Monthly Archives: March 2021

TCG talks: Russia turns down offer to secure truce in Donbas from April 1

Ukraine’s initiative on a comprehensive ceasefire from April 1 saw no support on Russia’s part.Photo from UNIAN Chief of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement, Leonid Kravchuk, offered that the Russian counterparts ensure compliance with the comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas starting April 1, but the Russian delegation showed no support for the initiative. That’s according

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President Zelensky, First Lady file asset declarations: Details

Zelensky holds a number of patents for models and inventions, as well as trademark rights.Olena Zelenska’s Instagram account President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted an annual declaration of income for 2020. The relevant data has been posted on the website of the National Agency for Corruption Prevention. The president’s salary for the year amounted to UAH 336,000, while Olena Zelenska made

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Rumours of War: Another Russian Surprise in Ukraine?

March 30. 2021 EPA/Scanpix Troops of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) attend military exercises near Russian proxy controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, in August 2020. On 28 January, at the forum ‘Russian Donbas’ convened by the DPR leadership, Margarita Simonyan, Chief Editor of the Russian state TV channel Russia Today, announced: ‘The people of Donbas want to live in their

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Ukraine to ban import of wheat, sunflower oil, detergents, paper from Russia from April

The Cabinet of Ministers has supplemented the list of goods originating from the Russian Federation, prohibited for import into Ukraine, with wheat, sunflower oil, detergents, and paper. Government resolution No. 269 dated March 29, 2021 was published on Wednesday on the government portal. According to the document, the list of prohibited goods was also replenished with surfactants, newsprint, cardboard, kraft

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Another President calls Putin ‘a killer’

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda also believes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin can be called “a killer”, reported the news agency Delfi. When asked by a reporter if he, like his American counterpart Joe Biden, believes that Putin is “a killer,” he replied: “Unfortunately, yes.” According to the President of Lithuania, Russia clearly does not respect the territorial integrity of neighboring

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Moscow expresses disgust after US general turned arms industry lobbyist Ben Hodges says no Russians died in WW2, only Ukrainians

By Jonny Tickle Retired US Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has been accused of an “outright and primitive lie,” after casting doubt on the consensus that Russia lost millions of lives during World War II, claiming they were all Ukrainians. Hodges is the former Commanding General of the United States Army Europe and now serves as a lobbyist at the

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WHO done it?

By Ross Clark. March 31. 2021 Should we believe the World Health Organisation report into the origins of the Sars-CoV-2 virus which, as expected, dismissed the possibility of a laboratory accident and promoted the theory that the virus was imported from overseas via frozen foods? The first thing to note is that the report does not claim to be independent

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Italian officer ‘caught selling secrets to Russia’

An Italian navy officer has been arrested while being caught in the act of handing secret documents to a Russian military official, police say. The men were stopped by military police on suspicion of serious crimes relating to espionage and state security. The Russian, who reportedly worked at the Russian embassy in Italy, is expected to be expelled. Russia’s ambassador

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Forced migration in Crimea as part of Russia’s ‘hybrid’ strategy

Article by: Alla Hurska, The Jamestown FoundationSource: The Jamestown Foundation Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 50 Edited by: A. N. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Decree No. 201 came into effect on March 20, 2021. The executive edict adds Crimea and Sevastopol to “the list of Russia’s border territories where foreign citizens, stateless persons, and foreign legal entities cannot own land.” As

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Russia Approves ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine for Pets

Russia has approved what it says is the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the state veterinary service said Wednesday. Carnivac-Cov underwent clinical trials on dogs, cats, mink and other animals starting in October, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary Supervision, Rosselkhoznadzor, said in a statement. Mass production of the injectable suspension could be launched as early as April, Rosselkhoznadzor’s deputy

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How to impose costs on perpetrators of disinformation?

Last week we wrote about the recent wave of disinformation on sanctions. Sanctions, or in EU jargon – restrictive measures, are part of the toolbox countries have to impose costs on other (non-)state-actors spreading disinformation. Why does spreading disinformation remain an attractive option for interference in the information space and how to disrupt this? We present an overview of recent

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Merkel, Macron call on Putin to help stabilize situation in eastern Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held a joint videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on the Russian leader to help stabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the Elysee Palace has reported. The leaders of France and Germany stressed the need for Russia to make a determined commitment to stabilize the

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Khomchak relates details of deathes of four soldiers killed by snipers in Donbas on March 26

Four Ukrainian soldiers died as a result of the cynical shelling attacks on March 26 by snipers at a demining group of the 143rd Joint Training Center from the Joint Forces Operation staff in the area of Shumy settlement in Donbas, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak said. “The demining group of Lieutenant Colonel Koval, consisting of

