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Number of Civilians Affected by Donbass Conflict Shows Decrease in April
May16

Number of Civilians Affected by Donbass Conflict Shows Decrease in April

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A decrease in civilian casualties linked to the Ukrainian conflict has been noted in April, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday in a statement. “A slight decrease of conflict-related civilian casualties was recorded in April, with 66 casualties (13 deaths and 53 injuries) reported compared to...

Ukrainian Sanctions Not to Have Negative Impact on Yandex Business in General
May16

Ukrainian Sanctions Not to Have Negative Impact on Yandex Business in General

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia’s technology giant Yandex said Tuesday that the sanctions, imposed on it by Ukraine, in overall will not have a substantial negative impact on the company’s business. “While Ukraine is a small part of our business and the sanctions will not have a material negative impact on our consolidated results, we...

France’s New President Wastes No Time: Names PM, Sees Merkel
May15

France’s New President Wastes No Time: Names PM, Sees Merkel

On his first full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron moved quickly Monday on fronts both foreign and domestic, naming 46-year-old lawmaker Edouard Philippe as his new prime minister before flying off to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Appointing Philippe to the top job in his government ticked several boxes for...

Ukraine Teeters on the Brink of Default as Kiev Struggles to Repay Debts
May15

Ukraine Teeters on the Brink of Default as Kiev Struggles to Repay Debts

S&P Global Rating estimated Ukrainian debt repayment in 2017-2020 at over $20 billion, which exceeds the country’s current gold and exchange reserves. According to a report by Ukraine’s National Bank, as of May 1, the gold and exchange reserves are $17.2 billion. Ukraine began negotiations on the restructuring of its $19.3 billion...

U.N accuses Ukraine of supplying S. Sudan with arms
May15

U.N accuses Ukraine of supplying S. Sudan with arms

May 14, 2017 (JUBA) – A United Nations panel of experts has accused Ukraine of supplying the young nation with weapons. Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA) The U.N report, for instance, mentioned the case of an Ilyunshinil-76 aircraft that was transported from...

Higher prices dent Putin’s sky-high popularity: paper
May15

Higher prices dent Putin’s sky-high popularity: paper

Russians’ concern about rising prices has eroded President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings but these remain extremely high, the daily Vedomosti reported on Friday. It cited a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation as showing that 72 percent of Russians would have voted for Putin in August, down from 76 percent in May. Another poll,...

Russia mainly bombing Syria insurgents, not Islamic State
May15

Russia mainly bombing Syria insurgents, not Islamic State

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting. Washington, which is leading its own air campaign against Islamic State, says Moscow has been using its campaign as a pretext to hit other groups opposed to Russia’s ally,...

Ukraine on the spot for massive $264 Million arms sale to South Sudan
May15

Ukraine on the spot for massive $264 Million arms sale to South Sudan

Tweet By: JOSEPH ODUHA in Juba, THE EASTAFRICAN, May/14/2017, SSN; The United Nations has accused Ukraine of supplying weapons to South Sudan against an international embargo. A report by the UN Panel of experts (PoE) monitoring the international compliance with the arms embargo on South Sudan, disclosed that Ukraine was supplying weapons that...

OSCE Observers Inspect Shelled Houses In Eastern Ukraine
May14

OSCE Observers Inspect Shelled Houses In Eastern Ukraine

Monitors on Sunday inspected a household in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiyivka which was damaged by artillery fire a day earlier. Members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring mission, inspected the attack site and spoke with local residents who witnessed the incident. Ukrainian authorities said that on...

China’s Xi says Silk Road Plan Boosts Finance, Security Ties
May14

China’s Xi says Silk Road Plan Boosts Finance, Security Ties

BEIJING — Pledging more than $100 billion in financing, Chinese President Xi Jinping called Sunday for closer cooperation across Asia and Europe in areas from anti-terrorism to investment as leaders from 29 countries gathered to promote a Chinese initiative that could increase Beijing’s global influence. The “Belt and Road...

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