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    Trump’s 2018 Budget Requests $150 Million for Ukraine Security Assistance
    May24

    Trump’s 2018 Budget Requests $150 Million for Ukraine Security Assistance

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump’s proposed 2018 budget for the Department of Defense includes $150 million in assistance for Ukraine, according to a budget proposal released on Tuesday. “The FY [fiscal year] 2018 request includes $150.0 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative to support Ukraine under the ‘Building Partnership...

    Russia’s FSB Spetsnaz Set to Hold Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Drills in Crimea
    May24

    Russia’s FSB Spetsnaz Set to Hold Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Drills in Crimea

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Special purpose units of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) will conduct large-scale counter-terrorism exercises in Crimea on May 24-29, the FSB announced. “A total of about 2,000 servicemen will take part in the exercise,” the FSB said in a statement. According to the statement, the two-stage drills will involve...

    Upping the Bloodshed: Ukraine Breaches Embargo to Fuel South Sudan Civil War
    May24

    Upping the Bloodshed: Ukraine Breaches Embargo to Fuel South Sudan Civil War

    In Imvepi, northern Uganda, men, women and children queue for food and water of questionable drinkability in the intense heat of the north-east African sun, at a hastily constructed refugee camp. These unfortunate individuals have all fled — mostly on foot — across the South Sudan border, escaping ever-burgeoning bloodshed in their home country....

    Ukraine Must Scrap Ban on Russian Social Media – Reporters Without Borders
    May23

    Ukraine Must Scrap Ban on Russian Social Media – Reporters Without Borders

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to expand the list of sanctioned Russian individuals and legal entities. In particular, Ukraine has imposed sanctions on a number of Russian media, popular social networks like VKontakte and...

    In Ukraine: Parliament backs tough TV language rules to limit Russian
    May23

    In Ukraine: Parliament backs tough TV language rules to limit Russian

    The measure was passed a week after Ukraine blocked Russia's most popular social media networks. Ukraine’s parliament ratched up its cultural war against Russia on Tuesday by backing television language quotas requiring major channels to broadcast at least three-quarters of their programmes in the Ukrainian language.The measure was...

    Ukrainian Hacker Sentenced to Jail in US for Role in Massive Fraud Scheme
    May23

    Ukrainian Hacker Sentenced to Jail in US for Role in Massive Fraud Scheme

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Ukrainian citizen Vadym Iermolovych was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in the largest known computer hacking and securities fraud scheme, US Department of Justice announced in a press release Monday. “A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for his role in an international scheme to hack...

    Got the Picture: Kiev Says Complete Ban on Russian Social Networks Impossible
    May22

    Got the Picture: Kiev Says Complete Ban on Russian Social Networks Impossible

    KIEV (Sputnik) – It is impossible to completely block the Russian social networks in Ukraine, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration Dmitry Shimkiv said on Monday, adding that the reduction of the networks’ audience would be an achievement for the Ukrainian authorities. “It is really impossible to ban [Russian social...

    Macron: French President to host Putin at Versailles palace on May 29
    May22

    Macron: French President to host Putin at Versailles palace on May 29

    The meeting will coincide with an exhibition celebrating 300 years of Franco-Russian ties. French President Emmanuel Macron will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks at the Versailles palace on May 29, the French presidency said on Monday, as the countries look to reset strained relations. The meeting, confirmed by the Kremlin, will...

    Russia launches wide-ranging trade dispute against Ukraine at WTO
    May22

    Russia launches wide-ranging trade dispute against Ukraine at WTO

    MOSCOW-Russia has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against Ukraine, saying it is facing a “universe of restrictions, prohibitions, requirements and procedures”, a World Trade Organization statement said on Monday. , The alleged breaches of the trade rules affect trade in goods and services from Russia, as well as transit, the...

    Don’t Have It? Steal It! Ukraine Moves to Confiscate Coal Shipments From Donbass
    May21

    Don’t Have It? Steal It! Ukraine Moves to Confiscate Coal Shipments From Donbass

    Earlier Ukrainian Energy Minister Igor Nasalik issued directives to revenue and customs agencies to confiscate coal shipments originating from Donetsk and Lugansk regions – a decision prompted by an energy crisis that erupted following the economic blockade imposed against these territories by Ukrainian forces. In late January, a group of former...

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