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

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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...

Sweden’s H&M to open first store in Kyiv Aug. 18, second store to open in October

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The Iconic Swedish fast-fashion clothing brand H&M is to officially open its first store in Ukraine on Aug. 18, and plans to open its second store in October, the company’s representatives said at a press conference in Kyiv on Aug. 17. “Its always hard to say is there a perfect time to enter,...

UkrInform: Ryanair launches ticket sales for flights from Ukraine

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Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian has said that Irish low-cost Ryanair airline launches ticket sales on all flights from Ukraine with fares starting from 13 euros in one direction. The minister wrote this on his Facebook page on August 17. Read more here.  The post UkrInform: Ryanair laun...

Reuters: Jury to weigh Manafort fate for second day after ‘reasonable doubt’ surprise

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The jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will deliberate for a second day on August 17 after asking questions that prompted speculation that a verdict may not be imminent. Read more here. The post Reuters: Jury to weigh Manafort fate for second day ...

Poroshenko signs law for paying down wage arrears to miners

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law a bill on introducing amendments to the law on the national budget for 2018, which allocates to state-owns mines an additional Hr 1.4 billion for paying down wage arrears to coal miners. “The law provides the 2018 state budget to tran...

Military parade in Kyiv to mark 27 years of Ukrainian independence

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A military parade will take place in Kyiv on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24. It is indicated in the plan of action on preparations for the celebration of the 27th anniversary of the country’s independence and the 100th anniversary of the revival of Ukrainian s...

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.

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

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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 ...

RFE/RL: Ukrainian court sentences Crimean woman for treason

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A court in Ukraine has issued a suspended three-year prison sentence against a woman from Crimea charged with high treason. Russian human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova says her Ukrainian counterpart, Lyudmyla Denisova, informed her a court in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson accep...

Xinhua: Ukraine plans major railway project under Belt and Road Initiative

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Ukraine on August 15 has unveiled a concept of a new railway project “China-Ukraine-EU (European Union),” which is aimed at unlocking Ukraine’s transit potential under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. The project, which envisages a construction of a 1,100-km-long hig...

Naftogaz to raise gas price for industrial consumers by 4.6 percent in September

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Naftogaz Ukrainy from September 1, 2018 will increase the price of gas sold to industrial consumers on a prepayment basis by 4.6 percent (Hr 469.2) compared to August, to Hr 10,600 for 1,000 cubic meters (including VAT). According to the company, this price is relevant for consumers buying gas on...

NBU sells $526.6 million on interbank market in August to prop up hryvnia

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The National Bank of Ukraine has sold $526.6 million on the interbank forex market since the beginning of August to prop up the hryvnia. In particular, it sold $215 million this year and is ready for further interventions to prevent considerable forex rate fluctuations, the regulator said on its ...

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...

Ukraine does not rule out non-stop transit of trains to Russia

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The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry did not propose that the government restrict the boarding of transit trains traveling from Moldova to Russia via Ukraine, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said at a press briefing in Kyiv on August 17. “For now I can say that there are no plans...

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...

MFA condemns shelling of OSCE SMM patrol in Donbas

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemns the shelling of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) near the settlement of Holmivske (Donetsk region), Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa has said. “Strongly condemn attacks on SMM monitors. Their safety and freedom of moveme...

PGO appeals court decision to close case against Kernes, his bodyguards

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has appealed the decision of Poltava’s Kyiv District Court to close cases against Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes and his bodyguards Vitaliy Blinnyk and Evhen Smytsky. “Today, on August 16, the PGO following established procedures ...

UNIAN: Ukraine to create center to fight cyber ​​threats in transport infrastructure

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The Ministry of Infrastructure will create a Cyber Threat Management Center in the transport infrastructure, according to Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan. “The aggression of the Russian Federation requires the creation of an industry-wide cybersecurity system,” the minist...

Omelyan appoints Igor Smelyansky director general of Ukrposhta

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Igor Smelyansky, who has been heading Ukrposhta since April 2016, has been appointed its director general. Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan signed the corresponding contract with him, a correspondent of Interfax-Ukraine agency reports. The Cabinet of Ministers on July 4, 2018, agreed ...

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...

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

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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...

Tsurenko beats Russia’s Makarova to reach quarterfinals at Cincinnati

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Ukrainian tennis player Lesia Tsurenko reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open tournament in Cincinnati on Aug. 16 by defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. Tsurenko, 29, beat Makarova with a score of 7-6, 6-2. The match lasted an hour and 51 minutes. Tsurenko ranks 44th in t...

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 ...

112.ua: British band Suede films video in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone

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British rock band Suede made public a video for the song Life Is Golden which was made in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. The video was published on the band’s official Youtube channel. “It is not about a tragedy of a disaster which happened many years ago. It is about superior power of life which abso...