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  • Russia offered Puigdemont 10,000 soldiers, judge says

    08.11.2020

    Russia offered Puigdemont 10,000 soldiers, judge says
    The judge Joaquín Aguirre, investigating the misuse of public funds and money laundering suspects that, Russia offered the former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont to transfer 10,000 soldiers to Catalonia and pay the Catalan debt, which Puigdemont rejected, writes 20minutos.es. The judge based his suspicions on two conversations recorded from the phone of the former CDC (Democratic Convergence of Catalonia) leader Víctor Terradella. Those conversations, the judge said, support his thesis that Terradella, which was responsible for international relations of CDC, helped ...
  • Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian research institute tied to malware

    03.11.2020

    Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian research institute tied to malware
    Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian research institute tied to the development of a virus capable of causing major industrial damage, Reuters reported. The US Treasury Department believes that the Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics in Russia was responsible for “building customized tools that enabled the attack” on a petrochemical facility in the Middle East in 2017. Treasury also said that the attackers were scanning for vulnerabilities least 20 electric utilities in the United States .
  • Russia uses retired Canadian professor to spread disinformation

    27.10.2020

    Russia uses retired Canadian professor to spread disinformation
    A Montreal-based website run by a retired University of Ottawa professor Michel Chossudovsky became an unlikely source of Russian-aligned disinformation, cbc.ca reported. The platform, Global Research, offers articles that experts have attributed to a Russian spy agency, while also hosting an impressive collection of conspiracy theories about 9/11 attacks, COVID-19 pandemic and other topics. According to the US State Department, with more than 275,000 Facebook followers, the site has the biggest reach among “Kremlin-aligned” disinformation sites.
  • Women comprise 44% of candidates in Ukraine’s local elections

    27.10.2020

    Women comprise 44% of candidates in Ukraine’s local elections
    The representation of women in the lists of candidates in Ukraine’s local elections is 44%. Olha Aivazovska, the coordinator of the OPORA civil network, stated this at a press conference at Ukrinform. “The Ukrainian parliament has made a major breakthrough in terms of protecting electoral rights and gender principle. For the first time in the history of Ukraine, a gender quota will be implemented among all candidates, 271,000 across the country, 44% of candidates are women,” she said. Aivazovska stressed that next ...
  • IMF explained upgrade of Ukraine’s GDP forecast

    23.10.2020

    IMF explained upgrade of Ukraine's GDP forecast
    The IMF links upgraded Ukraine’s GDP forecast for 2020 with a faster-than-expected recovery of some indicators of the country’s economic development in the second quarter of this year, ukrinform reported. “This reflects a better outturn in the second quarter. We saw that retail trade and consumption were rebounding faster than we expected. Therefore we have upgraded our forecast from our June projections,” IMF European Department Director Alfred Kammer told an Ukrinform correspondent in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. At ...
  • Fitch affirms 4 Ukrainian state-owned banks

    22.10.2020

    Fitch affirms 4 Ukrainian state-owned banks
    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of JSC CB Privatbank (Privat), JSC State Savings Bank of Ukraine (Oschad), JSC The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (Ukrexim) and Public Joint-Stock Company Joint Stock Bank Ukrgasbank (Ukrgas) at ‘B’ with Stable Outlooks. Fitch has also affirmed the Viability Ratings (VRs) of all four banks at their current levels. The affirmations of the IDRs, Support Ratings and Support Rating Floors of all four state-owned banks reflect Fitch’s view of potential ...
  • Ukraine feeds 150 million people worldwide

    20.10.2020

    Ukraine feeds 150 million people worldwide
    Ukraine delivers food products to 150 million people worldwide, according to Deputy Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotskyi, Ukrinform reported. He stated this during an online briefing on the occasion of the World Food Day and the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. “We estimated – and this was confirmed by sources of international calculations – that Ukraine nourishes 150 million people, with a population of just over ...
  • Ukrainians from all over Italy gathering in Milan to support Markiv

    15.10.2020

    Ukrainians from all over Italy gathering in Milan to support Markiv
    The Ukrainian community in Italy staged a rally outside the building of the Milan Court of Appeal in support of Ukrainian National Guard serviceman Vitaliy Markiv, who was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his alleged involvement in the death of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli, Ukrinform reported. Ukrainians from all over Italy are gathering in Milan to support the Ukrainian near the courthouse. This is the third such rally held during the hearing of an appeal against the Markiv verdict. ...
  • China and Russia seek to exert influence over US foreign policy through lobbyists

    13.10.2020

    China and Russia seek to exert influence over US foreign policy through lobbyists
    The Department of State maintains close ties with the academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs to advance the interests of the United States. However, some foreign governments, such as those of China and Russia, seek to exert influence over US foreign policy through lobbyists, external experts, and think tanks, according to the statement of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. The unique role of think tanks in the conduct of foreign affairs makes transparency regarding ...
  • Ukraine simplifies application for temporary residence permits

    12.10.2020

    Ukraine simplifies application for temporary residence permits
    The Government of Ukraine has approved a draft resolution to simplify applying for a temporary residence permit for certain categories of foreigners, Ukrinform reported. “The purpose of the draft resolution is to simplify the procedure for submitting documents to obtain a temporary residence permit for those categories of foreigners who had grounds to obtain such a certificate during their temporary stay in Ukraine. Such foreigners will be able to apply for a certificate without leaving Ukraine,” the explanatory note to the ...
  • UK expands sanctions over Kerch Bridge

    03.10.2020

    UK expands sanctions over Kerch Bridge
    The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on two individuals and four legal entities involved in building the Kerch Bridge linking Russian and the occupied Crimea. The sanctions were imposed on Alexander Ganov, General director of the JSC TC Grand Service Express which operates railway service between Russia and the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula, and Leonid Ryzhenkin, Deputy general director for infrastructure projects at Stroigazmontazh (SGM) who since 2015 had supervised the construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait. In addition, four ...
  • Ukrainian dubbing will become available to Netflix users

    29.09.2020

    Ukrainian dubbing will become available to Netflix users
    POSTMODERN Postproduction and Tak Treba Production are happy to announce joining the program the Netflix Post Partner Program for Ukrainian Language Dubbing, the press service of the FILM.UA Group said in a Facebook post. The companies received the highest status – GOLD. It has not yet been reported when the first films will be available in Ukrainian. Studios POSTMODERN Postproduction and Tak Treba Production are engaged in dubbing and creating subtitles for films and TV series in Ukrainian and Russian. Both studios ...