Yanukovych offers to help Zelensky to ‘unite’ Ukraine

On the sixth anniversary of the Euromaidan Revolution, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych published a message addressed to the new government. The statement appeared on the Facebook page of his lawyer, Vitaliy Serdyuk. Yanukovych himself fled Ukraine in 2014. Yanukovych said that he is happy that former president Petro Poroshenko, who had ruled Ukraine since the revolution in 2014, has been

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Russia loses leverage as Ukrainian exports go global

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund Ukraine’s State Statistical Service has just published its data on Ukraine’s foreign trade in 2019. Overall, the changes it reveals might not appear large. The country’s merchandise exports increased by 5.8 percent to USD 50.1 billion, while imports rose by 6.3 percent to USD 60.8 billion. Since Ukraine currently receives annual remittances of around USD 12

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Ukraine military in Donbas find ammunition available only to Russian army

This is yet another evidence of Russian involvement in the Donbas war, which will be provided to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. JFO HQ A high-impulse thermobaric explosive has been found during a demining effort clearance in Donbas, within the zone of the Joint Forces Operation. “In the area of the Joint Forces Operation, work continues on documenting more

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Russian aggression in Crimea started six years ago

20.02.2020 10:00 February 20 is the official date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea, which was determined by the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On Countering the Armed Aggression of the Russian Federation and Overcoming its Consequences” of April 21, 2015. On February 20, 2014, Russia

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Please, Consider Exploring Ukraine Beyond Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa (OP-ED)

Since 2016, Ukraine has quietly been experiencing a tourism boom – not least due to the development of low-cost flights linking the country to the rest of Europe. The figures registered by Ukrainian airports during this period (+277% at Zhuliany (Kyiv), + 359% at Kharkiv, and even +389% at Lviv) are impressive. Admittedly, it mainly reflects the fact that Ukrainians

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Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Desperation: MH17 and WWII

This week, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine has begun “preparations” for the MH17 trial and continued its attack on Poland. A few weeks from now, on March 9th, the District Court of the Hague will begin the criminal trial of four suspects for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. With the court date approaching, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine is desperate to

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Julian Assange: Trump 'offered pardon for Russia denial'

A witness in Julian Assange’s extradition hearing will claim President Donald Trump offered the Wikileaks founder a pardon if he said Russia was not involved in leaking emails during the US election. Assange’s barrister revealed the claim at Westminster Magistrates’ Court ahead of an extradition hearing next week. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled the witness’s evidence admissible. The White House

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US strategic drone approaches Russian Defense Minister’s plane over Europe

An unknown drone approached the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu over Europe, reports the Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing Serbian military and diplomatic sources. The Minister’s plane was in Kosovo airspace at the time of the incident. The UAV approached the aircraft at an approximate distance of at least 150 km. Several MiG-29s of the Serbian Air Force were

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NATO urges Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine

NATO has expressed its concern regarding the escalation in the Donbas and urged Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, the Ukrainian Mission to NATO wrote on Facebook. “We are concerned by the escalation of violence by the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine this morning. This undermines the Minsk agreements and the efforts towards a peaceful conflict resolution,” said NATO

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Nobody Wants to Buy Russia’s National Plane – Except Russia’s National Airline

Russia’s home-grown Sukhoi Superjet 100 has no new customers lined up for 2020. By Gleb Stolyarov for Reuters Russia’s main home-grown passenger jet, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, conceived as a rival to Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer, has no confirmed orders this year beyond a long-standing deal with state carrier Aeroflot, two sources told Reuters. The aircraft, which entered service in 2011

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How North Korea’s Leader Buys Purebred White Horses From Russia’s Stud Farms

The Moscow Times spoke to horse breeders and agents who have sold many of Russia’s famous Orlov Trotters and a thoroughbred Welsh pony to Kim Jong-Un. By Pjotr SauerUpdated: 5 hours ago On a chilly April morning in 2019, four North Korean men arrived unannounced at the Verona stud farm in Moscow’s elite suburb of Rublyovka in search of a perfect white

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MP from party ‘Servant of people’ refused to honor memory of Heroes of Heavenly Hundred

112 Agency While the MPs in the Verkhovna Rada rose to honor a minute of silence in memory of those killed on the Maidan during the Revolution of Dignity, the “Servant of the People” Maksym Buzhansky refused to get up. Andriy Dzinja posted the incident video on his Facebook page. Recall, on February 18, 2014, after the activists refused to fulfill the ultimatum of

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Ukraine's Defense Minister: Over 25,000 Russian troops in occupied Donbas now

The minister says the situation is constantly changing. REUTERS Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk says that over 25,000 Russian troops are now in occupied Donbas. “The situation is changing… We see that there are more than 25,000 [Russian troops], for sure,” he told reporters after a parliamentary committee meeting when asked how many Russian troops are in eastern Ukraine today, according

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‘I think it’s very difficult,’ Putin tells woman living below Russia’s poverty line

On a visit to St. Petersburg on Wednesday, after laying flowers at a monument to the late Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, Vladimir Putin spoke to a group of local residents. One woman asked him how he thinks she lives on a salary of 10,800 rubles ($170) a month. “I think it’s very difficult,” the president said. When the woman asked Putin how he thinks her

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Russia’s State Duma cancels fines for displaying Nazi symbols in non-propagandistic cases

The State Duma has voted in favor of an amendment to the Codex of Administrative Violations that cancels some existing fines for displaying Nazi symbolism. The amendment passed its third and final reading, practically guaranteeing that it will become law. Fines that previously reached up to 50,000 rubles ($784) will no longer be applied in cases where Nazi symbols are

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Militant Khodakovsky about features of "civil war" in Donbass: "Ossetian to the left, Russian to the right" (Photo)

Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky has published an archive photo showing that Russian mercenaries and representatives of illegal armed formations of unrecognized South Ossetia took an active part in unleashing the armed conflict in the Donbass in 2014. A photo taken in the center of Donetsk in May 2014 depicts Russian and Ossetian militants. “According to the

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