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April 24, 2021

US Sanctions on Russia Producing Desired Results: Biden OfficialUS Sanctions on Russia Producing Desired Results: Biden Official

23rd April. 2021 The U.S. sanctions imposed last week on Russia generated results that were “pretty close” to Washington’s hopes, a senior Biden administration official said on Friday, as tensions appeared to ease between the countries over Ukraine. “Our intention was to act in a proportionate manner, and to be targeted in our approach, and to signal that we hadRead more

The State Duma announced plans to issue almost half a million passports of Russian citizens in Donbass by the end of 2021

The number of residents of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, who received Russian citizenship in a simplified manner, by the end of 2021 may increase by almost 500 thousand people. This was announced in an interview with TASS by Viktor Vodolatsky, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots. “Today, 538 thousand peopleRead more

Membership of Ukraine and Georgia in EU, NATO is a matter of time – Kuleba

24.04.2021 13:28 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba believes that membership of Ukraine and Georgia in the EU and NATO is a matter of time. He said this during the talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani, Ukrinform reports with reference to the Foreign Ministry’s press service. “The membership of Ukraine and Georgia in the EuropeanRead more

EU plans to sign world’s largest vaccine deal with Pfizer

The European Union expects to receive about 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine The European Union plans to sign the largest deal with the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer. They want to purchase a vaccine several years in advance to vaccinate EU residents against coronavirus. It was reported by Reuters. The European Union expects to receive about 1.8 billion doses ofRead more

Russia needs to refrain from aggression and escalation against Ukraine – Department of State

24.04.2021 11:53 The United States maintains a clear position on the inadmissibility of Russia’s aggression, as well as other actions against Ukraine. Jalina Porter, Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, said this at a press briefing on Friday, April 23, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We have made clear in our engagement with Russia and their government that theyRead more

YouTube shuts down Medvedchuk’s TV channels

Ukraine twice officially addressed YouTube to shut down pro-Russian TV channels. YouTube has shut down pro-Russian TV channels, namely 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK, that are associated with MP from the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk. The TV channels can still be found in the search, but broadcasting is halted. Earlier, Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information PolicyRead more

Deconstructing Putin: it is time the west learned to be bold

April 23, 2021 A state in decline is a dangerous thing. An autocrat in decline is even more so. Putin’s provocations have caught the West off-balance for too long, resulting in a series of provocations in Putin’s confrontation with the West. The Biden administration’s new sanctions, and undisclosed measures, are welcome, but the West needs to move beyond sanctions, fromRead more

In response to the expulsion of diplomats, Russia plans to limit imports of Czech beer

The Russian authorities, in response to the expulsion of employees of the Russian Embassy from Prague, are considering the possibility of restricting the import of certain Czech-made goods, including beer. This is reported by “Kommersant” with reference to two sources in the state structures of the Russian Federation, familiar with the discussion of the issue. “If we act in a mirror-likeRead more

Timothy Ash: Russian threat remains

Kind of interesting to see all these narratives now being built, out of Moscow, that Russia is pulling its forces back from the border with Ukraine, as a de-escalation move, and that somehow Vladimir Putin played a great hand. See the FT piece below I guess a good example of that. https://www.ft.com/content/65e2bdb6-6c1d-4033-b677-a07bb34716ae I struggle a bit with this narrative forRead more

Reznikov: Putin’s calls for Ukraine to work with ‘DPR’/’LPR’ signal withdrawal from Minsk deal

23:59, 23.04.21 – UNIAN The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that the Minsk agreements did not say anything about the two self-proclaimed “republics.” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov says that the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin calls on Ukraine to negotiate with members of the Russia-controlled “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “LuhanskRead more

Putin has limited diplomatic missions of “unfriendly states” in the ability to hire employees from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin limited the diplomatic missions of countries committing “unfriendly actions” towards the Russian Federation, in the possibility of hiring individuals who are on the territory of the Russian Federation. The corresponding decree was published on the Kremlin’s website. The restriction does not apply to citizens of “unfriendly states” who arrived in Russia as employees of diplomatic missions. If necessary, forRead more

The websites of the Kremlin, Russian Railways, TASS and the Ministry of Justice crashed

The websites of the Russian presidential administration , Russian Railways and the TASS agency stopped opening after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared non-working days from May 1 to 10. The website of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation also stopped opening – after the ministry declared the legal entity Meduza a “foreign agent”. In addition, the websites of the Ombudsman for Human Rights in Russia and the  Agency for Ethnic Affairs stopped working .Read more

