7:59 [Sputnik] (E)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urgently admitted to hospital for tests as he continued to display persistent symptoms of COVID-19, Downing Street said on late Sunday. Johnson will undergo artificial lung ventilation, a source close to the UK healthcare authorities told Sputnik later.
6:34 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Here you can see these same guys who “have never existed in Ukraine and still do not exist”. And for whom the most important enemy should remain Russia, whereas the local “capitulative power” should be punished if it does not obey their “slogan” to smash moskals. Yesterday in Transcarpathia, “united by war”, they went out to honour their dead “heroes” with their absolutely “innocent” attributes, so “reprehensible” in the homeland of its creators. And they recorded a collective appeal of their veterans, volunteers and patriots of Transcarpathia to Kiev’s “capitulating government”. And it’s water off a duck’s back for them.
6:34 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Health Minister of Ukraine Ilya Emets called the country’s citizens over 65 years old “corpses”. In his opinion, in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, the state and businesses should not spend money to support these people. The head of the Ministry of health said this on the air of “112.ua”. According to Emets, Ukraine currently lacks the express tests and virological laboratories “even if to take in account the help of China”. “After all, we know the statistics of how many people we have over 65 years old. <…> I say when financiers will start to count on those people who are still alive (elderly), I don’t joke or try to scare. I keep saying: calculate how much funds we need to allocate for living people, not for corpses,” Emets said.
6:33 [The Saker] (E)
[this column was written for the Unz Review] Between the fallout of the murder of General Soleimani and the coronovirus, the Ukraine has been somewhat forgotten, which is understandable, but also potentially dangerous. The “young and dynamic” President Zelenskii has more or less been forgotten, especially by the legacy corporate ziomedia. This does not, however, mean that the situation there did not evolve or, in fact, that it is not becoming extremely dangerous. So for those who did not keep an eye on the Ukraine, here is a short summary of what has been going on: Summary of developments. First, Zelenskii has proven to be a total ZERO. Simply put, neither he not his team can get anything done, anything at all. I really mean nothing, nothing at all. Second, while initially the victory of Zelenskii seem to indicate that the Ukronazis had suffered a crushing defeat, it now is completely obvious that Zelenskii lacks the will, or the means, or both, to tackle this huge problem.
21:47 [Xinhua] (E)
A team of Chinese medical staff with experience in fighting COVID-19 arrived in the Serbian capital on Saturday evening to help with the Balkan state`s battle against the virus.
19:18 [Soziales Europa] (E)
The coronavirus crisis has exposed the shared vulnerability of Europe’s interdependence. Time to turn that into a strength. Europe is facing a new stress test. And, this time, it is not only the health of its institutions that is at stake but also that of its citizens, its economy, its role in the world and its credibility and usefulness in the eyes of Europeans. The Covid-19 crisis has arrived like a tsunami in a fragile European Union still battered after a long list of crises, which have left noticeable scars. Up to now, the union has shown a lack of co-ordination. It appears Brussels has been able neither to digest nor anticipate the consequences of a pandemic with a huge impact. Unilateralism has prevailed in border management and together with it have come ad hoc public-health interventions—and the shameful image of foreign aid delivered to Italy in the face of the passivity of its European partners.
12:46 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
The new coronavirus and its accompanying disease Covid-19 has stopped the globe in its tracks. Governments, markets and news cycles have become dominated by the pandemic. Europe is now the epicenter for the disease, with Several European Union countries have declared themselves states of emergencies, including Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. The 27-member bloc has sealed off external borders. Some states, such as Poland, have begun closing borders with other EU members. Brussels, the administrative center of the EU, is alarmed because the much-vaunted single market and its core principles of free movement of goods and people is at risk of collapsing. The European entity which proclaims solidarity and supranational status is reverting to a collection of nation states, each desperately fighting for their own survival amid the Covid-19 pandemic. EU leaders have been criticized for showing lack of central leadership and solidarity.
