22, 2021. According to the report, on February

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Crimea is Ukraine!’ billboard put up near Russian embassy in Kyiv

PHOTOS24.02.2021 17:44 A billboard with the inscription “Crimea is Ukraine!” has been put up outside the building of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported on Facebook. “Just a photo, just the Russian embassy in Kyiv, just stating a fact: Crimea is Ukraine!” reads the post, accompanied with a respective photo. The poster depicts

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Armenian Prime Minister: during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Russian missiles worked only 10 percent of the time

During the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the autumn of 2020, the Russian Iskander missiles in service with Armenian Armed Forces did not exploded “or exploded only 10% of the time”, said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with the website 1in.am. Answering the journalist’s question: “How is it possible?”, Pashinyan replied: “I don’t know… Maybe it’s an 80s weapon.”

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Moscow Blocks Nemtsov Supporters From Laying Flowers at Memorial Site

Moscow police have blocked supporters of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov from laying flowers at the site of his death on a bridge steps away from the Kremlin. Nemtsov’s supporters have maintained and guarded a makeshift memorial at the site where he was shot dead on Feb. 27, 2015, day and night for nearly six years. Organizers of the annual

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Russian occupiers of Crimea puts 66-year-old Ukrainian on trial for ‘state treason’

23.02.2021. Halya Coynash Halyna Dovhopola PHoto Facebook  The trial has begun in Russian-occupied Sevastopol of Halyna Dovhopola who will be 66 in March, and has spent well over a year imprisoned in Moscow on mystery charges of ‘spying’ for Ukraine.  The country which invaded and annexed Ukrainian Crimea is illegally applying the norm in its criminal code on ‘state treason’ in its

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Russian Priest Blesses Police Van in Siberia

A Russian Orthodox priest has blessed a police van on a recent visit to the Siberian republic of Buryatia, the regional Interior Ministry announced. Russian priests have previously been seen sprinkling holy water on military hardware including ballistic missiles, submarines and space rockets as part of blessing rituals. The practice has become so widespread that a Church commission last year

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Former CIA, KGB Chiefs: Soviets Ordered Oswald to Kill JFK

Former CIA, KGB Chiefs: Soviets Ordered Oswald to Kill JFK Lee Harvey Oswald talks to the press as he is led down a corridor of the Dallas police station for another round of questioning in connection with the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald was instructed to assassinate President John Kennedy by the Soviets —perhaps by then-leader Nikita

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Rethinking Yushchenko

UkraineAlert by Brian Mefford “He plants trees which will be of use to another age,” said the Roman poet Caecilius Statius. This phrase captures the idea of a far-sighted leader who is focused on the distant future beyond their own lifetime. As Viktor Yushchenko celebrates his sixty-seventh birthday this week, those words may well be applied to Ukraine’s much maligned

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Ukraine calls on UN not to see Russia as mediator in Donbas conflict

While Russia denies its role as an aggressor in the Donbas conflict and pretends to be a mediator in the peace process, there are no prospects for constructive negotiations and the return of peace to eastern Ukraine, according to Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. He made such a statement during the UN General Assembly debate

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US State Department gives award to ex-Ukrainian prosecutor general

The U.S. Department of State on Feb. 23 launched a new International Anti-Corruption Champions Award and gave it to a number of individuals including ex-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka. “Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources,” Secretary

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Protests sweep Ukraine as Odesa court jails civic activist for 7 years, alleging he staged an abduction to earn $11

Article by: Olena Makarenko with contributions by Alya Shandra On 23 February, the Primorsky Court of Odesa ruled to imprison Serhiy Sternenko, a civic activist from the south-Ukrainian city and one of the greatest enemies of the local authorities, for 7 years and three months and to seize half of his property. The court found him guilty of kidnapping by a

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Gazprom Cuts Gas Transit Via Ukraine By 24.8% To 86.8 Million Cubic Meters Since Early February

   On February 1-19, Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom cut gas transit via Ukraine by 24.8% or 28.6 million cubic meters to 86.8 million cubic meters. That follows from the data posted on the official website of Gazprom, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the data, on February 1, the transit amounted to 115.4 million cubic meters. On February 17, the

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Sternenko’s verdict: Protesters in Kyiv announce new, indefinite rally to start on Feb 27

The event is to begin at noon.Sternenko was sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison / Photo from UNIAN Protesters in Kyiv have announced that a new, indefinite rally in support of imprisoned activist Serhiy Sternenko is to start at noon on February 27. They invited supporters to join the protest action over the court ruling and imprisonment of

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