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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Monday 23 January. [Ukrainian sources]

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:42 am
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US senators intend to curtail Trump authority on Russian sanctions.  Capital erosion of Russia efficient: "DNR"/"LNR” terrorists received less funding over last four months. Russia has formed a network of agents in Ukraine for the killings of politicians and journalists. Poroshenko says Ukraine will never surrender Donbas.  Pope Francis warns of dangers of new European populism.  SBU prevented assassination of MP Herashchenko. Putin responded to the statement Poroshenko in Minsk-2. In Avakov told when the Council could revoke the "law Savchenko". Relatives of those killed in the tragedy at Volnovaha filed a complaint to the European Court Ukraine and Russia.

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US senators intend to curtail Trump authority on Russian sanctions

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:45 am
US senators intend to curtail Trump authority on Russian sanctions

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that he and a bipartisan group of senators were going to take steps to prevent President Trump from being able to singlehandedly weaken U.S. sanctions on Russia.

As reported by Censor.NET, Schumer said Sunday on ABC News that the bill to be introduced this coming week is in response to the possibility that the Trump administration could offer to lift sanctions against Russia in exchange for Russia's reducing its nuclear arms.

The New York senator said such an exchange would be misguided.

"For us to repeal sanctions, given what Russia has done in Ukraine and threatened the Baltics, and now they have clearly tried to intervene in our election -- whether it had an effect or not -- that is something, that's a danger that we have never faced to this extent in American history.

"We repeal sanctions, it tells Russia, 'Go ahead and interfere in our elections and do bad things;' it tells China; it tells Iran. That would be terrible," Schumer said.

The Democratic senator added that Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both of whom have been vocal critics of some of Trump's rhetoric on Russia, support the bill.

Earlier, U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump said he was ready to lift certain sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin agrees to cut nuclear weapons.

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Poroshenko says Ukraine will never surrender Donbas

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:46 am
Poroshenko says Ukraine will never surrender Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko slammed some Ukrainian politicians for advocating the idea to surrender the Donbas.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, the head of state said delivering speech on occasion of Unity Day in Ukraine.

"It is sad to talk about this on Unity Day, but we have the political forces which in a very polished way suggest surrendering the Donbas... I want to ask these politicians: Gentlemen, have you collected these territories to squander them?" the president said.

Poroshenko noted that these political forces were calling "to treat the residents of the occupied territories as if they were not our Ukrainian citizens anymore."

"Such strategy will definitely not help to achieve peace. Russia's target is not Donetsk or Luhansk, Russia's goal is entire Ukraine, not Crimea and Sevastopol alone," the president stressed.

As reported, President Poroshenko took part in the solemn celebration on the occasion of Ukraine's Unity Day on Jan. 22.

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Capital erosion of Russia efficient: "DPR"/"LPR” terrorists received less funding over last four months, Deputy Minister Tuka says

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:48 am
Capital erosion of Russia efficient: "DNR"/"LNR” terrorists received less funding over last four months, Deputy Minister Tuka says

Deputy Minister of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Heorhii Tuka noted that "investments" in the Russian-occupied Crimea were also being reduced.

As reported by Censor.NET, the official said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Russia has been reducing financial assistance to the breakaway republics (the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" - Ed.) with each passing month. It started about four months ago while the occupant and representatives of these so-called "republics" no longer deny this fact. The Russia's capital erosion is efficient," he said.

Tuka added that "investments" in the Russian-occupied Crimea were also being reduced.

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SBU prevented assassination of MP Herashchenko

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:51 am
SBU prevented assassination of MP Herashchenko

Yesterday, the SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak announced assassination of Verkhovna Rada deputy prevented in Kyiv.

Censor.NET reports that MP Anton Herashchenko was the target of the killers.

Two Ukrainian citizens, who had been imprisoned in occupied Crimea, volunteered to assassinate Herashchenko. For that, they were released on parole.

