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Ukraine News. Saturday 21 April. [Ukrainian sources]

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:46 am
SATURDAY HEADLINES:
I am afraid, like any dictator: Russia has revealed the truth about Putin's real fear.  Lavrov is sorry that Washington wants to make it impossible for Russians to travel to America.  Russia has been told that it can stop Putin from a new round of aggression against Ukraine.  The speaker of the State Duma of Russia has proposed to punish those who will comply with US sanctions in the territory of Russia.  a well-known journalist pointed to the sign of the Kremlin's "preparations" for the de-occupation of the Crimea.  We call on Russia to end the occupation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula, the State Department of the USA.  Russia's aggression - RosTv has named a country that could become another victim of Putin's imperial ambitions.  "Morally Unworthy State": US State Department criticized Russia for violating human rights.  Ukrainians need to learn to filter off fake news and question information, - US Ambassador.  In Surkov, they explained why his talks with Volker on the Donbas ceased.  The deterioration of relations between Poland and Ukraine is dangerous for Europe, an American diplomat.  60 MEPs call EU governments to boycott FIFA World Cup in Russia.  Russia accused Washington of disrupting the performance of the Bolshoi Theater in the United States. Poroshenko planned to release Groisman: the source revealed interesting details. The most significant human rights problems in Ukraine are observed in the Donbass, as well as related to corruption and censorship, the US State Department. In four years, more than 2,500 civilians died in the Donbass, in the difficult humanitarian situation - 4.4 million people - UN. Scotland Yard found suspects in the poisoning of the Fiddlers, they returned to the Russian Federation.

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I am afraid, like any dictator: Russia has revealed the truth about Putin's real fear

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:49 am
I am afraid, like any dictator: Russia has revealed the truth about Putin's real fear

Russian President Vladimir Putin is afraid of the Federal Security Service (FSB), which at any time can eliminate it.

This was stated in an interview with "Apostrophe" by Russian historian and oppositional Andrei Zubov.

"If we speak in general, then we are in control of the country, of course, the KGB, that is, the KGB, and most of the FSB leaders have a desire to twist the nuts further. But Putin himself is afraid of the FSB, because it is not controlled by him to the end, it is an independent organization and he understands, that at some moment and he can be eliminated by him", - the historian explains.

According to him, in this situation Putin is trying to find support and prevent the strengthening of the FSB.

"Therefore, like any dictator, Putin tries to rely on other forces, in particular civilian administration, on such people as Kadyrov, for example, with his militants. Therefore, he holds back the strengthening of the FSB. On the other hand, the presidential administration is very large It is fearful that if the FSB finally comes to power, then the heads of them will fly first, people from the civilian administration, "Zubov said, adding that the Putin administration has repeatedly tried to establish contacts with the opposition to jointly counter FSB.

Also, the historian notes that this is still not quite certain things.

"And we in the opposition believe that it is necessary to represent the third force - that is not a civilian administration and not the FSB, namely society, and then we will be a real force.

In society, protest sentiment is growing every day. Not very fast, but they definitely grow, "Zubov said.

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Lavrov is sorry that Washington wants to make it impossible for Russians to travel to America

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:51 am
Lavrov is sorry that Washington wants to make it impossible for Russians to travel to America

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused the United States of trying to make it impossible for Russians to travel to the United States

So the Russian ministry reacted to the non-issuance of American visas to the artists of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that they only recently pointed to the creation of artificial barriers by the US authorities in issuing American visas to Russia.

"And here is a new sad example - the refusal of entry to the artists of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater." As a result, performances in New York by prima ballerina Smyrnova and the first soloist of the Teissi ballet company were torn down. This did not even happen during the Cold War, - noted in the Russian ministry.

Today, according to the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US authorities are striving to press for Russia as much as possible, "without stopping at anything."

"For several years now, they have been curtailed by exhibition fairs, and now the rejection of touring visas seems to want to break another thread that binds two peoples. Moreover, they generally seek to protect Americans from the Russians by the visa-wall, as we have already said, making trips of our citizens to the United States is virtually impossible, "- they were indignant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

It is worth noting that over the past two years, Moscow has forced the United States to reduce the number of diplomatic staff several times and close 2 consulates in the territory of Russia.

