Ukraine ranks fifth amongst the fastest growing freelance markets at over 35% of world growth in the Global Gig Economy Index. This is likely due to Ukraine’s special tax regulation for freelancers and digital product companies that exempt them from the value-added tax, which has accelerate their growth far ahead of most countries.
Consultations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas area should begin with the participation of Ukraine, the US and the UK according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olexii Reznikov. On March 4 the Ukrainian Parliament approved the country’s new Cabinet of Ministers. Due to his appointment as Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Reznikov has ceased his partnership in Asters law firm.
Shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv will open on Saturday, May 30, but without the operation of entertainment zones, and in compliance with sanitary norms and regulations, said Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. He made this announcement at an online briefing on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
This Saturday the body of Ukrainian MP Valery Davydenko was found by the toilet. The cleaning lady who found his body stated that he appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. The location was the office of the European Solidarity party, a political party in Ukraine. It has its roots in a parliamentary group called Solidarity dating from 2000 and has existed since in various forms as a political outlet for Petro Poroshenko.
Ukrainian prosecutors will investigate leaked tapes allegedly featuring former President Petro Poroshenko and then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The heavily-edited contents concern conditions for a $1 billion loan between the two former leaders. The tapes, which have yet to be authenticated, were released on May 19 by a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker.
Ukrainian MP passed to the Prosecutor’s office materials about “Biden’s influence on Poroshenko.” The just released tapes are conversations between former US Vice President Joseph Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach released audio materials that, according to him, may indicate the influence of Biden on the fifth President of Ukraine.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Friday that the number of coronavirus cases in Turkey increased by 1,708 over the previous 24 hours and the number of deaths by 48. That brings the total number of cases in the country to 146,457 and 4,055 deaths. Koca, however, said that conditions in the country were improving.
A new outbreak of coronavirus was discovered in Kyiv. Eighty-one people fell ill in the Darnytsia boarding school for girls. The mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschko, reported about it at a briefing. “Today, 81 people were diagnosed with the disease at the Darnytsya boarding school for girls,” Klitschko said.
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As of Friday morning, the number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection detected in Ukraine increased by 504, while 310 people recovered, and 21 patients died. The total number of registered cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine reached 14,195, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said at a briefing in Kiev.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed the former President of Georgia, and the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, Mikheil Saakashvili as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Reforms. This is stated in the decree, “Issues of the National Council of Reforms and the Executive Committee of Reforms,” signed by Zelensky on Thursday, May 7.
In Ukraine, as of Monday morning, at least 5,710 cases of coronavirus infection-causing COVID-19 disease were officially confirmed. Ukraine logged 343 new cases on Sunday and eight new deaths. Since the beginning of the epidemic in Ukraine, most cases of infection have been recorded in the Chernivtsi region (906), Kiev (850), Ivano-Frankivsk region (512) and Ternopil region (414).
Since necessity is the mother of innovation, many Orthodox Christians followed Easter resurrection services on the Internet or television. Others ignored the dangers of the virus and attended church ceremonies on the most important day on the Orthodox calendar. In Georgia, a few hundred people took part in the midnight mass at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, after the government allowed public attendance, despite measures to ban a night walkthrough to contain the virus.
Coronavirus continues to the major issue facing the world, with Spain reopening its economy and China as well. However, China is reporting new cases of so called reinfection, but claims the virus has been reimported. At this time there are claims of three types of coronavirus roaring around the globe. The numbers of infected is close to 2 million with over 100,000 deaths reported.
Mіllіоnѕ оf Chrіѕtіаnѕ соnfіnеd оn thе fіvе continents will сеlеbrаtе Good Frіdау аnd Easter Sundау іn unрrесеdеntеd сіrсumѕtаnсеѕ. Wіthоut bеlіеvеrѕ, Pope Francis celebrated Hоlу Thursday Mаѕѕ аt thе Vаtісаn yesterday, іn whісh thе Lаѕt Suрреr was rеmеmbеrеd. Duе to COVID-19, thе Argentine pontiff dіd not сеlеbrаtе thе fооt-wаѕhіng rіtuаl.
The Coronavirus pandemic has struck hardest in the Ultra-orthodox communities in upstate N.Y, and in Israel, the city of Bnei Brak. In Bnei Brak, with 200,000 Jews, almost all religious, one out of every third resident tested for Coronavirus has been found positive. Special measures have been taken by the government to separate the elderly members of the community.
Ukrainian authorities have tightened quarantine conditions. “The only way to break the chain of infection and save human lives is to strengthen quarantine measures,” said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. In particular, compulsory observation of citizens arriving in the country for a period of 14 days is in place.
