Category Archives: Terrorism

MH17 trial: Donbas “rebels” sent targets for Russia’s artillery attacks on Ukrainian bases

ALYA SHANDRA In the summer of 2014, the Ukrainian Army was advancing on territory controlled by Russian-separatist forces in east Ukraine, driving a wedge between the so-called “rebels” and their personnel and ammunition source — the Russian border. Then Russia launched artillery strikes on Ukrainian positions near the border and proceeded with a full-blown invasion, which ultimately led to today’s

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Potash, Petro Products: EU Hits Belarus Economic Pillars

By approving sanctions on potash fertilisers and petroleum and petrochemical products, European Union foreign ministers are targeting two mainstays of the Belarus economy. The sanctions – to be formally adopted by the 27-nation bloc in the coming days – target major sources of revenue for the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Potash Belarus is the world’s second-largest exporter of potash fertilizers

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Russia to screen propaganda movie about Donbas worldwide. Its protagonist defected to Ukraine

Russia’s strategy to openly promote its statelets in eastern Ukraine thorough open fake diplomatic consulates in the EU failed. Apparently, an anti-Ukrainian propagandist movie set in occupied Donbas to be screened in Russian official “cultural centers” across the world is the next soft power attempt. However, the film has run into problems even before its worldwide premiere: its real-life protagonist

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Kremlin hit squads

The recent testimonies in the International Court of Justice confirmed what the world has known for a long time: Russia shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donbas in 2014, killing 298 people on board. In the latest hearing on June 9, the court reviewed multiple fragments of the Buk ground-to-air missile that destroyed the aircraft and killed its passengers and

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Dutch Court Hears Call For Missile Said to Have Downed MH17

A Dutch court heard Wednesday how two defendants discussed the procurement of a surface-to-air missile which prosecutors say was eventually used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. Judges this week began hearing evidence in the trial of four people — three Russians and a Ukrainian — charged in connection with an attack on the airliner over war-torn eastern Ukraine

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Protasevich’s “confession”: KGB Chairman Andropov’s specialty

Article by: Robert van Voren Editor’s Note Protasevich is in hell, and there is no escape. The Belarussian KGB are faithful heirs to Yuri Andropov, and they will play with him as long as they wish. Robert van Voren, who had extensively helped Soviet dissidents back in the days, dissects the perfidious methods used by the Belarusian KGB — and the

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And here are the red lines. What Putin and Lukashenko are striving for

Timothy Ash There is now an impulse for significant economic sanctions against Belarus both in Europe and in the United States. Of course, in Belarus we are witnessing a rather unusual development of events: a pirate seizure (in other words, it cannot be described) of a Ryanair aircraft took place in the country’s airspace , which was forced to land in Minsk, after which opposition

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Bomb threat email cited by Belarus sent after plane was diverted – Swiss email provider

Hamas earlier denied it was aware of or had any connection to any such bomb threat. A bomb threat referred to by Belarusian government as grounds for forcing a Ryanair flight carrying an opposition journalist to land in Minsk was sent after the plane was diverted, email provider Proton Technologies AG says. Belarusian officials say they ordered the plane flying

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Timothy Ash: Tightening the screws on Lukashenko — and Putin too

By Timothy Ash. The European Union and the US seem to be coordinating further sanctions iterations, having picked the low-hanging fruit thus far by restricting air travel to and thru Belarus. On the sanctions front, it’s interesting that there seems to be unusual unanimity within the West as to the merits of aggressively sanctioning Alexander Lukashenko. I guess this reflects a

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Ryanair’s forced landing: UkSATSE denied Lukashenka’s words that Ukraine “did not want” to accept the flight

The head of the UkSATSE enterprise Andriy Yarmak said that when the plane of the Athens-Vilnius flight of Ryanair was in the airspace of Ukraine, there were no reports of a non-standard situation on board. Yarmak informed NV that during the flight on May 23, UkSATSE air traffic services did not receive requests to change the flight plan. “ During the Ryanair transit

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Lukashenko threatens the West with Third World War

Foreign detractors are waging a hybrid war against Belarus, treating it as a testing ground before their “attack on the East”, said self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, speaking in the Belarusian parliament. According to him, the real goal of “Western strategists” is Russia, against which “one well-known extremist channel, which was born from Belarusian problems, is already actively working.” “We are on