Top secret American U-2 spy plane takes off from RAF Fairford for another reconnaissance mission on the edge of space as Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian border

Photographs of the Lockheed U-2, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, were captured at RAF Fairford on April 16  High altitude aircraft was seen above the base in recent weeks but Ministry of Defence was unable to say why  Purpose of deployment is unclear but it could present a warning to Vladimir Putin amid tension near Ukraine  By Faith Ridler For MailonlineRead more

U.S. at OSCE accuses Russia of disdaining SMM’s mandate

23.04.2021 11:52 The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) faces considerable impediments to its movement in Russian-controlled territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which is a clear demonstration of Moscow’s disregard for the Mission’s mandate. Acting Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller said this during an online meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna onRead more

Resident of Donetsk imprisoned by occupiers of “DNR” for 2.5 years because of pro-Ukrainian comments on social networks

The so-called “DNR court” has sentenced resident of occupied Donetsk O.Fomenko to 2 years and 6 months in prison for the statements she made on social networks, having called them “public calls for extremist activity.” This was reported by the fake “DNR Prosecutor General’s Office”. The occupiers reported that the “investigation of the DNR Ministry of State Security” established thatRead more

Russian Communists Aim to Build Stalin Museum

Russian communists are planning to build a Josef Stalin museum as the country grapples with the Soviet dictator’s legacy, a local Communist Party group said Thursday.  The Nizhny Novgorod branch said regional party leaders on May 8 plan to lay the foundation stone of the Stalin Center in the town of Bor some 450 kilometers east of Moscow. A Bor Communist Party leader unveiled a StalinRead more

Russia Declares Independent News Site Meduza a ‘Foreign Agent’

Individuals and groups labeled as foreign agents are required to report their activities and face heavy financial audits. 36 minutes ago Russia has declared the leading independent news website Meduza a “foreign agent,” the Justice Ministry announced Friday amid what critics call the Kremlin’s continuing crackdown on free speech. A statement on the ministry’s website said the decision, which also includes theRead more

Zelensky can meet with Putin only in third country – Kravchuk

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky can negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the settlement of the situation in Donbas only in a neutral country, but not in Russia, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas Leonid Kravchuk said. “The president of Ukraine will never go to Moscow to negotiate on war in Donbas.Read more

Don’t be fooled

For whatever reason, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has decided to send 100,000 troops that he has massed for the last month on Ukrainian borders back to their home bases — for now. Why? Perhaps he got what he wanted: A display of military superiority, an attempt to bully Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky, a show of hands amongRead more

Zelensky offered Putin a meeting. What the Kremlin’s reaction says

The first to respond was Sergei Tsekov, a member of the Federation Council from Crimea annexed by Russia. And this is no coincidence The fact that one of the first Russian newsmakers to react to the latest statements by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and his offer to Vladimir Putin to meet in Donbass turned out to be a member of the Federation CouncilRead more

Putin withdraws troops but Russo-Ukrainian War continues

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Russian paratroopers board a military transport aircraft in Taganrog close to the border with Ukraine on April 22. (Erik Romanenko/TASS via REUTERS Russian Defense Minister Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on April 22 that Russian troops would begin pulling back from positions close to the Ukrainian border and returning to their bases. If fully implemented, this withdrawal willRead more

U.S. troops increasingly vulnerable to directed-energy attacks, Pentagon tells lawmakers

DoD briefers identified Russia as a likely culprit. National Guard stand their posts around the Capitol at sunrise in Washington, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo By LARA SELIGMAN, ANDREW DESIDERIO and BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN 04/22/2021 02:15 PM EDT The Pentagon warned lawmakers this week about the growing and urgent threat of directed-energy attacks on U.S. troops in theRead more

NATO says Russia’s decision to pull back troops “overdue”

NATO will continue to monitor the situation.REUTERS Russia’s statement on the withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian border is “important and well overdue.” This was stated by a spokesman for the Alliance in a comment to Reuters. “Any steps towards de-escalation by Russia would be important and well overdue,” NATO’s official told Reuters. At the same time, NATO will continue toRead more

Czech Republic and the wise policy of the Kremlin. What did Putin do

Ivan Yakovina A country where relations with Moscow were on the verge of ideal Czech Republic. A country where both the president and the oligarch-prime minister are very friendly towards Russia. Relations with the Kremlin are on the verge of perfect. What is Putin doing? First, he throws Petrov and Boshirov into the Czech Republic so that they blow up weapons depots there. TheyRead more

Take a look at candy around the world, from coconut drops in Jamaica to fruit juice toffee in Ukraine

