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Zelensky takes on Ukraine’s oligarchs in bid to court Biden

   Volodymyr Zelensky’s move last month to shut down three television channels that are linked to a multi-millionaire politician close to the Kremlin has raised hopes that the Ukrainian president is preparing for a wider crackdown on the country’s powerful oligarchs. The pro-Moscow television stations were taken off-air for spreading Russian “disinformation”. The outlets were owned by an associate of

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Fitch Sees Significant Risk For Completion Of Ukraine’s Stand By Program With IMF

  The Fitch international rating agency notes that there is a significant risk for the completion of the stand by program between Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is stated in the materials of the agency, Ukrainian News Agency reports. With regard to Ukraine’s cooperation with the IMF, Fitch believes that there is a significant risk for the

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Kyiv protestors throw firecrackers, flares at prosecutor general’s office building

   Around 1,500 people are protesting outside the building of the Prosecutor General’s Office in Kyiv on Saturday in support of an imprisoned activist, Serhiy Sternenko. The protestors are throwing flares and firecrackers at the roof edge, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported. They are calling for immediate release of Sternenko whom they consider to be a political prisoner. “We came here

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IKEA Makes Paid Self-Pickup Service

    The retailer of furniture and household goods IKEA (Sweden) has made a paid self-pickup service in Kyiv. The company has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the statement, self-pickup of goods weighing up to 30 kg will cost UAH 39, over 30 kg – UAH 59; the cost of delivery to parcel terminals is

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NATO should increase assistance in training Ukrainian Armed Forces – Stoltenberg

   NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he will insist on strengthening NATO assistance in training the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He said this during a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday, February 25, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the head of state. The president stressed the importance of cooperation with NATO to

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Zelensky, Stoltenberg discuss Ukraine’s NATO membership: our immediate goal is MAP

   President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, following a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, said Ukraine’s immediate goal is the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). “Pleased to hear from Jens Stoltenberg that the door of NATO is open for Ukraine. Grateful that you personally and the NATO members support us in NATO membership aspirations. Our immediate goal is

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Police, prosecutor’s office do not support Kyiv court ruling that providers obliged to block access to website of Russian RBC, another 425 resources

   The police and the prosecutor’s office will appeal the decision of Holosiivsky District Court of Kyiv, which obliges all telecommunications operators and providers entered in the relevant register on the website of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization to block user access to 426 sites, a law enforcement source told Interfax-Ukraine. “At the request

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Ukraine wants to regain control over Donbas by 2025

   The Ukrainian government has approved changes to the Integrated Border Management Strategy until 2025. The document includes a clause on the restoration of control over the border between Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The relevant decision was made at the meeting of the Ukrainian Government, Ukrinform reports. According to the government’s order to amend the

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Administration Of Odesa Remand Prison Will Decide On Possible Transfer Of Sternenko From Odesa To Kyiv Within 3 Days

   The administration of the Odesa remand prison will decide on the possible transfer of activist Serhii Sternenko, sentenced to seven years and three months in prison, from the Odesa remand prison to the Kyiv remand prison within three days. Odesa Regional Prosecutor Serhii Kostenko announced this at a briefing, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “According to the law, they have

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Slovak government supports Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO

    The Slovak government has adopted a Foreign Policy Strategy for 2021, which, in particular, envisages cooperation with Ukraine and support for its aspirations to join the North Atlantic Alliance, according to a respective document posted on the website of the Slovak government. “A stable, democratic and prosperous Ukraine remains a strategic interest of the Slovak Republic. Following President Volodymyr

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Gazprom Cuts Gas Transit Via Ukraine By 24.8% To 86.8 Million Cubic Meters Since Early February

   On February 1-19, Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom cut gas transit via Ukraine by 24.8% or 28.6 million cubic meters to 86.8 million cubic meters. That follows from the data posted on the official website of Gazprom, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the data, on February 1, the transit amounted to 115.4 million cubic meters. On February 17, the

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Zelensky greets Japan’s Emperor on his birthday

   Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Japan’s Emperor Naruhito on his birthday. The head of state wrote this on his Twitter account. “A deep respect for traditions and at the same time the introduction of the latest technologies – this is what makes Japan strong. On his birthday, I wish His Majesty Emperor Naruhito and his entire country prosperity

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Shmyhal Expects Uruskyi To Explain His Joint Photo With Kadyrov

   Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expects Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Strategic Industries Oleh Uruskyi to explain his joint photo with the head of the Chechen Republic (subject of the Russian Federation) Ramzan Kadyrov. Shmyhal wrote about this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “I expect an urgent explanation from Oleh Uruskyi,” he wrote. Under this post, Shmyhal posted

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Ukraine Ups Imports Of Electricity From Russia And Belarus By 1.9% To 17.1 Million kWh On February 18

   On February 18, Ukraine increased imports of electricity from Russia and Belarus by 1.9% to 17.133 million kWh compared to the previous day. This is evidenced by data on the website of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to them, during the specified period, imports from Russia decreased by 2%

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Ukrainian soldier killed in JFO area in Donbas, another wounded

   On Monday, a Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another was wounded in the area of the Joint Force Operation in Donbas as a result of shelling from Russian-occupation forces, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak said. “In the 72nd brigade, unfortunately, after two shots from an anti-tank grenade launcher, the enemy at the observation post was

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Medvedchuk’s wife announces intention to go into politics

   Oksana Marchenko, the wife of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada member representing the Opposition Platform – For Life party faction, Viktor Medvedchuk, has announced her intention to go into politics for “the protection of the Ukrainian people.” “Until yesterday I was the wife and the mother of his [Medvedchuk’s] children. But you forced me to take the political weapon in

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Poland calls on Russia to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity

   Warsaw has called on Moscow to take needed actions to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and compensate for losses inflicted in the occupied territories. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau wrote this on Twitter, Ukrinform reports. “For 7 years Crimea and Donbas have remained under Russian occupation. Poland stands by the victims and urges Russia to comply with

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Reznikov: Occupied Donbas on verge of international environmental disaster

   The actions of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions lead to radiation pollution of groundwater and large-scale environmental disaster. Ukraine has already asked the IAEA to send a group of experts to monitor the storage of radioactive materials in the temporarily occupied territories. “As a result of Russia’s actions, the occupied part

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Forced Russian passportization affects about 400,000 Ukrainians in ORDLO, more than 2.5 mln in Crimea

   Forced passportization, which is carried out by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, affected about 2.9 million Ukrainians, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov. “About 400,000 people underwent compulsory Russian passportization in the occupied regions of Donbas. In Crimea,

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Supplies reach ISS space station

  Finally needed supplies reached the Russian section of the ISS space station. Starving Russian cosmonauts have been desperately waiting for the supplies. The cargo is mainly food, toilet paper, beverages, entertainment, and hygienic articles, as shown below.    The cargo for the US crew will arrive a week later and may differ from the Russian supplies. © 2021 Govnaya

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The Biden presidency and Ukraine

    In a December 2020 New York Times interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president. Zelensky observed that Biden “knows Ukraine better than the previous president” and “will really help strengthen relations, help settle the war in Donbas, and end the occupation of our territory.” While Zelensky’s comments may prove overly optimistic, there is little

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U.S. should restore strategic dialogue with Ukraine – Volker

     The United States should restore a dialogue with Ukraine on the main issues of geostrategic importance as soon as possible, Former U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said. “Ukraine’s success remains as strategically important to the West as ever. Now is the time for the United States to renew its engagement and support. Secretary Blinken’s

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