Die Europäische Union hat Sanktionen gegen russische Bürger, die am 15. März geendet hätten, offiziell um sechs Monate verlängert. Dies geht aus der Erklärung des EU-Rates hervor, die am Freitag in Brüssel verteilt wurde. „Der Rat hat heute beschlossen, dass die Sanktionen wegen Handlungen, die die territoriale Integrität, Souveränität und Unabhängigkeit der Ukraine untergraben oder bedrohen, um weitere sechs Monate, bis zum 15. September 2020, verlängert werden sollen“, sagte er. In der Erklärung wurde betont, dass „diese restriktiven Maßnahmen nicht nur das Einfrieren von Geldern, sondern auch ein Verbot der Bereitstellung von Geldern oder anderen wirtschaftlichen Ressourcen für die aufgeführten Personen vorsehen. Derzeit gelten sie für 175 Einzelpersonen und 44 Einrichtungen, nachdem zwei verstorbene Personen von der Liste gestrichen wurden“, heißt es darin.

Against the background of an aggravation at the frontline, the head of Ukraine’s Presidential office Andrey Ermak went to Minsk to obtain dividends for himself. This was reported by the former official representative of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic and reserve Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko. The situation in Donbass in recent days is increasingly tense. There is unrest in both the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The UAF continues to violate the truce, firing prohibited weapons at the homes of peaceful citizens, as well as at the positions of the defenders of Donbass. In the DPR, the Ukrainian armed forces violated the ceasefire 21 times over the past day, firing more than 200 rounds of ammunition on the territory of the Republic.

For many years I have heard both from representatives of the current Ukrainian regime and from those who represent the “opposition” to it (such constructive “opposition”) that there are no Nazis in Ukraine, and if there are, they do not have an affect. It is surprising to me that these people (who claim that there are no Nazis or almost no Nazis) do not experience cognitive dissonance because they are in “opposition” to absent Nazis for the 7th year and cannot take power from those who don’t exist. Yesterday’s case of Sivokho, whom those who don’t exist pushed around a little and even shoved to the floor, gives us the opportunity to understand the true state of affairs.

If Crimea had not been reunited with the Russian Federation in 2014, the US Navy would have been there in 2015. This was stated by people’s deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the VII convocation Elena Bondarenko on the Ukrainian TV channel “Nash”. The politician recalled that in the autumn of 2013, information about a tender for a certain reconstruction of school No. 5 in Sevastopol appeared on the website of the US Embassy in Ukraine. Bondarenko noted that since the return of Crimea to the Russian Federation, this information was removed from the website of the American Embassy as unnecessary. At the same time, the politician stressed that the US State Department still dreams of American bases in the Black Sea within the borders of Ukraine.

According to the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), 33% of Ukrainian citizens are convinced that the state should ensure that Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine have the right to receive school education in Russian all over Ukraine. There’s also another 40% – in regions where the majority of the population wants it. Thus, 73% of the population supports the constitutional right of Russian and Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine to study in their native language. Only 24% of respondents are against the implementation of the provisions of the Constitution.

von Jens Bernert - In den Medien werden sie mittlerweile fast nur noch „Freiwillige" — im Sinne von edlen Nothelfern — genannt. Doch gerade zu Beginn des Ukraine-Konflikts konnte man auch in der sogenannten Qualitätspresse lesen, dass es sich bei den bewaffneten Kämpfern im Osten der Ukraine, die dort im Rahmen einer „Anti-Terror-Operation" gegen die vorwiegend russischsprachige Bevölkerung vorgehen, um waschechte Faschisten handelt. Ab und zu durchbricht eine Meldung über die faschistischen Kampftrupps den Propagandaschleier — das unkommentierte Zeigen von Nazisymbolen bei gleichzeitiger Bezeichnung der Nazis als „Freiwillige" in ARD und ZDF gehört hier höchstens unfreiwillig dazu —, doch auch angesichts der zunehmenden NATO-Manöver gegen Russland ist es heutzutage leider nicht verwunderlich, dass die Medienkonzerne schweigen (2 bis 5). Mehr noch: Sie decken diese Kämpfer.

