US, Europe accuse Russia of blocking Ukraine war solutions

US diplomat leads charge in pressing Moscow to ‘immediately cease its aggression’ in eastern Ukraine, occupation of Crimea. The United States and Europe on Thursday accused Russia of blocking any solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The remarks came during a UN Security Council video conference convened by Moscow to mark the sixth anniversary […]

In risky move, Ukraine’s president bans pro-Russian media

Kyiv, Ukraine – In a move hailed by pro-Western Ukrainians, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy unplugged three television networks overnight that he said spread Kremlin-funded “propaganda” and served as a bullhorn of an increasingly popular pro-Moscow party. But his ex-Soviet nation of 43 million is polarised linguistically and politically, and the move may prove risky for the […]

At least 15 killed in Ukraine nursing home blaze

DEVELOPING STORY ‘Careless handling of electric heating devices’ termed the preliminary cause of the tragedy by authorities. At least 15 people have been killed and 11 injured after a blaze tore through a residential home for the elderly in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. The fire broke out on Thursday afternoon on the second […]

Why does the Russian opposition reject the Twitter Trump ban?

The storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump has shaken the world. In Russia though, the events of January 6 were all but overshadowed by the banishment of the US president from Twitter. The focus shifted to Trump’s deplatforming in no small part because Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny weighed in […]

‘Countries will hold Iran to account’ over downed airliner

Ukraine demands full reparations for the families of the victims, countries affected by downing of plane a year ago. Ukraine has called on Iran to deliver justice and pay full compensation to the families of those who were killed when a Ukrainian airliner was shot down by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) last January. […]

Iran sets $150,000 compensation for Ukrainian Airlines victims

Iran sets compensation for downed flight’s victims ahead of the deadly incident’s one-year anniversary. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s government has pledged to pay $150,000 to each of the families of the victims of a Ukrainian Airlines flight that was downed by missiles over Tehran almost a year ago. President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet approved the sum, […]

Ukraine seeks World Heritage status for Chernobyl zone

Author:  Ania TSOUKANOVA, Dmytro GORSHKOV | AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1607822843861071400 Sun, 2020-12-13 05:17 CHERNOBYL, Ukraine: A soft snow fell as a clutch of visitors equipped with a Geiger counter wandered through the ghostly Ukrainian town of Pripyat, frozen in time since the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986. More than three decades after […]

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy hospitalised after contracting coronavirus #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

President hospitalised as a precautionary measure, his office says, describing his health condition as ‘nothing serious’. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been hospitalised after contracting the novel coronavirus earlier this week, a presidential official said on Thursday. “He first went home but decided to move to Feofania (hospital). To accurately isolate and not expose anyone,” […]

Belarus opposition figure ‘detained’ at Ukraine border

Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova has been detained while trying to enter Ukraine in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to Belarusian border officials, a day after her allies said she had been grabbed off the street by masked men. The circumstances of her attempted journey to Ukraine were not immediately clear, with some […]

Cyprus’s dirty secrets

It was a typically chilly December morning in the Vietnamese capital. A phalanx of press had gathered outside the formidable Hanoi People’s Court; a grand, white, pillared structure that was the venue for the trials of senior Communist Party officials accused of malfeasance, with all the proceedings televised. It looked like 66-year-old former Minister of […]