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UNIAN: SBU busts human smugglers in EU-bordering Volyn region

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A group of Volyn region’s residents, allegedly including local government officials, set up a mechanism for trafficking illegal migrants from Ukraine to the EU countries, as reported by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). According to the SBU operatives, the perpetrators produced fake document...

SBU busts human smugglers in EU-bordering Volyn region

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A group of Volyn region’s residents, allegedly including local government officials, set up a mechanism for trafficking illegal migrants from Ukraine to the EU countries, as reported by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). According to the SBU operatives, the perpetrators produced fake do...

Associated Press: Poland’s senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial legal guidelines

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WARSAW – Poland’s senators approved legislation Friday that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights. Read more here The post Associated Press...

Reuters: Kremlin says regrets EU decision to extend sanctions

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MOSCOW – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Dec. 15 that Russia regretted a decision by European Union leaders to extend economic sanctions on Moscow. Read more here. The post Reuters: Kremlin says regrets EU decision to extend sanctions appeared first on KyivPost.

Merkel says EU sees no progress to roll back Russian sanctions

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BRUSSELS – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the European Union sees no progress to justify rolling back sanctions against Russia. “We have not enough progress in order to remove the sanctions,” Merkel said. “But we all agree that we must do everything to move on with th...

FT: EU leaders spar over migration policy

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EU leaders sparred on migration policy into the early hours of Friday as contentious new plans laid bare deep divisions over how to deal with the next crisis, according to the Financial Times (FT).

RFE/RL: EU leaders agree to extend Ukraine-related sanctions for six months

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BRUSSELS — European Union leaders have agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for six months over Moscow’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: EU leaders agree to extend Ukraine-related sanctions for six months appeared first on KyivPost.

Poroshenko hails EU decision to extend sanctions against Russia

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has welcomed the EU decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia.

EU leaders extend sanctions against Russia

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The heads of state and government of the EU member states have approved a political decision to extend economic sectoral restrictive measures against Russia for six months.

Reuters: EU agrees to extend economic sanctions on Russia until mid-2018

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European Union leaders agreed on December 14 to prolong for another six months the bloc’s economic sanctions on Russia, imposed over the annexation of Ukraine’s peninsula of Crimea and Moscow’s support for separatists in east Ukraine. The sanctions, which target Russia’s energy, defense and finan...

112.ua: National Police got 30 cars from EU for rapid response teams

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The National Police of Ukraine got 30 cars from the EU mission on law enforcement support for the rapid response teams. The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported this. ‘We get the technical aid today, 30 Nissan cars. We cooperate with the EU mission already three years....

UNIAN: Poroshenko, Duda believe Nord Stream-2 threat to EU

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Polish President Andrzej Duda believe that the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is aimed to undermine energy security of the European Union, according to the president’s press service. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Poroshenko, Duda believe Nord S...

Zubko: EU institutions provide Ukraine with financial and technical support for thermal moderniza...

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The cooperation with European institutions enables Ukraine to receive financial and technical assistance for thermal modernization of residential buildings.

Guardian: Facebook criticised for response to questions on Russia and Brexit

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Facebook has been slammed for failing to do any extra work in its investigation into Russian influence on the EU referendum, after the company’s inquiry found just $0.97 (£0.72) of ad spending originating from the notorious Russian “troll army”. Read more here. The post Guardian: Facebook critici...

Fortune: Facebook – Russian-linked accounts spent less than $1 on Brexit ads

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Russian-based operatives placed three advertisements on Facebook in the run-up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership, spending just 97 cents to raise the issue of immigration, the social media platform said on Dec.13. Read more here. The post Fortune: Facebook – Russian-linked accou...

Reuters: Rosneft says EU sanctions aim to favor rivals

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Russian energy group Rosneft told the Luxembourg-based European General Court on Wednesday that European Union sanctions on Russia aimed to undermine its position on global energy markets and favored its competitors, according to Reuters.

Financial Times: Russia’s Rosneft reopens legal challenge against EU sanctions

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Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft has reopened a legal challenge against EU sanctions levied against the company, arguing that a March ruling by the European Court of Justice was “illegal, baseless and politicized.” Read more here. The post Financial Times: Russia’s Rosneft reopens legal ch...

Reuters: Ukraine resumes Russian gas transit to EU at normal volumes

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Ukraine has resumed the transit of Russian gas to European consumers at normal volumes after a 23 percent fall caused by an explosion at Austria’s Baumgarten gas hub, the Ukrainian energy ministry said on Dec. 13. Read more here. The post Reuters: Ukraine resumes Russian gas transit to EU at norm...

EU to consider Ukraine's bid for new aid program within few months - Envoy

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Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli told journalists Wednesday that the European Union would consider Ukraine's application for a new program of macro-financial assistance over the next few months.

Ukraine lagging behind Association Agreement implementation in certain sectors – Mingarelli

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Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli says that the European Union has proposed that the Ukrainian government and parliament approve an annual plan of the adoption of priority laws for the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU and check the progress every plenar...