The US government announced the implementation of new sanctions against Ukrainian politicians. These politicians are accused of interference in the US elections. The list includes Andrii Derkach, who was a proxy used by Russia to leak the information regarding Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
This year has been tumultuous for Ukraine. The Coronavirus pandemic and the rampant corruption has lead to an economic collapse in the country. Furthermore, the situation with Russia will not be resolved. Ukraine may get its wish with newly elected US president Joe Biden.
A Kremlin representative made an announcement regarding the intention by Russia to create a political party in Belarus that will support integration with Russia. However, the new party will oppose the current dictatorial regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Russia is one of only a handful of countries that recognized the legitimacy of the Belarusian presidential election.
The study has been conducted pertaining the radiation level on the Marshalls Islands. The Marshall Islands consist of two chains of 29 coral atolls, and are located north of the equator, between Hawaii and Australia. On each atoll there are a number of islands.
Russia continues to strengthen its partnerships with Eurasian nations. The main organizations are the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The actual “Eurasian” direction of development is mainly manifested in the framework of the integration of the associations and international organizations in which Russia operates.
The Rand Corporation has published a repot on how to “contain Russia.” The purpose of the report is to provide recommendations to the newly-elected US President, Joe Biden. According to the report, the US will use any means necessary, except starting a militarized conflict with Russia.
The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited a hospital in Minsk. At present, Belarus is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been 1,691 new cases of Coronavirus infection on November 28th. This is the highest number in one day ever recorded in Belarus.
Ukraine’s former First Deputy Minister of Economy, Pavlo Kuhta, made a statement on his Facebook page pertaining to the Ukrainian economic crisis. According to him, the Ukrainian budget is in a code red scenario. This is the worst economic performance Ukraine has ever seen.
On November 3rd, American citizens voted to elect the new President of the United States. The winner is Democrat Joe Biden, who has a long history in politics. Many major changes are coming to the US’ national and foreign policies in the new year. Furthermore, for the European Union, it will be a welcome change.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has called on Iran to speed up its investigation into the downing of a Ukrainian plane crash of Ukraine International Airport PS752.. The ICAO Council announced that Tehran has only two months to submit its final report. The outcome of the Tehran-Kyiv talks is unknown.
Protests in Belarus started after the presidential election in August. The results of the election were flawed, to put it mildly. The opposition leader, Svetlana Tichanovskaya, whose husband has been jailed, had to leave the country. The reason behind her departure is the fear for her life and safety.
On the November 1st, the people of Moldova will vote in their country’s presidential election. There is a big chance of demonstrations similar to those in Belarus after their election. Given the Moldovan history of color revolutions, it is very plausible of such occurring. Moldova does not hold a strategic interest as does Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus.
Local elections in Ukraine showed the dwindling support for the Servant of the People, the political party of President Volodymyr Zelensky. The campaign was flawed. Zelensky was hoping that the announcement of the Ukraine Coronavirus vaccine would aid the party.
The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union has been predetermined by three historical aspects, which, within the framework of close cooperation, determine the direction of the economies of the member states. These three formats, which are interfaced to one degree or another, gave the prototype of the EAEU.
Erdogan made a statement that he does not recognize the Crimea as part of Russia. The Kremlin representative said that the Union of Russia and Turkey is impossible after Erdogan’s words about Crimea. “Erdogan has his own agenda. We can’t even talk about any ‘Union’,” Pushkov said.
Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, was summoned to the Dutch Foreign Ministry after Russia decided not to participate in trilateral consultations on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014. That’s according to a message from the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Stef Blok, to the Dutch Parliament.
Recently, the American strategic bombers were observed over Ukraine skies near the capital and the Black Sea. Kiev and Odessa residents reported seeing them in the sky, during the active phase of the joint efforts exercise. Hence, the US bombers seen did not enter the Ukraine air space by accident.
This week, the Ukraine Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexey Danilov, dealt a decisive blow to the “unruly” Russian social network Vkontakte. VK is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.
This weekend it became clear that Poland is working on the integration project with Lithuania. Hence, it would create the new Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This would also mean that both nations will be leaving the EU. It should be noted, Poland and Lithuania have been on the forefront of the Belarus situation.
Belarus continues to experience a challenging situation. There have been casualties and mass arrests. This week, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Putin provided Lukashenko with financial aid and support.
The Israeli government has chosen to begin its lockdown a few hours before the Jewish New Year, called Rosh Hashanah, will be celebrated. The lockdown will continue for three weeks, extending into the holiday of Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The lockdown will begin at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has demanded the immediate release of her political collaborator, Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested by the Belarusian authorities yesterday. Tikhanovskaya issued a statement Tuesday from exile in Lithuania.
Belarus has been embroiled in protests all August. The protests intensified after the presidential election on the August 9th. The election was flawed, yet Russia recognized the election as legitimate. Nevertheless, the opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya had to leave the country, due to the alleged attempt on her life.
On Friday, a Russian language teacher was arrested in the Ukrainian city of Kherson. She is remanded in custody until October 9th. This is unsafe, as Coronavirus numbers continue to increase in Ukraine. The pandemic is taking a huge toll on Ukraine now. The accused, Tatyana Kuzmich, is charged with treason.
Alexei Navalny has received attention from the Western leaders. His alleged poisoning by tea in Siberia, and consequent induced coma, made the international headlines. Currently, he is receiving treatment in Charite Clinic in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded the alleged poisoning to be investigated by Russia.
The Canadian government has confirmed that it has received a report from Iran’s Islamic Republic Aviation Authority about the crash of Flight 752, but this initial report contains only “limited and selected information.” Two federal cabinet ministers said they expect Iran to answer all questions.
Turkey has estimated the gas reserves found in the Black Sea at about $ 65 billion. This was stated by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Fatih Dönmez, reports Reuters. Experts clarify that the declared volumes of gas may be enough for the country for a short time. The country will use up 320 billion cubic meters in just six years on its own.
Touraj Dehghani Zanganeh, head of the Iran Aviation Authority, confirmed that Iran would soon begin talks in Tehran on compensation for the victims of the Ukrainian airliner. Flight 752 (PS752) flight from Tehrand to Kiev operated by Ukraine International Airlines. on January 08, 2020, was shot down and all 174 passengers and crew died.
Alexey Zhuravko, ex-deputy of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, made a post on his Facebook page alleging that Ukrainian nationalists and radicals with experience in organizing street riots in their own country traveled en masse through the territory of Poland to Belarus. Zhuravko is now a journalist for Politnavigator news.
Belarus has been in turmoil since the election on August 9th. At this point, it is for President Alexander Lukashenko to hold on to power or not. It largely depends on his action. There are certain external actors that are involved in the process. The reason for such diverse actors is based on Lukashenko playing multiple arenas.
Belarus continues to be in turmoil. The flawed election Sunday resulted in massive protests, deaths, and mass detainment of protesters. Some released reports of being tortured by the Belarusian KGB. However, the alleged Wagner mercenaries arrested in Minsk have been released, and made it safely back to Russia.
In the last 24 hours, 1,592 new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in Ukraine, a record in the country for the entire epidemic. Most infections are in Kharkiv and Lviv regions. On the last day, 22 people died who were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, 530 patients recovered.
Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine formed a geopolitical triplet called the Lublin Triangle. There are conjoined statements by the Foreign Ministers of the three countries expressing “deep concern over the escalation of the situation in Belarus,” following the country’s presidential elections.
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).