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MFA Ukraine reacts to Belarusian embassy’s protest note over air traffic halt

22:30, 25.05.21 – UNIAN The destructive policy of the Belarusian authorities creates problems in relations between Ukraine and Belarus, and therefore the Belarusian embassy should appeal to the authorities of their own country, not to those in Kyiv, the ministry said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has reacted to the note of protest issued by the Belarus embassy

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EU Cuts Air Links With Belarus Over Forced Plane Landing

EU leaders cut Europe’s air links with Belarus on Monday, as strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s regime paraded a dissident journalist arrested after his flight was forced to land in Minsk. Lukashenko sparked international outrage by dispatching a fighter jet Sunday to intercept a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius carrying wanted reporter Roman Protasevich, 26, and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega. European leaders meeting in

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Iran’s downing of Ukraine jet ‘act of terrorism’ rules Canadian court

New ruling paves the way for compensation for families of victims A Canadian court has ruled Iran’s shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet in January 2020 a deliberate “act of terrorism” paving the way for compensation. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on 8 January 2020, shortly after it had taken off from Tehran’s

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NATO prepares to attack, says Kremlin propaganda amid record Russian troop buildup at Ukraine border

Article by: Bohdan Ben Edited by: Michael Garrood Editor’s Note After a failed “Gleiwitz boy” incident, when propaganda claims that a Ukrainian drone killed a boy in Russian-occupied Eastern Ukraine turned out to be physically impossible, Russia is escalating a propaganda campaign about a purported attack plot by NATO and Ukraine, all while amassing 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border —

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Russia calls expulsion of 18 diplomats from Czech Republic “tricks”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman promised a response from Moscow Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a “trick” and promised a response from Moscow, RBC reports. “Prague is well aware what follows such ‘tricks’,” she said. Czech First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who

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Salisbury poisoning suspects ‘linked to Czech blast’

By Gordon CoreraSecurity correspondent Two Russian men suspected of carrying out the 2018 Salisbury poisonings are being linked to an explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic. Evidence links the 2014 explosion, and an attempted poisoning in Bulgaria, to a unit of Russian military intelligence – the GRU – the BBC has learnt. European intelligence agencies believe the

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Russian sabre-rattling over Ukraine demands a different response

Russian heavy armour is on the move, and Moscow is making no move to hide it. Is this the prelude to a new upsurge in fighting in south-eastern Ukraine, or especially brutal sabre-rattling? The problem is that we don’t know – and this challenges our usual responses. The war in the Donbas – neither civil war nor straightforward foreign intervention,

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Forty-three cases of enforced disappearances documented in Crimea over occupation

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has documented 43 cases of enforced disappearances in Crimea since the Russian occupation of the peninsula started in 2014. “Since the beginning of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, in 2014, OHCHR has documented 43 cases of enforced disappearances in

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Ukrainian airplane’s destruction in Iran may have been intentional act, new recording reveals

Canada’s government and security agencies are investigating an audio recording with new details about the Iranian missile attack that destroyed Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 near Tehran on Jan. 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board. Canadian media outlet CBC gained access to the recording, in which a person — identified by its sources as Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad

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Biden instructs intelligence to assess threat of domestic terrorism in the United States

19:42, 23 January 2021 – 112UA White House, at National Security Council level, will build capacity to counter domestic violent extremism. US President Joe Biden has directed his administration to conduct a full assessment of the risk of domestic terrorism in the wake of the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the White House said according

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Iran to Pay $150,000 for Each Victim of Ukrainian Crashed Plane

“The government will pay the allocated money to the victims’ families once it is provided based on the reports,” Joneidi said, adding that the Ministry of Road and Urban Development is charged with paying compensation money to their families in cooperation with other national sectors. She stressed that Iran will pay the money to the families of the victims regardless

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Canada’s FM doesn’t believe human error was to blame for UIA plane crash

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne does not believe Iran’s destruction of Ukrainian Flight PS752 can be blamed on human error. He said he did not accept Iran’s explanation for the cause of the crash but declined to outline other possible versions of the tragedy. “Well, we’ll let the process unfold… What I say is that we saw missiles being

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