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McDonald’s Ukraine Opens First Restaurant In Ivano-Frankivsk

   McDonald’s Ukraine opened its first restaurant in Ivano-Frankivsk on April 17. The company has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The restaurant is located on 2, Ivana Mykolaichuka Street. “On April 17, the first McDonald’s was opened in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. The appearance of the establishment in the new city corresponds to the company’s strategy

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Escalation in eastern Ukraine: OSCE calls for implementation of Vienna Document

   OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid have discussed the security situation in and around Ukraine and call for de-escalation. This was said in a press release published on the OSCE website. “The Secretary General and I have had a fruitful discussion on the concern we share regarding heightened tensions

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Over 103,000 Russian troops currently stationed near border with Ukraine

   The level of military threat from Russia remains high. Additional forces have arrived, bringing the total size of Russian troops near Ukraine’s border up to 103,200 people. “The level of the military threat near Ukraine’s borders has increased, but the critical line has not been crossed yet. We do not observe the formation of offensive groups at the moment,”

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Dear Mister President…

  Dear President Volodymyr Zelensky, the situation for Ukraine has become critical. I would like to urge you, despite all political differences, to put the Ukrainian Armed Forces on highest alert, to move all combat-ready troops to Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders, to have maximum tracking of enemy activities and have all air defense systems and radars at maximum capacity.

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Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg instructed to leave Russia

  Ukraine’s Charge d’Affaires a.i. in Russia Vasyl Pokotylo was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday in light of the unlawful activities of a consul of the Ukrainian Consulate General in St. Petersburg. “The Russian side pointed out to the inadmissibility of such activities, which are incompatible with the status of a consular employee and harmful to the

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Russia deploys 50 fighter jets to annexed Crimea

   Russia has moved more than 50 fighter jets from Stavropol to the annexed Crimea, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation. The crews of the Su-25SM3 aviation unit of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Southern Military District, stationed in Stavropol, are relocated to the

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Zelenskyy Links Mobilization Of Russian Troops With Electing Biden As New U.S. President

   President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that Russia’s mobilization of troops is connected in some way with the election of Joe Biden as the new President of the United States. He stated this in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Zelenskyy was asked if he believed that Russia’s mobilization of troops was a definite test

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Alexei Navalny could suffer cardiac infarction ‘any minute’: doctors

   Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny risks cardiac arrest at “any minute” as his health has rapidly deteriorated, doctors warned Saturday, urging immediate access to Russia’s most famous prisoner. On March 31, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent went on hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands. On Saturday, U.S.

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Ukraine Ready For Any Scenario With Russia And Calls On NATO Not To Reduce Everything To Reforms In Context Of Russian Aggression – Zelenskyy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy states that Ukraine is ready for any development of events with Russia and calls on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) not to reduce all the country’s efforts in the context of Russian aggression solely to reforms. He said this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “There can be no

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Russia Ready For Large-Scale Provocations Against Ukraine – Main Intelligence Directorate Of Defense Ministry

   The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense reports that the Russian Federation is ready for large-scale provocations against Ukraine. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a statement of the press service of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense. “According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, the Russian Federation is completing

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Cabinet Terminates Agreement With Russia On Cooperation In Field Of Tourism

   The Cabinet of Ministers terminated the agreement with Russia on cooperation in the field of tourism. The Cabinet of Ministers adopted a corresponding resolution at a meeting on Wednesday, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “To terminate the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the field of tourism, signed on July

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Zelensky cancels decrees on appointment of Tupytsky, Kasminin as Constitutional Court judges

   President Volodymyr Zelensky has canceled the 2013 decrees on the appointment of Oleksandr Tupytsky and Oleksandr Kasminin as judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Zelensky signed the corresponding decree on March 27, 2021. Decree No. 124/2021 states that it was signed, in particular, “in order to ensure compliance with the Constitution of Ukraine, human and civil rights and

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Telephone Conversation Between Biden And Zelenskyy Must Be Backed Up By Actions – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State Kent

   The United States’ Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent expects United States President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to hold a telephone conversation soon, but it has to be backed up by actions. Kent stated this in an interview with the Voice of America, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. “I anticipate

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Majority of Ukrainians pessimistic about country’s direction – poll

   Some 69% of Ukrainians believe that events in the country are developing in the wrong direction, and only 16% believe that in the right direction, according to the data of a sociological poll conducted by the Ukrainian Institute for the Future (UIF), presented at Interfax-Ukraine on Monday. It is noted that the number of negative assessments of the Ukraine’s

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Ukraine might not last

   Ukraine is fighting against an invasion by a neighboring superpower – Russia – for more than seven years. 14.000 people were confirmed killed so far, about 2 million people became internal refugees. Ukraine has an annual military budget of $5.4 billion, whereas Russia has a military budget of $65.1 billion. Yet the US military aid is an annual $500

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Putin points to America’s own troubled history after Biden’s ‘killer’ remark

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden’s remarks about him reflect the past and current problems of the United States. Biden was asked in an interview this week whether he thought Putin was a killer and replied “I do.” Asked about Biden’s comment during a video call marking the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea,

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Putin wants tv duell with Biden

   Russian President Vladimir Putin has reacted to President Joe Biden calling him a “killer” by challenging Biden to take part in a conversation with him broadcast live online. “I’ve just thought of this now,” Putin told a Russian state television reporter. “I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do

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Some facts about the Crimea

Crimea was part of Russia from 1783, when the Tsarist Empire annexed it a decade after defeating Ottoman forces in the Battle of Kozludzha, until 1954, when the Soviet government transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federation of Socialist Republics (RSFSR) to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (UkrSSR). The transfer was announced in the Soviet press in late February 1954,

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Opposition gathering in Russia, all 200 participants arrested

   Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called for an end to “persecution of independent voices” after around 200 opposition politicians and municipal deputies in Russia were arrested. While Russian police routinely break up opposition protests, the mass arrests of municipal deputies at a conference in Moscow were unprecedented. “We call for an end to the persecution

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Khomchak: Russia’s aggression in Donbas is major threat to security of all NATO members

   Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, stated that Russia’s armed aggression in Donbas is a major threat not only to Ukraine and its national security but to the security and stability of all NATO members. “Russia’s armed aggression in Donbas is a major threat not only to Ukraine and its national security but to the

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SBU initiates pretrial investigation on fact of high treason during signing, ratification of Kharkiv Pact

  The Main Investigation Department of the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has initiated a pretrial investigation against officials of public authorities on the fact of committing high treason in 2008-2010. The SBU press center told Interfax-Ukraine that the law enforcers are investigating, in particular, the circumstances of the preparation and signing of the “Agreement between Ukraine and the

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China interested in increasing exports of Ukrainian goods – ambassador

   Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Ukraine Fan Xianrong says China is interested in increasing exports of Ukrainian goods, especially food. He said this during a meeting with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna on March 11, the Government portal reported. During the meeting, the interlocutors considered the state of implementation of

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