• Kremlin: wealthy Russians have been deceived in the West

    Wealthy Russians have long been deceived in Western countries for their own money, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page.

    "You've been fooled for years for your own money. You've been fooled and paid with gold for ruin, for the illusion," she said.

    According to her, "very rich" Russians informed her about the medical collapse in London amid the situation with coronavirus and asked for help with returning to Russia. In this regard, the representative …

  • General previously accused of corruption heads Russia’s leading research institute

    Major General Igor Bozhkov, who previously worked in the Russian Interior Ministry, was appointed the acting director of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP). Bozhkov was previously involved in the corruption case. The order to appoint an ex-policeman has been published on the institute's website.

    According to publication the Project, Bozhkov had never been involved in science before, but in 2019 he was appointed the first deputy director of ITEF. The authors of the …

  • Kremlin takes ownership of all Rosneft’s assets in Venezuela

    Russian oil giant Rosneft announced that it is terminating operations in Venezuela and will be selling its assets in that country.

    "Today, Rosneft entered into an agreement with a company 100% owned by the Government of the Russian Federation to sell shares and cease its participation in all projects in Venezuela, including shares in Petromonagas, Petroperija, Boqueron, Petromiranda and Petrovictoria, in oil field services and trading operations," Rosneft said in a statement published on its …

  • Russia to close border with Belarus

    The traffic restrictions through border crossings, which will come into force on March 30, extend to the land section of the border with Belarus, according to the Russian Government’s decree, signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    Mishustin announced the plans to restrict the travel through the border of Russia and Belarus to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 16, but the decree was adopted on March 27 and published only on Saturday.

    According to the document, it will be …

  • Kyiv: Special status of Donbas will never be included into Ukrainian Constitution

    “Ukraine does not intend to include into its Constitution the special status of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

    According to Reznikov, the Russian representatives in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for peaceful settlement in the Donbas are constantly trying to raise the question about the inclusion of the special status of the …

  • President Zelensky appoints Ukrainian military commanders

    Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has made appointments to the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and Commander of the Joint Armed Forces of Ukraine. The decrees have been published on the website of the President of Ukraine.

    Thus, Ruslan Khomchak was appointed to the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be headed by Serhiy Korniychuk.

    And …

  • NATO to consider providing additional military assistance to Ukraine

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who assured the Ukrainian Foreign Minister that the members of the Alliance will discuss additional support for Ukraine, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    "Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO members plan to discuss additional support for Ukraine as part of the Comprehensive Assistance Package," the statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reads.

    The …

  • Spain returns to China unreliable coronavirus test kits also purchased by Ukraine

    Spain has sent a large batch of rapid coronavirus test kits back to the Chinese manufacturer because they proved unreliable, reports El Pais.

    On March 10, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko announced that the Ukrainian authorities bought similar rapid test kits. These test kits were to be distributed to seven hospitals for coronavirus testing.

    It is noted that the first 9,000 test kits from the shipment had an accuracy of only 30% while the required accuracy is at least 80%.

    At the same time, …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister: sanctions against Russia will remain despite coronavirus

    The Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Alexander Schallenberg believes that Russia will not be able to achieve the removal of sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "Russia's attempts to lift sanctions due to coronavirus are futile," Schallenberg said during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmutro Kuleba.

    The ministres noted the unity of positions on the need to preserve …

  • La Stampa: 80% of Russian coronavirus aid to Italy is useless

    Russia's assistance to Italy in the fight against coronavirus is a geopolitical and diplomatic project of Vladimir Putin, 80% of the supply of Russian equipment is useless in contrast to Chinese supplies, wrote Italian newspaper La Stampa with reference to unnamed high-ranking political sources.

    "Among Russian supplies, 80% are absolutely useless or of little use for Italy. In short, it is little more than a pretext," the newspaper quoted one of the interlocutors as saying.

    The newspaper …