According to investigators, they were supervised by Russian mercenary Andrey Tikhonov (former citizen of Ukraine). The suspects put Herashchenko under surveillance.

At the same time, the police officers had been watching the suspects for about a month. They were detained when the SBU collected enough proofs of the assassination attempt.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated under article 112 (assassination attempt on state official) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The investigators are verifying the suspects' involvement in other crimes, in particular, the assassination of journalist Pavlo Sheremet.

The main motive of the assassination was an attempt to eliminate a prominent politician, founder of Myrotvorets Center for Research of Signs of Crimes against the National Security of Ukraine, Peace, Humanity, and the International Law.

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Pope Francis warns of dangers of new European populism

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:53 am
Pope Francis warns of dangers of new European populism

The head of the Roman Catholic Church compared the current strengthening of the populist positions in Europe and events in Germany in the early 1930s.

Pope Francis gave an interview to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Censor.NET reports.

''The most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. After the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: "I can, I can." And all Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people,'' he said.

''The case of Germany in 1933 is typical, a people that was immersed in a crisis, that was looking for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give its identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened,'' Pope Francis said.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church urged Europe to do more to integrate refugees. Otherwise the European Community may endanger the creation of new ghettos, like Molenbeek municipality in Brussels, populated mainly by immigrants from African countries.

''Each country has the right to control its borders, who comes and who goes, and those countries at risk - from terrorism or such things - have even more the right to control them more, but no country has the right to deprive its citizens of the possibility to talk with their neighbors,'' Pope Francis said.

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Russia has formed a network of agents in Ukraine for the killings of politicians and journalists - Turchynov

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:54 am
Russia has formed a network of agents in Ukraine for the killings of politicians and journalists - Turchynov

NSDC Secretary of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov commented on the attempted murder of MP Anton Gerashchenko.

In a statement transmitted by apostrophes, said that Russian security services organized network of agents and representatives of the militants criminals to terrorist activities in Ukraine.

"Their special training and training carried out in Russia and in the occupied territory of Ukraine", - says the secretary of the NSDC.

Turchynov announced tasks that belonged to the network of terrorist groups, "Elimination of political, public figures, representatives of the media to discharge fear, create chaos and destabilize the situation in Ukraine to break Ukrainian willingness to confront the military aggression of the Russian Federation."

As reported, "Apostrophe" Ukrainian security services have prevented the murder of MP Gerashchenko. There was a Russian secret service involvement in the incident.

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Putin responded to the statement Poroshenko in Minsk-2

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:56 am
Putin responded to the statement Poroshenko in Minsk-2

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave an answer to the words of President Petro Poroshenko priority of regaining control over the Armed Forces of Ukraine plot of Ukraine-Russia border in Donbas.

His opinion about this Russian diplomat expressed during a press conference after talks with Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Syyarto.

He believes that the border area, which is currently under the control of insurgents and Russian military must move at the moment. Statements Poroshenko he called contrary to Minsk II.

"We drew attention to the serious concern that caused recent statement by President Poroshenko, who categorically stated that Ukraine will not do anything with the political reforms that are registered in Minsk arrangements until you have certainly met all aspects relating to the security sector, including restoration of Ukrainian Armed Forces full control over the border with Russia, "- said Lavrov.

As reported, "Apostrophe" Poroshenko categorically against the idea to abandon the Donbas.

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In Avakov told when the Council could revoke the "law Savchenko"

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:57 am
In Avakov told when the Council could revoke the "law Savchenko"

Member of the Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and members of Parliament Anton Gerashchenko said that in February, MPs can vote for the abolition of the so-called "law Savchenko."

It is reported "Interfax-Ukraine".

The deputy called the law a mistake that MPs should fix. According to him, thanks to this law, the freedom came ahead of fraudsters and corrupt.

'Error made, we need to fix, and in February this law will be canceled "- said Gerashchenko.

Recall a law designed Nadezhda Savchenko People's Deputy, came into force on 24 December 2015. He suggests that in the event of conviction one day spent in jail will be counted as two days of detention.

