In Ukraine, 1,008 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours, 387 patients have recovered, and 25 people with coronavirus have died. Most infections are in Lviv (130), Ivano-Frankivsk (121), Kharkiv (117), and Chernivtsi (108) oblasts. Sixty-six new cases were recorded in Kyiv.
This week, a scandal pertaining to the detainment of Wagner mercenaries made international news. Belarus, and Minsk in particular, was used by Wagner as a transport hub in the period of the Coronavirus pandemic closures. This information became available to the WarGonzo project from the Russian Special Forces sources.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba says flight recorders from Ukraine International Airlines flight 752(PS752), which was shot down in Iran in January, were successfully decrypted in France yesterday. He said Ukraine expects an impartial investigation, justice, and compensation from Iran.
In the center of Lutsk on Tuesday morning, an armed man hijacked a bus with about 10 hostages. He had an explosive device and a weapon, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on Facebook. It is unknown at this time whether there were any injuries or damage to the bus.
Over the past 24 hrs, the System of Monitoring the Spread of the Coronavirus Epidemic of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine reported 731 new cases of coronavirus infection in the country. At the same time, 354 patients recovered, and eight patients with COVID-19 have died.
Mohsen Baharvand, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran for International and Legal Affairs, announced that the black box of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which was shot down over the skies of Tehran by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8, has been sent to France.
On the sixth anniversary of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in the skies over Donbass, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declared that it will do everything possible to establish justice in the plane crash, and calls on Russia to recognize its responsibility for the crime.
Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Yevhen Yenin has said that his country may, “sooner or later,” sue Iran in the International Court of Justice over the crash of a passenger plane. However, Yenin insisted Ukraine was committed to resolving the issue through “negotiations.”
Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
Today is a big day for former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General will expect Poroshenko in his office under suspicion of committing a crime under Article 109, “actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order.” Such a charge carries five to ten years in prison.
On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke at a joint press conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. During a press conference, President Trump said that the United States plans to reduce American military personnel stationed in Germany.
The issue of reading the black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane seems to be coming to an end. French officials have announced that they will begin reading the black box on July 20. The passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8.
On June 26, the head of the Russian delegation in Vienna stated that there are no prerequisites for the modernization of the Vienna Document, which was initiated by 34 states. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held its annual conference in Vienna from June 23-25. The statement came post-OSCE Conference.
Ukraine is going to hold local elections in October 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, campaigns for the autumn elections must be adapted to the new norm, with coronavirus restrictions and social distancing. Therefore, it is difficult to hold a rally or a large gathering of people to convey your platform message.
Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (FSB) announced the arrest of the head of the district Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kursk region, Police Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Borzenkov, on Monday. He is charged with high treason pertaining the transmission of information constituting Russian State secrets to the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine).
A new documentary called “Russia, Kremlin, Putin” aired on Russia-1 TV channel on Sunday, mostly about Russian President Vladimir Putin. The documentary was a compilation of Putin’s interviews from the past to the present, including statements and artifacts that have never been seen before.
Expenditures on medicine in Ukraine will increase by another 8 billion Ukranian hryvnias, and the salaries of all Ukrainian doctors will be increased from September 1, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The President made his remarks in a speech on the occasion of the Medical Worker’s Day.
The campaign #НашВыборРоссия (“Our Choice — Russia”), which started in Donetsk on June 1, in honor of Russia Day, is declared indefinite. This was reported on the official site of the self-proclaimed republic. The press service of the organization recalled statements made by the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton alleges that President Trump begged for help from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in order to be re-elected this year. Bolton’s controversial new book, entitled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is set to be released on June 23.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the scheduled vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution will run from June 25 to July 1. According to the Kremlin, the ballot will not contain separate items for each amendment; voters can only vote for the entire package at once by answering just one question: “Do you Approve of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation?” Yes or No?
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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.
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.
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).
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.
In order to complete Nord Stream 2, Russia decided to have the Gazprom vessels accompanied by Russian warships. The route is from the Indian ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Nord stream 2 is a new export gas pipeline from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea. The combined capacity of each of the two Nord streams lines is expected to be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Thus, the total design capacity of Nord stream and Nord stream-2 is 110 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
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.
A new center for information warfare opened at Ryazan State University, a university in Ryazan, Ryazan Oblast, Russia. It was founded in 1915. It bears the name of Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, who grew up in the region. According to the announcement the reason behind the creation of the information warfare center and counter-propaganda technologies is to focus on Russia’s interests in this sector.
Thus far, 2020 started with Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing proposed changes to the constitution. The vote on the changes is expected to take place prior to May 1, 2020 (full list of changes available here). However, an interesting part about the so called proposed vote is the delivery model by the designated Kremlin working group and how it will be presented domestically and verbatim used on the ballot.
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.