Category Archives: Russia

Ukrainian experts call on U.S. to distinguish Kyiv’s position from actions of politicians instigated by Moscow

Representatives of Ukrainian politics, civil society, and the expert community have called on the United States to distinguish Ukraine’s position from the actions of politicians instigated by Moscow, according to a statement posted on the website of Kyiv Security Forum. Statement On the Ukrainian-American Strategic Partnership We, the representatives of Ukrainian politics, civil society, and the expert community, are deeply

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Pro-Kremlin Outlets in the Crosshairs as Facebook Starts Labeling State Media

Facebook has started labeling media organizations whose editorial decisions may be under the influence of governments, including Russia, and said it will begin blocking ads from those outlets later this year. The move comes after Facebook faced scrutiny for failing to stem foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. election and amid heated debate over how the social network handles posts

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Russian-U.S. Tensions Rise in Syria as Moscow Expands Presence – Reports

Tensions flared between Russia and the United States as the Russian military reportedly seeks to expand its presence in U.S.-controlled northeastern Syria, news outlets reported this week. The latest flare-up follows the Russian military’s reported attempt to build a base near the Turkish and Iraqi borders last week. President Vladimir Putin has ordered talks with Russia’s ally Syria on cementing Moscow’s presence

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A Reminder: Crimea is NOT Kosovo

Translation from Russian: Kosovska Mitrovica: Kosovo is Serbian; Crimea is Russian. Mitrovica, Kosovo. Photo: Allan Leonard; Creative Commons license  Article by: David L. Phillips / The Adriatic Report Russia is pointing to the “Kosovo precedent“ as justification for its actions in Crimea. This is a false argument. There are fundamental legal and political differences between the internationally sanctioned process, which culminated

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Reuters: Ukrainian computer game featuring Hitler in Moscow angers Kremlin

Starni Games, its Ukraine-based developer, in a statement released on Reddit, has denied glorifying Nazism. The Kremlin on Wednesday accused a Ukrainian computer game developer of glorifying Nazism by producing a game which features Adolf Hitler overseeing a fictional World War Two victory parade in Moscow, a charge the developer rejects. The game, “Strategic Mind: Blitzkrieg,” invites players to take

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Ukraine will not agree to any special status for Donbas under Russian scenario – Kuleba

Ukraine is ready for reasonable compromises on the settlement of the conflict in Donbas but will not agree to any special status according to the Russian scenario, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. He wrote this on his Facebook page, while commenting on the results of his visit to Berlin for talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. “We

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No Time to Go Soft on Putin

David J. Kramer Amid pandemic and unrest, the President wants to reward Vladimir Putin with G-7 membership and a visit to Washington. We should be advancing his expiration date. With attention focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the national unrest following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several recent statements by President Trump concerning the G-7 meeting have gone

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European Parliament urges EU leadership to start dialogue with Ukrainian opposition on its initiative to launch Parliamentary dimension of Norman format

Member of the European Parliament from Germany doctor Maximilian Krah published the inquiry on the website of the European Parliament Member of the European Parliament from Germany doctor Maximilian Krah on June 2 has registered an official written inquiry to High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell with request to state position on, as

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One Dead in Fire at St. Petersburg Hospital

One person has died in a fire at a hospital in Russia’s second city St. Petersburg, emergencies services and hospital staff said Wednesday. Bedsheets caught on fire in one of the buildings of the Botkin hospital around 6:00 a.m., first responders told the state-run TASS news agency.  “The patient was alone in the room. There were no open flames, but

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Russia’s Defense Minister invites his U.S. counterpart to military parade in Moscow

The ministry did not provide information on whether Mark Ester had accepted the invite Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu invited U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to a military parade in Moscow’s Red Square that is expected to take place on June 24, Reuters reports. The parade is set to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory

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Russia-led armed groups in Donbas intentionally shell Armed Forces using artillery deployed in residential blocks – JFO

