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Ukraine News in brief. Tuesday 12 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:31 pm
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The Pentagon did not believe Putin about the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.  Peacekeepers in the Donbas: In the West, they explained to Ukraine why Putin will not do this.  GPU is ready to draw experts from the FBI or Scotland Yard to verify the authenticity of "Kurchenko films".  Germany partially allowed the construction of the "North Stream-2".  UN Human Rights Council urges to cancel suspension of payment of pensions to migrants from the Donbas.  UN believes that the law on the de-occupation of the Donbas "lacks clarity".  Russian political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin believes that Russia has placed nuclear weapons in the occupied Crimea. The rating agency Moody's predicted the GDP of Ukraine for the next year.  DNR-LNR fighters denied UN mission access to prisoners.  UN mission: 15 civilians were killed in the Donbass region from November to November, 72 were injured.  $900 per night, blew a network shocking data about the cost of rental housing during the World Cup 2018 in Russia.  The world does not work according to the following rules: a well-known Russian has explained that Russia can take away World Cup 2018.

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The Pentagon did not believe Putin about the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:33 pm
The Pentagon did not believe Putin about the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

The US Department of Defense does not believe in the implementation of statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.

The spokesman for the Pentagon, Colonel US Army Rob Menning, told the Radio Liberty newspaper.

According to him, Russian statements often "do not correspond" with the actual reduction of troops.

Manning reminded that in March 2016, Vladimir Putin had already ordered to begin the "withdrawal of the main part of the military contingent" from Syria, but there were no signs of withdrawal.

Previously, Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country, but did not name the exact terms.

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Peacekeepers in the Donbas: In the West, they explained to Ukraine why Putin will not do this

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:35 pm
Peacekeepers in the Donbas: In the West, they explained to Ukraine why Putin will not do this

The introduction of a full UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied territories of the Donbas will lead to the fall of the "puppet regime" of the terrorists of the DPR and LNR, which Russia will never go to.

This opinion was expressed by former advisor to US Vice President Joe Biden, researcher at Atlantic Council Michael Carpenter, reports realist.online.

"The Kremlin will try to support a limited, unarmed UN presence on the clash line, but this option is not in their interests except Putin," the expert believes.

The idea of ​​introducing peacekeepers to the Donbas is currently experiencing a serious crisis and is unlikely to be realized.

"Frankly, I think it was naive to expect some other results. I do not believe that Putin can abandon his goal - to control Ukraine politically and economically," Carpenter summed up.

As the "Apostrophe" reported, head of the program of Eastern Europe and Eurasia at the Institute for International Relations in Rome, Nona Mikhelidze believes that the outcome of the presidential election in Russia is predictable, but the decision to put the peacekeepers on the Donbass is possible only after them.

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GPU is ready to draw experts from the FBI or Scotland Yard to verify the authenticity of "Kurchenko films" - Lutsenko

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:37 pm
GPU is ready to draw experts from the FBI or Scotland Yard to verify the authenticity of "Kurchenko films" - Lutsenko

Attorney General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko states that Ukrainian law-enforcement officers are ready to give a petition to international experts to record the conversation of ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and businessman Sergei Kurchenko, who is hiding in Russia.

Reported Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

"We are ready to attract foreign experts from the FBI or Scotland Yard in order to check, together with our experts, the authenticity of these films, and I am sure that this is necessary and can be done," the Prosecutor General said.

Y. Lutsenko noted that the Prosecutor General's Office is ready to prove that all films are real.

As reported, Saakashvili was taken to the Pechersk court on the morning of December 11 . He is suspected of facilitating a criminal group under Article 256 of the Criminal Code. Politics is threatened by 3 to 5 years behind bars.

The prosecution party has filed a petition for the decision to elect Saakashvili as a preventive measure round-the-clock house arrest.

Earlier, their willingness to take on the bonds of the leader of the RNS Saakashvili expressed the People's Deputies Derevyanko, Opanasenko, Kupriy, Kostenko, Dobrodomov, Tymoshenko and Shkurm. In addition, to take Saakashvili on bail ready Anatoliy Hrytsenko and deputy of the city council Dedovets.

Recall that on December 5, law enforcement officers detained Saakashvili. According to the SBU, he is suspected of facilitating the participation of criminal organizations. It should be noted that during a search in Saakashvili's apartment, he rose to the roof of the house, where he was detained by law enforcement officers. Later, it became known that the activists took Saakashvili out of the car of the law-enforcers.