In den Medien werden sie mittlerweile fast nur noch „Freiwillige" — im Sinne von edlen Nothelfern — genannt. Doch gerade zu Beginn des Ukraine-Konflikts konnte man auch in der sogenannten Qualitätspresse lesen, dass es sich bei den bewaffneten Kämpfern im Osten der Ukraine, die dort im Rahmen einer „Anti-Terror-Operation" (ATO) gegen die vorwiegend russischsprachige Bevölkerung vorgehen, um waschechte Nazis handelt.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Ukraine (MCYS) welcomed the completion of work on a fundamentally new program entitled “patriotic education of the younger generation of Ukrainians”. According to official information, in the near future hundreds of circles promoting the ideas of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” and a number of Ukrainian extreme right-wing nationalist movements will be created on the territory from Uzhgorod to Slavyansk at children’s creativity houses and even schools. For this purpose, the Ministry has already allocated half of the budget funds provided for the development of culture. It is expected that in certain regions the money for this “upbringing” will come from the State Pension Fund. The correspondent of the Federal News Agency looked into the situation.

Ukraine’s anti-Russian police strips it of the competitive edge it might have should it opt to cooperate with Russia, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Saturday....Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with TASS on Friday that "any integration of Russia and Ukraine, along with their capacities and competitive advantages would spell the emergence of a rival, a global rival for both Europe and the world.".

Russia and Ukraine should come together, US President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House on Sunday. When asked to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words that cooperation between Russia and Ukraine irks some countries as it produces a global competitor for them. "I`d like to see them come together. If they came together in the sense that they got along with each other, that would be a great thing for the world," Trump said before leaving for India on a visit. "If Ukraine and Russia could work out some agreement, when they get along, that would be very good."

Russian-Ukrainian cooperation irks numerous countries because it creates a global competitor to challenge them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Any integration of Russia and Ukraine, along with their capacities and competitive advantages would spell the emergence of a rival, a global rival for both Europe and the world. No one wants this. That`s why they`ll do anything to tear us apart,"

Demonstrators in west Ukraine’s Ternopol Region are barricading off roads leading to their communities to prevent people who will be evacuated from China amid the coronavirus outbreak from being taken to their local medical facilities on Thursday. According to reports emerging, a few dozens people dug out ditches and laid concrete blocks and tyres to block the roadway to the village of Konoptovka in the Ternopol Region, warning that they will not allow evacuees to be taken to the Medobory local sanatorium for fear that the novel coronavirus will spread around and claiming that the medical facility cannot provide the necessary conditions for such patients, Segodnya media outlet writes.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a trade group that lobbied for increased spending on international aid, including for Ukraine. Biden’s association with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and its close affiliate, the Center for U.S. Global Leadership, has gone unexplored in the coverage of his business dealings. While affiliated with the groups, Biden joined the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. Hunter Biden was on the board of a trade coalition that lobbied the Obama administration in 2014 on foreign assistance to Ukraine, and appears to have set up a State Department meeting for the group’s president. Biden’s links to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and its affiliate, the Center for U.S. Global Leadership, have gone largely unreported in the coverage of his various business dealings, which have caused a headache for his father as he runs for president.

Ukraine’s notorious doxing website Mirotvorets has blacklisted Munich Security Conference Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger for being among signatories of the 12-step plan for Ukrainian reconciliation. The website accuses Ischinger of "attempting to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," "participating in Russia’s propaganda campaign against Ukraine" and "tampering with information of public importance."

Eine Ukraine-Initiative im Rahmen der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz 2020 wurde vom Atlantic Council als "russlandfreundlich" kritisiert. Daraufhin verschwand das Papier von der MSC-Webseite. Der ukrainische Ex-Präsident Poroschenko frohlockte, er habe den "Münchner Komplott" verhindert. Stand die Ukraine im Fokus der diesjährigen Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz (MSC, auch SiKo)? Ja und nein. Einerseits hat der ukrainische Präsident Wladimir Selenskij in seiner kurzen Rede bemängelt, dass die Ukraine im Bericht der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz nur achtmal erwähnt wurde und in der Prognose der potentiellen Krisenherde von Platz 9 auf Platz 10 fiel. Andererseits gab es am Rande der Konferenz einen bemerkenswerten "Papierkrieg", der kurzweilig sogar zu einem Skandal führte.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has revealed that he would like to hold local elections in all Ukrainian territories in October and "in Crimea as well." "Our aspiration is to hold local elections in the whole of Ukraine in October, we would like [to hold] them in Crimea as well," he said, delivering a speech at the Munich Security Conference. At the same time, he underlined that Donbass "needs elections that will be recognized by Ukraine and the whole world as legitimate." "They cannot be held as such if they are not hold in accordance with the Ukrainian law under gunfire and without us controlling our border," he said.