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Black Sea Fleet halts counterintelligence operations in Crimea

Posted by the Editor on December 2, 2009


News / 2 December 2009 | 17:33

Black Sea Fleet halts counterintelligence operations in Crimea

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has terminated counterintelligence operations in Ukraine’s Crimea and is sending all ‘special service’ officers to other posts, a Russian intelligence source said on Tuesday, RIA Novosti informed.

Ukraine earlier ordered 19 Federal Security Service (FSB) officers to leave Sevastopol, where the fleet is based, before December 28.

“The special service command has already left Sevastopol,” the source said. “Black Sea Fleet counterintelligence officers will be moved from Sevastopol to Novorossiisk.”

He said the Russian counterintelligence officers had been based in the Crimea with the permission of Ukraine, which had sought cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism.

However, after the August 2008 war in Georgia, Valentyn Nalivaichenko, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, said the FSB presence was unnecessary.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko pledged last Monday to force Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to leave the Crimea before 2017.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet uses a range of naval facilities in the Crimea, including the Sevastopol base, as part of a 10-year lease agreement signed in 1997.

Yushchenko has led calls for Russia to pack up and pull out of Ukraine when the lease expires in 2017, although Russia hopes to extend it.

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Naftogaz to pay $770 mln for November deliveries of Russian gas

Posted by the Editor on December 2, 2009


News / 2 December 2009 | 14:49

Naftogaz to pay $770 mln for November deliveries of Russian gas

Naftogaz to pay $770 mln for November deliveries of Russian gas

Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz will pay about $770 million in December for Russian natural gas deliveries in November, acting Ukrainian Finance Minister Ihor Umanskiy said on Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti.

Naftogaz CEO Oleh Dubyna earlier said that Ukraine would pay for Russia’s November gas deliveries on time.

“I can say that we’ll pay for November, December and January and everything will be ok,” he said.

Ukraine’s Naftogaz paid for Russian natural gas deliveries in October on schedule.

Russia, which supplies around one quarter of Europe’s gas, briefly shut down supplies via Ukraine’s pipeline system at the start of the year amid a dispute unpaid bills and new prices.

The conflict was resolved in January, when Putin and Tymoshenko reached a deal on imports and transit for 2009.

Ukraine transits around 80% of Russia’s Europe-bound gas.

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Yushchenko signs bill on responsibility for racial, ethnic, religious hate

Posted by the Editor on December 2, 2009


News / 2 December 2009 | 13:07

Yushchenko signs bill on responsibility for racial, ethnic, religious hate

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has signed into law the bill strengthening responsibility for crimes motivated by racial, ethnic or religious intolerance.

The law on amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine (concerning responsibility for crimes based on racial, ethnic or religious hatred) was adopted on November 5.

Particularly, it says that those crimes, as well as discrimination for gender, social or property status, residence, language and other differences, are punished with fine of 200 – 500 minimum incomes, or deprivation of freedom for a term of up to five years with a ban on taking certain posts or engaging in certain activities over a term of up to three years.

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Ukraine-Russia crew of Silvretta bulker attacked by pirates off Nigeria

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News / 2 December 2009 | 10:59

Ukraine-Russia crew of Silvretta bulker attacked by pirates off Nigeria

A Ukraine-Russian crew of the Silvretta bulk carrier has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria, UKRINFORM reported quoting the Maritime Bulletin Sovfracht. 

The ship heaved to 20 miles from Lagos, Nigeria. A boat with 9 pirates rushed into the bulker at night and beat the captain and other sailors. They also robbed the captain’s safe and stole the sailors’ valuables and disappeared. 

A Switzerland-flagged Silvretta bulk carries was operated by Suisse-Atlantique Societe de Nav. Maritime S.A., Lausanne. 

“This was a purely Ukrainian or Russian-Ukrainian crew – 23 persons,” the statement reads. 

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