Monthly Archives: April 2021

Confusion in Constitutional Court as sacked chief remains defiant

The Court’s Secretariat today refused to comply with the instruction to strip the dismissed chair of payments.Constitutional Court of Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN While the Supreme Court is yet to rule in the case into the legality of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decrees which annulled appointments of Oleksandr Tupytsky and Oleksandr Kasminin as Constitutional Court judges, the CCU remains embroiled

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz offers Vienna as venue for possible Russian-U.S. summit in call with Putin

Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin press service said on Friday. “The federal chancellor proposed considering Vienna as a venue for a possible Russian-U.S. top-level meeting, if an agreement is reached on holding such,” the press service said. Putin and Kurz considered “some relevant aspects of Russian-Austrian relations, including collaboration in opposing the

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Russia bans entry to the President of the European Parliament and the PACE Special Rapporteur on the Navalny poisoning case

Russia has closed the entry to the country for eight representatives of the official structures of the European Union and individual European countries. This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry. It is now prohibited to enter Russia: the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli; Ivars Abolins, Chairman of the Latvian National Council for Electronic Media; Director of the Center

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Alexander Query: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Alexander Query Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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Kremlin vows to quickly find a replacement for SWIFT

Russia will quickly find a replacement for the SWIFT payment system if it is needed, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to him, if SWIFT “turns to be unreliable”, an alternative to the international system of interbank payments will appear immediately. “We live in such a developed world that alternatives, or by-pass substitutes for this system will be found

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OSCE observers spot 15 Russian armoured UAZ Esaul in occupied Donetsk region

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has spotted for the first time in the occupied Donetsk region 15 modern Russian armoured vehicles UAZ Esaul, which are produced exclusively in the territory of the Russian Federation. The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna stated this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday, April 29, – Ukrinform reports.

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U.S. Embassy in Russia stops issuing all visas except diplomatic

The American Embassy in Russia will stop processing applications for all nonimmigrant visas, except diplomatic ones, from May 12. “The actions of the Russian government forced us to cut our consular staff by 75%,” TASS quoted the statement of the US Embassy in Russia. The embassy, according to a message in English published on the diplomatic mission’s website, also warns that in this situation

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‘End of an Era’: Russia Adds Navalny Political Network to ‘Terrorist and Extremist’ List

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political network has been blacklisted as a “terrorist-linked” organization, Russia’s state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring said Friday. “Navalny Networks” now appears on Rosfinmonitoring’s searchable database of groups and persons with links to terrorist activities, which includes al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Islamic State. The designation means that authorities can block the organization’s bank accounts. A Moscow

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Ukraine condemned the PACE decision to deprive Goncharenko of the right to vote

The agency believes that the PACE decision is inconsistent with the “defiant behavior of the Russian delegation.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to deprive Oleksiy Honcharenko, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and a member of the European Solidarity MP, of the right to vote for three months . The spokesman

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Thousands Rally Against Czech President Over Russia Stance

    Thousands of Czechs have rallied in Prague against President Milos Zeman, calling for his removal from office and condemning what opponents say are his pro-Russia views. The rally in Wenceslas Square on April 29 came as the Czech government has accused Russia’s GRU military intelligence of being behind a fatal ammunition depot explosion in 2014. In response, the Czech

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Energy sanctions can prevent a new Russian offensive in Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Ariel Cohen and David Pasmanik April 29, 2021 A full moon rises over Gazprom Neft’s oil refinery in Omsk, Russia, February 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko) A major Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine has recently sparked fears of a potentially dramatic escalation in the simmering seven-year conflict between the two countries. Although tensions have eased somewhat

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Why Putin Flexed His Military Muscle on Ukraine’s Border

A Russian military vehicle prepares to be loaded into a plane during maneuvers in Crimea, in this image released on April 22 Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/APIDEASBY By IAN BREMMER APRIL 29, 2021 8:32 AM Bremmer is a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at TIME. He is the president of Eurasia Group, a political-risk consultancy, and GZERO Media, a company

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WESTERN OPINION-FORMERS WHO MAY HAVE PREPARED THE GROUND FOR THE INVASIONS OF GEORGIA AND UKRAINE.

This is a repost from one I did about 18 August, 2019. The reason for it is because I just discovered that the Mail editorial team incredibly decided to support Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008. This year the Mail/Mail Online and Mail on Sunday has published a series of news items about Russia’s evil behaviour concerning Ukraine. They have

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