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Petition on reinstating Suprun as health minister gains required number of votes

The appeal was initially posted on March 23. A petition released on the presidential website on the reinstatement of Ulana Suprun as head of the Health Ministry has gained the required number of votes, namely 25,000. As of Monday morning, March 30, a total of 25,974 people supported the proposal. Now Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is supposed to respond to

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Donbas peace talks group meets online, averts highly criticized agreement meant to include Russia-run “people’s republics”

OLENA MAKARENKO The Minsk Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) met on 26 March to discuss the Donbas situation, but no ratification of controversial agreements, drafted two weeks earlier, took place. The meeting had to be conducted online, and thus the necessary physical signatures were impossible to obtain. Arising from the most recent meetings held in Minsk on 11 March, the newest

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Alexei Bayer: Why Russia robs its citizens

By Brian Bonner. Last week Vladimir Putin addressed his subjects on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Among measures he unveiled was a week-long “vacation” for everyone in the country — for which employers, including owners of restaurants, stores and a variety of other businesses, will have to pay out of their own pocket while staying closed — perhaps indefinitely so. Needless

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Spain returns to China unreliable coronavirus test kits also purchased by Ukraine

Spain has sent a large batch of rapid coronavirus test kits back to the Chinese manufacturer because they proved unreliable, reports El Pais. On March 10, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko announced that the Ukrainian authorities bought similar rapid test kits. These test kits were to be distributed to seven hospitals for coronavirus testing. It is noted that the first

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Russia’s attempts to lift sanctions amid Covid-19 pandemic is prospectless, – Kuleba

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister held phone talk with Austrian colleague The attempts of the Russian Federation to influence the lifting of sanctions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are hopeless as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reported on Facebook. It is noted that Dmytro Kuleba held a phone talk with Austrian colleague Alexander Schallenberg. The foreign ministers discussed the situation around

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Italy may exit EU due to delay in assistance against coronavirus

Leader of Italian political party ‘League’, former vice-premier of Italy called EU ‘den of snakes and jackals’ The leader of the Italian political party League, former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, announced the possible withdrawal of his country from the European Union due to the delay in helping to overcome the coronavirus epidemic, as Affar Italiani reports. “This is

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Kremlin Confirms First Coronavirus Infection in Putin’s Administration

The Kremlin has confirmed the first known coronavirus case in the presidential administration Friday, saying that the official had no contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the news to reporters a day after Russian media reported that at least two Kremlin officials may have tested positive for Covid-19.  “I can confirm one case. I don’t

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So-called Donetsk People’s Republic suggests ’10 for 8’ formula for prisoner exchange

According to its Ombudsman Darina Morozova, the Ukrainian side responded with a refusal The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) suggested holding an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine via “10 for 8” formula in the shortest time. It was reported by TASS with reference to DNR’s Ombudsman Darina Morozova. According to Morozova, the proposal was made during the negotiations that took

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Human Rights Defender: “Aksyonov should be punished for this statement”

Evaluating the statement made by Aksyonov, Crimean Human Rights Group President Olga Skripnik said that Aksyonov should punish for this statement. Speaking at the meeting on the coronavirus outbreak situation in the Crimean peninsula, the so-called President of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, suggested the occupying forces beat the Crimeans, who concealed information about their recent travels abroad. Asserting that Aksyonov has

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French President Macron warns about risk of “death of Schengen” over coronavirus – media

He says the survival of the European project is at stake. French President Emmanuel Macron has warned about the risk of the “death of Schengen” over the coronavirus pandemic. “What’s at stake is the survival of the European project,” he told 26 other European Union leaders in a conference call on Thursday, according to a French diplomat, Reuters reported. “The

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No coronavirus cases in Donetsk and Luhansk, say separatist authorities

Ukraine’s breakaway territories are in a state of lockdown and unease Peace may not have reached eastern Ukraine yet, but neither has the coronavirus. At least, that’s what is claimed by de facto officials of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), one of two breakaway territories in war-torn eastern Ukraine. In a press conference on March 24, the “DNR’s” de facto

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Over 1,000 people end up in Crimea’s hospitals with pneumonia

The local pro-Kremlin “authorities” claim it’s a huge number for the peninsula More than a thousand people in Russian-occupied Crimea were taken to hospitals, diagnosed with pneumonia. Igor Chemodanov, the “Heathcare Minister” of the annexed peninsula said so as quoted by Krym.Realii. “We’ve got 1,447 people taken to a hospital with ARVI symptoms, 1,039 of them with pneumonia”, Chemodanov said

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Putin Makes Plea For Sanctions Relief At G20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed at a Group of 20 (G20) video conference that a freeze be placed on economic sanctions to allow countries to better combat the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 500,000 worldwide and killed nearly 23,000 people. Putin told leaders of the 20 most industrialized nations on March 26 that restrictive measures imposed on

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The Community of Collapse

The Kremlin, the Conspiracy Theorists and the Coronavirus In an article last year, EUvsDisinfo described the dialogue of disinformation. Disinformation outlets need to adopt to the audience, carefully map and understand sentiments, prejudice and ideals. Lies are best if they resonate with the worldviews, superstitions and archetypes of the intended audience. The COVID-19 outbreak illustrates this dialogue of disinformation very

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