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Independent News & Views from Ukraine: May 15, 2021

“DNR” militants plant over thousand anti-tank mines in recent days

In recent days, occupation forces of the “DNR” have planted more than a thousand new anti-tank mines along the roads in the territory beyond the control of the legal authorities. This is said in the report of the OSCE SMM on May 13. The report indicated that on 7 May, the mission’s UAV recorded approximately 1 250 anti-tank mines:

U.S. Embassy to Temporarily Resume Consular Services as Russia Pauses Hiring Ban

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will temporarily resume routine U.S. citizen services and processing of immigrant visas in priority and urgent cases after Russia paused a ban on it hiring foreign nationals, the Embassy said Friday. On Wednesday, the Embassy halted most of its consular services to U.S. nationals and Russians seeking a visa after it said it:

Putin Vows Response After Ally Probed for Treason in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Moscow would respond in timely fashion after the Kremlin chief’s close ally in Ukraine was placed under house arrest in a treason case. “Taking into account all the threats that are being created for us, we will have to respond to this properly and in a timely fashion,” Putin said at a meeting:

Ankle monitor put on MP Medvedchuk – media

The procedure was attended by the prosecutor of the Office of the Prosecutor General.Viktor Medvedchuk / Photo from UNIAN An ankle monitor has been put on Ukrainian MP Viktor Medvedchuk, who was charged with high treason. That’s according to the RBC Ukraine news agency with reference to the press service of the Office of the Prosecutor General:

Time to liquidate Cyprus or other offshore companies?

By CRI Group. Recent legislative changes in Ukraine exempt individuals from personal income (“PI”) tax on income received from liquidation of foreign companies, and may be the catalyst forcing many Ukrainian business people to re-evaluate the future of their Controlled Foreign Companies (“CFCs”). Coupled with the recently introduced Register of beneficial owners in Cyprus, not to mention the increasingly stringent:

Ukraine sees 37% growth in revenue from ferrous exports in Jan-April

It reached US$3.7 billion.REUTERS Ukrainian steelmakers in January-April 2021 saw growth in revenue from exports of ferrous metals by 37% year-over-year (y-o-y), to US$3.7 billion, with their share in the country’s overall exports being 19.5%. Revenue from metalware exports over the period under review increased by 13% y-o-y, to US$332 million, accounting for 1.7% of the country’s total exports:

Moscow Sees Major Spike in Virus Cases After Extended Holiday

Moscow has reported 3,818 new coronavirus cases Friday, the highest daily count since January, as Russia returned from an extended non-working period designed to prevent a third wave of the pandemic. Nationwide, Russia confirmed 9,462 new cases and 939 deaths across all but one region Friday. The country has one of the world’s highest Covid-19 caseloads at nearly 5 million:

Dozens of employees who registered on the website in support of Navalny were dismissed from the Moscow metro

Because of the April action in support of Alexei Navalny, the Moscow Metro fired about 40 employees. Vasily Shelyakov, deputy chairman of the independent trade union of the Moscow Metro State Unitary Enterprise, told Open Media about this. There are many of them, but we do not know about all of them, only about 40 people have contacted me:

The Colonial Pipeline resumed operations after a hacker attack. According to media reports, the company paid the Hackers $ 5 million

Colonial Pipeline, a US-based pipeline company, has resumed its pipelines after a hacker attack on May 7th. “Colonial Pipeline can now report that it has restarted its entire pipeline system and that product delivery has begun in all markets we serve,” the company tweeted. According to Bloomberg and The New York Times , the company paid out about 75 bitcoins, or $ 5 million:

Opinion: In Ukraine conflict, Putin hits NATO’s credibility

By Konstantin Eggert. May 13. 2021 With Ukraine and Georgia seeking membership, NATO will have to choose whether to support the countries or yield to Russia and suffer a crushing political defeat, DW’s Konstantin Eggert writes. Konstantin Eggert Vladimir Putin will attack Ukraine not from land, but from the Black Sea, blocking or seizing its ports and creating a land:

U.S. reports on Russia’s heavy weapons deployed in occupied Crimea

Russia also continues to “conscript thousands of young residents of Crimea into its military.”REUTERS Russia has deployed to the occupied Crimea a variety of heavy weaponry, according to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE. “As part of its broader efforts to destabilize Ukraine and to disrupt regional security, Russia has engaged in a multi-year military buildup in Crimea:

Putin joins list of Nobel Peace Prize candidates

The preliminary list of nominees includes 286 people Russian president Vladimir Putin is now on the list of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Writer and scientist Sergei Komkov who actually offered the Nobel Committee to consider Putin’s candidacy said so as quoted by RIA Novosti. “I received [the letter]. “Your candidate has been added to the list”, they replied”

