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Robert A. McConnell: Is the United States conceding Ukraine to China?

Ukraine is a flashpoint for American national security interests and international geopolitical stability. Russia’s war against Ukraine gets attention from Washington. The United States provides military support and other support to assist Ukraine in its efforts to defend against Vladimir Putin’s outrageous aggression. However, Russia is not the only threat to United States’ national security interests in Ukraine. It can

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Russian Air Force expressed condolences in connection with An-26 crash

The words of sympathy for the Ukrainians were expressed by the head of the Russian Air Force Academy named after Zhukovsky and Gagarin, Colonel-General Gennady Zibrov The Russian Air Force did not remain indifferent to the tragedy of the An-26 military aircraft, which crashed in the Kharkiv region.  September 25 and killed more than 20 cadets.  The words of condolences

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Russia Accuses Germany of Refusing to Cooperate on Navalny Medical Probe

Russia on Friday accused Germany of refusing to cooperate with it to establish the cause of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s illness as he continues to recover in Berlin. The 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner collapsed on a flight to Moscow from Siberia in what his allies say was a state-sanctioned poison attack. He was discharged from a hospital in Berlin this

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Kremlin reacts to non-recognition of Lukashenko’s presidency

According to Putin’s spokesman, such a reaction is contradictory to international law Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, said that the decisions of a number of countries not to recognize the legitimacy of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko were contrary to international law and did not promote dialogue between the states. This was reported by

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Prosecutor general fires deputy who spearheaded case against Judge Vovk

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova fired her deputy who spearheaded the high-profile corruption case against Pavlo Vovk, the head of the Kyiv Administrative District Court and one of Ukraine’s most notoriously controversial judges, on Sept. 24. The deputy, Andriy Lyubovych, confirmed that he was fired the same day. The Prosecutor General’s Office did not respond to requests for comment. The Kyiv Administrative

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Russia demands Germany hand over data on Navalny poisoning within 10 days

The Russian Permanent Mission to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent a note to its German counterparts demanding that all information on Alexei Navalny’s poisoning case be passed on, reported the mission’s press service. “On September 23, the Russian Permanent Mission sent a note to the German Permanent Mission to the OPCW with a demand to

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Gorbachev Backs Belarus Opposition Protesters

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, voiced his support for the Belarusian opposition Thursday as the country continues to see mass protests against long-serving strongman Alexander Lukashenko.  His statement came the day after Lukashenko was sworn into office in a secret ceremony following more than a month of unprecedented protests against his disputed re-election on Aug. 9.

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week

By Illia Ponomarenko 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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Russia and Europe: Stuck on Autopilot

Andrew S. Weiss Summary:  Russia’s relations with Europe are getting worse. Time and again, it is Moscow’s own overreach and missteps that encourage greater Western unity, or at the very least leave the Europeans no alternative to confronting Russia. Summary Many observers predicted that the coronavirus pandemic might lead Russian President Vladimir Putin to rethink his highly opportunistic, zero-sum approach

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EU to approve new anti-Russian sanctions for construction of Kerch Bridge

The sanctions might be approved in the next few weeks The European Union will approve the imposing of the sanctions against people involved in the construction of the Kerch Bridge as Radio Liberty journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter. According to the journalist, the sanctions for the construction of the Kerch Bridge might be approved in the next few weeks.

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Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize – media

It is noted that the application for his nomination was submitted by Russian writer Sergei Komkov President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The application for Putin’s nomination was sent by Russian writer Sergei Komkov, RIA Novosti reports. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had not officially nominated the Russian

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A New Movie Transports Anastasia Romanov to 1980s America. Russians Aren’t Happy About It.

