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Finland rejects extradition of Russian neo-Nazi militant due to concerns over Ukraine’s prison conditions

08 Dec 2023  |  english.nv.ua
The Finnish Supreme Court has ruled against extraditing Russian neo-Nazi Jan Petrovsky to Ukraine, citing concerns over the conditions of Ukrainian prisons, which have been recognized by the European Court of Human Rights as violating human rights conventions. Petrovsky, second-in-command of the

Russia may be preparing chemical attacks against Ukraine, says Center for Countering Disinformation

24 Mar 2022  |  english.nv.ua
The Center for Countering Disinformation warns that Russia may be preparing chemical attacks against Ukraine, citing Russian media's false claims about Ukrainian chemical weapons labs. U.S. President Joe Biden and other officials express concern over the potential use of chemical weapons by Russia. The SBU Security Service of Ukraine reports that Russia might stage provocations to blame Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials deny the existence of chemical weapons in Ukraine, suggesting that Russia's accusations could be a pretext for their own attacks. The UN Security Council discusses these concerns, with the U.S. and allies accusing Russia of spreading unsubstantiated claims.

Russian forces targeting food supplies in Luhansk Oblast

22 Mar 2022  |  english.nv.ua
Russian forces are deliberately targeting large food storage facilities in Severodonetsk, Luhansk Oblast, causing significant damage to local businesses and civilian infrastructure. Despite the destruction, local authorities have arranged for proper resupplies to ensure residents have access to food. Recent attacks have resulted in 14 fires and damage to 25 buildings, including residential areas, a children's hospital, and a school.

What does it take to make a sporting event accessible?

02 Oct 2019  |  www.euansguide.com
The article discusses the challenges and solutions related to making sporting events accessible for disabled individuals. Euan MacDonald, co-founder of Euan's Guide, shares his personal experiences attending events like the Solheim Cup and the Commonwealth Games, highlighting the importance of accessible facilities, clear information, and inclusive planning. The piece emphasizes the need for continuous improvement and engagement with disabled people to enhance accessibility at events.

Share excitement of Edinburgh’s festivals with better disabled access

06 Jul 2019  |  scotsman.com
Euan MacDonald, a powerchair user diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, discusses the challenges of accessibility for disabled people, particularly in Edinburgh during festival season. He emphasizes the importance of access information, noting that many disabled individuals avoid places without such information. MacDonald highlights recent improvements in Edinburgh's festival accessibility, such as the introduction of an Access Guide, sensory backpacks, and temporary Changing Places toilets. He encourages feedback and reviews from the disabled community to further improve access and recommends using Euan's Guide, a charity he co-founded, to share and discover accessible venues.

MH17: Knowing the truth is a victory against the Kremlin

19 Jun 2019  |  frontlines.home.blog
The article discusses the findings of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, which killed 298 people. It criticizes the Kremlin for its role in the incident and its subsequent refusal to cooperate with international investigations. The article praises the investigative work of Bellingcat and supports the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court. It argues that knowing the truth about MH17 is a victory against the Kremlin's disinformation tactics, even if the guilty parties are never held accountable.

Hold the shampanskoye, the Golunov story isn’t all good news

12 Jun 2019  |  frontlines.home.blog
The release of Russian journalist Ivan Golunov from house arrest on June 11 is seen as a victory for independent media against Vladimir Putin's regime. Golunov, known for his work on corruption, was arrested on fabricated drug charges, which were dropped after public outcry and negative international coverage. The incident occurred amidst Putin's low popularity ratings and public dissatisfaction in Russia. However, the article argues that this is not indicative of a weakening regime, as the majority of Russians still support the Kremlin, and Russian civil society is not in open revolt against all injustices, including those against Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week

06 Mar 2019  |  Kyiv Post
The article identifies Facebook as Ukraine's 'Friend of the Week' for its decision to ban foreign-funded political advertising ahead of Ukraine's elections, highlighting its role in combating Russian propaganda. Conversely, General Valery Gerasimov is named 'Foe of the Week' for his role in Russian military tactics and influence operations, particularly in Ukraine. The piece criticizes the Kremlin's use of propaganda, cyberattacks, and political interference, while praising grassroots democratic movements.

