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28.06.2016

Kremlin’s Donbas proxies congratulate UK for ’doing what they did’ & voting for Brexit

The Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] have congratulated Britons on voting to leave the European Union, and compared Brexit to their ‘referendum’ in 2014. | detail

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24.06.2016

Brexit a gift to Putin, the far right & Trump, a blow to democracy

Britain’s parliament is not legally obliged to heed this referendum. It probably will, but should not claim that this is “the voice of the people” when those who will suffer most and the longest had no voice and certain politicians and media misinformed their readers about the critical facts | detail

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23.06.2016

New Russian Fake ‘Ukrainian Separatism’ Season Gets Underway

A fictitious ‘Assembly of Romanians of Bukovyna’ is for the second year running reported to be demanding greater autonomy for ethnic Romanians and complaining that the rights of minorities are violated in Ukraine | detail

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16.06.2016

Kremlin Propaganda in Czech Republic plays long game to sow distrust in EU

Sowing distrust and disbelief in Europe and its institutions is the main aim of Russian propaganda in the Czech Republic, according to a new study. | detail

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15.06.2016

Kremlin proxies stage ‘mass protests’ against real peacekeeping force in Donbas

What conceivable arguments could there be against an armed OSCE mission helping to ensure peace in Donbas? When there are none, except the lack of any intention to stop the war, you bring out “tens of thousands” of protesters, on fear of losing their jobs if they don’t appear. Judging by a report from Deutsche Welle, such stunts may even work. | detail

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13.06.2016

Russian OSCE Appointee Implicated in Russia’s Fake Crimea Referendum & War Propaganda

Vladislav Grib, recently appointed a personal representative to the OSCE’s Chairperson-in-Office was directly involved in rubberstamping the scam ‘referendum’ used by Russia to try to justify its invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014 - an event never recognized by the OSCE or international community | detail

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08.06.2016

Chafing at sanctions, Moscow pokes and pries at EU unity

Moscow is reaching out to EU states to undermine the bloc’s unity in hopes of encouraging them to use their power of veto to ultimately end or dilute the sanctions regime, which requires unanimous renewal every six months. | detail

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03.06.2016

The Unraveling Of Moscow’s ’Novorossia’ Dream

Details of how Russia’s Novorossiya project arose and ultimately fell have been hard to come by, but Aleksandr, a Moscow businessman had a front-row seat as an insider in Crimea and agreed to tell RFE/RL what became of the dream he still cherishes, despite the disenchantment of his months in Crimea | detail

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30.05.2016

Russia to answer at Strasbourg for ban on Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev

Russia’s ban on veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev entering his native Crimea, now under Russian occupation, has, as expected, been upheld. Change a word here and there and the justification under the current Russian regime for persecuting Dzhemiliev become almost identical to that used by the Soviet Union for holding him in political labour camps for 15 years. | detail

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30.05.2016

’I Will Never Return To Donetsk’ -- Conflict Reduces One Woman’s Life To Rubble

Former Donetsk resident Nadia Zaslavska spoke to Dmitry Volchek from RFE/RL’s Russian Service about why the conflict in eastern Ukraine drove her from the city even though she had spent many happy years living there. | detail

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23.05.2016

Swedish TV SVT misleads viewers through Moreira’s ‘Masks of the Revolution’ film about Ukraine

Can lies that kill and distortion of events that have led to mass human rights violations be protected by the right to freedom of speech? Swedish TV SVT seems to think that they can since it has, despite strong protest, decided to broadcast Paul Moreira’s ‘Masks of the Revolution’ which gravely misrepresents Euromaidan, a tragedy in Odesa and Russia’s annexation of Crimea | detail

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10.05.2016

Ex-Mayor of London Boris Johnson blames Russia’s annexation of Crimea on the EU

Ukraine got dragged into the ‘arguments’ presented by advocates for Britain’s exit from the European Union on Monday, in a manner both startling and depressingly reminiscent of two years of Kremlin propaganda. According to Boris Johnson, it was not Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea and its military aggression in Eastern Ukraine that had caused “real trouble”, but the EU’s actions. . | detail

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26.04.2016

BBC Accuses British, Russian Media of Skewing MH17 Reporting

The BBC has issued a rare defense of an upcoming documentary about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, accusing British media of distorting its report about a tragedy that killed 298 passengers and crew in July 2014. | detail

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13.04.2016

Time is running out for rule of law in Ukraine.

There is a real risk that reforms will stall now that the country has moved from the unsustainable Yanukovych corruption levels to the sustainable Kuchma levels that allowed some to become extremely rich while the vast majority remained structurally poor | detail

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08.04.2016

What Now For Ukraine’s EU Association Agreement?

The defeat packs a symbolic wallop for Ukraine, where the Euromaidan unrest that toppled the government nearly two years ago was fueled in large part by a desire for closer relations with the EU. But it could also block planned visa liberalization for Ukrainians who wish to travel to EU states | detail

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07.04.2016

What European Values if Dutch Referendum Result Stands?

It is hard to find the words to express the sense of betrayal. Are the deaths on Maidan, the persecution, and courage to have no meaning because of a pseudo referendum with questionable motives, arguments taken straight out of the propaganda Russia used to justify its aggression against Ukraine and highly dubious funding? | detail

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06.04.2016

Ukraine: The case for ’voor’ in the Dutch Referendum

The European Union must ensure that it has a realistic and effective policy towards its East. And entering into agreements which encourage greater integration and cooperation with these countries is the only way of doing that. | detail

Visits 1269
05.04.2016

The New York Times Was Right about Ukraine’s Corruption Problem

President Poroshenko’s dismissal of a critical New York Times editorial as ‘hybrid warfare’ seems wildly off the mark. NYT was, if anything, more charitable of the President’s motives than many Ukrainians who assume Poroshenko’s main criterion for the prosecutor general and the next prime minister is the candidate’s loyalty | detail

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04.04.2016

Letters From Donbas, Part 7: ’How Long Can You Postpone Your Life?’

From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty. | detail

Visits 1176
31.03.2016

Dissident MPs lose mandate in new move towards ‘party dictatorship’

Ukraine’s Central Election Commission has complied with a highly contentious move by the bloc of Petro Poroshenko [BPP] and has stripped two Ukrainian MPs of their mandate. The move is especially chilling as one of the MPs Yehor Firsov had left the faction in protest at what he called corruption among the leadership | detail

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