At the same time, Attorney General Lutsenko said at a briefing that Saakashvili's shares were financed by Kurchenko . Also, the GPU unveiled "Negotiations of Saakashvili's associate and representative of Kurchenko" and "negotiations between Kurchenko and Saakashvili": "I want to build some long history with you."
In the evening of December 8, law enforcement officers arrested Mikheil Saakashvili in Solomyansky district of Kyiv.

Later, Saakashvili announced an intermittent detention center in Kiev to begin an endless hunger strike.

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Germany partially allowed the construction of the "North Stream-2"

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:40 pm
Germany partially allowed the construction of the "North Stream-2"

In the German city of Stralsund the decision was made to authorize the construction of the North Stream 2 pipeline.

This is reported by DW.

This is a construction permit on part of the continental shelf of Germany. The Ministry of Energy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern declared that the permit was dated November 2.

In turn, the representative of Nord Stream 2, which is implementing the North Stream 2 pipeline project, called it the first step towards obtaining a general permit from Germany.

Nord Stream 2, the only shareholder of which is Gazprom, plans to begin construction of a gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine already in 2018 and complete it by the end of 2019.

The length of the pipeline with a throughput of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year will be 1220 kilometers. The gas transmission system will connect the Russian Ust-Luz and the German Greifswald.

As early as 2017, it became known that the Russian oil and gas company Gazprom would pay for the construction of the North Stream 2 pipeline on its own, since European partners had abandoned their plans.

Earlier, the chairman of the European Council called for the closure of North Stream 2 as soon as possible.

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UN Human Rights Council urges to cancel suspension of payment of pensions to migrants from the Donbas

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:38 pm
UN Human Rights Council urges to cancel suspension of payment of pensions to migrants from the Donbas

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission calls on the Ukrainian authorities to review the policy of checking immigrants' registration, which has led to suspension of payment of pensions to at least 500 thousand residents of the Donbas.

This is stated in the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"This discriminatory requirement violates Ukraine's legal obligations, undermines social cohesion and creates additional difficulties for vulnerable groups of the population. Suspension of pension payments in the process of inspections, which deprives hundreds of thousands of people - and often the whole family - the only source of income, appears to be disproportionate and unnecessary, "the report said.

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission notes that establishing a link between the right to a pension and the status of internally displaced persons for citizens whose place of residence is registered in controlled areas of the militants, even if they register a place of residence in a controlled Ukraine territory, "creates barriers for integration of these people into their new communities ".

The mission recommends that the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine provide all settlers with equal access to state support instruments and social protection without any discrimination, in particular, in connection with the attachment to the list of settlements located on the line of collision. Also, the Ministry of Social Policy recommends that targeted payments be made to migrants who receive pensi
"This artificial limit divides families" - the head of the United Nations human rights mission in Ukraine.

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UN believes that the law on the de-occupation of the Donbas "lacks clarity"

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:48 pm
UN believes that the law on the de-occupation of the Donbas "lacks clarity"

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights believes that the draft law on the de-occupation of the Donbas No. 7163, approved in the first reading, lacks clarity regarding the protection of human rights and freedoms

The head of the mission, Fiona Fraser, stated at the presentation of the 20th report of the UN Monitoring Mission on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, reports Ukrinform.

"On October 6, the parliament began to consider and adopt a new legal framework for the territory of the Donbas, which is not controlled by the state, in order to restore sovereignty over certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk blasts. Although the discussions continue, at this stage, OHCHR notes that this bill lacks clarity as to the basis for protecting human rights and freedoms, "said Fraser.

She added that, according to the members of the Monitoring Mission, the legislation and all state policy in general should be "inclusive and in no way discriminatory in order to contribute to the creation of the foundations for future peace and harmony in Ukraine."

It should be noted that the Verkhovna Rada plans to consider the law on de-occupation of Ukrainian territories and the recognition of Russia as an aggressor state this week.

On October 5-6, the Verkhovna Rada considered a package of presidential bills - Law No. 7163 on the de-occupation of the Donbas ( adopted in the first reading ) and Law No. 7164 on the special status of the occupied regions ( voted by deputies and signed by the president).

According to the draft law No. 7163, the fighting operations in the Donbas should not be managed by the ATC, but the Joint Operational Headquarters (OSO), which will be representatives of various power ministries and departments.