Although it’s unclear which country was the first to create candy, the earliest signs that humans crave something sweet to eat can be found in cave drawings dating all the way back to 6,000 BC, and ever since, candy has evolved. Since then, candy has morphed into all sorts of confections ranging from sweet to sour. Let’s take a lookRead more

Three military cargo planes from U.S., Canada and UK land in Ukraine

Between April 19 and April 21, three heavy transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, Great Britain and Canada delivered military cargo to Ukraine, reported Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the data of Western air traffic observers. A military transport aircraft C-130J Hercules arrived from Stuttgart, where the headquarters of the U.S. European Command is located. A RAF Bae 146-200 delivered military cargoRead more

Can America still provide protection to its vassals in Western and Eastern Europe?

The title of this hogwash tells you what’s coming. Paul Robinson, History professor at the University of Ottawa, recently wrote an editorial for the RT media network (Russia Today) stating that “a war between Russia and Ukraine is only possible if Ukraine attacks first”. “The true peril is not a Russian invasion in Eastern Ukraine, but the mistaken interpretation ofRead more

Lessons in Winter Warfare From the Ukrainian War Zone — A Case Study for America’s Arctic Pivot

By Nolan Peterson KYIV, Ukraine — To reach the Ukrainian fighting positions outside the village of Novomykhailivka, you must travel along a snow-covered road that precariously weaves through a minefield. Along the road, shrapnel has carved concrete power line poles like the wind-eroded sandstone buttes in Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border. You see children standing beside the road andRead more

It’s complicated: EU-Russia relations

Barbara Wesel, Deutsche Welle Despite the largest-ever deployment of Russian military on the Ukrainian border, the EU will not impose more sanctions. Its response to the treatment of hunger-striking Putin critic Alexei Navalny: nothing but appeals. The EU foreign ministers have imposed additional sanctions against the military junta in Myanmar, in this case against two of its corporations, the MyanmarRead more

“DNR” authorities call Ukrainians from free territory for “permanent residence”. They promise year of preferential “housing and communal services”

The puppet authorities of CADO invite Ukrainians from the free territory to move to the occupied Donbas “for permanent residence”, promising them benefits in paying for utilities. This is said in the so-called “humanitarian program for the reunification of the people of Donbas and support for the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine”. The idea that the citizens of Ukraine will stateRead more

Putin says ready to meet with Zelensky in Moscow

MOSCOW, 22 April (BelTA) – We are ready to welcome Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists during the meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Moscow on 22 April, BelTA has learned. Earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky suggested his Russian counterpart that they hold talks in Donbass to discuss settling the conflict in that region. “AsRead more

“DNR” leader promises not to use kindergartens and schools as firing points

The “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin has explained why the “republic’s” administrative buildings, but not kindergartens and schools are laid with sandbags. Separatist media write about this. People on social networks began to resent why the occupation administration was protecting itself, and not children of the Russian-occupied Donbas, from the mythical offensive. According to Pushilin, this is because the buildings ofRead more

Czechs to Cut Russian Diplomat Numbers Amid Spat

The Czech government said Thursday it would slap a ceiling on the Russian embassy workforce as part of a spiraling diplomatic row, which means dozens of staff will have to leave by next month. Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said Russia will have until the end of May to withdraw its embassy’s employees to reduce their numbers to the same level as thoseRead more

People from occupied Donbas with Russian passports are not residents of Russia – Reznikov

22.04.2021 13:59 About 400,000 Russian passports have been issued in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but these people are not residents of Russia, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said. He said this at a briefing in Mykolaiv on April 22, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “According to various data, about 400,000 [Russian] passports haveRead more

“Proceed with your gardening work”: Vice PM dismisses war fears

Reznikov has called on Ukrainians to “live their peaceful life” as usual.Photo from UNIAN, Oleksandr Kuzmin There will be no full-blown war between Ukraine and Russia, Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Oleksiy Reznikov, believes. Speaking at a briefing in Mykolaiv, Reznikov said Ukrainians now have annual “gardening works scheduled,” Nikvesti reports. “There is probably tension in society and I’m often asked whether thereRead more

Russia announces withdrawal of troops from border with Ukraine

   Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered the General Staff of the Russian Federation and commanders to pull the troops, which have recently been moved to Ukraine’s borders, back to their permanent bases, according to the Telegram channel of the RBC news site. “Russia is beginning to withdraw the troops of the Southern and Western military districts to theirRead more

