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Reuters: Russia unveils monument to designer of iconic AK-47 rifle.

Russia on September 19 unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad. Perched atop a pedestal in a tiny square on Moscow’s busy Garden Ring thoroughfare, the statue of Kalashnikov, who ...

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Washington Post: Senate Intelligence Committee interview with Trump lawyer abruptly canceled.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has unexpectedly canceled a September 19 session to interview Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Trump’s business and a close associate of the president. The meeting was scheduled as part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 ...

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The Economic Times:Trump decries threats to sovereignty in Ukraine, South China Sea.

US President Donald Trump on September 19 decried threats to sovereignty in Ukraine and the South China Sea. In his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly, Trump did not explicitly mention Russia or China, but the comment was clearly aimed at Moscow and Beijing. The post The Economic Times:Trump decries threats to ...

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Reuters: Trump's lawyer denies collusion with Russia in 2016 election.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer on September 19 denied that he or Trump colluded with Russia to interfere in last year’s presidential election, and said such charges were meant to discredit Trump’s presidency. “I emphatically state that I had nothing to do with any Russian involvement in our ...

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Poroshenko, Niinisto coordinate positions on UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto have discussed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly the situation in Donbas, in particular, the initiative concerning the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission. “Petro Poroshenko briefed his Finnish counterpart about the development of ...

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Washington Post: WikiLeaks releases files that appear to offer details of Russian surveillance system.

WikiLeaks, the secret sharing organization accused of playing a key role in Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election, has released documents that it claims offer details of how Moscow uses state surveillance to spy on Internet and mobile users. The release, dubbed “Spy Files Russia,” ...

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UkrInform: Rada obliged to adopt pension reform until October 1.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is obliged to adopt the pension reform until October 1. Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy announced this on September 19, Espreso.TV reports. The post UkrInform: Rada obliged to adopt pension reform until October 1 appeared first on KyivPost.

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Reuters: Russia retail sales up 1.9 percent year-on-year in August, more than expected.

 Retail sales in Russia rose more than expected in August, data showed on September 19, underpinning an official forecast that the economy is on track to return to growth levels seen before its 2015-16 slowdown. Russia’s oil-dependent economy has benefited from a recovery in global crude prices, prudent fiscal ...

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Poroshenko, Duda discuss UN peacekeepers deployment in Donbas, human rights situation in occupied Crimea.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda have discussed the issue of deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied part of Donbas, as well as non-observance of human rights in Crimea occupied by Russia. The meeting with Duda took place as part of Poroshenko's working visit to ...

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POLITICO: Trump lawyer's planned Russia testimony called off.

Senate investigators called off an expected closed-door interview September 19 with Michael Cohen, saying they were upset that the longtime lawyer to President Donald Trump released a statement denying any role in Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the committee asked him not to comment publicly. The Senate ...

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In Kyiv, Saakashvili Demands Documents That Stripped Him Of Ukrainian Citizenship.

Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and former president of Georgia, has arrived in Ukraine's capital, where he vowed to challenge the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship.

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Putin Observes Zapad 2017 Military Exercises

Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 18 attended a joint military exercise with Belarus near NATO's eastern flank that has fanned already deep tensions between Moscow and the West. The war games are officially set to involve 12,700 troops. But Western officials have said the maneuvers could include some 100,000 ...

- Radio Free Europe - US

Saakashvili Arrives In Kyiv

Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and former president of Georgia, arrived in Kyiv vowing to challenge the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship. He told supporters the Ukrainian authorities were trying to prevent him from mounting a legal challenge to the decision, which was announced by ...

- Radio Free Europe - US

ATO report: militants violate truce 14 times in last day, Ukraine army fights back

Late Monday, September 19, the situation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas remained tense but under full control of the Ukrainian forces, according to a Tuesday morning report of the ATO HQ published on Facebook.

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Court acquits 19 defendants in Odesa 'May 2 case'

The court in Odesa region’s Chornomorsk on Monday, September 18, found not guilty all 19 defendants in the probe into the May 2, 2014, Odesa’s deadly mass riots case.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine, China pledge to strengthen cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative - media

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Monday met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, with the two sides pledging to enhance cooperation, according to Xinhua.

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Russia says U.S., Ukraine reject its UN proposal for Donbas

Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations said the United States and Ukraine have told Russia they will not work on a Russian proposal to deploy United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported citing TASS.

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Cabinet expects local budgets revenue growth to $7 bln

Ukrainian Minister for Regional Development, Construction, and Housing Hennadiy Zubko says the government expects revenue growth of local budgets from UAH 144 billion in 2016 to UAH 185 billion in 2017, according to the ministry's press service.

