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‘We aren’t born democrats’ Vladimir Zhirinovsky explains how his party backs an ousted governor elected by the people of Khabarovsk in voting he opposes

With the arrest of Khabarovsk Governor Sergey Furgal and the appointment of Mikhail Degtyarev in his place, the two politicians’ political party — LDPR — suddenly finds itself at the center of Russian politics. Over the course of these events, the party’s long-time leader (the only leader it’s ever had), Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has reversed his initial hardline opposition to Furgal’s

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Armenia restricts broadcasting of Russian TV channels

The Armenian authorities have decided to restrict the broadcasting of Russian TV channels, RBC news agency reports. According to the Armenian Law on Audiovisual Media, which was signed on Wednesday by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, the broadcasting of foreign channels, including Russian ones, can be carried out only on the basis of interstate agreements. Restrictions will affect only broadcasts on state

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Ukrainian envoy says Ukraine may initiate new Budapest Memorandum if Minsk talks fail

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994. Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk says that if Minsk talks on Donbas in the TCG format come to a standstill, the Ukrainian side can initiate the signing of a new Budapest

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Russian-backed militants in Donbass receive increased arms supplies – ex-OSCE SMM adviser

Russian-backed militants in the Donbass receive new, increased supplies of weapons and ammunition from Russia. This was stated by ex-adviser to the OSCE SMM Mikhail Botsyurkiv on the air of the DIM TV channel. He noted that the number of personnel is also increasing. Botsyurkiv expressed the opinion that the international community needs to change the methods of influencing Putin,

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Montenegro fully reopens for Ukrainians

Previously, Ukrainians were banned from entering the country by car. REUTERS Montenegro has allowed Ukrainian citizens to enter its territory without restrictions, since Ukraine has been put on the safe “green zone” list. “Montenegro has included Ukraine in its green zone list and allowed Ukrainians to cross in without restrictions. Many thanks our Montenegrin friends and partners for their trust

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Zelensky: If everything depended on Ukraine alone, Donbas would see real ceasefire

The president said many questions and problems arise in the process of preserving ceasefire. Volodymyr Zelensky / president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said if everything depended only on the Ukrainian side, it would be a real ceasefire in Donbas. “We are fighting to ensure that this regime is not violated… If everything depended only on our side, I am

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Nominee for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine names number of Russian military in Donbas

06.08.2020 10:18 There are about 2,300 Russian military personnel in the occupied territories of Donbas, says Keith W. Dayton, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. According to Dayton, Russia handed over to the separatists “more than 400 tanks, 700 artillery units, howitzers, UAVs, air defense artillery, small arms, etc.” The diplomat said that the Ukrainian military in Donbas is

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Zelensky appoints notorious figure as deputy head of his administration

The appointee will be responsible for law enforcement. Oleh Tatarov / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Oleh Tatarov as Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. “Oleh Tatarov’s tasks will include the formation of national policy in the field of law enforcement, expert and analytical support for the operation of the Office of

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Ukraine’s SBU detains member of notorious ‘Vostok Battalion’ involved in Donetsk airport battles

He secretly arrived in Ukrainian-controlled territory. He joined the ‘battalion’ on a voluntary basis / Photo from facebook.com/SecurSerUkraine Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has detained a member of the Russia-controlled notorious “Vostok Battalion,” who was involved in battles near Donetsk airport in 2014. According to investigators, a local resident of the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol in Donetsk region, voluntarily joined the so-called

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Lukashenko warns Russia against destabilizing Belarus

An attempt to destabilize the situation in Belarus will have dire consequences for Russia, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in an address to parliament on Tuesday. “Billions of resources” and “new technologies” have been thrown against Belarus but these efforts may hit back like a boomerang,  said Lukashenko. “Don’t throw nuclear weapons here. Do not blow up the situation, because

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UKRAINE TERMINATES ONE MORE CIS AGREEMENT

The Cabinet of Ministers has supported a resolution on Ukraine’s withdrawal from the agreement on cooperation between the border troops of the CIS participating states in research activities. A respective decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, August 5, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. The explanatory note to the document states that the agreement was concluded for the

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Zelensky asks Lukashenko to extradite part of detained PMC Wagner mercenaries