How to Speak With Moscow When There’s Nothing to Talk About

Putin now has to deal with an American administration that expects little from Moscow, wants even less, and — to add insult to injury — is unperturbed. There are a lot of things that the new American president, unlike his predecessor, would like to achieve on the international stage, from climate change and tax reform to solving the Iran nuclearRead more

Department of State urges Russia to cease blocking Black Sea

   The United States Department of State calls on Russia to cease blocking foreign warships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea. Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price said this at a briefing on April 21, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We are aware that Russia has announced its intention to block foreign naval shipsRead more

Ukraine to allies: West must act now to ensure no new Russia military offensive

Matthias Williams Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kyiv, Ukraine April 21, 2021. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Ukraine urged Western allies to show they were prepared to punish Moscow with new sanctions, including kicking Russia out of the global SWIFT payments system, to deter the Kremlin from resorting to more military force against Ukraine. In anRead more

NATO stands ready to support Ukraine in defending its sovereignty, territorial integrity

   The NATO’s Allied Land Command are ready to provide support to Ukraine in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the press service of the Ground Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said. “This is our opportunity and indeed our responsibility to provide ground support. It sends a powerful message when NATO Corps commanders speak in one voice,” Commander ofRead more

Bizarre Belarus “coup plot” has all the hallmarks of a classic Kremlin drama

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore One way to look at Belarus ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s claim last week that he was the target of a US-backed coup and assassination attempt is that this is just the latest in a series of conspiratorial rants by an increasingly beleaguered dictator. But as is often the case in the former Soviet Union, upon closer examination,Read more

Czech Senate urged to terminate friendship treaty with Russia and leave only one Russian diplomat in Prague

The Senate (the upper house of the Czech parliament) called the Vrbetica bombings, which the Czech authorities accused the GRU of organizing , “an act of state terrorism against one EU member state, and therefore against the entire EU.” 67 out of 72 members of the Senate voted for the relevant resolution, the Czech News Agency reports. The senators also called on theRead more

The security forces came to search the SMM editor of Navalny’s headquarters in Moscow. They beat him, demanding the password from the telegram

The security forces searched an apartment in Lyubertsy near Moscow, where SMM editor of Navalny’s headquarters in Moscow Alexander Shepelev and journalist of Mediazona Olga Romashova live. Romashova reported this to the editorial board.  According to the journalist, the security forces broke into the apartment and forced her and Shepelev to lie on the floor. After that, Romashova was locked in theRead more

U.S. SFRC votes on Ukraine Security Partnership Act with more military aid

Ukraine expects U.S. Congress will approve the bill as soon as possible.The the Ukraine Security Partnership Act has passed a vote by the SFRC / Photo from Flickr / John Brighenti The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) on April 21 voted on the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to increase military aid for the country, which includes the supply of lethalRead more

Putin vows a ‘quick and tough’ Russian response for its foes

Vladimir Putin issues ‘stark warning’ to US, NATO
Top US military commanders ‘seriously worried’ over new threats of nuclear weapons from adversaries; FOX News’ Jennifer Griffin reports on ‘Special Report’Read more

Prague Gives Moscow Ultimatum to Let Czech Diplomats Return

The Czech government on Wednesday gave Moscow an ultimatum, warning it may expel more Russian diplomats unless the 20 Czech nationals ejected from Russia are allowed to return to work by noon on Thursday. Prague expelled 18 Russian embassy staff and Moscow sent back the Czech diplomats in retaliation on Monday, in a row over Russia’s alleged role in anRead more

Ukraine ready for war, but won’t stop fighting for peace in Donbas through diplomacy – Zelensky

UNIAN 11:30, 21.04.21POLITICS1 min. 878 Zelensky says Ukrainians need to be vigilant, but not afraid Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the country is ready for war, but will not stop fighting for peace in Donbas through diplomacy. “What is happening today? A large number of Russian troops have amassed near our state borders. Russia officially calls it an exercise. Unofficially,Read more

Stay away from Disqus, Twitter and Facebook!

Please stay away from Disqus, Twitter and Facebook. They are all control(l)ed by RuSSia. Thank you! 😂Read more

Crimea : A Story of the Occupied Peninsula

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THE VERDICT OF POLTAVA I — Weapons and Warfare

Hetman of Zaporizhian Host MAZEPA, HETMAN IVAN STEPANOVICH (c. 1639-1709), Hetman (Cossack military leader) of Left-Bank Ukraine, 1687 to 1708. Hetman Ivan Mazepa was raised in Poland and educated in the West, returning to Ukraine in 1663 to enter the service of the Polish-sponsored hetman Peter Doroshenko during the turbulent period of Ukrainian history known […] THE VERDICT OF POLTAVA IRead more

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