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Imprisoned Ukrainian journalist ‘confesses’ to espionage in Russian television interview

KyivPost

A Russian television channel has aired an interview with kidnapped journalist Stanislav Aseev, in which he confesses to working for Ukrainian intelligence in the Russian-occupied Donbas. Broadcast on the Rossiya 24 television channel on Aug. 17, the interview has raised concerns that Aseev, who h...

Reuters: Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on August 17 she did not expect her August 18 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to produce any particular results. Read more here. The post Reuters: Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin appeared first on KyivPost.

Anger as Austria's foreign minister invites Putin to her wedding

The Guardian

Critics say Russian leader’s attendance undermines EU’s tough stance over UkraineVladimir Putin is to attend the wedding of the Austrian foreign minster, Karin Kneissl, triggering outrage among critics who say her invitation undermines the EU’s stance against Russia over Ukraine.The Russian presi...

US diplomats agree with UN experts on threat to Sentsov’s life, call for his release

KyivPost

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has supported UN special rapporteurs on human rights in their appeal to immediately release Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted in Russia. “We agree with UN experts, who said: ‘Sentsov’s life is in imminent danger. His hunger ...

UkrInform: Conference on de-occupation of Crimea to be held in France in October

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In the second half of October, a conference on de-occupation of Crimea will be held in France. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France Oleh Shamshur said this in an interview with Ukrinform. Read more here.  The post UkrInform: Conference on de-occupation of Crimea to be...

UNIAN: Sentsov’s cousin tells how Putin may pardon her brother

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Moscow-based journalist Nataliya Kaplan, a cousin of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian penal colony, says Russian President Vladimir Putin may agree to pardon her brother if he grows weary of worldwide efforts demanding the release of the Ukrainian f...

Kremlin explains why Putin, Merkel will speak to journalists before Aug. 18 talks

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The format of the Berlin talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel that are due to take place on August 18, will be not quite traditional: they will speak to the press before the meeting instead of after. The thing is that the two leaders, who will...

Ukraine to present Russian electronic warfare systems

112 International

The representatives of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry added that OSCE SMM observers documented four new Russian electronic warfare systems in eastern Ukraine

Associated Press: Merkel, Putin share a headache – Donald Trump

KyivPost

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders. The two will...

Reuters: Russia reports severe bird flu outbreak

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Russia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the Kostromskaya region in the west of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from Russia’s Agriculture Ministry. Read more here. The post Reuters: Russia reports s...

UNIAN: OSCE observers come under fire in occupied Donbas

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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine says an SMM patrol on August 16 came under fire near the village of Holmivskyi located in a non-government-controlled area in Donetsk region. “Three SMM patrol members were outside the vehicles and the two others were inside. A member of ...

JFO forces shoot down Russian drone in Donbas

KyivPost

The fire unit of the anti-aircraft defense of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in Donbas has destroyed the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufactured in Russia, which conducted reconnaissance in the sector of Pervomaysk-Severodonetsk-Svatove. “On August 16, the forces and means of air defen...

Reuters: Russia eyes making telecoms firms use Russian SIM cards

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Russia’s Communications Ministry says foreign-made SIM cards could pose a security threat for Russians and is proposing mobile phone operators switch to using Russian-made SIM cards, the Kommersant newspaper writes on August 17. The ministry proposed in a draft government order that mobile ...

RFE/RL: White House, Kremlin advisers to discuss arms control, Iran’s role in Syria

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton will discuss arms control treaties and Iran’s role in Syria in talks with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Geneva next week. Reuters, citing an anonymous U.S. administration official, reported on the meeti...

Russian passport should disqualify Trukhanov as mayor

KyivPost

Odesa Mayor Hennady Trukhanov has denied having Russian citizenship, yet this status has been confirmed by Russia’s Federal Tax Service. The service’s online database shows Trukhanov’s name, date of birth, Russian passport number and Russian individual tax number. Trukhanov’s press office refused...

The Moscow Times: Russian supersonic bombers deploy near Alaska ‘for first time in history’

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Russia’s supersonic long-range bombers have been deployed on an exercise mission to the Far Eastern region of Chukotka for the first time, the Defense Ministry has said. The Tu-160 is capable of carrying 12 short-range nuclear missiles and can fly at a speed of 2,000 kilometers per hour. Russia r...

Residents of Shyrokyne see homes fall into ruin

KyivPost

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — A group of pensioners meet in a former basement bar in a residential district of Mariupol, a coastal city 740 kilometers southeast of Kyiv. With grim faces, they place on a table dozens of papers, including state documents, official letters, and newspaper clippings. They also ...

OSCE revelations in Donbas lay bare Kremlin’s falsehoods

KyivPost

Following the principle described by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf,” the Kremlin tells big lies, and tells them often. Bare-faced falsehoods, laced with disinformation and persistent denials, have helped Moscow mask its responsibility for starting a war in Ukraine and continu...

Twenty-two Russians convicted in Ukraine ask Putin for exchange

UkrInform

Twenty-two Russians imprisoned in Ukraine have written statements asking Russian President Vladimir Putin for their exchange for Ukrainian citizens held in Russian penitentiary institutions.

Scant resources leave 2019 votes vulnerable to hacking

KyivPost

At a glance, Valeriy Striganov seems like an unremarkable Ukrainian civil servant. But he has a monumental mission: as head of the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) IT Department, Striganov is tasked with protecting the upcoming March 2019 presidential elections from a cyber attack. “We find ma...

Reuters: Russian oil industry would weather US ‘bill from hell’

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Stiff new U.S. sanctions against Russia would only have a limited impact on its oil industry because it has drastically reduced its reliance on Western funding and foreign partnerships and is lessening its dependence on imported technology. Read more here. The post Reuters: Russian oil industry w...

UNIAN: Russia-backed separatists use Grad MLR systems against Ukrainian soldiers

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Russian-led forces mounted 30 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past day, using heavy weapons in five instances, including Grad MLR systems. “No casualties among the Ukrainian soldiers have been reported over the past day. According to intelligence reports, two separatists were w...

Reuters: Rusal says board backs change of domicile to Russia

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Russia’s sanctions-hit aluminum giant Rusal (0486.HK) said on August 17 its board had discussed and approved a change of domicile from Britain’s Jersey to Russia in order to take advantage of new special tax regulations. Read more here. The post Reuters: Rusal says board backs change of domicile ...

New York Times: Revoking clearance, Trump aims presidential power at Russia inquiry

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For more than a year, law enforcement officials have repeatedly rebuffed President Trump’s efforts to use the power of his office to derail the Russia investigation. Stymied, Mr. Trump is lashing out in other ways against an investigation that he clearly hates or fears. The president said August ...