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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