The Russian State Duma member from Crimea, Andrey Kozenko, reiterated the necessity to “strengthen” so called support for the Donetsk People’s Republic, including for the region to be fully integrated into the Russian Federation territory. The Donetsk People’s Republic is a Russia backed proto-state in the eastern Ukrainian Oblast of Donetsk. The proto-state is recognized only by the partially recognized South Ossetia and Luhansk People’s Republic. The capital city is Donetsk and it was founded in 2014. This is the same year Russia orchestrated the farce of the referendum to annex Crimea.
Yesterday, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law to combat the coronavirus pandemic and canceled plenary meetings until the end of quarantine in Ukraine on April 3. The Metro has stopped throughout the country. Shuttle taxis, trolleybuses, buses, and trams are allowed to carry no more than 10 masked people.
The Ukrainian government has instructed several ministries to ensure the immediate evacuation of Ukrainian citizens from Italy, which is affected by a coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a press release issued by the government, distributed on Saturday, March 14.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally signed off on new constitutional amendments which would allow for him to remain in the Kremlin until 2036. The amendments repeal the current term limits that bar a president from running for a third consecutive six-year term. Putin’s second consecutive term, and fourth overall, comes to an end in 2024.
The Russian Duma overwhelmingly approved changes to the nation’s Constitution Wednesday in its third and final reading. It is a move that now allows President Vladimir Putin to remain at the helm of the country’s leadership for an additional 12 years after his current term comes to an end in 2024.
July 17 is a day which lives in infamy for many Dutch people. It was on this day that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, was destroyed over Ukraine in a ground-based rocket attack by a Russian Buk surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people onboard. Most of the victims were Dutch citizens, which is why the trial, that began Monday, is being held in Amsterdam.
The European Union and NATO have welcomed the start of the criminal trial for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. MH17 was shot down over the Donbas region of Ukraine in July 2014. Russia has been called upon to cooperate in the investigation of this tragedy, which killed all 298 people aboard the airliner.
It was announced INTERPOL refused to cooperate in extradition of the former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko. The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as INTERPOL, is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. It was established in 1923 and is located in Lyons, France. Anatoliy Stepanovych Hrytsenko is a Ukrainian politician, independent member of the current Ukrainian parliament, former Minister of Defence, member of the Our Ukraine political party and leader of the Civil Position party.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire an army officer who provided damning evidence against him during the investigation that led to his impeachment trial. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was fired from the White House on Friday, where he served on the National Security Council as a specialist in Ukraine.
Ukrainian media is reporting that in Simferopol, in occupied Crimea, authorities are drafting a schedule of hourly water supplies to the city residents due to lack of water in the Crimean reservoirs. There are water shortages on the peninsula. In cities, they are preparing to give hot water only on weekends. Reserves in the reservoirs are not enough to ensure uninterrupted supplies. In general, the main reservoirs in the region are one-third full— and this may be enough until June.
In the final stretch of the Senate trial of US President Donald Trump, it is less and less likely that the Democratic opposition will be able to approve the summons of witnesses to testify against the Republican. After the conclusion of the questioning stage of the senators for the prosecution and defense, one of the Republican senators who had been courted by the Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), announced on Thursday that he will vote against the call of witnesses.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced proposed changes to the Russian constitution on January 15, 2020. The public vote is expected to be done by May 1, which coincides with one of the major Russian holidays. In 1918, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, in the Soviet Union. Most Soviet cities had parades and obligatory workers’ marches on this day until 1990. The Russian Parliament renamed the holiday as Spring and Labor Day in 1992.
The CIA declassified documents under the law that requires the exposing of Nazi war criminals. The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Thursday for the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and sat next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Before this, he met with the mother of Naama Issachar, the woman imprisoned in Russia for drug smuggling, whom Netanyahu has tried to free. Considering that she only possessed nine grams of cannabis, many have pleaded that the sentence of 7.5 years is unjust. Putin listened to her, and hinted that everything will be fine.
Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it fired two missiles on January 8 at Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752, a catastrophic error that caused the deaths of the 176 people that were on board. As per the contents of a preliminary report by the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran (CAOI) released today, investigators who had access to military information “found that two Tor-M1 missiles were fired from the north at the plane.”
Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne promised that Iran would be “pressured” to respond to the “exact cause” of the downing of the Ukrainian aircraft. “The world is waiting for the answer and will not calm down until the right answer is received,” he said in London today. Foreign ministers of five countries whose citizens were killed by two Iranian Revolutionary Guards missiles fired on Ukrainian planes met on Tuesday to pressure Tehran into conducting “full and transparent” investigations into the tragedy.
Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff admitted on Saturday that, by “human error,” a missile launched by its army shot down the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 plane with 176 people aboard. In a statement, the Iranian government said the aircraft was wrongly identified as a “hostile aircraft,” and hit it at the time the enemy threat was “at the highest level.” Tehran has apologized for the incident.
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A plane flying from Tehran, the capital of Iran, to Kyiv, Ukraine, crashed at dawn Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, the local Iranian press reported. The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. The model is a Boeing 737-800 of the company Ukraine International Airlines, and had 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.
The Russian population peaked 28 years ago at over 48 million, just after the USSR collapsed in 1991. Today the Russian population is about 144 million (the current population dos not include the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol). Domestic GDP per capita is under $12,000 per year. The Russian GDP per capita is equivalent to only 93% of the world average.
Russian computer usage is remarkably high at 71% (in 2016) and the Russian Global Gig Economy Index is 8th in growth at a strong 20%.
There has been a tug of war for geopolitical influence and attempts to disrupt the already established balance throughout 2019. We also saw the formation of interesting and very invasive social media polices around the globe. Hence, there were ramifications and changes to the social media landscape:
- France implementing new measures to track and monitor the social media of its citizens.
- Russia is working to complete their digital iron curtain.
- China implementing draconian verification process impacting social credit and privacy.
- UK to ruthlessly start collecting DNA.
- We’ve also seen the rise of deep fake technology that could have a great impact on the US 2020 Presidential elections as well as on the global scale.
Let’s look at the world’s main players and regions:
Ukraine currently has a shortage of almost all skilled labor. The number of Ukrainian workers has decrease from 18 million in 2013 to around 15 million today. According to Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Oleg Ustenko,
“Ukraine continues to lose labor resources, which carries serious risks and threats to the country. If the current pace of the outflow of human resources continues, then fulfilling the ambitious task set by the president to sharply increase the rate of economic growth will not be feasible.”
The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.
Thе dіffеrеnсеѕ between Gеrmаnу аnd thе Trumр аdmіnіѕtrаtіоn are no lоngеr hіddеn, but attempts at rapprochement аrе uninterrupted, mоѕt notably thе соnѕultаtіоnѕ thаt took рlасе Friday bеtwееn Chаnсеllоr Angela Mеrkеl аnd Secretary of State Mike Pоmрео іn Bеrlіn. On Friday, Mеrkеl promised that Bеrlіn will рlау аn active rоlе іn rеѕоlvіng dіѕрutеѕ.
On October 9, 2019, the Interfax-Ukraine conference center held a press conference for journalists. The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a Kiev-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992. The company belongs to the Russian news group Interfax Information Services. The press conference allowed for the release of supposed facts pertaining to the US embassy influence on the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies meddling in the US democratic elections process.
Journalist Judd Legum tweeted a link pertaining to a Ukranian troll operation on Facebook. Legum was previously in charge of ThinkProgress.org, which ceased to exist earlier this month. Additionally, he was Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager from 2007-2008.
In late July, Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The circumstances of this conversation so alarmed an employee of one of the American intelligence services that they became the subject of an internal investigation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been requesting details, but the Trump administration has so far refused to provide them. Much of this story is classified, and most of the information is reported by the American media with reference to anonymous sources.
This week the US State Department re-activated military aid to Ukraine in the amount of $140 million. The purpose of the aid is for Ukraine to be able to maintain its independence and sovereignty. However, the conflict within the Donbas region continues and has entered a slow phase without any resolutions.
Last Friday, August 23, the murder of a Georgian national occurred in Germany’s Kleiner Tiergarten Park. The central district of Tiergarten is known for many public attractions, including the Berlin Zoo. The shooting took place at approximately 12 p.m. and the shots were fired at close range. Witnesses described an assailant shooting a victim twice in the head from behind before fleeing on a bicycle.
A new Ukrainian media campaign could be a provocation to the United States. Last week a documentary aired on Ukrainian TV Channel News One with an agenda to discredit US efforts at democracy in Ukraine.
The scenario resembles Afghanistan and recent statements by the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who claimed the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections there. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office.
In a historic move, Russia released the original copy of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact two months ago. However, the question remains: What is the Kremlin’s end game? Russia’s social media propaganda machine has been very busy spinning the narrative of a Russian sphere of influence using constant subliminal messages. It’s all part of Vladimir Putin’s new narrative that it was necessary for the Soviet Union to collapse so that a new Russian empire can rise from the ashes.