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Russia has been told that it can stop Putin from a new round of aggression against Ukraine

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:53 am
Russia has been told that it can stop Putin from a new round of aggression against Ukraine

Russian historian Andriy Zubov is convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not worsen the situation in Ukraine, provided he receives a tough response to his actions in Syria.

He made such an opinion in an interview with the "Apostrophe".

"The Kremlin now finds out how far it can go. In Syria, it went far: the use of chemical weapons; in fact, Russian troops, along with Iran, fought on the side of Assad, and already almost displaced the opposition from most areas, except where it is under protection say, American soldiers, and it's important for him to know: it can go on or on, and if it can, then it can still be in Ukraine, "Zubov said.

According to him, the Russian president should be limited by rigorous measures, which was recently made in Syria.

"If he will be faced with very tight boundaries - and they were delivered by a missile attack of the Allies a few days ago and a missile strike on Israel, then the Kremlin will feel that it is necessary to stop in Ukraine, too, the degree of impunity in Syria will affect how much the pro-Kremlin forces will be active in Ukraine", - the historian summarizes.

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The speaker of the State Duma of Russia has proposed to punish those who will comply with US sanctions in the territory of Russia

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:56 am
The speaker of the State Duma of Russia has proposed to punish those who will comply with US sanctions in the territory of Russia

Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin has proposed the introduction of a system of punishment for those who take into account US sanctions when operating in the territory of Russia.

This is reported by Censor.NET with reference to Interfax.

"Vyacheslav Volodin at a meeting with representatives of business and expert circles during the discussion of the bill on measures in response to the list of sanctions policy of the United States against Russia, called for the introduction of a ban on US sanctions in the territory of the Russian Federation, he explained that it would be appropriate to introduce measures responsibility for those who will be guided in their activities in Russia by anti-Russian decisions of foreign states", the State Duma press service reported.

As it is noted, Volodin did not exclude, including measures of criminal liability. "In Russia, we have to live according to Russian laws," the Duma speaker stressed.

In turn, the head of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy Sergey Zhigarev said that the lower house of parliament will not delay the second, main, reading the bill on counter-sanctions.

"It is necessary to formulate the volume and package of amendments that will be worked out very quickly, legal and expert conclusions will be obtained for it, in order not to delay the passage of the bill between the first and second reading," Zhigarev told reporters after an expert meeting chaired by Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin . Discussed the initiative initiated by Volodin and the leaders of all four factions, a draft law on measures in response to unfriendly actions of the United States and other countries against the Russian Federation.

At first reading amendments to the document are not made - the concept of the draft law is discussed and supported or rejected. Zhigarev assured that "our response is quite adequate and well thought out" and will not cause any harm to either the citizens of Russia or the Russian economy. As expected, in the first reading, the bill on counter-sanctions of the State Duma will be considered on May 15.

As reported, the US Treasury Department announced on April 6 that after consulting with the State Department, the US administration imposed sanctions on seven Russian businessmen, 12 companies, 17 government officials of the Russian Federation, and against a Russian arms trade company and related bank .

Shareholders of companies from the list of sanctions in a few days lost billions of dollars. Also, with the fall faced and those Russian companies that formally did not fall under the sanctions. Only on Monday, April 9, the total loss of Russian billionaires amounted to about $16 billion.

Sanctions also led to a weakening of the Russian currency. April 10 on the Moscow Stock Exchange, the euro for the first time since March 2016 overcame the mark of 80 rubles, the dollar - 64 rubles. As of 14.34 Moscow time, the dollar was worth 64.7 rubles, the euro - 80.1 rubles.

In response, the State Duma wrote a bill that provides for restrictions on the supply of goods and services of American descent.

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Stolen will have to be given away: a well-known journalist pointed to the sign of the Kremlin's "preparations" for the de-occupation of the Crimea

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:13 pm
Stolen will have to be given away: a well-known journalist pointed to the sign of the Kremlin's "preparations" for the de-occupation of the Crimea

The decision of the occupation administration of the Crimea to "transfer" into the property of the Russian Federation part of the Tuzla island in the Kerch Strait may indicate that the Kremlin understands - "the stolen will have to give up."

