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Minister Avakov keeps dodging political responsibility for heinous police crimes

Article by: Olena Makarenko During the last days of May 2020, accusations directed against Ukraine’s law enforcement system were heard across the country. The worst allegations concerned a gang sexual assault of a woman, the torturing of a man, and inaction allowing a daylight mass shooting to take place. Although at first glance, the incidents appeared unrelated since they took

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U.S. protests backed by Russian pressure group CNN earlier disclosed in Ghana

U.S. protests backed by Russian pressure group CNN earlier disclosed in Ghana A Russian-controlled troll farm is working to fuel and radicalize U.S. protests, a think tank reports. Earlier this year, the farm got into the spotlight of CNN’s team in Ghana, according to IGTDS. CNN reporters in their piece titled “Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and

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Czech Republic expels Russian diplomats due to mystification of murder threat of local politicians

Czech authorities expel two Russian diplomats in connection with the “ ricin” case , which, as it turned out, is a hoax of Russian diplomats. This is stated in a joint statement by Prime Minister Andrei Babis and Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petršicek. According to representatives of the Czech authorities, the case was initially fictitious – information about the alleged arrival of a Russian diplomat in

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Russian ‘Terrorists’ Training German Neo-Nazi Youth in Combat – Reports

Young right-wing extremists from Germany are receiving combat training from Russian white supremacists whom the United States has blacklisted as terrorists, Germany’s Focus news magazine reported Friday. The U.S. State Department branded the Russian Imperial Movement as a foreign terrorist organization in April, saying it runs two paramilitary training camps in St. Petersburg that have pulled in neo-Nazis from across

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Ukrainian experts call on U.S. to distinguish Kyiv’s position from actions of politicians instigated by Moscow

Representatives of Ukrainian politics, civil society, and the expert community have called on the United States to distinguish Ukraine’s position from the actions of politicians instigated by Moscow, according to a statement posted on the website of Kyiv Security Forum. Statement On the Ukrainian-American Strategic Partnership We, the representatives of Ukrainian politics, civil society, and the expert community, are deeply

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Ukraine has two political poles: dreamers like Poroshenko and pragmatists like Medvedchuk, – expert

The expert believes Ukrainians want to be both smart and beautiful, but is leads to uncertainty There are two political poles in Ukraine: dreamers like Poroshenko and pragmatists like Medvedchuk. Political expert Denys Zharkykh voiced such opinion while speaking with reporters on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel. “Well, the most important thing that this study showed in Ukraine for

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Pro-Kremlin Outlets in the Crosshairs as Facebook Starts Labeling State Media

Facebook has started labeling media organizations whose editorial decisions may be under the influence of governments, including Russia, and said it will begin blocking ads from those outlets later this year. The move comes after Facebook faced scrutiny for failing to stem foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. election and amid heated debate over how the social network handles posts

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Russian-U.S. Tensions Rise in Syria as Moscow Expands Presence – Reports

Tensions flared between Russia and the United States as the Russian military reportedly seeks to expand its presence in U.S.-controlled northeastern Syria, news outlets reported this week. The latest flare-up follows the Russian military’s reported attempt to build a base near the Turkish and Iraqi borders last week. President Vladimir Putin has ordered talks with Russia’s ally Syria on cementing Moscow’s presence

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Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden nearly a year after Trump requested an investigation into his business dealings

Ukraine’s former prosecutor general Ruslan Ryaboshapka says an audit of thousands of case files found no evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden   Ryaboshapka was in the spotlight last year as the man who would decide whether to launch an probe into former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter President Donald Trump requested the probe in a call with

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A Reminder: Crimea is NOT Kosovo

Translation from Russian: Kosovska Mitrovica: Kosovo is Serbian; Crimea is Russian. Mitrovica, Kosovo. Photo: Allan Leonard; Creative Commons license  Article by: David L. Phillips / The Adriatic Report Russia is pointing to the “Kosovo precedent“ as justification for its actions in Crimea. This is a false argument. There are fundamental legal and political differences between the internationally sanctioned process, which culminated

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The mystery of Chornobyl’s wild horses

Article by: Germán Orizaola, Universidad de Oviedo / The Conversation Since the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, 34 years have passed. This accident, the largest ever in a nuclear facility, led to the creation of a 4,700 km² exclusion zone between Ukraine and Belarus. A total of 350,000 people were evacuated from the area. Initial predictions

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“Iran’s airspace is not safe”: is more isolation the answer?