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Ukraine wants to show Biden it’s serious about ending ‘oligarch era.’ That’s not so easy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a news conference with the European Council chief in Kyiv on March 3. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool/Reuters)By David L. SternMarch 29, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. EDT By David L. SternMarch 29, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. EDT KYIV — The word of the moment in Ukrainian politics is “de-oliharkhizatsia” or de-oligarchization: a renewal of the long-held goal — and

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Rada unblocks “big privatization”

The sale of large state-owned enterprises could bring some UAH 12 billion (US$430 million) to the state budget.Photo from UNIAN, Oleksandr Kuzmin The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Wednesday passed a bill effectively lifting all holds off large-scale privatization. Earlier, the Ministry of for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture noted that the move would allow launching preparatory measures (such

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Rada adopts law on urgent calling-out of reserves without announcing mobilizatioN

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted draft law No. 3553 on improving certain issues of the fulfillment of military duties and keeping military records in the second reading and as a whole, draft law No. 3553 on improving certain issues of the fulfillment of military duties and keeping military records, – correspondent of OstroV reports. 256 people’s deputies supported the decision.

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From the FB page of UkraineWorld

❗ Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak stated that Russia is gathering its troops on the border with Ukraine, НВ reports: https://bit.ly/39r6D9b. After his declaration, the Verkhovna Rada approved a statement demanding Russia to immediately cease hostilities in Donbas. 🎥 Watch the recording of our Is the Kremlin Preparing a New War Against Ukraine? video-discussion to

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A fishing trawler under construction capsized at the Pella shipyard in the Leningrad Region .

A fishing trawler under construction capsized at the Pella shipyard in the Leningrad Region . Its hold is partially flooded, and the ship has landed on board. According  to RIA Novosti, at the time of the accident there were 80 people on the trawler, 78 of them were evacuated, the fate of two more remains unknown. https://meduza.io/impro/4Q4xkypA_8mhLl3CxQMtF1l28C1-drNM6rVdOXKA_uI/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNi81/OTYvMjUxL29yaWdp/bmFsL0VsdmpYTVhu/Y3JtUG1KZHg0Z1dY/ZHcuanBn.webp (C)MEDUZA 2021

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Fathers and Sons: A Kremlin-KGB Remake

By arresting family members of persecuted individuals, today’s authorities openly declare themselves to be the direct successors of Stalin’s repressive system. By Andrei KolesnikovUpdated: 7 hours ago The Soviet and Russian secret services have always used the dirtiest tricks possible against their opponents. These typically involve exploiting their victims’ greatest vulnerability — close relatives. A perfect example is how, instead of jailing

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Ukraine becomes world’s first country to equate e-passports to paper IDs

E-passports, including those for foreign travel, are generated free of charge.Photo from UNIAN, Viacheslav Ratynskyi The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Tuesday passed legislation allowing the use of e-passports, displayed via a government-controlled Diia app, on equal terms with actual passports. The latest amendments to Law “On the Unified State Demographic Register and Documents Confirming the Citizenship of Ukraine, Certifying

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After death of Kharkiv Mayor Kernes, his hidden riches surface

The online asset declaration of former Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes listed a rented flat, several expensive watches and $2.5 million in cash. It was always seen as too little for a man often labeled the city’s “godfather.” Three months after Kernes died from COVID-19 complications on Dec. 17, his vast riches began surfacing in the pockets of his common-law wife Oksana Gaisinskaya

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German media sounds alarm over Russian navigation systems installed on Bundeswehr submarines

German Navy submarines use Russian navigation systems produced by the company Transas. The warships were equipped wit these navigation systems during the time of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. According to Bild, Russian software has been used on 100 vessels since 2005. The publication, citing expert assessments, writes that “encryption of data in these systems does not meet the military standards” and the

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Battle of Narratives: Kremlin Disinformation in the Vitaliy Markiv Case in Italy

Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group 29.03.2021 This is a short summary of the “Battle of narratives: Kremlin disinformation in the Vitaliy Markiv case in Italy” research conducted by Olga Tokariuk for the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. The verdict of the court of first instance in Italy, which sentenced the National Guardsman Vitaliy Markiv to 24 years in prison for complicity in

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France willing to sell its Dassault-built Rafale fighter jets to Ukrainian Air Force

The Ukrainian government has made it known in Paris and Washington that it is looking for U.S. or EU-built, 4++ gen fighter jets to replace its Soviet-era MiG-29s and Su-27s. These intentions were reported by Intelligence Online, a French website that specializes in security matters, according to Defense Express. Kyiv is hesitating between light fighters, like the General Dynamics F-16

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