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Ukrainian teenager's condition in Russian prison deteriorates without medicines

The condition of a 19-year-old Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb who has illegally been detained by the Russian Federal Security Service in Belarus has deteriorated without medicines, according to Espreso.TV.

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Another shipment of anthracite coal from RSA arrives in Ukraine

Ukraine's largest private energy holding DTEK has received its fifth 75,000-tonne batch of anthracite coal in the port of Yuzhny near Odesa, according to the company's press service.

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Detained arms supplier gives important tips on Russia involvement in Donbas war – journalist

Testimony by one of the high-ranking mercenaries who was detained by Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives June 28, 2017, will be a useful tool aimed at proving Russia’s war crimes in Donbas at the European Court of Human Rights, a journalist and editor-in-chief at Censor.net Yuri Butusov wrote on Facebook.

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Poroshenko: Ukraine's defense spending exceeding requirements for NATO Allies

Ukraine’s military spending exceeds 6% of the country’s GDP, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday in his address at West Point Military Academy during his working visit to the United States, the president's press service reports.

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Ukraine borrows $3 bln: Terms of Eurobonds placement

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the terms of placement of Ukraine's Eurobonds issued for the first time since 2014, having instructed the Finance Ministry to place external state loan bonds worth US$3 billion with an annual interest payment at an annual rate of 7.375%, according to Cabinet Resolution ...

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Finance Ministry details recipients of funds to come from Eurobonds issue

The Ukrainian Finance Ministry will transfer to the general fund of the state budget US$1.318 billion received from the placement of Ukraine's $3 bln-worth external state loan bonds minus the cost of the purchase of Eurobonds-2015, according to the ministry website.

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Russia sanctions should be eased if UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas success – German foreign minister

Sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation should be eased step-by-step in case the UN peacekeeping mission sees success in eastern Ukraine, that’s according to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who spoke with the Magdeburger Volksstimme newspaper, MFA Germany reports.

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Ukrainian farmers thresh almost 39 mln tonnes of grain

Ukrainian agrarians threshed 38.5 million tonnes of grain and leguminous crops from 10 million hectares as of September 18, according to the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry's press service.

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Ukraine's Health Ministry, Cabinet agree to pay wage arrears to personnel at healthcare facilities

Representatives of Ukraine's government and the Ministry of Healthcare have reached an agreement with the Healthcare Workers' Union on paying arrears on salaries the personnel working in the field, according to the ministry website.

- UNIAN - UA

Russia cannot accept Ukraine's independence – Poroshenko

During a working visit to the United States, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday visited West Point Military Academy where he addressed the cadets and staff, according to the presidential press service.

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Kremlin reacts to U.S. Senate's move to approve lethal aid to Ukraine

Moscow believes the transfer of U.S. lethal weapons to Ukraine will not contribute to the Donbas conflict settlement, according to the Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, as reported by an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

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RFE/RL: Saakashvili demands documents that stripped him of Ukrainian citizenship

Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and former president of Georgia, has arrived in Ukraine's capital, where he vowed to challenge the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty .

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Trump at UNGA: 'We must reject threats to sovereignty – from Ukraine to South China Sea'

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on the United Nations member states to protect the sovereignty of other countries, including Ukraine.

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Ukraine's defense & security chief: Over 120,000 troops involved in Russia-Belarus war-games

Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov estimates that over 120,000 troops and 10,000 units of military hardware are engaged in the active phase of the Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 war-games.

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Esquire: The FBI's wiretap on Paul Manafort just brought the Russia probe to another level

Paul Manafort is extremely under investigation. On Sept. 19 morning, CNN reported that the FBI had sought and secured a secretive order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to wiretap Manafort's phone. The monitoring went on both before and after the 2016 election, including in a timeframe when Manafort ...

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Xinhua: Poroshenko says Ukraine's Eurobond sale shows reforms successful

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sept. 19 praised his country's recent Eurobond sale worth $3 billion, saying it indicated the success of reforms. The post Xinhua: Poroshenko says Ukraine's Eurobond sale shows reforms successful appeared first on KyivPost.

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UNESCO reports Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians remain most vulnerable groups in Crimea

The situation with observing human rights and preserving cultural property in Russia-occupied Crimea continues to deteriorate, according to a report prepared by the UNESCO Director-General in response to the decision of the UNESCO Executive Board “Follow-up of the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea ...