Putin’s Ukrainian top-ally Medvedchuk charged with treason, faces custody. Here are the accusations

Financial sanctions against Putin’s Ukrainian top-allies Victor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak raised controversial reactions — from praise to claims that the rule of law is violated. Underpinning the sanctions, on 11 May 2021, Ukraine’s officials presented charges against Medvedchuk and filed a relevant lawsuit to imprison this former Soviet attorney who prosecuted Ukrainian intellectuals in compliance with all legal procedure:

France to finance 85% of EUR 300 mln contract for supply of firefighting car lifts for Emergency Service

The framework agreement signed on Thursday by the governments of Ukraine and France, providing for the supply of 370 rescue vehicles-car lifters for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the amount of up to EUR 300 million, provides for the provision of financing by the French side in the amount of EUR 255 million (85% of the contract amount:

Leaked tape published of purported Medvedchuk call with Putin official

The Ukrainian politician is suspected of high treason.Photo from UNIAN Another recording of a phone call was leaked to the media, purportedly involving Vladimir Putin’s main political operative in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk, who has now been charged with high treason. In a 2015 phone call, Medvedchuk allegedly spoke with the then-chief of the Russian Presidential Protocol, Vladimir Ostrovenko:

Alexander Query: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Alexander Query Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union:

Ukrainian, Hungarian foreign ministers reach important agreements at meeting in Bratislava

In particular, the ministers have agreed to continue dialogue on education and minorities with due respect to Ukraine’s national legislation.Ukrainian, Hungarian foreign ministers reach important agreements at meeting in Bratislava / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, have reached a number of important agreements at a meeting in Bratislava:

Kremlin: Russia is closely watching prosecution of Medvedchuk in Ukraine

Russia is not going to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine, said the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the charges brought against the head of the political party Opposition Platform for Life, Viktor Medvedchuk. “Of course, we are watching this very thoroughly,” Peskov said, adding that Moscow would like to make sure that it is not about persecution:

Zelensky welcomes signing of Ukraine-France framework agreements for EUR 1.3B

13.05.2021 17:45 President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed the conclusion by the governments of Ukraine and the French Republic of four framework agreements totaling more than EUR 1.3 billion. These documents were signed during the visit of Minister of Economy, Finance, and Reconstruction of France Bruno Le Maire to Ukraine on May 13, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service:

Kremlin states it does not intend to integrate occupied Donbas into Russia

The Kremlin has stated that it does not plan to take over the occupied territory of Donbas. Press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated this on May 13, commenting on the EU’s statement that the Russian side allegedly intends to take over CADLO, – TASS writes:

Medvedchuk not to be released on recognizance, court says

Prosecutors request that the suspect be taken into custody until July 10.Photo from UNIAN Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court Judge Viacheslav Pidpaly has overruled the motion filed by Viktor Medvedchuk’s defense to release their client, MP with the Opposition Platform – For Life Party, on recognizance. Medvedchuk, who is believed to be Vladimir Putin’s main political operative in Ukraine:

All alcohol and tobacco products grow in price in Ukraine

From April 2020 to April 2021, beer, wine, vodka and cigarettes in Ukraine grew in price, according to the State Statistics Service. Over the reporting period, the average price of domestic beer grew by 5.2% (up to UAH 18.35 per 0.5 liter); table wine – by 0.8% (up UAH to 67.74 per 0.75 liter); vodka – by 1.2%:

Alexey Navalny filed a lawsuit against IK-3 in Vladimir – lawyers were forbidden to take laptops and phones to meetings with him

Politician Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit against the administration of colony No. 3 in Vladimir, where he has been kept since mid-April, because his lawyers are not allowed to take laptops and telephones to meetings with him. This was reported to Novaya Gazeta by the politician’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev. During the entire period of Navalny’s detention in IK-3, lawyers visited him:

Razumkov, Lithuania’s Seimas Speaker Cmilyte-Nielsen Will Visit Checkpoints Chonhar And Kalanchak At Administrative Border With Crimea

On Thursday, May 13, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmytro Razumkov, and Speaker of Lithuanian Seimas (the Parliament) Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen will visit border checkpoints of Chonhar and Kalanchak at the administrative border with Crimea. Verkhovna Rada’s press service has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports:

Russians’ Views of Navalny Protests Increasingly Negative – Poll

Only 16% of Russians viewed last month’s nationwide protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny positively, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Thursday, a signal of flagging momentum for his embattled opposition groups. Navalny’s team had called on supporters to take to the streets on April 21 to demand proper medical care for the opposition politician after his doctors:

Zelensky opens UA30 Cyber Center

VIDEO13.05.2021 12:45 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he considers the launch of a new UA30 Cyber Center a showcase of change in Ukraine. He stated this during the presentation of the center, which was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the President’s Office, according to Ukrinform:

Influential Russian Feminist Activist Tatiana Nikonova Dies at 43

An influential Russian feminist activist and sex blogger, Tatiana Nikonova, has died from an unknown illness at age 43, a message on her website said Wednesday. Nikonova had advocated gender equality, sexual literacy and adolescent sex education, and supported the LGBT movement since 2001. She launched a feminist blog in 2012 and had since gained hundreds of thousands of social media followers:

FSB installed hidden cameras in a Perm bathhouse to spy on Jehovah’s Witnesses

FSB operatives set up hidden cameras in the Chaika bath complex in Perm to monitor gatherings of local Jehovah’s Witnesses. This, according to “MBH Media”, said the accused in the case of the organization Igor Turik at a meeting of the Industrial District Court of Perm. His lawyer Iosif Charny confirmed to Mediazone that the camera was mentioned in the materials of the criminal:

Searches reported at Constitutional Court judge’s house – media

Searches are being carried out in the presence of Tupytsky, his wife, two children, and a lawyer.Oleksandr Tupytsky / REUTERS Searches are underway in the house of Oleksandr Tupytsky, whose appointment as a judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has recently been annulled. That’s according to Ukraine’s weekly newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli (Mirror Weekly) with reference to sources in the State:

Time to Offer Ukraine and Georgia a Path to NATO Membership

May 7, 2021 Both countries have sought to clean up the scourge of corruption and modernize their militaries, became regular participants in various NATO exercises, and discussed their interest in joining the Alliance. “What would you say to Joe Biden if he were sitting here?” Axios journalist Jonathan Swan asked during an exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

Ombudsperson’s envoy Viacheslav Petliovany: In Russian prisons, Ukrainians are held in cages, put on their knees, fed psychotropic drugs

Ukraine Ombudpserson’s representative for human rights in the security and defense system and procedural rights, Viacheslav Petliovany, sat down with UNIAN to tell about the conditions in which imprisoned Ukrainians are held around the world, what detainees complain about in Russia, Europe, and the U.S., and why prisons in occupied Donbas and Crimea are worse than those in Bangladesh, Vietnam:

Are our courts a playground for bullies? Just ask Catherine Belton

Nick Cohen Her acclaimed book is under attack from Russian billionaires. Are they out to silence her? Welcome to London, the censorship capital of the democratic world, where you must watch your step and bite your tongue if you know what’s good for you. Everyone here who writes or broadcasts about plutocratic power should be honest with you:

Time to sanction the Putin-Lukashenka “axis of autocrats”

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore The case for sanctioning the emerging “axis of autocrats” in Eastern Europe is gaining traction. In testimony on Capitol Hill before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives last week, former Assistant Secretary of State David Kramer argued that it is time to broaden the aperture on sanctions against Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr:

EU Says Russia Aims to ‘Integrate’ East Ukraine – Bloomberg

The European Union claims Russia is seeking “de facto integration” with separatist eastern Ukraine through its actions, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing a document shared with member states. Kiev has been at war with pro-Russia rebels in the eastern breakaway region called Donbass since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea. Tensions flared this year with a spike in deadly violence, massive Russian:

Kyiv: Ukraine is ahead of many countries in preparation for NATO membership

The Ukrainian army is ahead of the armed forces of all the NATO membership contenders in the tasks required to join NATO, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, during the forum “Ukraine 30. Security of the country”. “I am proud to say that we, the military, are probably in the first place today in fulfilling the tasks:

Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz investigated by corruption inquiry

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said he is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors over allegations that he made false statements to a parliamentary commission. MPs have been investigating claims of nepotism, including the appointment of party loyalist Thomas Schmid as head of Austria’s state holding company. WhatsApp messages on Mr Schmid’s phone suggest Mr Kurz may have more to answer:

Ukraine’s Pro-Kremlin MP Blasts Treason Probe

Ukrainian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk, seen as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top ally in Kiev, has slammed a treason investigation against him, calling it a “political reprisal.” The 66-year-old business tycoon, who counts the Kremlin chief among his personal friends, is a hugely controversial figure in Ukraine for his ties to Russia, which has backed separatists in a years-long conflict:

Kremlin security boss dates back roots of ‘West’s Russophobia’ to times of Czar Ivan the terrible

