Category Archives: Ukraine

Derkach’s tapes: Poroshenko “planned sabotage” in Crimea in 2016

According to the recording, Biden criticized the decision. Photo from UNIAN Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko planned a sabotage operation in Crimea in August 2016. This is evidenced by the recording of the corresponding conversation between Poroshenko and Biden, which was released by Ukrainian Member of Parliament Andriy Derkach on July 9, according to the Ukrainian news outlet Glavred. According to

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Forget Ukraine’s New Patrol Boats—Anti-Ship Missiles May Sink The Next Russian Invasion Fleet

David AxeContributorAerospace & Defense When Russian troops invaded Crimea in 2014, they quickly overran the Ukrainian navy’s port facilities and captured many of the fleet’s aging, Soviet-vintage ships.  After the annexation was complete, Ukraine was left with just one large warship—the 404-foot-long frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy—plus a few dozen smaller boats. Hopelessly outgunned by the much larger Russian navy, the Ukrainian

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U.S. Fines Amazon for Crimea Orders

The U.S. has fined Amazon for providing goods and services to individuals in Crimea, in violation of U.S. sanctions which prohibit firms from operating on the annexed peninsula. The technology giant was also found to have sold goods to customers based in Iran and Syria, processed orders to people located or employed by embassies of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan

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Russian Governor Detained on Murder Charges

A sitting Russian governor has been detained on suspicion of organizing murders in the early 2000s, investigators said early Thursday. Sergei Furgal, 50, is a former timber and scrap metal metal merchant and member of the far-right Liberal Democratic Party, which has the third-most seats in the Russian parliament. Furgal handed a rare defeat to the pro-Kremlin United Russia party incumbent in

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An independent and sovereign Ukraine is key to Euro-Atlantic security

09.07.2020 15:36 An independent and sovereign Ukraine is the key to Euro-Atlantic security. “Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine have seriously undermined Euro-Atlantic security. Ukraine has engaged constructively towards a settlement. But the key for the normalisation of relations between NATO, Russia and Ukraine remains Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Sanctions relief in the absence of significant

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Brazilian leader thanks Zelensky for support in fight against COVID-19

      Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who tested positive for COVID-19, thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his words of support in the fight against the disease. “Thank you for your kind words and solidarity, President Zelensky. Brazil and Ukraine are united by strong ties of friendship,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter. The Brazilian leader added that he looks forward to continuing

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Ukraine reaffirms readiness for ‘all-for-all’ swap of detainees in Donbas

The parties also agreed on 13 sites in Ukraine’s east for landmine clearance. Ukrainian members of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) have reaffirmed Kyiv’s readiness for a swap of detainees with the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) in the “all-for-all” format. “Ukraine also reaffirmed its willingness to release detainees in the ‘all-for-all’ format as soon

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Russia wants to align interests in Minsk talks, Reznikov believes

     Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that the talks on Donbas have not ended in deadlock as Russia shows a desire to align their interests with Ukraine. “If the process continues, you can’t call these [negotiations] a deadlock, because a deadlock means that the parties have broken apart and do not

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Containing the Kremlin: Why the West must rethink policy towards a revisionist Russia

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov After more than five years of deadlock in Russia-Ukraine peace talks, it is obvious that fresh approaches are needed in order to stop the war on Europe’s eastern border. This means exploring pragmatic modifications to the existing Minsk Process. Previous suggestions of this nature have met with resistance, but the consequences of failing to explore alternative

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Investigator closes a criminal case against Poroshenko, denouncing political pressure

On 8 July 2020, the Pecherskyi district court of Kyiv held its third hearing in one of the many criminal cases against past Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. In this particular case, Poroshenko was accused of alleged abuse of power when appointing the deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. The accusation had no clear grounds since such an appointment is

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EU expects Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars

22:59, 08 July 2020 – UNIAN The EU expects all illegally detained Ukrainians to be released without delay. The European Union has commented on recent detentions in Russia-occupied Crimea, saying it expects Russia will end the pressure on Crimean Tatars. “The EU expects Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community. International human rights standards must be guaranteed

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Meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission focuses on reforms, developments in Donbas

