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Opposition politician suggests forming national salvation government in Ukraine

KIEV, January 21. /TASS/. The number-one threat to Ukraine’s security is flagrant incompetence of the country’s government. Only the national salvation government can steer the country out of the crisis, member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For life party Viktor Medvedchuk said on Tuesday. “Only the national salvation government

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Russian ‘Plumbers’ Questioned at Davos Over Espionage Suspicions – Report

Two Russians who identified themselves as plumbers despite carrying diplomatic passports were checked in Switzerland on suspicion of espionage ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF), the Tagez Anzeiger newspaper reported Monday.  Held annually in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the WEF gathers world leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with thousands

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Most residents of Ukraine see themselves as Ukrainian citizens

The vast majority of Ukraine’s population considers themselves, first and foremost, Ukrainian citizens, according to a survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the sociological service of the Razumkov Center. The results of the survey were presented at a news conference on Tuesday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The overwhelming majority of the population of Ukraine (75%)

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Russia may get a new aircraft carrier but only one of Soviet design and only in 10 years

Now that Vladimir Putin has signaled that he wants Russia to have a new aircraft carrier, officials are working hard to realize that project. But their efforts highlight Moscow’s problems: the new one will be a copy of earlier Soviet designs, and it won’t go to sea until 2030 at the earliest. The fate of the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only remaining

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Iran asks U.S., France for equipment to download downed plane's black boxes

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has requested equipment it says it needs from U.S. and French authorities to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian passenger plane but Tehran had not yet received a positive response, the Iranian civil aviation body said. Canada, Ukraine and other nations who had citizens on the flight in which all 176 people aboard

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Britain 'Regretful' Ukrainian State Symbol Appears In Police's 'Extremist' Guide

A statement by the British government says it is aware that Ukraine’s national symbol appears in a British police guide for identifying extremist symbols and that it is “regretful” of the fact. “We are aware and regretful of the insult caused by the appearance of the Ukrainian Trident in the British police’s visual guide,” a U.K. government spokesperson said late

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A frozen conflict may be Ukraine’s best option

The best Ukraine can expect from the Kremlin in the early 2020s is Transnistria East. And that may not be so bad. Russia’s Transnistria statelet in Moldova checks three of five key boxes. Shooting stopped 25 years ago. There is free movement of people and goods across its internationally unrecognized borders. Moldovan trucks routinely drive through to Odesa port. Going

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Kremlin: Kosovo army is a serious security threat to Balkans

The plans to create a Kosovo army, supported by the leading NATO states, seriously endanger the security of the Balkan region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on January 17 during a press conference on the results of Russian diplomatic activity in 2019. The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that these plans are a gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1244,

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Russian-language schools to swtich to Ukrainian

Teachers from these schools will undergo extension courses in the Ukrainian language Teachers who work in Russian-language schools will undergo the extension courses in order to switch to Ukrainian as the working language. Anna Novosad, Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science reported that as quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. “We’re getting ready to switch the schools that employed Russian

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Russian Official Walks Back Call to ‘Wipe Out’ Critical Journalists

A Russian official has apologized Monday for remarks suggesting that journalists should be “wiped out” for criticizing the authorities. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads Russia’s republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made the controversial remarks Saturday at an event commemorating the local press. “They need to be wiped out, as the people say,” Ignatyev was quoted as saying about

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Putin restores the GULAG by legalizing slave labor of convicts

Paul A. Goble 2020/01/20 – 10:49 • International, Op-ed Given all the changes Vladimir Putin is making in these days in the Russian constitutional order, ones that legalize the presidentialist dictatorship he has already created, many may have failed to notice that a law he signed restoring a key feature of the GULAG, the use of convicts as slave laborers,

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Hybrid war in Donbas: Ex-OSCE envoy Sajdik names actual parties to conflict

OSCE reports say in 80-90% of the cases, it was illegal armed groups who denied observers access to certain areas in the warzone. Former Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik has said Ukraine and Russia are parties to the conflict in Donbas as evidenced by the signatures of

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Russian MP calls occupied Donbas "special subjects" of Russian Federation

Russian counterparts who reside in Ukraine must unite in a “powerful pro-Russian movement”, Andrey Kozenko said Andrei Kozenko, the lawmaker of Russia’s State Duma from the annexed Crimea claimed that the areas of temporarily occupied Donbas are “special subjects” of the Russian Federation. The video with his comment is published on the Union TV company’s YouTube channel, Strana.ua reports.  “We’re

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