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How village cheese is bringing Ukraine closer to Europe

UkraineAlert by Dmytro Tuzhanskyi For centuries, Ukrainian villages have been associated with traditional images of rural tranquility, agrarian abundance, and ancient folklore. One particularly enterprising village in Ukraine’s Zakarpattia Oblast (Transcarpathian Region) has managed to combine these eternal themes with a passion for entrepreneurial innovation that is bringing a taste of Western Europe to the Ukrainian countryside. The village of

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UN reports on deterioration of human rights situation in Belarus

According to UN Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, the behavior of the Belarusian authorities suggests that restrictions on human rights and freedoms in the country are aimed at suppressing criticism The human rights situation in Belarus continued to deteriorate in 2021. This statement was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the 48th session of the Human

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Disruption of the special operation against the “Wagnerites”. Former head of the GUR Burba confirmed the leak from the President’s Office when testified to VSK – Butusov

According to journalist Yuri Butusov, the former head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Vasily Burba, testifying to the Supreme Court of the Verkhovna Rada , confirmed that the information leak that led to the disruption of a possible special operation came from the Office of the President of Ukraine. Butusov wrote about this on Facebook with reference

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Another Russian freighter collided with fishing boat in Bosphorus

General cargo ship VOLZHSKIY 40 collided with fishing vessel while exiting Bosphorus and entering Black sea, early in the morning Sep 25 (probably around 0300 UTC), while en route from Tekirdag Turkey to Azov Russia. Ship’s hull was reportedly, breached, with ensuing water ingress. The ship was towed or escorted back to Bosphorus and then Marmara sea, and anchored at

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US House of Representatives may have just killed Nord Stream 2

Article by: Yuliia RudenkoEdited by: Alya Shandra On 23 September, the Democrat-controlled lower house of the United States Congress voted for amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Among other things, the changes introduce mandatory sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. And that is how Biden lost the opportunity to play around with Moscow’s project restrictions. The amendment

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Kremlin finds viruses on imported Turkish tomatoes after Erdogan refuses to recognize Crimea as Russian

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary, Rosselkhoznadzor, found cases of infection with dangerous pathogens in fruits and tomatoes supplied from Turkey to Russia. Russian experts found moniliasis and mold, Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement. Turkey has already been asked to take measures to “strengthen control and ensure phytosanitary safety of products intended for export to the Russian Federation,”

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EU Denounces Alleged Russian Hacking Ahead of German Vote

The European Union on Friday condemned alleged Russian cyberattacks that have targeted Germany in the run-up to this weekend’s election for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor.  “Some EU Member States have observed malicious cyber activities, collectively designated as ‘Ghostwriter,’ and associated these with the Russian state,” foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.  “Such activities are unacceptable as they seek to threaten our

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“Only Poroshenko will have problems.” What will happen to the oligarchs after the adoption of the law – analysis of the lawyer

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill on oligarchs in the second reading on 23 September. The document is criticized in Ukraine – it is called an imitation of the struggle against oligarchs or a powerful whip of the authorities , which it can use at its discretion. The founder of the League of Antitrust, Agia Zagrebelskaya, also sees enough problems in the anti-oligarchic law. The lawyer is convinced

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Heleen over de Linden, Dutch lawyer and expert on Russia sanctions

If Russia fails to comply with the decisions of international courts, it will be seen as a “banana republic” In September 2021, the European Union extended for another six months a package of personal sanctions against Russia for actions aimed to undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence. In addition to personal sanctions, in June 2021, the EU extended until

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As Crackdown Intensifies, Russian Emigres Find Refuge in Georgia

The small Caucasian nation has become the destination of choice for a new generation of dissidents fleeing their homeland. TBILISI, Georgia — On a hot autumn day, a sun-baked Tbilisi square feels a world away from cold and blustery St. Petersburg, where Ivan Pavlov is used to running between courtrooms defending some of the Kremlin’s harshest critics. “I have had

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The law “on oligarchs” is vague and does not pose a special threat to either the media or the oligarchs themselves – IMI

On September 23, the Verkhovna Rada passed Bill 995599 (on oligarchs). In particular, it should separate the representatives and beneficiaries of big business from the influence on the media. However, experts note that the scope of this law is quite vague and it is still difficult to say that it threatens the oligarchs. On the other hand, there is no threat to freedom

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U.S. Senate panel sets hearing on Russian gas pipeline amid Ukraine concerns