Ukraine's Friend and Foe of the Week - Feb. 07, 2019

07 Feb 2019  |  Kyiv Post
Ulana Suprun, Ukraine's acting minister of health, is recognized for her efforts to reform the country's healthcare system, facing resistance from corrupt interests. A Kyiv court ruling has temporarily blocked her from exercising her powers, but she has the support of President Petro Poroshenko and the Cabinet of Ministers. Viktor Yanukovych, the former president, is criticized for his corrupt practices and attempts to undermine Ukrainian democracy, now making controversial statements from Russia ahead of Ukraine's presidential elections.

Top friends and foes of Ukraine in 2018

20 Dec 2018  |  Kyiv Post
In 2018, Ukraine faced continued aggression from Russia, highlighted by the November 25 attack on Ukrainian naval vessels. Despite this, Ukraine received strong support from international figures such as John McCain, Angela Merkel, Rebecca Harms, Michael Carpenter, and Kersti Kaljulaid. Conversely, its main adversaries included Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Sergey Lavrov, Gerhard Schroeder, and Eduard Basurin, who were criticized for their roles in perpetuating conflict and misinformation. The article underscores the global struggle between authoritarianism and liberal democracy, with Ukraine at its center.

Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week - Dec. 13, 2018

13 Dec 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Peter B. Doran as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for his firm recommendations to counter Russian aggression, including enforcing sanctions and providing military support to Ukraine. In contrast, Eduard Basurin is named Foe of the Week for spreading false claims about an imminent Ukrainian offensive. The text criticizes the lack of a strong response from the West to Russia's recent actions in the Black Sea and emphasizes the need for decisive measures to deter further aggression. The article also touches on the geopolitical implications of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's independence from Moscow.

Ukraine's Friend and Foe of the Week - Nov. 22, 2018

22 Nov 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Rebecca Harms as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for her support in countering election interference and promoting quality journalism. Alexander Prokopchuk is named Foe of the Week due to his controversial candidacy for Interpol's presidency, which was seen as a threat to democracy. The piece discusses the impact of social media manipulation in elections, the role of organizations like the National Democratic Institute and the European Parliament in supporting Ukraine, and the broader implications of Russian interference in global democratic processes.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

19 Oct 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, is named Ukraine's Friend of the Week for his efforts to keep the international community informed about the ongoing war in Ukraine, despite the lack of media coverage and firm global governmental reactions. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is named Ukraine's Foe of the Week for his role in the Russian Orthodox Church's break with the church in Constantinople over the issue of Ukrainian church independence, a move seen as ecclesiastical imperialism and influenced by Putin's actions in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week - Sep. 28, 2018

28 Sep 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Alexander Hug, deputy chief of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, is recognized for his efforts in mitigating the impact of Russia's war on Ukraine, despite challenges and criticisms. Conversely, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto is criticized for actions perceived as supporting Russia and threatening Ukraine's EU and NATO integration. The article highlights the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the role of international organizations, and the political dynamics involving Hungary and Russia.

Aggression meets plain sailing

24 Sep 2018  |  frontlines.home.blog
Ukraine's deployment of two warships to the Azov Sea on September 23 is a significant event in the ongoing conflict with Russia. Despite the ships being old and poorly armed, their movement under the Kerch bridge, illegally built by Russia, was met with an excessive Russian military response. However, Russia did not prevent the Ukrainian ships from entering their own waters, possibly deterred by the presence of U.S. reconnaissance. The incident demonstrates that Russia may not be as strong as it claims, and Ukraine's actions show that resistance to Russian aggression is possible.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

02 Aug 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article distinguishes between Ukraine's allies and adversaries, highlighting the late journalist Orkhan Djemal as a friend for his ethical journalism against Kremlin propaganda, and Czech MEP Jaromír Kohlíček as a foe for his illegal visit to Crimea and support for Russian narratives. It discusses the murder of Djemal and his colleagues in the Central African Republic while investigating Wagner, a Russian mercenary group, and criticizes Kohlíček's disregard for Ukrainian law and the EU's principles.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