May 12. 2021 Source: EU vs Disinfo One recurrent trope, documented several hundred times in the EUvsDisinfo database on disinformation is “Russophobia”. The word implies that any criticism of actions, performed by Russian state actors essentially is irrational; a kind of mental disorder. The database offers a plethora of colorful examples. Russian state radio Vesti FM suggests:

Medvedchuk comes to Prosecutor General’s Office

12.05.2021 17:29 Viktor Medvedchuk, an MP from the Opposition Platform – For Life party, has arrived at the Prosecutor General’s Office to get acquainted with the notice declaring him a suspect in the case of treason, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “I have not been handed the suspicion notice. I’m not acquainted with it,” Medvedchuk said, when asked by journalists:

Zvyahilsky finances “DNR” militants, while Akhmetov hopes for private contacts with Putin – Khodakovsky

The Donetsk businessmen, including Hero of Ukraine Yukhym Zvyahilsky, were forced to finance pro-Russian Donbas militants in 2014. Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky told this in an interview with Russian media. “Wishing or not, businessmen helped us, because their assets and money were in our territory. The same Zvyahilsky (one of the most influential politicians of Donbas:

There are almost 28 thousand Russian militants in occupied Donbas – Nayev

There are almost 28 thousand Russian militants in the occupied Donbas at the moment. This was stated by commander of the Joint Forces Operation Serhiy Nayev at the Ukraine 30 forum, – Ukrayinski Novyny reports. “At the moment, the 1st and 2nd army corps of the occupation groupings of the enemy forces include 14 combat brigades, regiments and support units:

Propaganda of “Russian World” and hatred of Ukraine: “L-DNR” occupiers are militarizing children in “military-patriotic clubs”

The practice of recruiting and attracting minors in CARDLO into the illegal armed formations of the Russian Federation has been flourishing since 2014. Moreover, they are also participating in hostilities against Ukraine. Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Gyunduz Mamedov stated this in an interview with Censor.NET. According to him, the occupant financially supports military camps and pseudo-patriotic clubs:

Some 64% of Ukrainians against introduction of land market in Ukraine, 79% against selling it to foreigners

More than three quarters (77%) of Ukrainians are convinced that the decision to introduce an agricultural land market in Ukraine should be made at an all-Ukrainian referendum, according to the results of a survey conducted by the sociological group Rating on April 23-27, 2021. Some 64% of those who would take part in such a referendum:

Jerusalem Post: Hamas fired at Israeli village with Russian Kornet ATGM

Members of the Hamas group on the morning of May 12 hit an off-road vehicle with an anti-tank missile near the Israeli moshav (village) of Nativ Ha-Asar on the border with the Gaza Strip, The Jerusalem Post reported. The vehicle was fired upon from the Kornet anti-tank missile system (ATGM) as the Israeli army launched missile attacks on Hamas positions:

Denisova: Russia accelerates ‘passportization’ of residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions

Almost 600,000 Ukrainian citizens have already received Russian passports in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “I drew attention to the fact that Russia continues, and recently has even accelerated, its policy of mass issuance of passports to Ukrainian citizens in the territories of Ukraine uncontrolled by the government under a simplified procedure:

Tensions on Ukraine-Russia border remain high – State Department

Russia has repeatedly made statements about the pullback of its troops from the border with Ukraine, but it has relocated only some of its forces, which has not eased tensions in the region, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price has said. He said this at a briefing on Tuesday, May 11, according to an Ukrinform correspondent:

Foreign military attachés visit JFO area in eastern Ukraine

Representatives of the Kyiv Association of Military Attaches (KAVA) have visited the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in eastern Ukraine. “On May 11, representatives of the military and diplomatic institutions of foreign states paid a working visit to the Joint Forces Operation area. The delegation included Defense Attaché at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Ukraine:

Ukrainian Armed Forces 100% ready to repulse armed aggression

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are 100% ready to repulse armed aggression, said Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak. “Today, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other components of the security and defense sector are ready to repulse armed aggression … I will say with confidence that they are 100% ready, but further, when a battle:

“Gift to the special services of the Russian Federation.” Medvedchuk gave Kozak data from a hidden unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Bakanov

In August 2020, MP from the OLSZ Viktor Medvedchuk transmitted information about the location of the hidden unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and its personnel, said the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov during a briefing. According to Bakanov, Medvedchuk told Taras Kozak, who was in Russia at the time, information about the location, personnel and combat training of the hidden:

Charges against Medvedchuk. Will there be an arrest and a verdict?

Some criminal cases in Ukraine are about hollow charges with no verdict, but not this time. When the political will, the interest of the country’s leadership, and public demand all line up, the case eventually gets completed. As it was with, the Viktor Yanukovych’s high treason verdict in absentia:

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