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee scheduled a closed-door hearing on Sept. 29 to discuss Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which several lawmakers say could harm allies in Eastern Europe. Amos Hochstein, senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. Department of State, will testify, according to the committee’s website. Both European and

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The largest hot dog in Ukraine was recorded by representatives of the Book of Records of Ukraine, it belongs to TM Mr. Grill

The record was recorded during the traditional Oktoberfest celebration in Kiev. The record hot dog is 1.83 m long and weighs 24 kg. After the official part of fixing the record, everyone had the opportunity to taste the author’s dish. It is symbolic that the main ingredient in the record hot dog is the classic Premiere sausage . It was with her that the most meaty

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Online Vote Recount Shows No Sign of Election Fraud, Russian Officials Find

Moscow election officials on Thursday said they found no evidence of wrongdoing in online voting in parliamentary elections after a technical recount of the votes. “The election observation headquarters in Moscow did not find any traces of hacking or ballot stuffing in online voting,” the head of the group Alexei Venediktov said on the Telegram messaging app. Russia’s opposition raised

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US House of Representatives passes amendments to defense budget with new mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2 – Naftogaz head

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has adopted amendments to the draft U.S. Defense Authorization Act for 2022 regarding new mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2, the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko has said. “The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has passed amendments to the defense budget, containing mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2… Now it

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Russia fears the Belarusization of Belarus

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore There is a spectre haunting Belarus. It’s not a brutal autocrat who is oppressing his own people, flouting international law, and menacing the country’s neighbors. Nor is it Belarus’s international isolation or the country’s rapidly collapsing economy. At least not if you read the Russian media. According to a growing number of pro-Kremlin commentators, the spectre

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Nothing threatens Putin’s regime more than Ukraine

ANALYSIS/OPINION: During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House earlier this month, President Biden “firmly committed” to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and “Euro-Atlantic aspiration.” The U.S. reaffirmed Ukraine’s right to decide its own foreign policy without foreign interference.  Donbass; and seized Ukrainian vessels and sailors in the Kerch straight.  Before President Biden’s summit with Russian

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“US Provoking Hunger Riots in Europe”

One remarkable claim in this week’s collection of disinformation cases is provided by the state-owned national news agency, RIA Novosti. According to the outlet, food riots are looming in Europe: Problems with the delivery of milk, beef, chicken, coffee have appeared like a tsunami in the US and in one European country after the other. Produce after produce disappear from

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Germany does not recognize Russian ‘elections’ in occupied Crimea

Germany does not recognize holding of elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the territory of the occupied Crimea and considers the participation of residents of the temporarily occupied areas of eastern Ukraine in them illegal. “The illegal annexation of Crimea is a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine; Germany does not recognize it.

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Russia increases military spending

The Kremlin has decided to abandon plans to freeze defense spending, which were included in the three-year budget adopted last year. The total amount of military expenditures in the 2022-24 federal budget will increase by 15%, accordint to the explanatory note to the draft budget, TASS reports. The budget bill for 2021 initially included 3.113 trillion rubles ($43 billion) to finance the army

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Russia tried to disrupt the discussion of Crimea and Donbass at the UN General Assembly – Nikiforov

The presidential press secretary Sergei Nikiforov said that the Russian delegation to the UN tried to disrupt the discussion of the situation in the occupied Crimea and Donbass during the session, but to no avail. He spoke about this at a briefing, reports Suspilne . According to Nikiforov, during an important vote for the agenda of the 76th General Assembly, Russia tried to remove an

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Gammon, remoaner, Karen and snowflake are among the words added to Ofcom’s list of offensive terms

The communications regulator added several words to a list of offensive terms It is the first time that politically-charged labels have been included on the list  Among the entries are ‘karen’, ‘libtard’, ‘snowflake’ and ‘gammon’  Ofcom says it is important to follow linguistic trends and the development of language online, particularly on social media, to monitor what may be offensive 

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Throw away your Chinese phones, Lithuania defense minister tells citizens

‘Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible,’ the country’s deputy defense minister said. Lithuania’s Defense Ministry advised against purchasing Chinese mobile phones and recommended that people discard any they might have now following a government report that censorship abilities had been installed in the phones.

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Servant of the People’s Head reveals his three versions on attack at Zelensky’s first assistant

One of the reasons for the attempt is the fight against the oligarchs Head of the Servant of the People faction David Arakhamia announced three versions of the attempted murder of first assistant of President of Ukraine Serhiy Shefir as Pershyi Nezalezhnyi reported. Arakhamia believes that the organizers of the attempt, first of all, wanted to say “hello” to Ukraine’s

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