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In the Kremlin tried: in Russia they were told about an atomic bomb in the Crimea

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:52 pm
In the Kremlin tried: in Russia they were told about an atomic bomb in the Crimea

Russian political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin believes that Russia has placed nuclear weapons in the occupied Crimea, and also "tried" to learn about it all.

He told about this " Obozrevatel".

"I think that the idea that there is nuclear weapons in the Crimea is true, it seems that it was actually brought there," said Oreshkin.

Political scientist believes that Russia has "flooded" the information with this information to the West.

"What is characteristic is that in Moscow everything was done to make the information about the location of nuclear weapons there known. This is an element of diplomatic work: the world should know that there is an atomic bomb in the Crimea, so if someone tries to return the Crimea by force, then he will have to take on himself responsibility for the possible consequences of nuclear explosions. This is a purely propagandistic step - quite logical and quite successful", - acknowledged the political scientist.

He also called this behavior a blackmail.

The announcement of the postponement of nuclear weapons by Russia in the Crimea recently by the President of the Potomak Foundation, Philippe Carber.

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The rating agency Moody's predicted the GDP of Ukraine for the next year

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:02 pm
The rating agency Moody's predicted the GDP of Ukraine for the next year

International rating agency Moody's predicts growth of gross domestic product of Ukraine in 2018 by 3.5%

This is stated in the agency's report, reports Economic Pravda.

"Growth in GDP will accelerate from 2.0% in 2017 to 3.5% next year," the agency predicts.

According to Moody's, Ukraine's economy will gradually recover from a deep recession in 2014-15, and inflation will decline.


"Domestic demand was weak, but it would increase in 2018. The risk of the event remains high, external liquidity and the banking system are weak," Moody's said.

At the same time, the agency takes into account the geopolitical risk associated with the occupation of the Crimea and parts of the Donbas, as well as the fighting, which never completely stopped under the Minsk ceasefire agreement.

Recall that the Cabinet forecasts GDP growth in 2018 at 3%, 2019 - 3,6%, in 2020 - 4%.

The international rating agency Standard & Poor's predicts the hryvnia exchange rate at the end of 2018 at the level of 27.3 UAH / USD.

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DNR-LNR fighters denied UN mission access to prisoners

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:12 pm
DNR-LNR fighters denied UN mission access to prisoners

Terrorists in the occupied Donbas area did not allow UN observers to be detained illegally.

This is stated in the 20th UN report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine.

"As in the Donetsk People's Republic and in the Luhansk People's Republic, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was denied access to detainees," the document says.

It is noted that such a refusal calls on UN staffers to worry about practices of human rights violations that apply to prisoners.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", earlier, on December 10, talks between advisers to the Presidents of the Normandy four countries - Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia took place in Minsk.

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UN mission: 15 civilians were killed in the Donbas region from November to November, 72 were injured

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:14 pm
UN mission: 15 civilians were killed in the Donbassregion from November to November, 72 were injured



The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine notes the decrease in the number of civilian casualties in the Donbas.

According to the  Censor .NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine , this is stated in the 20th UN report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, presented in Kiev on Tuesday.

"Since August 16, 2017, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has documented 87 victims of armed conflict among the civilian population in eastern Ukraine (15 dead and 72 wounded)," the report said.

It states that the number of victims decreased by 48% compared with the previous reporting period (May 16 - August 15, 2017).

Among the main causes of civilian casualties are mines, unexploded ordnance, mines and improvised explosive devices, which caused 59.8% of the total number of deaths and injuries.

At the same time, at least 2 523 civilians, including 1,399 men, 837 women, 91 boys, 47 girls, were killed during the entire period of the conflict (14 April 2014 to 15 November 2017), and 149 others, of whom unknown is unknown.

In addition, 298 civilians, including 80 children, died as a result of the fall of the MH-17 on July 17, 2014.

Altogether, between 7 and 9 thousand civilians were injured through a conflict in the region.

"OHCHR continues to urge all parties to the conflict to cease immediately and fulfill all other commitments they have undertaken in Minsk agreements, in particular the deployment of heavy weapons and the separation of forces and equipment," the report said.

The mission recalls that during the previous reporting period, it managed to reduce the number of victims, thanks to a "riot".

