A Short List of New Ukrainian Film Hits

At the beginning of 20th century, Ukraine’s cinema was world famous, largely thanks to its revered filmmaker Oleksandr Dovzhenko. Considered to be the father of Ukrainian cinema and one of the key figures of Soviet avant-garde, Dovzhenko made films that have inspired generations of Ukrainian filmmakers to create films of great poetic symbolism that were…

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Finland’s End of Military Neutrality a ‘Mistake,’ Putin Tells Finnish President

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday about the Nordic country’s application for NATO membership, expected to be announced this weekend, his office said. The phone call, which was “initiated by Finland… was direct and straightforward and it was conducted without aggravations. Avoiding tensions was considered important,” Niinisto was…

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Pentagon Chief Urges ‘Immediate’ Ukraine Ceasefire in Call With Russian Counterpart

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday to move immediately to implement a ceasefire in Ukraine, in their first conversation since before the war began, the Pentagon said. “Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The Pentagon…

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Finland’s NATO Membership ‘Definitely’ Threatens Russia – Kremlin

Finland’s possible NATO membership “definitely” threatens Russia’s security, the Kremlin said Thursday, adding that Moscow is ready to take further steps to “balance the situation.” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said their country must “apply for NATO membership without a delay” in a joint statement Thursday after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

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Russia Pushes Law to Force Taxi Apps to Share Data With Spy Agency

Russia’s government has put forward a law to force ride-hailing apps to give the FSB domestic intelligence agency real-time access to their data. “The document prescribes the obligation of the taxi ordering service to provide the FSB with automated remote access to the information systems and databases used to receive, store, process and transmit taxi orders,” a statement published Wednesday by the lower-house State Duma…

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Siemens Announces Russia Exit Over Ukraine War

German manufacturing giant Siemens announced Thursday that the company will “wind down” its presence in the Russian market following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.  In a statement, Siemens CEO Roland Busch vowed that the firm would “continue to support” its estimated 2,900 Russian employees and provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. “This was not an easy decision,…

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Works on pre-assembly of Unit 1 outer containment dome start at Rooppur NPP

Works on pre-assembly of Unit 1 outer containment dome have started at the construction site of Rooppur NPP in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (General Designer and General Contractor – ROSATOM Engineering Division). Assembly and subsequent erection and concreting works are performed by specialists of Trest RosSEM LLC branch office (part of Rosatom’s Engineering Division)…

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Occupied Ukrainian Territories Will Ask to ‘Join Russia’ — Reports

Officials in Russian-occupied Kherson will petition the Kremlin to formally recognize the southern Ukrainian region as part of the Russian Federation, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday. The Russian military gained control of the Kherson region in late April, replacing its Ukrainian leadership with a pro-Moscow “military-civilian administration” and transitioning to the Russian…

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Wildfires Kill 8 in Siberia

This story has been updated with Putin’s comments, and corrected to remove a 2020 quote from the Russian Emergency Situations Minister. At least eight people have been killed in wildfires in the Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, local authorities said Wednesday. “The fires were caused by short circuits in electrical wiring and power lines, and dry grass…

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