As reported, "Apostrophe", Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman spoke critically of "Savchenko law" and called for its review.

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Timchuk assessed the likelihood of large-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:20 am
Timchuk assessed the likelihood of large-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine

Despite the relative calm in the area of ​​ATU, the threat of a full-scale Russian invasion into the territory of Ukraine remains very high.

This was the coordinator of the "Informational resistance" Dmitry Timchuk wrote in a column on the website edition of "Apostrophe".

Russia continues to increase the number of troops on the border with Ukraine and these forces may well be applied during the invasion.

"Currently we see that in addition to the zone ATO actually on our eastern borders were two new armies, under these armies formed three new divisions," - wrote Timchuk.

According to the coordinator of the "Informational resistance" in occupied Crimea is also forming another Russian army.

"This - the guns that hang on the wall and can shoot", - concluded the expert.

More information on the scenarios of conflict in the Donbass at "Apostrophe".

Despite the relative calm in the area of ​​ATU, the threat of a full-scale Russian invasion into the territory of Ukraine remains very high.

This was the coordinator of the "Informational resistance" Dmitry Timchuk wrote in a column on the website edition of "Apostrophe".

Russia continues to increase the number of troops on the border with Ukraine and these forces may well be applied during the invasion.

"Currently we see that in addition to the zone ATO actually on our eastern borders were two new armies, under these armies formed three new divisions," - wrote Timchuk.

According to the coordinator of the "Informational resistance" in occupied Crimea is also forming another Russian army.

"This - the guns that hang on the wall and can shoot", - concluded the expert.

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Mexico, Russia And China Anticipate Changed U.S. Relations Under Trump

on Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:22 pm
Mexico, Russia And China Anticipate Changed U.S. Relations Under Trump

The inauguration in this country is being closely watched all over the world, including three countries whose relationship to the U.S. will likely change drastically under President Trump: Mexico, Russia and China.

Donald Trump's inauguration is being closely watched all over the world. We're going to hear now from three countries whose relationships with the United States could change dramatically under President Trump - China, Mexico and Russia. We brought together three NPR correspondents to talk about perceptions of the new president and expectations going forward.

ROB SCHMITZ, BYLINE: I'm Rob Schmitz, one of NPR's China correspondents. Prior to the election, China's government seemed to be rooting for Trump. But now they're worried because Trump has questioned the One China policy - the idea that Taiwan is part of China.

The Chinese have lodged complaints with the U.S. over this, but Trump appears to believe that the One China policy is something that's up for negotiation. He also believes a lot is negotiable when it comes to U.S.-Mexico relations, too, right, Carrie?

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Definitely, Rob. I'm Carrie Kahn. I'm NPR's Mexico correspondent. And renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement was a big part of President Trump's campaign. What exactly is on that negotiating table is unknown.

What is known, though, is that since Trump's victory in November, the economy here has been hit hard. The peso has plunged by more than 15 percent and continues to drop with every tweet Trump dispatches, whether he's either threatened to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it or slap on that so-called border tax on Mexican auto exports into the U.S.

And Mexico's leaders have been left pretty much flat-footed and not with a lot of good options. Mexico is very tied to the U.S. Around 80 percent of exports head there. So an all-out trade war with its big neighbor to the north doesn't look so good for Mexico.

SCHMITZ: And China is also worried about a trade war. It has a lot to lose in that scenario, but so does the U.S. And China's government said just this week that it hopes it can solve these trade issues through dialogue with the Trump team. But obviously this is a very different picture where you are, Lucian.

LUCIAN KIM, BYLINE: Oh, yeah, definitely. Hi, this is Lucian Kim, NPR's Moscow correspondent. Nobody here is talking about (laughter) a trade war. It's actually quite the opposite. There's the hope that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. over Russia's intervention in Ukraine will finally be lifted or at least eased. That is the No. 1 priority for the government here. So, in that sense, the Russian government hasn't really hidden its preference for Trump..................

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