The two presidents spoke over the phone on Wednesday. president.gov.ua President Volodymyr Zelensky advocates extradition of a number of Russia’s Wagner PMC troops, earlier detained in Belarus as local security officials say the group was set to destabilize the country amid the ongoing presidential election campaign. Zelensky voiced the extradition request during his Wednesday’s talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander

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Explosive Fertilizer Confiscated From Russian Businessman’s Ship Linked to Beirut Blast – Mediazona

Nearly 3,000 tons of a highly explosive fertilizer that caused Tuesday’s devastating blast in Beirut came from a ship owned by a Russian businessman, the Mediazona news website reported Wednesday, citing Lebanese television and members of the ship’s crew. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a statement Tuesday that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a

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Ukraine wants to build rescue boats jointly with Italy

05.08.2020 11:53  The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine needs to purchase specialized boats to conduct rescue operations and humanitarian mine action. The issue was discussed during a working visit of the Ministry’s delegation led by Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov to Italy, the press service of the Ministry informs. “During the visit, Minister Avakov, Head of

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In different cities of Belarus, rallies of two presidential candidates were canceled on the same day. Reason – urgent repairs

In three cities of Belarus, on August 4, several authorized pre-election rallies of presidential candidates Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Andrei Dmitriev were canceled. It is reported by Tut.by. Tikhanovskaya was to meet with voters in Slutsk and Soligorsk. In both cities, the authorities suddenly made repairs to the places allocated for the rallies. Meetings with voters were canceled at the last moment. The people who

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“DNR representatives” in JCCC outraged that Ukraine does not recognize impostors. They threaten with escalation

The so-called “DNR representatives” in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire and stabilization of the demarcation line between the parties (JCCC) are outraged that the Ukrainian side refuses to recognize their arbitrarily assigned status. This follows from the statement made by the occupation authorities of CADLO. According to the “DNR representatives” in the JCCC, the parties “exchanged

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Russia withdraws from tax agreement with Cyprus

Russia is denouncing the double taxation agreement with Cyprus, the Russian Ministry of Finance announced on Monday. Negotiations with the authorities of the island, which since the 1990s has become the main piggy bank of offshore capitals from Russia, have not been successful, the Ministry said in a press release. The Russian side insisted on taxing 15% of the dividends

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Amid earlier reports of Medvedchuk’s ongoing Crimea visit, Putin’s plane arrives in occupied Simferopol – media

The aircraft landed about four hours ago. REUTERS An Il 96-300 jet that is reportedly part of the Russian Presidential Administration’s fleet has landed in the occupied Crimea, as evidenced by FlightRadar monitoring system data The liner, registration No. RA-96012, arrived from Moscow some four hours ago, bihus.info reported. According to journalists, until 2003, the plane was used as the

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Zelensky “clearly explains” to Avakov who’s in charge in Ukraine – advisor to President’s Office chief

Delicately but clearly, Zelensky explained that it’s he who is President and it’s he who determines all key policy directions, while Avakov is responsible for security. Arsen Avakov / Photo from UNIAN Mykhailo Podolyak, an anti-crisis communications advisor to Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak, has said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is no longer a threat to Ukrainian President

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Russia sends 30 ammunition trucks and 10 armored vehicles to Donbas – intelligence

04.08.2020 14:51 Over the past week, Russia delivered at least 10 armored vehicles and about 30 trucks with small arms to the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Maksym Prauta said this at a briefing on Tuesday, August 4, with reference to information from the Main Intelligence Directorate, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Russia continues

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Occupiers open fire near four populated localities in Donbas

04.08.2020 09:50 Over the past day, the occupiers launched three attacks on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “Over the past day, three attacks launched by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded,” the press center of the JFO Headquarters reports. In particular, the enemy opened fire from tripod-mounted man-portable antitank gun near Pivdenne (40km north-east

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Exclusive: Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister – sources

Among the stolen information were six tranches of documents detailing British trade negotiations with the United States. REUTERS Classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected Russian hackers, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The sources, who spoke on condition

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Ukraine’s Defense Ministry responds to Russia’s statements on possible arming of Donbas

About 210 multiple rocket launchers have already been deployed by Russian-led forces to Donbas. Russian politicians say Russia may start to officially arm Donbas / Photo from UNIAN Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has responded to statements by certain Russian politicians about the possibility of supplying Russian weapons to occupied Donbas. “Information about the number of weapons and military equipment in

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