Monthly Archives: May 2021

U.S. reports on Russia’s heavy weapons deployed in occupied Crimea

Russia also continues to “conscript thousands of young residents of Crimea into its military.”REUTERS Russia has deployed to the occupied Crimea a variety of heavy weaponry, according to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE. “As part of its broader efforts to destabilize Ukraine and to disrupt regional security, Russia has engaged in a multi-year military buildup in Crimea,” the deputy

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Putin joins list of Nobel Peace Prize candidates

The preliminary list of nominees includes 286 people Russian president Vladimir Putin is now on the list of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Writer and scientist Sergei Komkov who actually offered the Nobel Committee to consider Putin’s candidacy said so as quoted by RIA Novosti.  “I received [the letter]. “Your candidate has been added to the list”, they replied”,

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Putin’s Ukrainian top-ally Medvedchuk charged with treason, faces custody. Here are the accusations

Financial sanctions against Putin’s Ukrainian top-allies Victor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak raised controversial reactions — from praise to claims that the rule of law is violated. Underpinning the sanctions, on 11 May 2021, Ukraine’s officials presented charges against Medvedchuk and filed a relevant lawsuit to imprison this former Soviet attorney who prosecuted Ukrainian intellectuals in compliance with all legal procedure

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France to finance 85% of EUR 300 mln contract for supply of firefighting car lifts for Emergency Service

The framework agreement signed on Thursday by the governments of Ukraine and France, providing for the supply of 370 rescue vehicles-car lifters for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the amount of up to EUR 300 million, provides for the provision of financing by the French side in the amount of EUR 255 million (85% of the contract amount).

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Leaked tape published of purported Medvedchuk call with Putin official

The Ukrainian politician is suspected of high treason.Photo from UNIAN Another recording of a phone call was leaked to the media, purportedly involving Vladimir Putin’s main political operative in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk, who has now been charged with high treason. In a 2015 phone call, Medvedchuk allegedly spoke with the then-chief of the Russian Presidential Protocol, Vladimir Ostrovenko, who currently

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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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Ukrainian, Hungarian foreign ministers reach important agreements at meeting in Bratislava

In particular, the ministers have agreed to continue dialogue on education and minorities with due respect to Ukraine’s national legislation.Ukrainian, Hungarian foreign ministers reach important agreements at meeting in Bratislava / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, have reached a number of important agreements at a meeting in Bratislava. “In our meeting

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Kremlin: Russia is closely watching prosecution of Medvedchuk in Ukraine

Russia is not going to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine, said the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the charges brought against the head of the political party Opposition Platform for Life, Viktor Medvedchuk. “Of course, we are watching this very thoroughly,” Peskov said, adding that Moscow would like to make sure that it is not about persecution

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Zelensky welcomes signing of Ukraine-France framework agreements for EUR 1.3B

13.05.2021 17:45 President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed the conclusion by the governments of Ukraine and the French Republic of four framework agreements totaling more than EUR 1.3 billion. These documents were signed during the visit of Minister of Economy, Finance, and Reconstruction of France Bruno Le Maire to Ukraine on May 13, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the

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Medvedchuk not to be released on recognizance, court says

Prosecutors request that the suspect be taken into custody until July 10.Photo from UNIAN Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court Judge Viacheslav Pidpaly has overruled the motion filed by Viktor Medvedchuk’s defense to release their client, MP with the Opposition Platform – For Life Party, on recognizance. Medvedchuk, who is believed to be Vladimir Putin’s main political operative in Ukraine, is suspected

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Alexey Navalny filed a lawsuit against IK-3 in Vladimir – lawyers were forbidden to take laptops and phones to meetings with him

Politician Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit against the administration of colony No. 3 in Vladimir, where he has been  kept since mid-April, because his lawyers are not allowed to take laptops and telephones to meetings with him. This was reported to Novaya Gazeta by the politician’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev. During the entire period of Navalny’s detention in IK-3, lawyers visited him almost

