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Zelensky: Default looming if Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass two “vital bills”

The president says this is now lawmakers’ responsibility. Zelensky says two bills need to be passed to secure support from donors / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says there is default looming if Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass two important bills. “I would also like to speak about the special session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which

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Kremlin: wealthy Russians have been deceived in the West

Wealthy Russians have long been deceived in Western countries for their own money, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. “You’ve been fooled for years for your own money. You’ve been fooled and paid with gold for ruin, for the illusion,” she said. According to her, “very rich” Russians informed her about the medical collapse in London

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General previously accused of corruption heads Russia’s leading research institute

Major General Igor Bozhkov, who previously worked in the Russian Interior Ministry, was appointed the acting director of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP). Bozhkov was previously involved in the corruption case. The order to appoint an ex-policeman has been published on the institute’s website. According to publication the Project, Bozhkov had never been involved in science before, but

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Kremlin takes ownership of all Rosneft’s assets in Venezuela

Russian oil giant Rosneft announced that it is terminating operations in Venezuela and will be selling its assets in that country. “Today, Rosneft entered into an agreement with a company 100% owned by the Government of the Russian Federation to sell shares and cease its participation in all projects in Venezuela, including shares in Petromonagas, Petroperija, Boqueron, Petromiranda and Petrovictoria,

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Russians book up Black Sea hotels following Putin’s paid leave announcement, prompting regional governor to forbid checking in

Krasnodar Krai Governor Veniamin Kondratyev has ordered all hotel room reservations and check-ins to be suspended from March 28 to April 5. The temporary ban also applies to resorts and sanitoriums, according to a document published on the website of the governor’s administration. “Nobody’s going to kick out tourists who are already living in hotels and sanitoriums. But starting March

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MPs preparing new amendments to ‘Land law’: Launch of market to be delayed until July 1, 2021

During the first two years, individuals will be able to buy no more than 100 hectares each17:21, 28 March 2020  MPs intend to introduce new amendments to the bill No. 2178-10 “On the turnover of agricultural land”, which suggest a delay in launching the market until July 1, 2021. This became known from the statement of the Servant of the People

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Kyiv: Special status of Donbas will never be included into Ukrainian Constitution

“Ukraine does not intend to include into its Constitution the special status of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. According to Reznikov, the Russian representatives in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for peaceful settlement in the Donbas are constantly trying to

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Ukrainian parliament registers two bills as alternatives to ‘anti-Kolomoisky’ bill

Ukrainian lawmakers Oleksandr Dubinsky and Ihor Palytsia, who are connected to former PrivatBank owner Ihor Kolomoisky through their previous positions, on Wednesday registered bills which provide alternatives to another bill which was submitted by the government on Tuesday and was unofficially dubbed “the anti-Kolomoisky bill,” which is required in order to launch a new program with the International Monetary Fund

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Gazprom significantly cuts gas transit through Ukraine – Kobolyev

27.03.2020 10:25 Russia’s Gazprom has significantly reduced gas transit through Ukraine because of the economic crisis in Europe, according to CEO of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy Kobolyev. “We see that this is taking place because of the crisis in Europe, Gazprom is pumping significantly less gas than last year due to less consumption. Europe is oversupplied with gas,” Kobolyev

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“DNR/LNR” occupiers not to launch DFS until Ukraine recognizes them as subject of negotiations – MP

Occupation authorities of the “DNR/LNR” refuse to resume the work of the Donetsk Filtration Station (DFS) until their recognition as subject of the direct negotiations with Ukraine. MP Musa Magomedov wrote this in his Telegram Channel. “Bad news. There will be no water (in Avdiivka – OstroV) today. Representatives of CADLO issue an ultimatum – constructive proposals on the DFS

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Residents of occupied territories report a completely closed border with Russia

The Russian party has completely stopped the access operations on entry through Ukraine’s uncontrolled section of the state border with the Russian Federation since Thursday evening, March 26. This was reported by residents of the occupied territories of Donbass on social networks. Eyewitnesses write that the Russian party does not let out any of the citizens of Ukraine, including those

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Russians caught red-handed pumping gas in Ukraine’s exclusive marine economic zone (Video)

Respective materials, being collected since 2014, have already been included in the evidence base of a case to be considered by the arbitration court in The Hague. The Russia-seized ‘Tavrida’ drilling rig / Photo from UNIAN A Ukrainian coastal patrol jointly with Ukrainian border guards have spotted two self-elevating drilling rigs with the Russian flag, which were accompanied by a patrol

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‘The Government Doesn’t Believe in Small Businesses. The Feeling’s Mutual’: Russia’s Entrepreneurs Scramble For a Lifeline Coronavirus has hit Russia’s smallest businesses hard. Putin’s support package could be too little, too late.

Last week, Alla Komissarova sent a letter to her landlords, asking them to show a little flexibility towards the rent due for her two Moscow chocolate workshops over the next few months. Hand-made cakes and artisanal confectionery are not top of many Muscovites’ shopping lists as consumers start to worry about the looming economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic, and

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Putin Calls for Sanctions ‘Moratorium’ at G20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for sanctions relief during the coronavirus pandemic, telling G20 leaders it was a matter “of life and death.”  The leader did not specify which countries should be earmarked for sanctions relief, speaking instead more broadly.   “Ideally we should introduce a… joint moratorium on restrictions on essential goods as well as on financial transactions

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In First Address to Nation on the Coronavirus, Putin Holds Back From Stringent Measures

The Russian leader also delayed a vote on constitutional changes that could see him remain in power until 2036. By Evan Gershkovich and Jake Cordell2 hours ago Casually reclining in front of an office desk, President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation on the coronavirus pandemic for the first time on Wednesday afternoon — a month after Russia announced its first case. The Russian

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‘Pro-Western’ Activists Posing as Journalists Are Infiltrating Russia’s Military, Defense Minister Claims

Members of a “pro-Western opposition division” in Russia are posing as journalists to “hide behind” the country’s mass media law and infiltrate its military facilities, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday. Speaking to Russia’s upper chamber of parliament, Shoigu urged lawmakers to change the nation’s mass media law to counter so-called “information attacks.”  “[These activists] are working to infiltrate military

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