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Pentagon chief reaffirms U.S. commitment to building up Ukraine’s military capabilities to defend against Russian aggression

   Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andriy Taran to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine. “Secretary Austin emphasized that the U.S. remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He reaffirmed U.S. commitment to building the capacity of Ukraine’s forces to defend more

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Ukrainian party Opposition Platform – For Life sees sanctions on Medvedchuk, his wife as repressions

     The Ukrainian party Opposition Platform – For Life sees the National Security and Defense Council’s decision to impose sanctions on the head of the party’s political council and parliamentarian Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko as repressive, violating the constitution, and destroying democracy. “In violation of the Ukrainian constitution and other laws, the National Security and Defense Council

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Ukrainian Defense Ministry to finance creation of Sapsan missile system

   The Ukrainian Defense Ministry will finance the creation of the Sapsan missile system this year, the ministry’s press service has reported. According to the report, the contract for the first research division of the Sapsan missile system is to be signed in 2021. “In January, we visited our strategic enterprises of the domestic rocket and space industry in Dnipro

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Over half of Ukrainians do not support Zelensky’s nomination for second presidential term – poll

  KYIV. Feb 19 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Some 57.1% of Ukrainians would not support the re-nomination of incumbent head of state Volodymyr Zelensky for the 2024 presidential elections, while 27.9% of respondents would support, according to the results of a national survey conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) and the Socis center on February 11 to February 16, 2021.

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Information Policy Ministry working to launch Center for Countering Disinformation

  The Center for Countering Disinformation will help effectively identify manipulations and fakes disseminated by the aggressor country, Minister for Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko has said. “Our ministry is working on the launch of the Center for Combating Disinformation, which will help effectively detect manipulations and fakes disseminated by the aggressor country. The selection of the

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Foreign Ministry Working On Organizing Conversation Between Zelenskyy And Biden

     The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine is working to organize a conversation between Presidents of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the United States, Joseph Biden. Foreign Affairs Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has said this at a briefing, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. The minister recalled that at the moment, “the number of Biden’s international contacts has been practically reduced to zero,”

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Almost 90 suspects in Euromaidan cases to be tried in absentia

   The State Bureau of Investigations will soon send to court the cases against the organizers and perpetrators of crimes, committed during Euromaidan protests, who are hiding in Russia now. “Cases are sent to court under a special, in absentia procedure. We have started active work in these cases. We have 88 suspects in Euromaidan cases who are wanted. Currently,

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New NATO strategic concept should take into account Russian aggression and China’s influence on balance of power – Stoltenberg

   NATO Allies supported the proposal to update the 2010 Strategic Concept. Since its adoption the Alliance has faced a new security environment and Russia has turned from a potential strategic partner into an aggressor state. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this at a press conference following the first day of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC)

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With WHO support, Embassy of Denmark provided 30 lung ventilators to Ukraine

  The Embassy of Denmark in Ukraine, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), provided 30 hospitals in 19 regions of Ukraine with 30 lung ventilators for intensive care units (ICU). The World Health Organization in Ukraine wrote on Facebook that the organization provided technical support for equipment installation, provided an extended warranty for maintenance and assisted with

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Georgian PM Gakharia announces his resignation

     Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said on Thursday that he is stepping down from his post due to the non-fulfilment of a court ruling to detain the leader of the opposition party United National Movement, Nikanor Melia, an Interfax correspondent reported. “Unfortunately, I have proved to be unable to secure a collective opinion within our team regarding the execution

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Ukraine intends to complete North Crimean Canal dam to exclude water supply to occupied Crimea

   Ukraine intends to complete the dam on the North Crimean Canal, which will exclude the possibility of supplying water to the temporarily occupied peninsula until Russia returns it to Ukraine, permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Anton Korynevych says. “They intend to complete the dam on the North Crimean Canal in Ukraine. As this should maximally

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Delaying investigation of crimes committed during Revolution of Dignity unacceptable – Rada

    The investigation of the crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity must be completed, and the delay in this process is unacceptable, the Verkhovna Rada said in a statement on Wednesday. As the correspondent of the Interfax-Ukraine agency reports, 295 MPs voted for the resolution No. 2739 on the statement of the Verkhovna Rada in connection with the sixth

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Russia triples military personnel in Crimea over occupation

   Since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, the Russian Federation has ramped up the number of military personnel, equipment, and comprehensive offensive and defensive exercises on the peninsula. “Over the past seven years, the combat strength of surface ships and submarines of the Black Sea Fleet has increased by 45%. The total number is 58 units, including 13

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Military Presence At Eastern Flank To Be Discussed At NATO Defense Ministers Meeting

  At the February 17-18 meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries’ defense ministers, it is planned to discuss the strengthening of the military presence on the eastern flank of NATO. Olha Stefanishyna, the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, said this on the Svoboda Slova [Free Speech] political TV show on the ICTV channel, Ukrainian

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McDonald’s plans to launch waste sorting at all restaurants of its chain in Ukraine by year end

   The enterprise with foreign investment (FDI) McDonald’s Ukraine Ltd. (Kyiv), which is developing the U.S. fast food chain McDonald’s in Ukraine, plans to expand a pilot program for sorting waste in restaurant halls to the entire chain in Ukraine by the end of 2021. According to the company’s press release, the pilot program was launched in September 2020 at

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France Ready For Closer Cooperation With USA And UK On Donbas, But Warns Ukraine Against Changing Normandy Format

   France is ready for closer cooperation with the United States and the United Kingdom on the issue of resolving the situation in Donbas, but warns Ukraine against changing the Normandy Format (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France). The Ambassador of France to Ukraine Etienne de Ponsen said this, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “We are pragmatists and we are confident that changing

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Ukraine expects to start talks on free trade with Japan soon

  Ukraine looks forward to starting negotiations with Japan on a free trade agreement and updating the convention on the avoidance of double taxation. Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky said this at the forum “Asia Strategy in Action. The Role of Ukraine-Japan Cooperation,” an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “For us, the more important aspect should be the economy, which creates

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European Solidarity co-chairperson Gerashchenko walks out of TV studio because of Arestovych’s sexist statements

   Co-chairperson of the European Solidarity faction Iryna Gerashchenko left the studio during a live broadcast of the Freedom of Speech (Svoboda Slova) program on ICTV television channel on Monday because of the sexist statements of spokesperson of the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Oleksiy Arestovych. “I cannot be on the air where sexism is manifested, and

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Russia Imposes Sanctions Against Centrenergo, UkrOboronProm, And Ukrspecexport

   The Russian Federation has imposed sanctions against the Centrenergo energy generating company, the UkrOboronProm state-run concern, and the Ukrspecexport, a state-run enterprise engaged in exportation and importation of military and specific goods and services, for the export and import of military and special-purpose products and services. That is stated in Executive Order of the Government of the Russian Federation

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Zelensky sends top Ukrainian military officials to Donbas after death of 3 soldiers

  On Sunday, February 14, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed Defense Minister Andriy Taran and Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak to go to the Donbas to investigate the deaths of three soldiers near the village of Novoluhanske, reports the Ukrainian Presidential press service. It is noted that the deputy head of the Presidential Office Roman Mashovets is

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Ukraine Plans To Launch Spacecraft Into Orbit Jointly With SpaceX In December

   Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Strategic Industries Oleh Uruskyi states that in December Ukraine plans to launch a spacecraft into orbit jointly with the SpaceX company (USA). He announced this on the air of the Pershyi dilovyi TV channel, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “We are now intensively working with a potential (partner) company that provides launch services (for

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