12 Jul 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, is lauded for his leadership amidst challenges such as the invasion of Crimea by Russia and Donald Trump's criticism of NATO. NATO's defense spending has increased under Stoltenberg's tenure, with more countries meeting the 2 percent GDP guideline. The article criticizes Trump's approach to NATO and highlights the need for the alliance to bolster its information defenses, suggesting Ukraine could assist. Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, is criticized for her comments on NATO's defense spending, which the article views as a reaction to Russia's aggression rather than a legitimate concern.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

05 Jul 2018  |  kyivpost.com
Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, is lauded for his defense of Ukraine and criticism of Putin, earning him the title of Ukraine's Friend of the Week. Conversely, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is criticized for organizing a visit of U.S. politicians to Russia on July 4, which is seen as a propaganda win for the Kremlin, making him Ukraine's Foe of the Week. The article expresses strong disapproval of President Trump's remarks on Crimea and the actions of the visiting U.S. politicians, who are accused of being used for Russian propaganda.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

27 Jun 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for her unwavering support and understanding of the Kremlin threat. It criticizes Russian Ambassador Alexander Shulgin as the Foe of the Week for his obstructionism at an OPCW meeting aimed at increasing the organization's powers to name perpetrators of chemical attacks. The text condemns Russia's interference in international affairs and its support for authoritarian regimes, emphasizing the need for a cooperative and law-abiding government in the Kremlin.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

07 Jun 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Bill Browder is recognized as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for his relentless campaign against the Kremlin's human rights abuses, despite repeated attempts by Russia to arrest him through Interpol. Heinz-Christian Strache, Austria's Vice Chancellor, is named Ukraine's Foe of the Week for advocating the lifting of sanctions against Russia and aligning with Putin. The article highlights the Kremlin's support for far-right parties in Europe and criticizes their cooperation, emphasizing the need for continued sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week - May. 17, 2018

17 May 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Andrew Parker, head of the UK's MI5, is recognized for his clear stance on the threat posed by Russia, including its actions in Ukraine and interference in Western affairs. Gunnar Lindemann, a far-right German politician, is criticized for illegally entering Ukraine and spreading Kremlin propaganda. The article underscores the importance of Western awareness and response to Russian aggression and misinformation.

Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week - May. 10, 2018

10 May 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article distinguishes between Ukraine's allies and adversaries, highlighting Bellingcat as a friend for its investigative work exposing Russian military actions and Gerhard Schroeder as a foe for his close ties with Vladimir Putin and involvement in Russian energy projects. Bellingcat's efforts in uncovering evidence related to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the Mariupol artillery attack are praised, while Schroeder is criticized for his lucrative roles in Russian companies and his support for Putin, which undermines Ukraine's interests.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

03 May 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Heather Nauert as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for her efforts to raise awareness about Ukrainian political prisoners held by Russia, particularly Volodymyr Balukh. It criticizes the Ukrainian government for not doing enough to help these prisoners. Jean-Claude Juncker is named Ukraine's Foe of the Week for his comments suggesting Russia is an equal to the EU, which the article argues is a dangerous and foolish comparison. The text strongly criticizes Russia's authoritarian regime and its actions in Ukraine and Crimea.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week - Apr. 12, 2018

12 Apr 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Angela Merkel as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for her stance on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, emphasizing its political significance and the need to consider Ukraine's transit role. Mark Zuckerberg is named Foe of the Week for Facebook's slow response to Russian information operations, which have been undermining democracy and affecting Ukraine since 2013. The article criticizes Zuckerberg's negligence and praises Merkel's support for Ukraine amidst geopolitical tensions involving Russia.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week - Mar. 29, 2018

29 Mar 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for her strong stance against Russian aggression, particularly in response to the Skripal nerve agent poisoning. Estonia's actions are contrasted with Austria's, where Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl is criticized for not expelling Russian diplomats and for her association with the far-right Freedom Party, which has ties to the Kremlin. The article underscores the importance of Western unity in countering Russia's aggressive actions and warns of the potential consequences of appeasement.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

