Monthly Archives: March 2021

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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The quiet front: the battle of identities in occupied Crimea and Donbas

Article by: Martin Fornusek Editor’s NoteBeyond the sizzling trench warfare in occupied Donbas, a no less important battle is being fought. In a tactic harkening back to tsarist times, Russian occupation authorities are working overtime to erase Ukrainian identity and instill values of the “Russian world,” creating additional challenges for Ukraine’s reintegration of the territories.  History weaponized Just as heavily armored

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Record prison sentence for Christian faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

30.03.2021. Halya Coynash Viktor Stashevsky Photo The Jehovah’s Witnesses  55-year-old Viktor Stashevsky has been sentenced by a Russian-controlled court in Crimea to six and a half years’ imprisonment for reading the Bible and praying together with fellow believers. This is the worst of three prison sentences illegally passed against Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witnesses over the last year amid a worrying intensification

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Kyiv reacts to Kremlin’s intention to hold Donbas talks with France, Germany behind Ukraine’s back

Diplomats say shifts on key issues of a peaceful settlement can be achieved only within the framework of Normandy Four.REUTERS The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has reacted to the Kremlin’s initiative to hold negotiations with the leaders of France and Germany regarding Donbas – without Ukraine’s participation. Ukraine’s position is nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine,” MFA Ukraine’s press

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