This is the famous Ukrainian journalist Vitaly Portnikov in his column on Radio Liberty.

"Why do Russians steal Tuzla in the Crimea? The answer to this question, in my opinion, is simple: the fear of the occupant." More precisely, the animal has some kind of understanding that the Crimea will not stay for a long time, that the stolen will have to be given. "Why not, until it's too late to seize everything that is bad in the stolen Crimea. Why not just order traitors (officials who betray their country) to give at least Tuzla?" - he said.

According to Portinkov, there is nothing new in such tactics.

"Formal" Soviet "Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were the same republics of the Soviet Union, like everyone else, but then why after the occupation of Latvia, it was stolen in favor of the RSFSR county of Abrene - now Pitalivsky district of the Pskov region? Why after the occupation of Estonia part of the territory This small country, along with the historic district of Narva Yaanlinn-Ivangorod, was annexed to the Leningrad and Pskov regions of Russia. Why after the Second World War, when part of East Prussia, the historical Little Lithuania was transferred to the Soviet Union, her area made of - although this republic it had no common borders or historical ties,"- said the journalist.

He stressed that then in Russia, too, everyone understood and feared.

For Putin and the company, I'm sure what tales they would tell their loyal subjects, the Crimea is Ukraine. They simply seized this territory and its inhabitants - like Donbass, Transnistria, Abkhazia or South Ossetia are hostages, and while their troops and their authorities are robbing prisoners, "summed up the Portnikov.

As reported by the "Apostrophe", the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, said that Russia continues to roll over a new powerful weapon in the occupied Crimea, but this will not prevent the liberation of the peninsula and its return to Ukraine.

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We call on Russia to end the occupation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula, the State Department of the USA

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:16 pm
We call on Russia to end the occupation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula, the State Department of the USA



Acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan, speaking on Friday, April 20, at the presentation of the annual report of the US State Department on Human Rights in the world, urged Russia to pay attention to the situation with the Crimea, the problems in the Donbass and the issue of human rights in Chechnya.

It is reported by Censor.NET with reference to Crimea. Realia.

"We again call on Russia to stop the terrible occupation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula, to stop violations committed by Russian-led forces on the Donbass in Ukraine, and to pay attention to the impunity of human rights violations in Chechnya," Sullivan said.

The US foreign ministry also accused Russia of "undermining the sovereignty of Western countries."

Russia played a significant military role in conflicts in eastern Ukraine and Syria, where human rights organizations attribute thousands of deaths to civilians, as well as other human rights violations under the leadership of Russia and Russian occupation troops in the Crimea, "the document said.

There are no public comments on this issue yet.

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Russia's aggression - RosTv has named a country that could become another victim of Putin's imperial ambitions

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:20 pm
Russia's aggression - RosTv has named a country that could become another victim of Putin's imperial ambitions

On the air of the Russian propaganda channel openly talked that the next goal of aggression in can become Kazakhstan.

In the program of the well-known propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, he spoke with complaints about "Kazakhstan's Kazakhization" due to the refusal of the Cyrillic alphabet, the publicist and blogger Alexander Tversky drew attention.

"It's not the first time that Kazakhstan has blurred its position. We do not know anything about our relations with Kazakhstan, if a black cat suddenly ran out of place, would we expect that the next Maidan will be held in Kazakhstan in order to pull it apart from Russia? Maybe An ancient Kazakh language was written in Latin, with all due respect for the Kazakh people, there seemed to have been no Latin, "Solovyov said on federal TV.

According to Tver, such statements are a "disturbing signal" for the inhabitants of Kazakhstan.

"From this rhetoric, everything begins." The pre-war propaganda stamps were voiced throughout the country, with tens of millions of people putting the grain on this phrase about "Kazakhization." They are torn to the brink of false paternalism, hatred and xenophobia, are by their nature inclined to respect other's borders (in all senses ), to humanity and critical thinking, living on concepts, they have a hundred percent felt the smell of blood and the thirst for profit, "- he wrote.