On June 2, Russia-led armed groups in Donbas committed a number of artillery shell attacks on the Ukrainian positions having deployed its artillery in the residential blocks of population areas, thus provoking retaliatory fire to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the eve of the next working meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group, a headquarters of the Joint Forces

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Putin allows nuclear response to conventional threats

That’s according to the updated nuclear deterrence concept. Russian President Vladimir Putin has changed the terms of use of nuclear weapons. The updated concept of nuclear deterrence says nukes can be used even if Russian targets are under threat of conventional weapons of the country’s adversaries. The use of nuclear weapons is still recognized as a “last resort” measure, seen

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Massive Thermal Plant Fuel Leak Pollutes Siberian River

Local authorities in Siberia have declared a state of emergency after 20,000 liters of diesel fuel seeped into a river sparking concerns from environmentalists.  The World Wildlife Fund environmental group on Tuesday praised local efforts to contain the spill with a floating dam, blocking dangerous pollutants from flowing into a lake near the Arctic city of Norilsk.  State of emergency

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Ukraine not intending to help Russia to deal with its challenges as occupying state – FM Kuleba on water supplies to Crimea

Ukraine thoroughly looks into the events in Crimea, however, it does not plan to help Russia to deal with its challenges as an occupying state, said Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in response to talks about the possible water supplies to Crimea by Ukraine. “We are closely looking into the events that take place on the Crimean peninsula. Of

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UK would veto Russia’s return to G7

Boris Johnson’s spokesperson says UK will not support move unless Moscow “ceases aggressive and destabilizing activity.” Any push by Donald Trump to readmit Russia to the G7 gathering of economically advanced nations would be vetoed by the UK, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said Monday. Trump announced Saturday he is postponing the annual G7 summit, which was due to be hosted

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Trump Puts G7 Summit Proposal to Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin could be invited to an expanded G7 meeting later this year. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday proposed his plan to include Russia in an expanded G7 summit in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said. It said Trump “informed” Putin of his plan to hold a rescheduled G7 “with possible invitation of

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Russia Scales Down Military Drills Near NATO Borders in 2020 – Official

Russia will not conduct major military exercises near the borders with NATO member countries this year, a senior military official said Monday, according to Interfax. Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the main operational department for Russia’s General Staff, also accused the United States and NATO allies of continuing to carry out war games near Russia’s borders. He said NATO has stonewalled

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Ukraine’s JFO HQ reports enemy death toll in Donbas in May

18:00, 01 June 2020 – UNIAN Russian occupying forces also lost seven units of military equipment and weaponry. The Joint Forces Operation Headquarters (JFO HQ) has disclosed the enemy death toll in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, for May. “According to confirmed intelligence data, Russian occupying forces’ casualties last month totaled: 49 killed and 94 wounded,” the JFO HQ wrote on Facebook

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BBC shows trailer for the series “Salisbury Poisoning” (VIDEO)

Authors:MediaSapiensThe series itself will be shown from 14 to 16 June on BBC One On May 31, the BBC released the official trailer for the Salisbury Poisoning series. At the center of the plot are the real events of April 2018 – the poisoning of former Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia with the neuro-paralytic substance “Novachok”. GRU officers are accused of

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Kremlin spokesperson speaks on progress in relations with Ukraine, Georgia

Dmitry Peskov also stated that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was not invited to Victory Day Parade because of Zelensky’s recent statements on WWII The Kremlin cannot yet say about the presence of positive dynamics in relations with Ukraine and Georgia at the highest level. It was stated by Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Interfax-Ukraine

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Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany responds to insult made by Schröder

Andriy Melnyk considers Schröder to be the cynical lobbyist for Kremlin in Germany Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk responded to the insult addressed to him by former Cnancellor Gerhard  Schröder as Ukraine’s Embassy to Germany reported. “The name of Mr. Schröder will always be noted in the world history as the synonym to the cynical lobbyist for Kremlin in Germany

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