23:13 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Against the background of an aggravation at the frontline, the head of Ukraine’s Presidential office Andrey Ermak went to Minsk to obtain dividends for himself. This was reported by the former official representative of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic and reserve Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko. The situation in Donbass in recent days is increasingly tense. There is unrest in both the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The UAF continues to violate the truce, firing prohibited weapons at the homes of peaceful citizens, as well as at the positions of the defenders of Donbass. In the DPR, the Ukrainian armed forces violated the ceasefire 21 times over the past day, firing more than 200 rounds of ammunition on the territory of the Republic.
23:13 [Stalker Zone] (E)
For many years I have heard both from representatives of the current Ukrainian regime and from those who represent the “opposition” to it (such constructive “opposition”) that there are no Nazis in Ukraine, and if there are, they do not have an affect. It is surprising to me that these people (who claim that there are no Nazis or almost no Nazis) do not experience cognitive dissonance because they are in “opposition” to absent Nazis for the 7th year and cannot take power from those who don’t exist. Yesterday’s case of Sivokho, whom those who don’t exist pushed around a little and even shoved to the floor, gives us the opportunity to understand the true state of affairs.
23:13 [Tass] (E)
The EU has officially prolonged individual sanctions against Russian citizens for another six months, a statement by the European Council published on Friday informs. The sanctions were set to expire on March 15. "The Council today decided that current sanctions in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine should be extended for a further six months until 15 September 2020," the statement says. "These restrictive measures provide not only for a freezing of funds, but also a prohibition against making funds or other economic resources available to the listed persons. They currently apply to 175 persons and 44 entities, following the removal of two deceased persons from the list," the message informs.
13:35 [Ceiberweiber] (E)
Auch wegen des eher bescheidenen Bundesheerbudgets und Entscheidungen die Luftraumüberwachung betreffend geht es immer wieder um die Eurofighter. Dies auch in Zeiten von Migrationsdruck siehe Türkei und Griechenland und wenn das Coronavirus einiges lahmlegt. Damit sind wir aber ohnehin schon in medias res, denn mit einem wichtigen Zeugen kann man derzeit nicht reden und vielleicht auch niemals wieder. Es handelt sich um Andreas Theiss, den Anwalt von Airbus in Österreich, der sich als Erster in Wien mit dem Coronavirus angesteckt haben soll und nun im Koma liegt. Man veranstaltete einen merkwürdigen Eiertanz um ihn inklusive Falschinformationen, was vielleicht auch zu Unrecht den Eindruck erweckt, dass alles schon sehr zufälliger Zufall sein muss. Theiss kümmerte sich um EADS, später Airbus, als das Thema Eurofighter 2006, 2007 oder auch 2017 hochkochte. Deswegen wäre es auch wichtig, dass ich mit ihm reden könnte, denn ich befasste mich mit diesen Jahren, weil ich auf meine Art ebenfalls zur Zeugin geworden bin.
20:20 [Stalker Zone] (E)
According to the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), 33% of Ukrainian citizens are convinced that the state should ensure that Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine have the right to receive school education in Russian all over Ukraine. There’s also another 40% – in regions where the majority of the population wants it. Thus, 73% of the population supports the constitutional right of Russian and Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine to study in their native language. Only 24% of respondents are against the implementation of the provisions of the Constitution.
20:18 [Stalker Zone] (E)
At first Ukraine banned Russian language songs. Then Russian-speaking performers, especially those who used to tour in Russia (except Vakarchuk and Skripka, of course), were banned. Now in Ukraine they are calling to ban the folklore of Left-Bank Ukraine, because it was under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, so the mentality of this folklore is wrong – it’s not Ukrainian. The frontman of the group “Antitela” Taras Topoliya explained his controversial post, in which he strongly criticised the song “Solovey” of the group “Go_A” – winners of the national selection for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
15:32 [breaking news and religion] (E)
A court ruling in Ukraine has forced state investigators to open a probe into alleged pressure by then-vice president Joe Biden that led to the 2016 dismissal of Viktor Shokin as the country’s prosecutor general, officials said Thursday.