Will halting flights to Iran produce the desirable outcome and induce Iran into cooperation in the investigation of the Ukrainian plane crash? Six months after the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 catastrophe, families of the 176 victims and the governments involved, are still waiting for accountability. On the morning of 8 January, the Kiev-bound UIA flight PS752 crashed shortly after

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Reuters: Ukrainian computer game featuring Hitler in Moscow angers Kremlin

Starni Games, its Ukraine-based developer, in a statement released on Reddit, has denied glorifying Nazism. The Kremlin on Wednesday accused a Ukrainian computer game developer of glorifying Nazism by producing a game which features Adolf Hitler overseeing a fictional World War Two victory parade in Moscow, a charge the developer rejects. The game, “Strategic Mind: Blitzkrieg,” invites players to take

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Ukraine will not agree to any special status for Donbas under Russian scenario – Kuleba

Ukraine is ready for reasonable compromises on the settlement of the conflict in Donbas but will not agree to any special status according to the Russian scenario, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. He wrote this on his Facebook page, while commenting on the results of his visit to Berlin for talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. “We

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No Time to Go Soft on Putin

David J. Kramer Amid pandemic and unrest, the President wants to reward Vladimir Putin with G-7 membership and a visit to Washington. We should be advancing his expiration date. With attention focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the national unrest following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several recent statements by President Trump concerning the G-7 meeting have gone

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European Parliament urges EU leadership to start dialogue with Ukrainian opposition on its initiative to launch Parliamentary dimension of Norman format

Member of the European Parliament from Germany doctor Maximilian Krah published the inquiry on the website of the European Parliament Member of the European Parliament from Germany doctor Maximilian Krah on June 2 has registered an official written inquiry to High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell with request to state position on, as

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One Dead in Fire at St. Petersburg Hospital

One person has died in a fire at a hospital in Russia’s second city St. Petersburg, emergencies services and hospital staff said Wednesday. Bedsheets caught on fire in one of the buildings of the Botkin hospital around 6:00 a.m., first responders told the state-run TASS news agency.  “The patient was alone in the room. There were no open flames, but

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Russia’s Defense Minister invites his U.S. counterpart to military parade in Moscow

The ministry did not provide information on whether Mark Ester had accepted the invite Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu invited U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to a military parade in Moscow’s Red Square that is expected to take place on June 24, Reuters reports. The parade is set to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory

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Russia-led armed groups in Donbas intentionally shell Armed Forces using artillery deployed in residential blocks – JFO

On June 2, Russia-led armed groups in Donbas committed a number of artillery shell attacks on the Ukrainian positions having deployed its artillery in the residential blocks of population areas, thus provoking retaliatory fire to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the eve of the next working meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group, a headquarters of the Joint Forces

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Putin allows nuclear response to conventional threats

That’s according to the updated nuclear deterrence concept. Russian President Vladimir Putin has changed the terms of use of nuclear weapons. The updated concept of nuclear deterrence says nukes can be used even if Russian targets are under threat of conventional weapons of the country’s adversaries. The use of nuclear weapons is still recognized as a “last resort” measure, seen

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Massive Thermal Plant Fuel Leak Pollutes Siberian River

Local authorities in Siberia have declared a state of emergency after 20,000 liters of diesel fuel seeped into a river sparking concerns from environmentalists.  The World Wildlife Fund environmental group on Tuesday praised local efforts to contain the spill with a floating dam, blocking dangerous pollutants from flowing into a lake near the Arctic city of Norilsk.  State of emergency

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Ukraine not intending to help Russia to deal with its challenges as occupying state – FM Kuleba on water supplies to Crimea

Ukraine thoroughly looks into the events in Crimea, however, it does not plan to help Russia to deal with its challenges as an occupying state, said Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in response to talks about the possible water supplies to Crimea by Ukraine. “We are closely looking into the events that take place on the Crimean peninsula. Of

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