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Ukraine, NATO agree to strengthen presence of forces, hardware in Black Sea region

     Defense Minister of Ukraine and Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg during a phone conversation have agreed to strengthen the presence of forces and hardware in the Black Sea region via patrolling from the air and the allocation of warships of NATO member states. “The sides have agreed to strengthen the presence of forces and hardware on land, at

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European Solidarity call released ‘recordings’ of conversations between Poroshenko, Biden fake

     For six years, fakes have been one of the permanent tools of the Russian hybrid war against Ukraine, as well as against the fifth president of the country personally, European Solidarity Party leader Petro Poroshenko. Recordings released by member of parliament Andriy Derkach purporting to be conversations of Poroshenko with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. Vice President

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Russia conducting special information operation in Ukraine – Foreign Intelligence Service

    Russia continues special information gathering operations in Ukraine and tries to use Ukraine for external influence on the course of political events in the world, Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Service has said in a statement. “Russian special services continue to use their capabilities in Ukraine to conduct information gathering operations against the Ukrainian state. The intensification of the multi-vector work

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Brazilian leader thanks Zelensky for support in fight against COVID-19

      Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who tested positive for COVID-19, thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his words of support in the fight against the disease. “Thank you for your kind words and solidarity, President Zelensky. Brazil and Ukraine are united by strong ties of friendship,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter. The Brazilian leader added that he looks forward to continuing

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Russia wants to align interests in Minsk talks, Reznikov believes

     Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that the talks on Donbas have not ended in deadlock as Russia shows a desire to align their interests with Ukraine. “If the process continues, you can’t call these [negotiations] a deadlock, because a deadlock means that the parties have broken apart and do not

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SSU Detains Russian FSS Agent Suspected Of Attempt To Blast Cisterns With Ammonia In Luhansk Region

     Representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) have detained an agent of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSS) suspected of an attempt to blow up cisterns containing ammonia in the territory of the Severodonetsk Azot Association enterprise in Luhansk region. Press service of the SSU has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

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Court Extends Investigation Into Case Against Poroshenko Till October

The Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv has extended till October 10 a pre-trial investigation into a criminal case against former president, Petro Poroshenko, on suspicion of incitement for unlawful appointment of Serhii Semochko as the first deputy head of the External Intelligence Service. This follows from the respective court ruling, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The decision was taken in the

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Kuleba: Issue of Crimea in ‘Minsk format’ may block negotiations on Donbas

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba believes that the issue of de-occupation of Crimea should be considered separately from the “Minsk talks” on Donbas. “To introduce the issue of Crimea to the Minsk format means really to block both [the issues of] Crimea and Donbas. We need to proceed from the realities that exist now. And I

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Number of reasons will prevent Russia from launching offensive on Ukraine

      Russia’s full-scale military aggression against Ukraine in the near future is unlikely for a number of reasons, according to Serhiy Rakhmanin, the head of the parliamentary faction of the Holos party, a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence. “First of all, talks about increasing the [Russian] group are just talks. Frankly, on the

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Ukraine considering peacekeepers’ deployment in Donbas

     Ukraine is considering peacekeepers’ deployment in Donbas and is even studying the possible deployment of OSCE peacekeepers, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Oleksiy Reznikov said. “Peacekeepers are one of the possibilities, which is also being studied by us. Actually, we have gone farther and started studying

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Great Britain to grant £100,000 to wind up effects of water flooding in Ukraine’s western regions

     Great Britain will provide £100,000 of aid to the victims of destroying flooding in the western regions of Ukraine, the Embassy of Great Britain in Ukraine reported. “Help is provided in response to the call of the Ukrainian authorities to the international community. In addition to providing urgent needs related to floods, the UK will also support the fight

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Breaking: Ministry Of Defense Warns About Possible Russian Attack On Ukraine

    he Ministry of Defense has warned about a possible Russian offensive. The ministry has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “Our state has informed the OSCE about the military potential accumulated by Russia against Ukraine. Ukrainian and American experts as well as the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine are warning about

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UK won’t recognise voting on amendments to Russian constitution in occupied Crimea

   The UK does not and will not recognise voting on amendments to the Russian constitution in the territory of the occupied Crimea. “Russia’s use of Crimea for voting on amendments to the Russian constitution is unacceptable. The UK does not and will not recognise such voting on sovereign Ukrainian territory.  We stand in solidarity with Ukraine in reminding Russia

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France Invites Ukraine To Take Part In Deciphering Of Black Boxes From UIA Plane Downed In Iran

    France has invited Ukraine to take part in deciphering of black boxes from the UIA plane downed over Teheran (the Islamic Republic of Iran). Deputy Foreign Minister, Yevhen Yenin, has written this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports. He noted that Ukraine’s task is to ensure maximal level of international acknowledgement of the facts of unlawful interference in the

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Putin denies having cholera

   Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ridiculed claims that he blocked a chemical toilet while staying in a static caravan during a recent UN summit because he has cholera. “This is a western conspiracy aimed at discrediting our government,” he told reporters. “I do not have cholera. Also in my country we only have extremely modern flush toilet facilities, and

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Floods in western Ukraine: Tymoshenko demands changes to state budget

The Cabinet of Ministers has not yet submitted to the Verkhovna Rada any bill introducing amendments to Ukraine’s state budget regarding assistance to those affected by floods in western Ukraine. The leader of the Batkivshchyna faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Yulia Tymoshenko, said this at a meeting of the parliament’s conciliation council on Tuesday, June 30, according to an Ukrinform

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NACB, SBU And SACPO Detain Kirovohrad Governor Balon On Suspicion Of Extorting UAH 2 Million Bribe

  The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB), the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SACPO) detained the head of the Kirovohrad Regional Administration, Andrii Balon, on suspicion of extorting about UAH 2 million bribe and receiving the second tranche of the sum in the amount of UAH 250,000. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a source

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Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says

    WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter. The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which

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