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Russian media: Turkey is ready to close Bosphorus to Russian warships

Turkey may soon close the Bosphorus to Russian warships in an attempt to weaken the advance of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Idlib and Aleppo, which is largely dependent on Russia’s large-scale which provides air power and weapons to Assad’s Army, reports the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta. Such actions, the newspaper suggests, will allow pro-Turkish military units in Syria to

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Iryna Shyba: The good, the gad and the ugly Constitutional Court of Ukraine

For many years of reforms, the Constitutional Сourt of Ukraine, or CCU, remained out of the focus of the politicians and anti-corruption activists. Even though, it was the court who helped Viktor Yanukovych establish an authoritarian regime. In 2010, these judges declared that changes to the Constitution establishing a parliamentary-presidential regime were adopted with violation of the procedure. Thus, the

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Crimea: From treachery to repression

What crimes Russia committed during the occupation of the Crimea and which are still committed on the peninsula Ukrainian human rights organizations and prosecutors have sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) eight reports on war crimes and crimes against humanity that have occurred in Ukraine since the aggression of Russia. The latter – transmitted in early 2020 – contains evidence

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Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad resigns

The Malaysian prime minister, 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, has submitted his resignation to the king. Mr Mahathir’s resignation comes amid rumours that he may form a new coalition without his promised successor, Anwar Ibrahim. The world’s oldest prime minister came into power in 2018. In a shock victory, he ousted then-prime minister Najib Razak, who has been linked to a multibillion-dollar

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Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

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 demise Russian

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European beekeepers want Brussels' protection against cheap honey imports from Ukraine, China – media

The increase of cheap honey imports from China and Ukraine is making honey producers in the EU lower their prices as they can’t compete. Copa-Cogeca, a union of the two major agricultural umbrella organizations and the strongest interest group for European farmers, has called on EU authorities to draw up an emergency action plan that would serve as a protectionist

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What Zelenskyy & Prystaiko call the Croatian experience for a return to peace is really a Russian scenario

Article by: Dmytro Sniehyrov During the recent Munich Security Conference, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would support the idea of joint patrols along the Russian border in the Donbas with representatives of the self-proclaimed “LNR/DNR”, as well as with the OSCE. As he stated, such participation by Ukrainians in these patrols would guarantee the legitimacy of preparing for and

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US conducted exercises in case of Russian nuclear strike, outraged in Russia

The United States conducted military exercises in the event of a possible Russian nuclear strike on Europe. This was reported by the press services and the Ministry of Defense of the USA. The training took place at a military base in Nebraska. Pentagon CEO Mark Esper and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry attended. In the same time The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned US training in delivering a nuclear strike on targets in Russia. The department noted that the States “began

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"Zelensky lives in parallel reality." Famous Ukrainians – about the idea of ​​joint patrols in the Donbass

NV Magazine asked famous compatriots if they consider it possible to jointly patrol the eastern border of Ukraine with representatives and residents of the so-called “L / DPR” . The editors asked this question after President Vladimir Zelensky suggested organizing joint border patrols in the Donbas with the participation of representatives of the Armed Forces, the OSCE and “local communities” during the preparation for

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Russian MPs and ministers could be banned from keeping money abroad

New amendments to the Russian Constitution could ban Russian ministers and members of government from having accounts with offshore banks, said Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairperson of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, as cited by TASS. “The president of government, the vice presidents of government, federal ministers and other leaders of federal organs of executive government will be

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CBS News: MH17 prosecutor says Russians "haven't been helpful at all"

The trial of the suspects in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing over Donbas in the summer of 2014 will begin on March 9, 2020. Dutch Chief Prosecutor and Chairman of the Joint Investigation Team probing the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Russia-occupied Donbas in July 2014 Fred Westerbeke says that despite all the evidence pointing to

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Unidentified fighter jets attack Syrian targets near Russia's largest air base

Syrian television reported that the town of Jableh, located just one kilometer from Russia’s Khmeimim military airbase, had been hit by rocket fire coming from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea. Several air-to-surface missiles were reportedly fired in the direction of the Russian military airfield. “The Syrian Arab Republic’s air defense systems in the west of the country were activated

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Russian propagandists denied entry, banned from Ukraine

The three Russian nationals are Dmitry Sidorin, Andrei Frolchenkov, and Yekaterina Dementieva, who is a top manager of Russia’s Yandex Corporation. Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to several Russian nationals who were traveling to Kyiv to conduct training and deliver lectures on writing texts, communications, public relations, and journalism. A Russian citizen born in 1985 arrived from Minsk yesterday,

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Norway Rejects Moscow's Claim It Violated Svalbard Treaty

Norway has rejected Russian accusations of violating the terms of an international treaty regulating activities on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, as a diplomatic spat over Russian operations there escalated. Russia complained earlier in February that Oslo-imposed rules were restricting activities of Russian organizations there, calling for bilateral consultations, and on Thursday accused Norway of violating the Svalbard Treaty. But

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Russian Sailors Jailed in Greece for 400 Years for Trafficking Migrants – Reports

Two Russian sailors have been sentenced to a combined 395 years in prison in Greece for trafficking migrants, the RBC news website reported Friday. The sailors claim that they were initially hired to tow yachts and then received threats when they objected to trafficking people, human rights activist Ivan Melnikov told RBC. Interfax identified them as Alexander Illarionov and Andrei

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