Category Archives: Ukraine

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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“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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Feedom of speech level can determine the level of democracy in the country. Ukraine is in 102nd place in the world

Report of the Committee on Freedom of Speech regarding personal security and independent activities of Ukrainian journalists presented in Parliament by MP Nestor Shufrych, Opposition Platform – For Life party The issues of personal security and independent activity of Ukrainian journalists are more relevant today than ever. I want to note – it is very symbolic that our hearings almost

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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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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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Secret U.K. Report Names Conservatives’ Russian Oligarch Donors – Sunday Times

Nine Russian businesspeople have donated to Britain’s Conservative Party, according to a secret parliamentary report on Russian interference in British elections, The Sunday Times newspaper reported Sunday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opponents accuse him of blocking the report ahead of the Dec. 12 parliamentary election, an assertion that his Conservative-led government dismissed. Johnson’s office has not yet approved the report,

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Why Kyiv’s Confrontation with Moscow in Eastern Ukraine Will Continue without an EU Policy Change

Andreas Umland is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Principal Researcher with the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, as well as General Editor of the ibidem-Verlag book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices” distributed by Columbia University Press. When it became clear, in spring 2019, that Ukraine’s leadership was undergoing

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Passengers of Ukrainian plane escape disaster in Sharm el-Sheikh

Workers at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport on Saturday rescued passengers of a Ukrainian plane when a tire caught on fire after landing on the runway. The Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister thanked crews at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport for their professionalism in dealing with the fire on the Ukrainian plane, coming from Zaporizhzhia city, which could have turned into a “disaster.”

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Survey: Population of occupied Donbas believes Russia not involved in war

A majority of people living in the occupied Donbas think Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine, a new poll suggests. According to its results, 76% of people living in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts believe that Ukraine is experiencing a civil war, not fighting against Russian-backed militants. The sociological survey was conducted by New

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Moscow Expects UN Court To Reject Ukraine’s Terrorism-Financing Complaints Against Russia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it expects the International Court of Justice to “take full regard” of the Kremlin’s arguments in a case filed against Russia by Kyiv and will “eventually reject all of Ukraine’s claims.” The ministry made the remarks in a statement issued on November 9, a day after the United Nations court ruled that it has jurisdiction to

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Ukrainian activist Mazur detained in Poland at Russia’s request – Ukraine’s ombudsperson

19:53, 09 November 2019 Mazur is also an employee of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights. Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova has said Ukrainian activist and volunteer Ihor Mazur was detained in Poland at the request of the Russian Federation. “Employee of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human

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