"Yes, I see it already:" let's get to Astana! "I hate", "Latin was before 1941. Then the Kazakh were transferred to Cyrillic," "Do not be happy with Russia with its neighbors." That Ukrainians are starting this very Ukrainianization, then the Georgians, then the Moldovans, then the Balts, now that the Kazakhs have begun some, who could think", "From nowhere, I do not understand on what basis did Russia assume the right to decide the fate of other peoples? They would have understood and decided... People begging, half-starved and half-dressed", "What is their dog thing, what was and what was not in Kazakhstan?"- commented on propaganda statements in social networks.

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"Morally Unworthy State": US State Department criticized Russia for violating human rights

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:32 pm
"Morally Unworthy State": US State Department criticized Russia for violating human rights

The US State Department called Russia, China, Iran and the DPRK "morally unworthy" states that violate human rights on their borders every day, becoming "forces of instability"

This is stated in the annual report of the State Department.

It is emphasized that these countries recorded the most violations, including torture, life threatening conditions of detention and lack of fair courts.

"Some governments can not maintain security and provide the basic needs of their own peoples, while others simply do not want to do so," he said. US Secretary of State John Sullivan during the presentation of the report.

"States that restrict freedom of expression and peaceful gatherings that allow violence against religious, ethnic and other minorities, or endanger the fundamental human dignity, are dishonorable and harm our interests," he said.

"The United States will continue to support those in the world who are fighting for human dignity and freedom," Sullivan added.

"Russia has played a significant military role in conflicts in the east of Ukraine and in Syria, where human rights organizations have recorded thousands of deaths of civilians," the report said.

Sullivan called on the Kremlin to end the occupation of the Crimea, to stop the violence committed in the Donbas by separatists with the support of Moscow, and to eliminate the impunity that violates human rights in Chechnya.

In addition, restrictions on freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the media, violence against journalists and the introduction of restrictions on the Internet are underlined.

The report is about gross suppression of freedom of assembly and freedom of association, including the prohibition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The State Department also criticized the Chinese government, which has "the worst qualities of the authoritarian regime."

"The United States is extremely concerned about the actions of the Chinese authorities to eradicate the religious, linguistic and cultural characteristics of the Uighur Muslims and Tibetan monks, as well as restrictions for Christians," stressed in. US Secretary of State.

Also, in the United States, the governments of Syria, Myanmar, Turkey and Venezuela have been criticized.

-Earlier in the State Department, they said that Russia had motivation and resources for the chemacas in Salisbury.

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Ukrainians need to learn to filter off fake news and question information, - US Ambassador Yovanovitch

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:37 pm
Ukrainians need to learn to filter off fake news and question information, - US Ambassador Yovanovitch



It is crucial for Ukrainians to develop skills in filtering off untruthful information and critical thinking abilities.

This was said by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch at the 6th annual International Media Literacy and Education Conference on Friday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the diplomat, people, especially young people, often trust media reports without filtering them, making no inquiries as to how messages are created, who fund them, and what is their ultimate goal. She said that entities, politicians, or even criminals can be behind such messages.

When we talk about fake information, she said, we often have media reports in mind. According to the ambassador, this applies to all of us, and therefore we need skills, the ability to question everything we see or hear.

In this regard, Yovanovitch stressed that it was vital for the teachers of media colleges to teach their students to analyze information, evaluate the information space with a critical eye.

The U.S. diplomat believes critical thinking is also very important for solving a number of challenges that Ukraine faces starting from the war in the country’s east and the occupation of Crimea to combating corruption, further integration and building a democratic society.

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In Surkov, they explained why his talks with Volker on the Donbass ceased

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:40 pm
In Surkov, they explained why his talks with Volker on the Donbass ceased

Public declarations by pro-Ukrainian representatives of the US State Department on Ukraine's issues, Kurt Volcker, have become the main reason for suspending his talks with Russian President's assistant, Vladislav Surkov.

About this near Surkov's Russian political scientist Alexei Chesnakov told in an interview with "Gazeta.Ru".

The political scientist said that Russia is now expecting amendments from the United States approved by the United States to the proposals put forward at the Dubai Summit. In addition, the negotiations have complicated and adopted the law on Donbass reintegration in Ukraine, which allegedly makes impossible the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and worsens the opportunities for resolving the conflict in the Donbas.