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$900 per night, blew a network shocking data about the cost of rental housing during the World Cup 2018 in Russia

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:17 pm
$900 per night, blew a network shocking data about the cost of rental housing during the World Cup 2018 in Russia

In Russia, sharply increased the cost of renting rooms in hotels and apartments for rent for the duration of the World Cup 2018.

According Telegram-channel Mash, one of the modest hotels Volgograd, which is an hour's drive from the city center, the cost of a double room for two days increased 40 times. If in normal times it can be rented for 2,500 rubles, during the World Cup 2018 - for 100,000 rubles.

It should be noted that in February last year in limited rise in prices for accommodation during the World Cup 2018.

An employee of one of the hotels in Sochi on condition of anonymity said, as hotels in Russia legally circumvent the decree of the government, and what is already in the hotel say that all rooms booked.

"Very similar to the situation that was during the Olympic Games. The tourist comes to the hotel, where it was reported that all the seats are occupied. If a tourist asks whether it is something to recommend, at the reception prompt for the office, where you can easily book a room in the same hotel, although in a completely different price, "- said an employee of the hotel.

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The world does not work according to the following rules: a well-known Russian has explained that Russia can take away World Cup 2018

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:29 pm
The world does not work according to the following rules: a well-known Russian has explained that Russia can take away World Cup 2018

Russia may be deprived of the right to host the 2018 World Cup, since Russian top officials who appeared in the doping scandal continue to hold their office.

This was written by Russian blogger and financier Slava Rabinovich in his blog on Apostrophe.

"I personally would be frustrated as a fan of the fact that the World Cup will not be held in Russia, if it really happens, but I would agree with the decision of FIFA to transfer the championship in England or the United States," said Rabinovich.

In particular, he recalled that the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Vitali Mutko was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the main person responsible for the program of doping in the Russian Federation.

"It is difficult to say that Russia's collective disqualification is difficult to say.You can check for doping and a new scandal may spill out.Motco, in spite of everything, is the president of the RFU, and we also know that Mutko is forbidden by the International Olympic Committee to visit any Olympics throughout his life, as well as the membership of the President of the NOC of Russia Alexander Zhukov in the IOC, and all of these officials continue to be in their positions in Russia, "the blogger emphasized.

According to him, the doping scandal has shown that Russia does not function as part of a civilized world.

"This fact of the mutual guarantee, which in Russia is called" do not give up "(and" their "are only members of Putin's RAM) - I know for sure that this is absolutely a terrible factor in considering what is being used in relation to Russia. that the whole civilized world does not function according to such rules", - writes Rabinovich.

"When a state official is a criminal offense brought him, and when he had nothing for them there, and he still gets a raise in position - it is for the civilized world completely indigestible situation", - said the financier

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Russia may not stand up for DNR-LNR: Named the date when the Armed Forces could start dismissing Donbas

on Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:56 pm
Russia may not stand up for DNR-LNR: Named the date when the Armed Forces could start dismissing Donbas

Former Minister of Defense of the DPR "Igor Strelkov (Girkin) believes that the Ukrainian army will soon go to the return of the enthusiastic militants of the Donbas.

He reported this in an interview with Russian magazine The Insider.

"I am confident that sooner or later they will be offensive, they are constantly preparing for it. The only thing that prevents them from defeating corps is the position of Russia, while they are not ready to fight the Russian army, with the armed forces, they are not sure what Russian troops will not settle for Donetsk and Lugansk just as they stood up for South Ossetia, "Strelkov said.

He expressed uncertainty that Russia would then decide to "stand up" for the "DPR" and "LNR" militants.

"The Ukrainian government has never been and will not be independent, it's actually the puppets of the United States, and in their place I would have hit somewhere on the eve of the election, somewhere after February 2, when Trump introduces new sanctions against Russia, so that the apparent defeat of the corps led to to further aggravation of the domestic political crisis of, and it comes, "- says Girkin.

He also suggested that the Ukrainian troops would break the main forces of the "DPR" and "LNR" militants on the first day of battles.

"The enemy just waits for this moment to attack, it's almost 100%. And the fact that the Russian armed forces, stuck in Syria, are not ready to fight in Ukraine, is also 100%. I mean enough is not ready. In 2-3 days, Donetsk and Lugansk may not take 2-3 days later, there will be street battles, but on the main sections of the corps will be defeated on the first day, which means that on the first day of the Russian Federation will have to make a decision", - says the former leader of the "DPR" militants.

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