12:34 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Ukraine (MCYS) welcomed the completion of work on a fundamentally new program entitled “patriotic education of the younger generation of Ukrainians”. According to official information, in the near future hundreds of circles promoting the ideas of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” and a number of Ukrainian extreme right-wing nationalist movements will be created on the territory from Uzhgorod to Slavyansk at children’s creativity houses and even schools. For this purpose, the Ministry has already allocated half of the budget funds provided for the development of culture. It is expected that in certain regions the money for this “upbringing” will come from the State Pension Fund. The correspondent of the Federal News Agency looked into the situation.
7:39 [Stalker Zone] (E)
There was another escalation in Donbass. Everyone understood that sooner or later it would take place. Periodic exacerbations were the basis of Poroshenko’s tactics in Donbass, and since Zelensky was fully embedded in the image of his predecessor, it was reasonable to expect also a repetition of his tactical moves.
7:43 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Apparently, in Kiev, and not just anywhere in Kiev, but in the presidential office, and not just anyone, but Zelensky himself believed in the omnipotence of Andrey Ermak, who is allegedly capable, thanks to personal friendship with Dmitry Kozak (interesting, and Kozak knows whom he is friends with?) to force Putin to abandon the Minsk Agreements in favour of the Ukrainian plan to strangle Donbass by October.
9:37 [Tass] (E)
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has revealed that he would like to hold local elections in all Ukrainian territories in October and "in Crimea as well." "Our aspiration is to hold local elections in the whole of Ukraine in October, we would like [to hold] them in Crimea as well," he said, delivering a speech at the Munich Security Conference. At the same time, he underlined that Donbass "needs elections that will be recognized by Ukraine and the whole world as legitimate." "They cannot be held as such if they are not hold in accordance with the Ukrainian law under gunfire and without us controlling our border," he said.
17:50 [Tass] (E)
Russia is calling on its Normandy Four partners to stimulate Ukrainian authorities to promptly implement all provisions of the Minsk Agreements in good faith, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued to commemorate five years since the agreements were signed. "The Russian side supports complete and consistent implementation of all provisions of the Package of Measures. We support efforts of our Normandy Four partners as well as the OSCE as the [Trilateral] Contact group coordinator and urge them to stimulate Ukrainian authorities to promptly honor all its obligations in good faith," the ministry underlined.
7:28 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The main recipe is to make the “example of a successful Ukraine” a model of Russia’s transformation. A group of deputies has been formed in the European Parliament that aims to “return Russia to the rails of democratic European development”. Lithuanian conservative Andrius Kubilius is considered to be the leader of this group.
14:21 [Stalker Zone] (E)
1. Over the past 6 years, the population has decreased by 3.5 million. There are 54 births per 100 deaths. 2. In the country, from the 37 million population, 11.5 million are pensioners. From the total number of employed, only 7.7 million officially work. The average life expectancy of men is 66 years, 11 years less than in Europe. 3. The number of doctors decreased by 30,000, and the number of nurses decreased by 96,000. The budget of medicine – 2 times less than established by law. 4. 40% of schools need to be repaired, and 47% of schools have temperatures of no more than 16 degrees in winter.
14:20 [Tass] (E)
For the first time, domestic public opinion of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has plummeted below 50%, indicates a survey carried out by the Social Monitoring Center and Alexander Yaremenko Institute for Social Research. According to the research, Zelensky earned the trust of 49.4% of the Ukrainians surveyed. Of them, 20.7% fully trust him, while another 28.7% say they somewhat trust him. About 40% of those polled said they had no faith in the president. As many as 20.5% have no trust in him whatsoever, while 18.8% tended not to trust him. The other surveyed people were undecided. The prime minister’s score was worse than President Zelensky’s rating.
11:44 [Tass] (E)
Belarus is ready to facilitate any format for meetings and negotiations, including formats with participation of the United States, to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said at a briefing after talks with United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who arrived in Minsk on an official visit.
7:40 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Tonight Great Britain will leave the European Union. Then comes the hard part. Britain has until the end of this year to make a new trade deal with Europe, with the U.S., and with other countries. But it does not have much negotiation power. Nearly 50% of Britain`s exports go to the EU where 27 national parliaments will have to sign off any new deal. No deal means that Britain would lose a big chunk of that trade. In the U.S. Congress must also agree to a new trade deal with Britain. Lots of lobbyists will ask for open access to Britain`s markets.