01 Mar 2018  |  Kyiv Post
The article highlights Glen Grant as Ukraine's Friend of the Week for his advisory role in defense reforms and Paul Manafort as the Foe of the Week for his corrupt activities linked to the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. It discusses the state of Ukraine's military, the impact of the EuroMaidan Revolution, and the ongoing threat from Russia. The text criticizes the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's optimistic assessment of NATO readiness and underscores the need for comprehensive military reforms.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

22 Feb 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Michael Gahler, a German politician and rapporteur on Ukraine in the European Parliament, is praised for challenging Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's false narratives about Ukraine at the Munich Security Conference. In contrast, Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's Lega Nord party, is criticized for his pro-Kremlin stance and suspected financial ties to Russia. The article discusses the broader context of Russian interference in Western elections and the spread of Kremlin propaganda, highlighting the dangers of nationalist politicians aligning with Russia's agenda.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week

16 Feb 2018  |  kyivpost.com
Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence, warned of ongoing Russian cyberattacks against Ukraine and its use as a testing ground for tactics later used on Western countries. He is praised for his support for Ukraine. Andreas Maurer, a German politician from the leftist Die Linke party, is criticized for his pro-Russian stance and illegal visits to Russian-occupied Crimea, and is labeled as a 'useful idiot' for the Kremlin.

Ukraine’s Friend & Foe Of The Week

01 Feb 2018  |  Kyiv Post
Michael Carpenter is lauded for his continued support of Ukraine and its anti-corruption efforts, especially in the absence of strong U.S. leadership under President Trump. Carpenter's advocacy is contrasted with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's alleged sabotage of judicial reform and attacks on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Igor Girkin is named Ukraine's foe for his role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and initiating the war in the Donbas, despite a U.S. court ruling against him and awarding compensation to the victims' families.

Ukraine's Friend & Foe Of The Week

25 Jan 2018  |  kyivpost.com
Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, is praised for his non-partisan efforts in the conflict despite facing criticism from both Ukrainian and Russian sides. He is named Ukraine's Friend of the Week. Conversely, Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, is criticized for suggesting the lifting of sanctions on Russia, earning him the title of Ukraine's Foe of the Week. The article emphasizes the importance of standing firm against Russian aggression and the negative consequences of appeasement.

Ukraine’s Friend & Foe Of The Week

11 Jan 2018  |  kyivpost.com
Garry Kasparov is named Ukraine's Friend of the Week for his opposition to Putin's actions in Ukraine and his message of resilience at the Free Russia Forum. Federica Mogherini is named Ukraine's Foe of the Week for her perceived inaction against Russian aggression and her appeasement towards authoritarian regimes. The article criticizes European politicians for their weakness when dealing with Gazprom and the Kremlin, and highlights the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the failure of the Minsk agreements.

Ukraine’s friend & foe of the week

15 Dec 2017  |  Kyiv Post
Jan Pieklo receives the Order of Yaroslav the Wise for his efforts to improve Ukrainian-Polish relations, while Thierry Mariani is named Ukraine's Foe of the Week and given the Order of Lenin for spreading Kremlin propaganda and supporting the Russian occupation of Crimea. The article discusses the challenges faced by Ukraine, the rise of far-right parties in Europe, Brexit, and the Trump presidency, attributing some of these issues to Russian interference. It emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and intelligence to overcome these challenges.

Russia to recognize passports issued by Kremlin-backed authorities in Donbas

18 Feb 2017  |  Kyiv Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing passports issued by Kremlin-backed authorities in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in Ukraine. The decree does not imply recognition of the self-declared republics in these regions. The announcement coincided with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's speech at the Munich Security Conference, where he criticized the Western media and declared the end of the post-Cold War liberal world order. The decree follows the U.S. administration's expectation for Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine. The article highlights Russia's involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, including the annexation of Crimea and support for separatist forces in the Donbas.

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