Chesnakov also accused Volcker of applying "megaphone diplomacy", supporting deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine, and indicting allegations against Russia.

"For example, his statement at the Hudson Institute that" LNR and DNR were created to support the conflict "and" must be disbanded "made it very difficult to consult with the" republics "on the mandate of the UN mission and may have become the main reason for the transfer of the meeting with Surkov for an indefinite period", - said the political scientist.

According to him, the Kremlin also wants to start by looking at the position of the new head of the US State Department, Michael Pompeo.

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The deterioration of relations between Poland and Ukraine is dangerous for Europe, an American diplomat

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:44 pm
The deterioration of relations between Poland and Ukraine is dangerous for Europe, an American diplomat

The United States is trying to contribute to the process of improving the relations between Poland and Ukraine, which are very complicated

This was announced by the US Consul in Krakow Thomas Zia, reports Ukrinform .

"The Polish-Ukrainian relations are very complicated, I think that Ukraine needs Poland and Poland is Ukraine. The whole world wants the relations between these countries to be good, because the current situation in the region is quite dangerous not only for Poland but also for the whole region We are very striving to support the process of improving relations between Poland and Ukraine," said the American diplomat.

Zia noted that Washington, being an active player in Eastern Europe, imposed sanctions on Russia for her aggression against Ukraine, provided humanitarian assistance to Kyiv and pursued fruitful cooperation within NATO.

He recalled that 5,000 US troops are stationed in Poland and are a "symbol of support" for Washington by Eastern Europe.

Zia hopes that the actions of the United States and Poland will contribute to the fact that Ukraine will become a "strong part of Europe."

As is known, the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine initiated a moratorium on exhumation of the remains of Poles in Ukraine in response to vandalism regarding Ukrainian monuments in Poland, in particular, in the cemetery in Hrusovychi near Przemysl. Cooperation between the Polish and Ukrainian NGOs has stopped.

In Warsaw, they also demand permission to exhume victims and build memorials on the grounds of the deaths of Poles, in particular, Polish soldiers who died on the territory of modern Ukraine in 1939, as well as legionnaires buried in the village of Kostyukhnivka, Volyn region.

Ukraine appealed to Poland to renew cooperation between the institutions of the national memory, ministries of culture and international commissions dealing with historical issues. However, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has already stated that they are waiting for Poland's first step in restoring Ukrainian monuments in their territory.

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60 MEPs call EU governments to boycott FIFA World Cup in Russia, - Harms

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:00 pm
60 MEPs call EU governments to boycott FIFA World Cup in Russia, - Harms

60 Members of the European Parliament from 16 different Member States and 5 different political groups support the call to boycott the FIFA World Cup 2018 hosted by Russia.

Rebecca Harms, expert on Eastern Europe of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has initiated an open letter to call on EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia in June 2018, Censor.NET reports citing MEP's tweet.


"Vladimir Putin is responsible for the occupation and war in Ukraine. He supports the brutal dictator and torturer Assad. The Russian army is responsible for horrendous war crimes in the war in Syria. President Putin is not a good host for the World Cup, while the war in Syria and Ukraine continues. He is not a friendly host as long as he supports right-wing extremist and anti-democratic parties in the EU, and tries to meddle into elections.

Read more: 46 MEPs call for diplomatic boycott of World Cup 2018, - journalist

"Democratic governments should not contribute to Putin’s self-staging as the strong man, whom the great and powerful of the world honour. Nobody should forget that three days after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Russian army occupied Crimea. This shows how serious he was four years ago about the Olympic idea of mutual understanding between nations," Harms said in a comment to her letter.

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Russia accused Washington of disrupting the performance of the Bolshoi Theater in the United States

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:06 pm
Russia accused Washington of disrupting the performance of the Bolshoi Theater in the United States

Russia is sorry for the refusal to issue American visas to ballet dancers of the Bolshoi Theater.

This is stated in a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

"Just two days ago, we pointed to the deplorable situation with the issuance of American visas that were artificially created by the US authorities, which leads to significant complications in supporting business, cultural, sports and even family ties.

