Category Archives: Russia

Op-Ed in Novoye Vremya by CDA Taylor: Ukraine’s Committed Partner

November 10, 2019 Since I returned to Ukraine in June, one thing has been clear everywhere I’ve gone – from Lviv to Mariupol, from universities to military facilities, from government offices to NGOs’ workspaces — Ukraine is brimming with energy and new ideas. New ideas to resolve the conflict in the East while protecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. New

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Zelensky to construct wall in Donbas if peace issue is not solved in a year, – Holos faction head

Rakhmanin stated he does not believe in the peace after the meeting Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin Head of Holos faction Serhiy Rakhmanin assures that the president’s team has the idea to build the wall in Donbas in the peace issue will not be solved in a year, as Ukrayinska Pravda reports. “The team of the president has allegedly set

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Moscow Accuses U.S. of Hunting Russians After Israel Extradites Suspected Hacker

Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of hunting its citizens across the world and said it had made a formal diplomatic protest after Israel extradited a Russian man to the United States where he faces a slew of serious cyber crime charges. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Tuesday that Alexei Burkov, 29, had arrived in the

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“DPR” secret prisons employ torture experts, not random people: ex-captives

A secret “DPR” prison opened in the summer of 2014. It hosted those whom pro-Russian forces sought to break down to get guilty pleas. Often, people would tell on themselves, giving up to torture. Despite the fact that the “DPR” doesn’t recognize the very existence of this “concentration camp”, it is still operating. UNIAN sat down with former inmates to

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Ukrainian Tycoon Kolomoisky’s Change of Heart Over Russia, in Quotes

Ukraine should give up on the West and go back into Russia’s fold, influential Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky said in an interview with The New York Times Wednesday. Kolomoisky’s business ties to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy have been under heavy scrutiny since the start of the former comedian’s election campaign this year. Both men have rejected suggestions that Kolomoisky has

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Telephone terrorism against Ukraine originates mostly from Russia or Russia-occupied territories of Ukraine

Paul A. Goble Since the beginning of November, there have been fake calls claiming that bombs have been planted in the Kyiv metro station forcing police to search for them; since the beginning of 2019, there have been 20 such calls; and since 2014, 200, the BBC’s Ukrainian Service reports. Ukrainian police say that most of the calls they have

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Russia Says Businesswoman Sentenced in Kuwait Is ‘Safe’ After Embezzlement Verdict

A Russian businesswoman appears to be safe after Kuwait handed her a long jail term for embezzlement, the Kommersant business daily has reported. Reports said Monday that a Kuwaiti court had sentenced investment executive Marsha Lazareva to 15 years in prison for money laundering. A U.S. law firm leading the international effort to secure Lazareva’s release decried her conviction as

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Russia through informal channels offered U.S. to swap Ukraine for Venezuela – ex-NSC official

The Russian press and various commentators picked up on the narrative. Russia attempted to resolve the “Ukraine issue” in a swap arrangement with the U.S. involving influence over Venezuela, that’s according to Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council staff Fiona Hill, who testified as part of the Donald Trump

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Putin’s Trojan horse: The US military’s problem with far-right Patriot groups

Putin’s Trojan horse: The US military’s problem with far-right Patriot groups A rally-goer holds a Three Percenters flag at a rally in Portland, Oregon in June 2019. Photo: rightwingwatch.org  2019/11/12 – 20:37 • International Article by: Lieutenant Colonel John Foley, US Army, Retired Russia’s active measures campaign to destabilize the Western democracies has received a lot of attention since 2016,

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Israel Extradites Suspected Russian Hacker to U.S. in Snub to Moscow

Israel has extradited suspected Russian hacker Alexei Burkov to the United States despite Moscow’s proposal to swap him for an Israeli woman jailed in Russia over marijuana possession, The Times of Israel reported Monday. Burkov, who was detained during a visit to Israel in 2015, is wanted in the U.S. on charges of credit card fraud. Russia last month had

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Merkel demands more money for German Armed Forces because of situation in Eastern Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a weekly televised statement, which is published on German Government’s website, that the situation in Eastern Ukraine forces NATO member countries to reconsider the Alliance’s defense strategy. “Because of the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, the topic of national defense and Alliance defense came into focus,” said German Chancellor. According to

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Libya Slams Russian Intervention: ‘Wherever Wagner Goes Destruction Happens’

Russia is using private military contractors to escalate the conflict in Libya and boost its influence there, the security chief of Libya’s UN-backed government has said. Libyan interior minister Fathi Bashagha’s accusations follow reports of at least two deployments of Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenaries in recent months as forces based in eastern Libya attempt to take the capital. Russia denies its military

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Putin, Merkel agree Ukraine should give special status to Donbass – Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Monday that Ukraine should give the separatist-controlled Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said. The leaders also discussed preparations for a four-way Ukraine peace summit comprising Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, the Kremlin said without giving

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UN General Assembly to consider two resolutions related to Crimea by the end of the year

Until the end of 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will consider two draft resolutions related to the Russian occupation of Crimea. According to Ukrinform, this is a draft resolution on the violation of human rights and Russia’s militarization of the Ukrainian peninsula. The draft resolution on the violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, initiated by

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Russian Veterans Join Anglican Church Remembrance Day Service

On November 10, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church held a service commemorating the end of WWI and in remembrance of those who died in wars. Ambassadors and military representatives of countries that fought in the war placed flowers on the altar, starting with the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and Germany. Russian veterans also attended the event. Despite the many diplomatic

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