00:59, 09 July 2020 – UNIAN Allies also stressed the importance of delivering on domestic reforms. A meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission in Brussels on July 8 focused on reforms and developments in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held talks on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna. They

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Russia ships over 600 medical ventilators abroad

It also agreed on selling temperature check terminals to the US, according to Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. Russia has shipped over 600 medical ventilators abroad and agreed on selling temperature check terminals to the US, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on Wednesday. He was speaking at a government hour at the Federation

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‘Regrettable’ mindset: Lavrov castigates Pentagon’s ‘containment’ policy of China, Russia

The top diplomat speculated that, by embellishing some threats from Russia and China, Washington seeks to deflect the American public’s attention from the current domestic strife that has been intensifyingRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov© Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. The remarks made by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper regarding Washington’s successful “containment” of alleged aggression of Russia and China sparked regret in

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Poroshenko says govt trying to limit participation of opposition in local elections

The fifth president of Ukraine, MP of the European Solidarity faction Petro Poroshenko believes that current government deliberately limits participation of Ukrainian opposition in local elections. Speaking in front of his supporters outside the courthouse before today’s hearing, Poroshenko said that “next week elections will be announced, which should be held in late October.” “They would like Poroshenko not to

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Russia Will Hate This: Ukraine Cleared to Move American Javelin Missiles to Front Lines

U.S-supplied anti-tank weapons could change the balance of power in favor of Ukraine. by Caleb Larson In an interview, Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Ruslan Khomchak said that following the advice of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) advisors, Ukraine’s American-supplied Javelin anti-tank missiles would be moved up to Ukraine’s front lines in their conflict against separatists in the country’s east—though the missiles would have

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‘Putin’s favorite Syrian warlord’ guarded by Russian special forces

Syrian Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan was guarded by a Russian soldier during a trip to Raqqa province. The commander of elite Tiger Forces was captured in photos posted on Twitter by ANNA-News. As the Telegram channel “Special Purpose Channel” writes, the soldier assigned to al-Hassan is a member of the Russian Special Operations Forces. He is armed with a modified Vityaz submachine gun which

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Estonia gives 2,000 Makarov pistols to Ukrainian Armed Forces

Estonia gave 2,400 Makarov pistols, which were previously in service with the Estonian army, to Ukrainian servicemen, reported the Estonian Defense Ministry. The press service of the Estonian Defense Ministry noted that the batch of pistols was given to the Ukrainain Army in order to support Ukraine’s defense capability. Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik called “the Russian aggression, which continues in Crimea and

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SSU Detains Russian FSS Agent Suspected Of Attempt To Blast Cisterns With Ammonia In Luhansk Region

     Representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) have detained an agent of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSS) suspected of an attempt to blow up cisterns containing ammonia in the territory of the Severodonetsk Azot Association enterprise in Luhansk region. Press service of the SSU has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

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Burns, sunstrokes, signs of beating: occupiers close “banned” residents of the CADO in hydropathic establishment (PHOTO)

The “DNR” occupiers report nothing about the fate of the residents of CADO, who managed to cross the line of contact through the Olenivka checkpoint beyond the lists compiled by a certain “headquarters” to combat COVID-19. As previously reported, more than 100 people drove to the gray zone on July 7 between the Olenivka checkpoint, controlled by the DNR militants

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Zelensky declares sale of property for almost UAH 13.5 mln

08.07.2020 16:10 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared about UAH 13.47 million as income received from the sale of real estate, according to his asset declaration on significant changes in property status published in the register of electronic declarations on the website of Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention. According to the released data, on July 2, the head of

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Ukraine terminates memorandum on counterterrorism cooperation with Russia

08.07.2020 16:27 The Cabinet of Ministers has terminated a memorandum between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on counterterrorism cooperation. The resolution to terminate the memorandum was approved by members of the government without discussion on Wednesday, July 8, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “To terminate the Memorandum between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation

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Safronov’s Arrest Is a New Low for Freedom of Speech in Russia

Putin has now entrusted the “journalist question” to his security services. We should be very worried. By Andrei Soldatov When the Federal Security Service (FSB) requested in September 2012 that the State Duma stiffen the article on high treason in the Russian Criminal Code, everyone understood what the agency was after.  Many in the Kremlin had accused the FSB of falling

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