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Ukrinform: Premier of Ontario sends postcard to Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Premier of Ontario, the most populated Canadian province, has sent a postcard to Paris-based Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally arrested in Moscow in 2016. The post Ukrinform: Premier of Ontario sends postcard to Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko appeared first on KyivPost.

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Poroshenko to hold bilateral meetings, including with Mogherini in New York

On Sept. 19, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko will hold meetings with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Slovak President Andrej Kiska and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in New York, the press secretary of the Ukrainian head of state Svyatoslav Tsegolko said. Also, according to ...

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Ukrinform: Brigitte Macron expresses support for Sushchenko’s wife

First lady of France Brigitte Macron expresses sincere words of support to the wife of Ukrainian journalist and political prisoner Roman Sushchenko, who has been illegally detained for almost a year in the Russian Federation. The post Ukrinform: Brigitte Macron expresses support for Sushchenko’s wife appeared first on ...

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Saakashvili arrives in Kyiv, demands documents on his loss of citizenship

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Sept. 19 turned up at the Presidential Administration in Kyiv to demand documents setting out the legal grounds for the withdrawal of his Ukrainian citizenship. Saakashvili held a news briefing outside the administration building, while his lawyers went inside the building to ...

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National list of medicines could be expanded after launch of e-register of patients

The national list of essential medicines could be expanded after the launch of the e-register of patients and calculation of the full need in medicines procured using budget funds. The Health Ministry told Interfax-Ukraine that at present, the ministry is working with the regions on the introduction of the approved methods ...

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Parliament speaker signs Ukrainian education bill, sends to president

Ukrainian parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy has signed the bill on education in Ukraine, which has recently been passed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. “Today we are launching a fundamental reform … now I am signing the law of Ukraine on education,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Sept. 19. Under the ...

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Klimkin, OSCE secretary general discuss prospects for UN peacekeepers in Donbas

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has met with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger to discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas and the political and diplomatic settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the framework of the general debate of the 72nd session of the UN General ...

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Global Voices: In Ukraine, fears of ‘technological terrorism’ cause free expression to decline

Olga Kyryliuk, PhD, is an expert in International Law, and co-founder of the Ukrainian NGO Digital Defenders Partners – DDP , focused on protecting human rights online and promoting the idea of free, open and affordable to all Internet. The post Global Voices: In Ukraine, fears of ‘technological terrorism’ ...

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Ukrinform: Over 21,600 Hasidic pilgrims arrive in Uman

Over 21,600 Hasidic pilgrims from 12 countries have already arrived in Uman, Cherkasy region, to mark the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah, the media liaisons office of the Cherkasy regional police has reported. The post Ukrinform: Over 21,600 Hasidic pilgrims arrive in Uman appeared first on KyivPost.

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Ukrinform: Andriy Voronin to select players for Ukraine’s national football team

Ukrainian professional football manager and former player of the national football team Andriy Voronin will cooperate with the coaching staff of the country’s main team. The post Ukrinform: Andriy Voronin to select players for Ukraine’s national football team appeared first on KyivPost.

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UNIAN: Poroshenko says Ukraine’s defense spending exceeding requirements for NATO allies

Ukraine’s military spending exceeds 6 percent of the country’s GDP, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sept. 18 in his address at West Point Military Academy during his working visit to the United States, the president's press service reports. The post UNIAN: Poroshenko says Ukraine’s defense ...

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RFE/RL: In Kyiv, Saakashvili demands documents that stripped him of Ukrainian citizenship

Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and former president of Georgia, has arrived in Ukraine's capital, where he vowed to challenge the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship. The post RFE/RL: In Kyiv, Saakashvili demands documents that stripped him of Ukrainian citizenship appeared first on ...

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BBC: Ukraine women's football clip prompts online sexism row

A video clip promoting a women's football international fixture has kicked off a row on Ukrainian social media over its sexualised content. The post BBC: Ukraine women's football clip prompts online sexism row appeared first on KyivPost.

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Ukraine fines Russian airlines for breach of Ukrainian airspace

The State Aviation Service of Ukraine over the period when the sanctions against airlines breached Ukrainian airspace imposed over 20,000 fines worth of Hr 2.72 billion on them, the authority has told Interfax-Ukraine. The State Aviation Service recalled that the Ukrainian president on Sept. 16, 2015 enacted the decision of ...

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Daily briefing: Trump's debut UN address, Toys R Us bankruptcy, fears of another Chernobyl

World leaders are waiting to see which Donald Trump turns up — the bellicose populist or a more constructive US president

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