Monthly Archives: March 2021

Ukraine approves strategy to end Russian occupation of Crimea

The minister says the document was needed way back in 2014.Ukraine outlines three priorities in retaking Crimea / Photo from UNIAN, by Oleksiy Suvirov Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council on March 11 approved a strategy to end the Russian occupation of Crimea and the reintegration of the peninsula. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced this on Twitter. “We’ve approved the Strategy for

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Ukraine’s Motor Sich to be nationalized

The enterprise will be returned to state ownership soon.Motor Sich is to be nationalized soon / Photo from UNIAN Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has decided on the nationalization of PJSC Motor Sich. The decision was taken at an NSDC meeting on March 11, NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said at a briefing following the gathering. “The point at issue

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Kremlin worried about rising tensions on the contact line in Donbass

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov also noted that Moscow did not receive a new settlement plan in Donbass, the creation of which was announced by Kiev.© Valery Sharifulin / TASSRead TASS inYandex.NewsYandex ZenGoogle News MOSCOW, March 11. / TASS /. The growing tension on the contact line in Donbass is a matter of concern to the Kremlin. This was announced on Thursday by

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Kremlin: U.S. cyberattack could have brought down Russian government’s websites

The massive failures of Russian government websites on Wednesday morning could be linked to U.S. cyberattacks, Russian Senator Andrei Klimov told Open Media. “Direct threats against the websites of Russian state structures from Washington have been made more than once, including recently, so I cannot rule out such a possibility,” he said. Earlier, The New York Times reported, citing sources,

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Support for Russia’s Ruling Party Drops to Pre-Crimea Low – Poll

Support for Russia’s pro-Kremlin ruling party has dropped to an eight-year low ahead of legislative elections where it seeks to retain a supermajority this fall, independent poll results said Thursday. United Russia, which enjoys a two-thirds majority in the country’s lower house of parliament, would receive 27% of the vote if it was held this Sunday, according to the Levada Center polling

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Russia’s Pursuit of Internet Sovereignty Backfires, Again

Wednesday was supposed to be a big day for Andrei Lipov, a 51-year-old Russian top official trusted with the Kremlin’s most sensitive internet initiatives. A not very successful internet entrepreneur in the 1990s and most of the 2000s, Lipov found himself working for the government in 2008,  when he was invited to join the communication ministry by Igor Shchegolev, a

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U.S. to strengthen support for Ukraine – Blinken

11.03.2021 09:27 The United States is well aware of the challenges facing Ukraine today and is ready to strengthen its support in various areas, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. He stated this at the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, March 10, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We strongly stand against Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. We stand strongly

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Russia deported at least 178 people from occupied Crimea last year – UN

11.03.2021 15:56 In 2020, Russian “courts” in the occupied Crimea issued deportation and forcible transfer orders against at least 178 individuals, including 105 Ukrainian citizens. Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) Matilda Bogner said this while presenting the 31st report on the human rights situation in Ukraine during the period from August 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021,

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UN: Russia has implemented no recommendations on human rights situation in Crimea

11.03.2021 15:35 The Russian Federation, the occupying power, has not implemented any of the recommendations for improving the human rights situation in Crimea made in previous periodic and thematic reports of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission. Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU), made a corresponding statement during the presentation of the 31st

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Razumkov explains move not to support sanctions on pro-Russian TV channels

Razumkov reiterated that sanctions related to terrorist activities should be accompanied by actual arrests and charges.Photo from UNIAN Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov has said he refrained from voting for imposing sanctions against pro-Russian TV channels NewsOne, ZiK and 112 Ukraine owned by Ukrainian MP Taras Kozak since no additional information on the “financing of terrorism” accusations had

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Ukraine & Latvia’s war on Russian language is self-defeating & moronic, given world’s most successful countries are multi-lingual

Warning! More BS from the state of Mordor. By Paul Robinson, a professor at the University of Ottawa. He writes about Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics, and is author of the Irrussianality blog. In the 1920s, after its violent exit from British rule, many in Ireland wanted to abandon the use of English. They lost the argument, and the

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Russia Says Twitter Not Removing ‘Banned’ Information

Russia’s telecommunications watchdog said Thursday that Twitter had still not deleted more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content after Moscow began disrupting Twitter’s services in the country. On Wednesday, Roskomnadzor said it began slowing down the US social media giant’s work in Russia, saying Twitter failed to comply with its requests to delete content related to child pornography, drug use and

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Russia to Display Advanced Armata Tanks at Red Square Parade

Russia plans to display state-of-the-art Armata T-14 tanks at its World War II victory parade on Red Square this spring, its manufacturer announced Thursday. The T-14’s developers tout its next-level firepower, maneuvering and remote-control capabilities, as well as its unmanned turret and improved design for better survival prospects for its three-person crew.  The 14-wheel main battle tank will roll into

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The Culture of Resentment Revisited

“The Russian word обида – obida – umbrage, resentment, pouting, holding a grudge – has become a core element in shaping public attitudes by the Russian state media’s spin doctors”, we wrote back in early January 2020. Just before the start of the global pandemic, the pro-Kremlin media was gearing up for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory over

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Call to Biden: US should help boost Ukraine’s reforms, move to NATO

By Illia Ponomarenko. Published March 10 at 8:03 pm As U.S. President Joe Biden rolls out his foreign policy, his administration should focus on deepening its security partnership with Ukraine, dozens of Ukrainian and American former and serving policymakers and thinkers stated in a major public address aired on March 10. In an open letter presented on the sidelines of

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Putin’s stealth takeover of Belarus gains momentum

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore. Wed. March 10, 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured in Moscow on March 10. (Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Office/TASS via REUTERS) As the Russian and Belarusian armed forces launched back-to-back exercises this week, the two countries also announced plans to establish permanent joint military training centers. And just days before the military drills began, a new pro-Kremlin Belarusian political party held

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