And here is a new sad example - the denial of entry to the artists of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater. As a result, the dancers Olga Smirnova and the first soloist of the ballet company, Jacopo Tissi, were beaten up in New York City, "the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry of Russia also believes that the US political circles seek to "protect the Americans from the Russians by the visa wall."

In the past, Russia has suspended air travel from the US because of visa problems.

In August 2017, the US Embassy in Russia suspended the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in Russian regions. It should be noted that visas were issued to Russians, but only at the embassy in Moscow.

Such a decision by the United States was due to the limitation of the number of US diplomatic staff in Russia at the request of the Kremlin.

On July 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin said 755 American diplomats should leave the Russian Federation.

Later in the United States, they said they were preparing a response to the sending of US diplomats from the Russian Federation.

Donald Trump thanked Putin for sending American diplomats from Russia, as it would save a lot of money.

In December 2017, the US said that the US consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will resume issuing visas to Russians.

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Poroshenko planned to release Groisman: the source revealed interesting details

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:12 pm
Poroshenko planned to release Groisman: the source revealed interesting details

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko until recently considered the possibility of dismissal of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman and changes of heads of several ministries in order to increase their influence on the government.

About this "Apostrophe" on the conditions of anonymity told one of the deputies.

At this plenary week, deputies were required to submit a report on the work of the government of Groisman. After reviewing the document in the committees, he hears in the session hall - and either supports or does not support. In the absence of support of the Cabinet, they can express distrust and deputies can send the government to resign with 226 votes. According to the source, it is precisely this variant until recently considered in the BPP.

"He wanted to liberate Groisman. There were ideas that the then [first vice-prime minister Stepan] Kubov would be controlled by him." There were ideas about the appointment of Yuriy Lutsenko, but then they did not agree, and the moment was lost. he (Poroshenko, - "Apostrophe") wanted to increase his quota in the government, "he said.

In addition, one of the MPs from the BPP said that in the presidential environment was expected to replace the four ministers: Minister of Infrastructure Vladimir Omelyan, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk, acting director Minister of Health Ulyana Suprun and Minister of Agrarian Policy Taras Kutovoi. However, the idea has not yet been given up since it has no votes.

"Questions have been put off in a long box, no appointments will be made yet. But the idea of ​​increasing the president's influence in the Cabinet has not been finally abandoned," the source said.

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The most significant human rights problems in Ukraine are observed in the Donbas, as well as related to corruption and censorship, the US State Department

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:22 pm
The most significant human rights problems in Ukraine are observed in the Donbas, as well as related to corruption and censorship, the US State Department



US monitoring showed serious violations of human rights in Ukraine, corruption in power and censorship.

According to Censor.NET, Ukrinform writes with reference to the 2017 Human Rights Report , published on April 20 on the US Department of State website.

"The most significant human rights issues were unlawful executions and politically motivated disappearances in the context of the conflict in the Donbas, torture, as well as violent and dangerous living conditions in prisons and places of detention, arbitrary arrests and detentions, lack of independence of judges," noted in document

Other abuse included "widespread corruption at the government level, censorship, website blocking, the government's inability to bring perpetrators of violence against journalists and anti-corruption activists and violence against ethnic minorities and LGBT community members".

As noted in the report, the government, as a rule, does not take appropriate measures to prosecute or punish most abusive officials, which is the result of impunity.

At the same time, the State Department paid attention to the situation in the Donbass occupied by Russian forces, where politically motivated disappearances, torture and illegal detentions take place. In addition, the restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly and association, and travel; as well as limited access to humanitarian assistance in the region.

Recall that the US Department of State also introduced a separate section on human rights violations in the Crimea.

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In four years, more than 2,500 civilians died in the Donbass, in the difficult humanitarian situation - 4.4 million people - UN

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:27 pm
In four years, more than 2,500 civilians died in the Donbass, in the difficult humanitarian situation - 4.4 million people - UN

The United Nations (UN) has estimated the number of deaths and injuries among civilians as a result of armed action in the Donbass, and also found 97% of the humanitarian funding deficit.

This is what the Information Center of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations writes with reference to the UN system coordinator in Ukraine and humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine Nile Woker, reports Censor.NET.

