Category Archives: Ukraine

Biden must freeze Putin’s pipeline and prevent this “bad deal for Europe”

UkraineAlert by Benjamin Schmitt February 25, 2021 Pipes for Nord Stream 2 pictured on February 15, 2021 in Germany. (imago images/Jens Koehler via REUTERS In August 2016, then US Vice President Joe Biden stood in Stockholm and declaredthe Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to be a “bad deal for Europe.” In doing so, Biden added vital policy leadership against Putin’s

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Ukrainian government sanctions pro-Russian oligarch and opposition leader

Warning! Article is full of Russian BS Jason Melanovski The government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday announced sanctions targeting the oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of Ukraine’s leading opposition party. Medvedchuk, who has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, has played a major role in Ukrainian politics ever since the restoration of capitalism by the Stalinist bureaucracy

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Russia’s collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars is a war crime

UkraineAlert by Wayne Jordash and Anna Mykytenko. Feb 25, 2021 A Russian serviceman without insignia pictured during the 2014 Russian military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko) According to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), 26 February, 2014, is the date that marks the beginning of the international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in Crimea. On

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U.S. conducts defensive precision strike against infrastructure in eastern Syria

The operation was authorized by President Biden.REUTERS The United States has conducted a defensive precision strike against infrastructure in eastern Syria. “At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and

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President appointed Oksana Markarova to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Decree № 75/2021 on the appointment of Oksana Markarova to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America. Congratulating Oksana Markarova on the appointment, the Head of State noted that her candidacy has three key advantages: patriotism, a high level of professionalism and a very positive perception

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M-30 route from Stryi of Lviv region to Izvaryne of Luhansk region to be definitely built in 2021 – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the completion of the construction of the longest highway in the country, M-30, this year. “We will build the M-30, we will definitely build it in 2021, although the task has been set to build it by August of 2024 – this is an important symbol that will unite our country together with

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Kyiv court rules to block over 400 websites in Ukraine

Among them are Russia’s RBC, LiveJournal, as well as From-ua, Novostiua.org, ZapadMedia, Infopressa, and others.ua.depositphotos.com Kyiv’s Holosiyivsky District Court has ruled to block access to 426 websites in Ukraine, including those of Russian and Ukrainian media. That is according to Ukraine’s National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCIR) published on its website on February 24. The court has effectively blocked Russia’s

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Russia’s Small Businesses Are Suffering Despite Easing of Coronavirus Restrictions

One in ten firms is preparing to close, warns the Kremlin’s business envoy. Businesses in Russia are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, a new government survey has shown, with a significant chunk preparing to close their doors or start bankruptcy proceedings. One in every ten small and medium-sized businesses are already preparing to shut down, according to

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Ukraine: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol

Seven years on from the violent, illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains steadfast in its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. The European Union reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law.

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Russian General Kuzovlev promoted for his role in Donbas war

Kuzovlev was recalled from Donbas in the spring of 2015.Kremlin.ru Russian President Vladimir Putin has conferred the rank of Colonel-General on Sergey Kuzovlev, one of the former military commanders in the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic”, the unrecognized entity in the Russian-occupied part of Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Supervising Russian-controlled mercenaries with the self-proclaimed “LPR,” Kuzovlev operated under a number of aliases,

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Medvedchuk, Surkov talk power supplies to occupied Crimea, prisoner swap – leaked call from 2014

The outlet that released the tape has said nothing about the source of the leak.Photo from UNIAN The latest leak has exposed what appears to be phone talks purportedly held in 2014 between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest ally in Ukraine, MP with the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk and Putin’s aide (at the time) Vladislav Surkov.

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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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Zelensky to Duda on Nord Stream 2: “Trap for the whole of Europe”

The two leaders agreed on further steps to counter the Russian gas pipeline project.REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda have discussed by phone the issues of energy security in Europe, including the Nord Stream 2 project. “This project is, in fact, a trap for the whole of Europe. It cannot be allowed. Further boosting of

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Ukraine plans to disconnect from power grid with Belarus, Russia by end of 2023 – Kuleba

Ukraine plans to disconnect from the electricity grid with Belarus and the Russian Federation by the end of 2023, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. “Since Soviet times, the Ukrainian power grid has been a part of a single network that includes Belarus and Russia. But we want to cut off from this network and make the Ukrainian power grid

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Court rules to seize pipeline allegedly linked to Medvedchuk

Leader of the pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform – For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk (C) attends aparliament session on Oct. 31, 2019 in Kyiv.Photo by UNIAN The High Anti-Corruption Court on Feb. 23 ordered the seizure of an oil product pipeline owned by Prikarpatzahidtrans, a firm accused of having links to pro-Kremlin lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk. The politician denies owning it.   The assets were seized

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Russia’s Government Debt Rose 40% in 2020

Frugality through the pandemic means Moscow still boasts one of the lowest debt levels in the world. Russia’s state debt rose by 40% last year, as it sold trillions of rubles in bonds to prop up lost oil and gas revenues from the pandemic. The Audit Chamber, Russia’s government spending watchdog, said Wednesday state debt stood at 19 trillion rubles ($257 billion)

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SMM spots 15 Grad multiple rocket launchers in occupied Donbas

24.02.2021 09:55 The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has recorded 15 Grad multiple rocket launchers deployed in violation of withdrawal lines in the occupied areas of Donbas. The OSCE SMM said this in a report issued on February 23, based on information from the monitoring teams received as of 19:30 on February 22, 2021. According to the report, on February

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Crimea is Ukraine!’ billboard put up near Russian embassy in Kyiv

PHOTOS24.02.2021 17:44 A billboard with the inscription “Crimea is Ukraine!” has been put up outside the building of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported on Facebook. “Just a photo, just the Russian embassy in Kyiv, just stating a fact: Crimea is Ukraine!” reads the post, accompanied with a respective photo. The poster depicts

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Armenian Prime Minister: during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Russian missiles worked only 10 percent of the time

During the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the autumn of 2020, the Russian Iskander missiles in service with Armenian Armed Forces did not exploded “or exploded only 10% of the time”, said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with the website 1in.am. Answering the journalist’s question: “How is it possible?”, Pashinyan replied: “I don’t know… Maybe it’s an 80s weapon.”

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