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UNIAN: Hryvnia sets new record

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The National Bank of Ukraine on Jan. 15 evening weakened the official hryvnia exchange rate by 44 kopiykas, bringing the national currency to Hr 35.07 to the euro. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Hryvnia sets new record appeared first on KyivPost.

Most Georgians support goal of accession to EU, NATO

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TBILISI – Most Georgians support the goal of entering into the European Union and NATO pursued by the national government, the U.S. National Democratic Institute (NDI) said on Tuesday following a public opinion poll held in Georgia. Seventy-two percent of the respondents said they accepted ...

The Moscow Times: Parts of Russia descend into -60 Celsius winter

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Siberia is living up to its reputation as one of the world’s coldest regions with bone-chilling temperatures recorded on Jan. 15. Read more here. Публикация от Anastasia Gruzdeva (@anastasiagav) Янв 13, 2018 at 5:09 PST Social media accounts from Russia’s northeastern Sakha republic showed thermo...

RFE/RL: Ukraine war has increased spread of HIV in ‘silent epidemic’

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The conflict in eastern Ukraine has increased the spread of HIV throughout the country as people have been uprooted by the violence, a new study finds. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Ukraine war has increased spread of HIV in ‘silent epidemic’ appeared first on KyivPost.

The Times: Missing man who participated in Donbas war was tortured and burnt, say friends

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Human remains have been found in Guernsey in a burnt-out car belonging to a man who helped to fight Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. Read more here. The post The Times: Missing man who participated in Donbas war was tortured and burnt, say friends appeared first on KyivPost.

Ukrinform: Separatists launched three attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

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Russian-backed separatists continued to violate the New Year and Christmas ceasefire regime and they launched three attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbas on Jan. 15. Read more here. The post Ukrinform: Separatists launched three attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas appear...

Vodafone Ukraine requests access to uncontrolled Donbas areas to restore service

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The Vodafone Ukraine mobile network operator has asked for repair teams to be allowed to enter Donbas to repair communications networks, the company’s spokeswoman Victoria Ruban said. “We have appealed to all those responsible, including the Ukrainian administrations in Luhansk and Do...

UNIAN: Debt of Ukraine’s regional gas companies before Naftogaz double

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Ukrainian regional gas companies in 2017 doubled to Hr 20.4 billion ($714.8 million) their debts for purchased natural gas before the national oil and gas holding Naftogaz of Ukraine, according to the holding’s press service. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Debt of Ukraine’s regional ...

UNIAN: Modernized anti-aircraft missile system Pechora tested in Ukraine

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The Ukrainian company Radionics and the state design bureau Luch successfully test-launched a missile using the modernized S-125 M Pechora surface-to-air defense missile system, the bureau’s press office reported on Facebook. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Modernized anti-aircraft missile system...

Associated Press: Families of missing sub crew ask Russia to continue search

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Relatives of some of the 44 crew members aboard an Argentine submarine that went missing in the South Atlantic are asking Russia to carry on with the search two months after the vessel disappeared. An explosion occurred near the time and place where the ARA San Juan went missing November 15. Read...

Xinhua: Canadian Governor General to visit Ukraine and Latvia

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Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette will visit Ukraine and Latvia from January 17 to 19, according to a news release by the Office of the Secretary of the Canadian Governor General January 15. Read more here.  The post Xinhua: Canadian Governor General to visit Ukraine...

UNIAN: EU sets up team to tackle fake news, disinformation

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The High-Level Expert Group which will contribute to the development of an EU-level strategy on how to tackle the spreading of fake news and disinformation had its first meeting, January 15, according to the European Commission. Read more here. The post UNIAN: EU sets up team to tackle fake news,...

112.ua: Akhmetov’s company wants to terminate contract of sale of Ukrtelecom

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SCM FO, a member of Rinat Akhmetov’s SCM Group, intends to seek the termination of the contract of Ukrtelecom company sale. About this said the press service of SCM. SCM FO notes that the company intends to obtain from Raga Establishment Limited the termination of the contract of sale of Uk...

Reuters: Lavrov says Russia will not support US bid to change Iran nuclear deal

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on January 15 Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal, arguing such a move could also complicate diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. Read more here.  The post Reuters: Lavrov says Russia will no...

Associated Press: Russian officials move to shut Navalny’s foundation

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Russia’s Justice Ministry says it has filed a lawsuit to shut down a company used by opposition leader Alexei Navalny that is being used to fund his political campaigning. The Justice Ministry said January 15 it has asked a Moscow court to close the Fifth Season of the Year foundation, which rent...

Lithuanian charity telethon raises about 82,700 euro for Ukraine’s eastern regions

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The second charity telethon in support of Ukraine “Together for Victory” was held on January 13 on the channel of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television LRT, during the live broadcast spectators sent about 82,700 euro. The event, organized by the Blue/Yellow international volunt...

Associated Press: Russian military conducts massive missile drills

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The Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers. The Defense Ministry said maneuvers involving Topol-M and Yars missile launchers began January 15. Read more here.  The post Associated Press: Russian military conducts massive ...

Yatsenyuk counts on Donbas bill adoption

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The leader of the People’s Front party, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, calls on the people’s deputies of Ukraine to vote on January 16 in support of bill No. 7163 on ensuring Ukraine’s state sovereignty in the temporarily occupied territory of Donbas. ̶...

Financial Times: Wrecking ball swings through Russia’s private banks

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At the start of 2017, half the banks in Russia’s top 10 by assets were privately owned — no mean feat when the state sector makes up 70 percent of the gross domestic product. One year later, only Alfa-Bank, one of Russia’s oldest, has escaped rescue. Three of the four members of the “Moscow Garde...

RFE/RL: Who’s on the list? Russia’s elite nervous about new US sanctions

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There’s a chill settling in over Moscow, and it’s not just the arctic temperatures that typically smother the Russian capital in January. As U.S. officials put the finishing touches on new financial and travel sanctions against Russia, expectations that the punitive measures will targ...

Vodafone Ukraine requests access to breakaway Donbas to restore service

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The Vodafone Ukraine mobile network operator has asked for repair teams to be allowed to enter Donbas to repair communications networks, the company’s spokeswoman Victoria Ruban said. “We have appealed to all those responsible, including the Ukrainian administrations in the Luhansk an...

Reuters: Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly at 46

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Dolores O‘Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on January 15 at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said. Read more here. The post Reuters: Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly at 46 appeared ...

Reuters: Russia’s Sberbank says 2017 net profit rose to $11.9 billion

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Russia’s largest lender Sberbank said on January 15 its net profit rose 35 percent to 674.12 billion roubles ($11.94 billion) in 2017 under Russian accounting standards as the bank issued a record amount of loans. Sberbank’s performance contrasts with that of Russia’s banking sector which has rec...

Hearing of Kernes case to continue on January 29

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The Kyivsky district court of Poltava on January 15 continued examining the materials of the proceedings against the mayor of Kharkiv Hennadiy Kernes and his guards Vitaliy Blynnyk and Yevhen Smytsky. “The prosecutor of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, Oleksandr Hanylov, wa...

UkrInform: Number of Ukrainian companies resumes Polish gasoline imports

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OKKO, WOG, Socar and Alliance Oil Ukraine have resumed import of A-95 gasoline produced by the Polish oil refinery in Plock, owned by the Orlen concern. As enkorr specialized media outlet reports, the shipments resumed in December. A total of 4,500 tons of gasoline were imported in December. Anot...