On April 20, he reported to Member States and international organizations on the difficult humanitarian situation encountered by 4.4 million people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Four years after the conflict, 3.4 million people in Ukraine are trying to cope with the impact of the humanitarian crisis and urgently need humanitarian assistance and protection.

The armed conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine makes millions of civilians an impossible choice every day: whether they will eat, whether they will have medicines, or whether their children will go to school. Critical civilian infrastructure will be significantly affected, since cease-fire agreements are constantly violated. Last year, on average, there were 40,000 violations per month.

During a briefing, Mr Walker said: "Only this week, five employees of the water treatment companies were hit by a fire, trying to maintain a critical infrastructure along the" line of separation. "Today, more than 345,000 civilian water supply is on the verge of more than 130 incidents last year influenced critical water infrastructure".

More than 600,000 people, including 100,000 children, experience the effects of permanent armed clashes along the 457-kilometer "demarcation line". Every month more than 1 million people are forced to cross the "drain land" through checkpoints, many of them do this only to gain access to basic humanitarian and social services. More than 2,500 civilian men, women and children were killed, and more than 9,000 were injured since the fighting began four years ago.

Pollution of explosive devices in the east of Ukraine affects 1.9 million people, in particular about 200 000 children. The use of land mines in urban areas, agricultural areas and checkpoints is a source of concern. "Last week, a family of four people in eastern Ukraine died from land mines. In 2017, more than 235 civilians died or were hit by land mines and other explosive remnants of war," said Mr. Walker.

The humanitarian community seeks to meet the humanitarian needs of all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. In December 2017, humanitarian organizations issued a priority response plan of $ 187 million to help and protect more than 2.3 million of the most vulnerable populations in Ukraine. At this time, this request remains essentially unfinanced.

In the final remarks, Mr Walker said: "Today, I call on Member States to support the people affected by the conflict in Ukraine and help to resolve the 97% financing gap urgently. I continue to urge the parties to the conflict to take all necessary measures to ensure compliance with international humanitarian law - civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected, the only solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine is peace, we do not want to celebrate any further anniversary of a long-standing conflict. "

Recall that on April 17, 2018, a bus arrived in the Donbass under the attack , which carried the staff of the Donetsk filtration station. Five employees of the company are injured, one of them is in serious condition. Now wounded at the Yasinovat Hospital.

The Donetsk filtration station finally stopped working on Wednesday, April 18. Together with her, the supply of water to six settlements of the Donetsk region was stopped: Avdeyivka, partly Donetsk and Yasinuvat, in the village Krasnoi Partizan, the village of Krutha Balka and Verkhnyotoretsky.

In February 2018, UN Deputy Secretary General Ursula Miller said that in 2018 the United Nations had elaborated a plan of measures to assist the needy residents of the Donbas along the line of demarcation. Its funding is $ 187 million.

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Scotland Yard found suspects in the poisoning of the Fiddlers, they returned to the Russian Federation

on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:30 pm
Scotland Yard found suspects in the poisoning of the Fiddlers, they returned to the Russian Federation



The British police and intelligence agencies identified the main suspects in an assassination attempt on Sergei and Julia Fiddlers.

As Censor.NET informs, The Telegraph writes about it with reference to the sources.

Read on "Censor.NET": Poisoning of Violinists: Experts do not rule out that in Salisbury could remain places with a dangerously high concentration of poison "Newbie"

According to the newspaper, they are in Russia.

The names of suspects could be established by analyzing the list of people who arrived in the UK and then left the country, the publication writes.

Police also researched a huge amount of videos from video cameras in Salisbury and looked at data from cameras for recognizing car numbers.

However, according to the newspaper, law enforcement officers are destined to face the diplomatic wall, if they try to question the suspects, not to mention bringing them to justice.

Former double agent Sergius Skripal and his daughter Julia were unconsciously discovered on March 4 in British Salisbury. The investigation and experts of the OPCW concluded that the Violinists were poisoned by the nerve-paralytic substance of the "Newborn" type, developed in the USSR.

In connection with the poisoning of the Fiddlers, London accused Moscow of committing chemacacoes on the British territory. As a sign of solidarity, about 30 countries were followed by British diplomats. Russia categorically rejects allegations of poisoning.

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