Monthly Archives: February 2021

President appointed Oksana Markarova to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Decree № 75/2021 on the appointment of Oksana Markarova to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America. Congratulating Oksana Markarova on the appointment, the Head of State noted that her candidacy has three key advantages: patriotism, a high level of professionalism and a very positive perception

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M-30 route from Stryi of Lviv region to Izvaryne of Luhansk region to be definitely built in 2021 – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the completion of the construction of the longest highway in the country, M-30, this year. “We will build the M-30, we will definitely build it in 2021, although the task has been set to build it by August of 2024 – this is an important symbol that will unite our country together with

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Kyiv court rules to block over 400 websites in Ukraine

Among them are Russia’s RBC, LiveJournal, as well as From-ua, Novostiua.org, ZapadMedia, Infopressa, and others.ua.depositphotos.com Kyiv’s Holosiyivsky District Court has ruled to block access to 426 websites in Ukraine, including those of Russian and Ukrainian media. That is according to Ukraine’s National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCIR) published on its website on February 24. The court has effectively blocked Russia’s

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Russia’s Small Businesses Are Suffering Despite Easing of Coronavirus Restrictions

One in ten firms is preparing to close, warns the Kremlin’s business envoy. Businesses in Russia are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, a new government survey has shown, with a significant chunk preparing to close their doors or start bankruptcy proceedings. One in every ten small and medium-sized businesses are already preparing to shut down, according to

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Putin signs law allowing Kremlin to fine YouTube and social networks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an amendment to the Code on Administrative Offences, which will allow to fine foreign Internet platforms that allow discrimination against Russian state media. The document provides for sanctions for non-compliance with the regulations of the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, which previously received the right to block or slow down access to resources listed as

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Ukraine: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol

Seven years on from the violent, illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains steadfast in its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. The European Union reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law.

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Russian General Kuzovlev promoted for his role in Donbas war

Kuzovlev was recalled from Donbas in the spring of 2015.Kremlin.ru Russian President Vladimir Putin has conferred the rank of Colonel-General on Sergey Kuzovlev, one of the former military commanders in the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic”, the unrecognized entity in the Russian-occupied part of Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Supervising Russian-controlled mercenaries with the self-proclaimed “LPR,” Kuzovlev operated under a number of aliases,

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Medvedchuk, Surkov talk power supplies to occupied Crimea, prisoner swap – leaked call from 2014

The outlet that released the tape has said nothing about the source of the leak.Photo from UNIAN The latest leak has exposed what appears to be phone talks purportedly held in 2014 between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest ally in Ukraine, MP with the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk and Putin’s aide (at the time) Vladislav Surkov.

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NATO should increase assistance in training Ukrainian Armed Forces – Stoltenberg

   NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he will insist on strengthening NATO assistance in training the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He said this during a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday, February 25, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the head of state. The president stressed the importance of cooperation with NATO to

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Zelensky, Stoltenberg discuss Ukraine’s NATO membership: our immediate goal is MAP

   President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, following a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, said Ukraine’s immediate goal is the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). “Pleased to hear from Jens Stoltenberg that the door of NATO is open for Ukraine. Grateful that you personally and the NATO members support us in NATO membership aspirations. Our immediate goal is

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Police, prosecutor’s office do not support Kyiv court ruling that providers obliged to block access to website of Russian RBC, another 425 resources

   The police and the prosecutor’s office will appeal the decision of Holosiivsky District Court of Kyiv, which obliges all telecommunications operators and providers entered in the relevant register on the website of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization to block user access to 426 sites, a law enforcement source told Interfax-Ukraine. “At the request

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Questions remain after Putin hosts Lukashenka

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore They went skiing. They rode snowmobiles. And they lauded their “strategic partnership and alliance,” pledging to deepen integration between their two countries. But after Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin and Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka met for six hours in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 22 and spoke again by telephone the next day, it

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Condemning Russia’s actions in Crimea is worth doing, but it’s not enough – British MP

The United Kingdom must continue its policy of condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea while strengthening itself to counter the Russian threat. Stewart McDonald, a member of the UK Parliament for Glasgow South, wrote about this in an article for The Scotsman. “Condemning Russia’s actions in Crimea is worth doing, but it’s not enough. Meaningful solidarity also means ensuring we aren’t the

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Ukraine wants to regain control over Donbas by 2025

   The Ukrainian government has approved changes to the Integrated Border Management Strategy until 2025. The document includes a clause on the restoration of control over the border between Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The relevant decision was made at the meeting of the Ukrainian Government, Ukrinform reports. According to the government’s order to amend the

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Administration Of Odesa Remand Prison Will Decide On Possible Transfer Of Sternenko From Odesa To Kyiv Within 3 Days

   The administration of the Odesa remand prison will decide on the possible transfer of activist Serhii Sternenko, sentenced to seven years and three months in prison, from the Odesa remand prison to the Kyiv remand prison within three days. Odesa Regional Prosecutor Serhii Kostenko announced this at a briefing, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “According to the law, they have

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Slovak government supports Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO

    The Slovak government has adopted a Foreign Policy Strategy for 2021, which, in particular, envisages cooperation with Ukraine and support for its aspirations to join the North Atlantic Alliance, according to a respective document posted on the website of the Slovak government. “A stable, democratic and prosperous Ukraine remains a strategic interest of the Slovak Republic. Following President Volodymyr

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Russia poses “existential threat” to U.S. – Pentagon

09:00, 25.02.21 – UNIAN All European allies are also facing the threat, General Wolters says. The Russian Federation remains a threat to the United States despite economic sanctions imposed. That’s according to U.S. European Command Commander Air Force General Tod Wolters. “Russia engages in destabilizing and malign activities across the globe, with many of those activities happening close to home [in

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Zelensky to Duda on Nord Stream 2: “Trap for the whole of Europe”

The two leaders agreed on further steps to counter the Russian gas pipeline project.REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda have discussed by phone the issues of energy security in Europe, including the Nord Stream 2 project. “This project is, in fact, a trap for the whole of Europe. It cannot be allowed. Further boosting of

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