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Bill on status of oligarchs – Zelensky’s new initiative

Oligarchs must no longer be allowed to influence politics, economy, and Parliament, Zelensky believes.president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed that a bill be drafted on the status of an oligarch in Ukraine. That’s according to the president’s televised address aired following a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Thursday, an UNIAN correspondent reports. “I suggested that

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Polish Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of three Russian diplomats

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland has recognized three employees of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw persona non grata. Representatives of the Foreign Ministry informed Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev about this, the ministry said in a statement. The basis for such a decision was the commission by these people of actions that do not correspond to the status of a

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“Army is ready”: Zelensky on latest tensions with Russia

Donbas has become a priority at today’s meeting of the NSDC, president said.Ukraine President’s Office Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the National Security and Defense Council has discussed the latest developments in eastern Ukraine at a meeting held Thursday afternoon. The content of discussion remains classified, the head of state said in a televised address following the NSDC meeting, an UNIAN correspondent

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Ukraine flies first Turkish-made strike drone over Donbas

The Bayraktar TB2 drones were ordered by Ukraine in January 2019, with the first batch delivered in June of the same year.Ukraine Defense Ministry For the first time, the Ukrainian military used a Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2 for a reconnaissance mission over the Donbas region, as reported by local media. The flight, reported by the vice-chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament’s

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Diplomat warns US placing dollar and West’s payment systems in jeopardy

The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman pointed out that Russia’s gradual reduction of the dollar share in national and cross-border settlements is a “forced decision”Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova© Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Recent US actions cast doubt on the advisability of using the dollar and payment systems controlled by the West, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry,

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‘Not truly free and democratic’: Poll says over half of Russians cast doubt on US election

According to the survey’s results, 64% of those questioned took an interest in the November US election, while 35% said they had not followed the American presidential race© EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. More than half of Russians don’t think that the recent US presidential election was free, according to a poll conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research

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Biden declares “national emergency” over threat posed by Russia

The U.S. president has listed Russia’s harmful efforts in question.REUTERS U.S. President Joe Biden has declared a national emergency over the threat to the national security posed by Russia. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, released April 15, Biden said he had “issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national

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Russia Summons U.S. Envoy for ‘Harsh Talks’ on New Sanctions

Russia has summoned U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan for “harsh talks” after Washington widened economic sanctions and ordered diplomatic expulsions in retaliation to what it calls Moscow’s malign behavior, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ministry would like to speak with Sullivan less than an hour after President Joe Biden ordered restrictions on U.S. banks buying new

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: Ukraine will consider restoring its nuclear status if not accepted in NATO

If Ukraine is not accepted into NATO, it may consider restoring its nuclear status to defend against Russia, said Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk on Deutschlandfunk radio. According to him, to date, about 90,000 Russian military personnel have been transferred to the borders of Ukraine, the annexed Crimea and territories of the Donbas which are not under Kyiv’s control. The

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Military intel says Russia to amass 110,000 soldiers at Ukraine border by Apr 20

Iskander-M short range ballistic missile systems have already been deployed.REUTERS Chief of the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR MO), Kyrylo Budanov, has addressed the parliamentary committee on national security, defense, and intelligence. At the beginning of March, Budanov told MPs, groupings of the Russian armed forces were deployed near the state border of Ukraine, consisting of two combined armies,

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U.S. at OSCE: Russia’s military activities near Ukraine not a routine exercise

14.04.2021 15:30 Russia’s military activities near Ukraine’s border are not a routine military exercise, and Russia also massed forces in 2008 and 2014, before the start of military operations against Georgia and Ukraine, respectively, according to Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Courtney Austrian. She said this at a special joint meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council and the

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Russia needs all of Ukraine, but will the West interfere?

Russia keeps massing troops along the Ukrainian border and strengthening its Black Sea fleet, so tensions are further rising. It is difficult, however, to foresee, what exactly all this muscle-flexing will develop into as Kremlin’s moves remain largely unpredictable. However, Russia’s actions today very much resemble preparations for a major military conflict. Moreover, besides preparing its military, Russia is also

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Stoltenberg supports Ukraine’s right to apply for NATO membership

13.04.2021 15:10 Only 30 allies can decide when Ukraine can be ready for NATO membership, and no third country, including Russia, has any right to veto Ukraine’s decision to choose its sovereign path, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said. He said this at a briefing in Brussels on Tuesday, April 13, following an extraordinary meeting of the North Atlantic

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Russia’s new offensive may spill into World War 3 – Ukraine’s chief settlement negotiator

Kyiv must brace for any scenario against the background of the ongoing amassing of Russian troops along Ukraine borders, official believes.Photo from UNIAN The Kremlin should be aware that a new offensive by Russian troops toward the seizure of more Ukrainian territories could escalate into a third world war, says Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk, who is now heading the

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Shoigu announced the transfer of NATO troops to the borders of the Russian Federation, and Russian troops to the “western borders”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that NATO is going to send 40 thousand troops and 15 thousand units of weapons and military equipment, including strategic aviation, to the borders of Russia. He announced this at a meeting in Severomorsk, writes TASS. According to Shoigu, American troops are being transferred from the United States to Europe across the Atlantic, and in

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Kremlin: Russia prepares to part ways with Visa and Mastercard

Russia is “hedging its risks” in the event of a disconnection from international payment systems, including Visa and Mastercard, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to him, such a scenario “cannot be ruled out” given the “unfriendly and sometimes even hostile behavior” of Western countries. “Restrictions on Russia are used by a number of countries that as such an illegal from

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Biden phoned Putin and offered to meet

US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House reports. During the conversation, Biden expressed concern about the sudden build-up of military presence “in occupied Crimea” and on the border with Ukraine and called on Putin to ease tensions. Biden said that the United States supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Biden also suggested

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The chairman of the Alliance of Doctors, Anastasia Vasilyeva, was fined 180 thousand rubles per share near the colony where Navalny is sitting

The Petushinsky District Court of the Vladimir Region fined Anastasia Vasilyeva, the head of the Alliance of Doctors, 180 thousand rubles for a share near IK-2 in Pokrov, where politician Alexei Navalny is serving a sentence.  Vasilyeva was found guilty of violating the administrative article on the mass presence of citizens in the territories directly adjacent to the colonies (part

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Foreign universities allowed to open branches in Ukraine

Permits will be issued by the Ministry of Education and Science.REUTERS Foreign higher educational facilities are now allowed to open branches in Ukraine. That’s according to a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science with reference to Cabinet Resolution No. 304 of March 24″. Commenting on the government move, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine

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Authorities of “DNR” ordered to urgently prepare documents for mass registration of passports of Russian Federation

The puppet authorities of the “DNR” have received a command to urgently prepare documents for the mass registration of passports of the Russian Federation. This was announced by pro-Russian propagandist Sergey Makarenko on his page in Telegram. “According to my information, some budgetary institutions (perhaps, all) received a request for an urgent collection of documents for the accelerated receipt of

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Ukraine creating national system of transition to NATO standards – Shmyhal

12.04.2021 11:13 Ukraine is firmly moving towards joining NATO, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said. “Ukraine is creating a national system of transition to NATO standards. The launch of such a system was presented this week [on April 6] by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna. Ukraine is firmly and steadfastly moving towards joining

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Russian cities prepare for mass burials as Kremlin amasses troops on Ukrainian borders

Regulations “On the organization of urgent burial of bodies in wartime” began appearing on websites in several Russian cities, underscoring the possibility that Russia is preparing for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian city councils were instructed to prepare burial sites for those killed during the military campaign.  Among these cities is Cherepovets, where the authorities have begun preparing a local

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