Monthly Archives: April 2021

ukraine: Parliament passes “Smartphone Court” Bill

All parties to a trial shall be allowed to take part in court hearings via video conference.vesti.ua The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has supported the introduction of the Unified Judicial Information and Telecommunication System (UJITS), which has already been nicknamed “the court in a smartphone.” A total of 261 People’s Deputies on Tuesday, April 27, backed the bill “On Amendments

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Kremlin: Putin is ready to talk with Zelensky but not about the war in Donbas

Russian Presidential Speaker Dmitry Peskov welcomed the initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with Putin, reported the Russian agency Interfax. Peskov said the wish to speak should be “only welcomed.” He also said that deputy head of the Russian Presidential administration, Dmitry Kozak, is in constant contact with the Office of the Ukrainian President. At the same time,

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SkyUp to resume Kyiv-Odesa flights

27.04.2021 15:24 Ukraine’s low-cost carrier SkyUp Airlines has announced the launch of flights from Kyiv to Odesa from May 28, according to the company’s press service. “Kyiv – Odesa – Kyiv flights will be operated daily, except for 30 May. We will depart from Kyiv at 08:00 in the morning, and from Odesa — at 09:50 in the morning. The

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Zelensky hopes to announce ceasefire regime in Donbas at TCG meeting on April 28 – presidential press service

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky hopes to reach an agreement on the resumption of the ceasefire regime in Donbas during a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), which will take place on Wednesday, April 28, the website of the head of state reported. “Tomorrow there will be a full-fledged meeting of the TCG in a video format. I still

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To Deter Russia, Hit Them Where It Hurts

Ariel Cohen On Thursday April 15, President Biden imposed long-awaited sanctions on Russia, blaming the Kremlin for the SolarWinds hack that breached U.S. government agencies and American companies. The sanctions are aimed at Russia’s disinformation efforts and the occupation of Crimea, along with its recent military buildup and exercises on the Ukraine border. Ten Russian diplomats were expelled as a

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Don’t Underestimate Importance of Joe Biden’s First Sanctions Move

The U.S. has paved the way for much tougher measures in the future, should Russia not change its behavior. Earlier April, the U.S. announced sweeping measures against Russia for a series of “harmful foreign activities” — election interference and disinformation campaigns in the U.S. and elsewhere, the SolarWinds cyberattacks and Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea, among other transgressions. The sanctions

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Russia Accuses Brazil of ‘Political’ Sputnik V Rejection

The makers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday have slammed Brazilian regulators’ move to block imports of the jab, calling it a “political” decision. Brazil’s federal health regulator Anvisa on Monday denied a request from several states to import Sputnik V, saying it did not have the data needed to verify the jab’s safety and efficacy.  “Anvisa’s delays

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Wildfire Smoke Blankets Russia’s Third-Largest City

Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk has been blanketed by smog from dozens of nearby wildfires, with residents gasping for air and local media reporting a distinct smell of smoke in the city center. Authorities in the Siberian city of 1.7 million on Tuesday issued a so-called “Black Sky” air quality warning, according to the local Ndn.info news website, with smoke-clearing rain not

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Ukraine expels Russian consul in Odesa

27.04.2021 14:45 The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has declared a consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Odesa persona non grata in Ukraine, the ministry’s press service has reported. “He must leave the territory of Ukraine by the end of the day on April 30, 2021,” the report reads. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry strongly protested over the April

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Alternatively Pro-Russian: How NASH Operates

April 26, 2021The NASH news network controlled by Yevhen Murayev has taken the place of the banned TV channels of Viktor Medvedchuk. It mostly features the same guests and spreads very similar messages. 2021 has been a good year so far for the news channel NASH. In February, the TV networks 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK controlled by Viktor Medvedchuk, the key pro-Russian politician in Ukraine, were taken

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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken may visit Ukraine in May – CNN

Blinken’s visit to Ukraine will be an opportunity to discuss a potential Biden-Zelensky meeting.U.S. Secretary of State Blinken may visit Ukraine in May / REUTERS U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken may visit Ukraine in May. That’s according to a CNN report with reference to a Ukrainian government source close to the ongoing negotiations. The visit will take place before the meeting

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UK Announces Global Magnitsky Sanctions

Britain announced its first sanctions under a new global anti-corruption regime on Monday, freezing assets and imposing business restrictions on 22 individuals from Russia, South Africa, Sudan and Latin America. Those sanctioned include 14 people allegedly involved in the diversion of $230 million of Russian state property through a fraudulent tax refund scheme uncovered by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Ajay, Atul

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