Monthly Archives: April 2021

NSDC slaps sanctions on “top 10 smugglers” – Zelensky

Dozens of customs officials have been sacked.Photo from UNIAN The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at its meeting on Friday, April 2, applied personal sanctions to the country’s “top ten smugglers,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says. “This [smuggling] is economic terrorism against Ukraine. According to experts, smuggling-related losses reach UAH 300 billion, of which the state budget of

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In Russia, since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Rosstat, more than 220 thousand people with coronavirus have died. According to the operational headquarters, less than 100 thousand

In Russia, for the entire 2020 and the first two months of 2021, 223,905 Russians died with COVID-19, Interfax reports, citing Rosstat data. Coronavirus became the leading cause of death in 122 180 cases, in another 24 656 cases the virus was also suggested as the main cause of death, but more research is needed to confirm this. Coronavirus was

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China rejects Russia’s call to jointly respond to U.S. sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s trip to China, which took place at the moment when the United States began to prepare new packages of tough sanctions against Russia, seems to have ended without the desired result. Although Lavrov posed for the protocol photos in the mask FCKNG QRNTN and accompanied his visit with abundant anti-Western rhetoric, accusing the U.S. of

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Biden affirms ‘unwavering support’ in call to Ukrainian President

US President Joe Biden has expressed firm support for Ukraine in a call to President Volodymyr Zelensky  amid a buildup of Russian armed forces on the country’s border, the White House said. Mr Biden “affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,” the White

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“I don’t look like a person who is ‘not allowed to sleep’”. Maria Butina spoke about the visit of Alexei Navalny in the colony

A member of the Public Chamber and an employee of the RT TV channel  Maria Butina said that Alexei Navalny, who went on a hunger strike in the colony, “demands special treatment and special conditions for himself.” She wrote about this in her Telegram channel after visiting IK-2 in Pokrov, where Navalny is serving his sentence in the Yves Rocher case . Navalny walks absolutely normally. He

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Kyiv calls on NATO to conduct joint military exercises and patrols of Ukrainian airspace amid escalation in Donbas

Ukraine has invited NATO to conduct joint military exercises and patrols of Ukrainian airspace, stated the deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, Roman Mashovets, at a meeting with the Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov. According to the press service of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, the parties, discussed escalation of the situation in the Donbas and

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Ukrainian Intelligence: Russia is preparing to move troops into Donbas

Russia is preparing to commit large-scale provocations against Ukraine, reported the General Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. According to the intelligence agency, Russia is preparing a set of measures aimed at provoking Ukraine to a military response to its hostile actions along the demarcation line in the Donbas. Russia is expanding its military presence on the territory of

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Biden, Zelensky talked by phone for over 30 minutes – journalist

02.04.2021 18:27 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and U.S. President Joe Biden had a 30-40-minute phone call on Friday, April 2, according to Politico journalist Natasha Bertrand. She reported this on her Twitter account. “Biden and Zelensky just finished their conversation, which lasted about 30-40 minutes, I’m told. Biden reasserted the U.S.’ commitment to Ukraine and they spoke about the reported Russian troop

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Vice PM: Ukraine’s progress in Association Agreement implementation reaches 54 percent

02.04.2021 15:20 Ukraine’s overall progress in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union has reached 54% since 2014. “If we talk about the implementation of the agreement in general, the progress was really small (34%) in 2020. However, the overall progress [since 2014 to date] is 54%. It should be understood that the main scope of obligations

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Explainer: Why Are Tensions Between Russia and Ukraine Ratcheting Up?

Warnings and statements coming from Moscow, Kiev and Washington are the most serious and strongly worded in months. Western countries have grown increasingly nervous in recent days over signs of a Russian military buildup close to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and on the annexed Crimean peninsula. The conflict in eastern Ukraine — which broke out in 2014 following Ukraine’s

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Russian State-Funded Sputnik News Pulls Out of Britain

Russia’s state-run Sputnik news organization will shut down its British operations five years after opening a bureau in Scotland, the news agency described as a Kremlin propaganda tool announced Friday.  Sputnik began broadcasting from its Edinburgh studio in August 2016, the same year that U.S. intelligence agencies accused it and the RT news channel of participating in an influence campaign to sway

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How Putin made the international media his unwitting accomplices

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson. April 1 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured during his end-of-year news conference in Moscow. December 17, 2020. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) The headline read like a Moscow propagandist’s dream. “Kremlin says fears Ukrainian side could restart civil war in eastern Ukraine,” it declared. Here were all the key elements of the disinformation narrative underpinning Russia’s seven-year campaign of aggression

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Betraying Ukraine

Berlin, Paris and Moscow walk into a bar. And talk about Ukraine behind its back. That’s what happened on March 30, when the leaders of these countries — Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin — had a teleconference to talk about the war in Ukraine without Ukraine. The troika has reportedly even discussed a peace plan. The Normandy Format

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EU accuses Russia of drafting conscripts from occupied Crimea

3:15, 01.04.21 – UNIAN The Russian Federation is bound by international law, and obliged to ensure the protection of human rights on the peninsula, the EU recalls. The European Union says Russia has launched a conscription campaign in the occupied Crimea and that the move broke international law. “Today, the Russian Federation has launched yet another conscription campaign in the illegally-annexed

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U.S. not to leave Ukraine to its own devices if Russian aggression escalates: Defense chiefs’ phone call

For the second time over the past 1.5 months, the top defense officials of the two states discussed ways to strengthen cooperation.mil.gov.ua United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reassured his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Andrii Taran, that Washington will not give up on Ukraine in case Russia escalates aggression. The two defense chiefs had a phone call on Thursday,

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Russia Ready For Large-Scale Provocations Against Ukraine – Main Intelligence Directorate Of Defense Ministry

   The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense reports that the Russian Federation is ready for large-scale provocations against Ukraine. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a statement of the press service of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense. “According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, the Russian Federation is completing

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Cabinet Terminates Agreement With Russia On Cooperation In Field Of Tourism

   The Cabinet of Ministers terminated the agreement with Russia on cooperation in the field of tourism. The Cabinet of Ministers adopted a corresponding resolution at a meeting on Wednesday, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “To terminate the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the field of tourism, signed on July

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