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Razumkov, Lithuania’s Seimas Speaker Cmilyte-Nielsen Will Visit Checkpoints Chonhar And Kalanchak At Administrative Border With Crimea

   On Thursday, May 13, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmytro Razumkov, and Speaker of Lithuanian Seimas (the Parliament) Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen will visit border checkpoints of Chonhar and Kalanchak at the administrative border with Crimea. Verkhovna Rada’s press service has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the report, there the two officials will study the

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Russians’ Views of Navalny Protests Increasingly Negative – Poll

Only 16% of Russians viewed last month’s nationwide protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny positively, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Thursday, a signal of flagging momentum for his embattled opposition groups.  Navalny’s team had called on supporters to take to the streets on April 21 to demand proper medical care for the opposition politician after his doctors

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Zelensky opens UA30 Cyber Center

VIDEO13.05.2021 12:45 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he considers the launch of a new UA30 Cyber Center a showcase of change in Ukraine. He stated this during the presentation of the center, which was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the President’s Office, according to Ukrinform. “I think that in general, it is a showcase that Ukraine is

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Influential Russian Feminist Activist Tatiana Nikonova Dies at 43

An influential Russian feminist activist and sex blogger, Tatiana Nikonova, has died from an unknown illness at age 43, a message on her website said Wednesday. Nikonova had advocated gender equality, sexual literacy and adolescent sex education, and supported the LGBT movement since 2001. She launched a feminist blog in 2012 and had since gained hundreds of thousands of social media followers.

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FSB installed hidden cameras in a Perm bathhouse to spy on Jehovah’s Witnesses

FSB operatives set up hidden cameras in the Chaika bath complex in Perm to monitor gatherings of local Jehovah’s Witnesses. This, according to “MBH Media”, said the accused in the case of the organization Igor Turik at a meeting of the Industrial District Court of Perm. His lawyer Iosif Charny confirmed to Mediazone that the camera was mentioned in the materials of the criminal

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Searches reported at Constitutional Court judge’s house – media

Searches are being carried out in the presence of Tupytsky, his wife, two children, and a lawyer.Oleksandr Tupytsky / REUTERS Searches are underway in the house of Oleksandr Tupytsky, whose appointment as a judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has recently been annulled. That’s according to Ukraine’s weekly newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli (Mirror Weekly) with reference to sources in the State

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Time to Offer Ukraine and Georgia a Path to NATO Membership

May 7, 2021 Both countries have sought to clean up the scourge of corruption and modernize their militaries, became regular participants in various NATO exercises, and discussed their interest in joining the Alliance. “What would you say to Joe Biden if he were sitting here?” Axios journalist Jonathan Swan asked during an exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Without a moment’s

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Ombudsperson’s envoy Viacheslav Petliovany: In Russian prisons, Ukrainians are held in cages, put on their knees, fed psychotropic drugs

Ukraine Ombudpserson’s representative for human rights in the security and defense system and procedural rights, Viacheslav Petliovany, sat down with UNIAN to tell about the conditions in which imprisoned Ukrainians are held around the world, what detainees complain about in Russia, Europe, and the U.S., and why prisons in occupied Donbas and Crimea are worse than those in Bangladesh, Vietnam

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Time to sanction the Putin-Lukashenka “axis of autocrats”

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore The case for sanctioning the emerging “axis of autocrats” in Eastern Europe is gaining traction. In testimony on Capitol Hill before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives last week, former Assistant Secretary of State David Kramer argued that it is time to broaden the aperture on sanctions against Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr

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EU Says Russia Aims to ‘Integrate’ East Ukraine – Bloomberg

The European Union claims Russia is seeking “de facto integration” with separatist eastern Ukraine through its actions, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing a document shared with member states. Kiev has been at war with pro-Russia rebels in the eastern breakaway region called Donbass since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea. Tensions flared this year with a spike in deadly violence, massive Russian

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