Contents tagged with coronavirus

  • President Zelensky asks Ukrainian oligarchs for $500 million to fight coronavirus

    During a meeting with representatives of big business, which was held at the Presidential Office on the evening of March 16, Vladimir Zelensky asked the businessmen for 12 billion hryvnias ($500 million),

    "I spoke to them very frankly. I said this country has been feeding you for a long time. It's time for you to help. We are establishing a separate fund. We're going to need about 12-13 billion hryvnias. We need their help," Zelensky said on the “Freedom of Speech” talk show.

    Earlier, the …

  • Lukashenko: Russia is 'engulfed with coronavirus'

    "Russia is engulfed with coronavirus. The situation in Belarus is calm," said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko commenting on Moscow's decision to close the border with Belarus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "So, who should be isolated from whom. The question is rhetorical," the Belarusian news agency BELTA quoted Lukashenko as saying.

    "There are a lot of challenges. You see: the world is crazy about coronavirus or maybe based on all the speculations on coronavirus. But for us, …

  • Coronavirus: Ukraine closes it borders

    At a meeting on March 14, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution to temporarily restrict the border crossing into and out of Ukraine, reports Radio Liberty with reference to the Ukrainian Government’s press service.

    According to the resolution, Ukrainian border crossings will be closed to all international passenger traffic (except for several categories of citizens) from midnight March 17 to 3 April 3. From midnight on March 16 to April 3, entry to Ukraine will be closed to …

  • Ukrainian diplomat tests positive for coronavirus

    A Ukrainian diplomat has contracted the coronavirus, reported Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Unfortunately, we have recorded the first case of a diplomat contracting the coronavirus in one of the countries. The foreign diplomatic missions are temporarily switching to remote operation to ensure the network of effective assistance to Ukrainians around the world, " the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service quotes Kuleba as saying.

    The special …

  • First case of coronavirus reported in DPR

    The so-called "Ministry of Health of Donetsk People’s Republic" stated that on March 9 a woman with a suspected coronavirus infection was hospitalized in the territory which is not under Ukraine’s control territory. The hospitalized woman returned from China.

    Upon her arrival at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, the woman was checked for signs of illness, but according to the DPR representatives, nothing was found. According to the DPR Ministry of Health, the woman was diagnosed with a …

  • Kyiv: Russia to deport a coronavirus patient with Russian passport to DPR

    A man who recently arrived in the Russian city of Novosakhtinsk from China with symptoms of coronavirus, will be soon deported to the territory of Donbas, which is not under Ukraine’s control, reports the command center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces operation, citing intelligence data.

    It is reported that the infected person is a resident of the separatist-held territories of Donbas, who recently received a Russian passport. After the man was diagnosed with symptoms of coronavirus, the Russian …

  • US accuses Russia of mass coronavirus disinformation campaign

    The US has accused Russia of conducting a large-scale disinformation campaign on the situation surrounding the coronavirus, AFP reports, citing its own sources.

    According to the agency’s sources, thousands of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to Russia have been spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 virus which puts the US in a bad light.

    The campaign, which includes a conspiracy theory, was begun by Russia one month ago, the sources claim.

    “Russia’s goal is to sow …