A new American film that turns the executions of Russia’s last tsar and his family into a fantasy-tinged teen comedy has caused an uproar among Russians, who say the film mocks their history. At first, the plot of “Anastasia: Once Upon a Time” sounds outrageous enough to rank among other so-bad-they’re-good classics: As Vladimir Lenin looks to destroy the imperial

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Zelenskyy puts Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic future at risk

UkraineAlert by Mykola Vorobiov Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has begun the fall 2020 season with a series of scandals and negative headlines that reflect the increasingly grim outlook for a politician who just eighteen months ago was hailed as the face of a new Ukraine. Zelenskyy promised to end an era of corruption stretching back to the dawn of Ukrainian

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Hackers spread false reports of nuclear disaster, death of US troops in Ukraine

An act of deception that was later revealed as a series of hacker attacks brought a whole range of simultaneous false reports of a nuclear disaster, the death of Ukrainian and American military personnel, and other incidents in Ukraine on Sept. 23. Notably, the fake news campaign occurred during the climax of the large Ukrainian-American-British-Canadian military exercises Joint Endeavor 2020,

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USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS CV-22S BUZZ UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY, B-52S FLY IN UKRAINIAN AIRSPACE FOR THIRD TIME THIS MONTH

By Nolan Peterson  KYIV, Ukraine — The US Air Force had a busy day in Ukraine on Wednesday, underscoring a slow but steady uptick in overt American airpower support for this post-Soviet country, which has been locked in a low-intensity land war against Russian invasion forces since the spring of 2014. A formation of two US Air Force CV-22B Ospreys flew over

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Belarus Arrests Dozens as President Secretly Sworn In

Belarusian police on Wednesday used water cannon and tear gas to disperse several thousand demonstrators and detained dozens of people during protests against strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s secretive presidential inauguration. Riot police were violently detaining protesters across the city and at least two demonstrators were injured and received medical aid, witnesses told AFP.  Viasna rights group said at least 33 people

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In speech to UN Putin calls for removing sanctions and trade restrictions

President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, said that the recovery of the world economy during the pandemic requires “removing restrictions and sanctions.” “Removing restrictions and sanctions could be useful to restore global growth and reduce unemployment,” said Putin. Putin said that now Russia’s proposal to introduce so-called green corridors, which will remove trade

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U.S. gives Russia ultimatum during nuclear missiles talks

The global nuclear-weapon control system established in the last years of the Cold War is moving steadily towards collapse. The U.S. de facto gave the Russian side an ultimatum in negotiations on the fate of the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (START-3), the last existing agreement limiting the number of nuclear warheads on both sides. The treaty signed in 2010 by

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What Russia Doesn’t Get About Germany

Moscow has repeatedly rejected any responsibility for its most contentious actions. As a result, Berlin’s trust and willingness to invest in the relationship with Russia has been wearing down for years. Ever since German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Sept. 2 that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, the term “turning point” has been

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Moscow Expands List of European Officials Banned From Russia

Moscow said Wednesday it was expanding a list of European officials who are banned from entering Russia as a response to what it said were aggressive EU actions. A Foreign Ministry statement did not specify what the sanctions were a response to, but referred to “hostile steps” against Russia and its citizens. Russia’s ties with European countries have worsened since

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International insurers will not provide insurance to ships that are building Nord Stream 2

The ships involved in the construction of the Russian pipelines Nord Stream 2 and the Turkish Stream have been denied insurance due to US sanctions. An international group of shipowners’ mutual insurance clubs will not provide insurance coverage to ships that are involved in the construction of the Russian pipeline Nord Stream-2. The same measures will apply to the companies involved in the

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Belarus Leader Lukashenko Sworn In at Secret Ceremony – Agency

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term at a secret ceremony held with no prior announcement, the Belta state news agency reported Wednesday. Lukashenko has faced massive demonstrations against his rule in Minsk and other cities since claiming victory in disputed elections on Aug. 9, and has made only rare appearances in public view. Фотография

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Putin’s new mistakes. What Russia is losing

The Russian Federation can no longer be considered a ” great energy power”, and the Kremlin’s dependence on military force has reduced the country’s international authority to a “great pariah power” Another double violation by Russia of the norms of international behavior – the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the acceptance of the discredited Belarusian autocrat, President Alexander Lukashenko –

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