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I wouldn't necessarily say that the mainstream media is ignoring Zelensky's statement. (NY Times, Washington Post analysis, Fox News). However, he made the statement at the end of September, and it's now almost the end of October, so it's "old news". Unless something new happens to re-reference it, it's unlikely to still be covered by anyone. That said, ...


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Please, understand me in a right way - I'm not position myself as pro-Trump/pro-democrat - it is inner deals of foreign country for me, like a chess party. But this is just interesting question, I think - as things start going fast. Given this, I’m going to take a step back here and look at a fundamental underlying question here: Does [anything at all] ...


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Given how Zelensky was willing to agree with everything that Trump was saying in that conversation, it shouldn't be too surprising that Zelenskiy agreeing with Trump in public too doesn't seem terribly genuine. Zelensky was fawning to Trump to such an extent that EU decided to comment: According to the White House’s rough transcript of the call, Trump ...


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No, it was illegal. Jay Ulfelder discussed this topic among others in a nice blogpost I quote for convenience: The vote to remove Yanukovych doesn’t seem to have followed constitutional procedures. Under Articles 108-112 of Ukraine’s constitution (here), there are four ways a sitting president may leave office between elections: resignation, ...


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To me, it's like accusing someone of pressuring someone else and the person supposedly being pressured says they are not being pressured You seem to be missing the whole point of pressuring someone: to make them do what you want them to do. If someone is being held hostage, do you believe them if they say they're not being held hostage? Of course not. The ...


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There are multiple reasons, both tactical and strategic. The main ones are: Geopolitics. Basically, Russia has no natural defensive perimeter of its core. Thus, its permanent strategy is to surround itself with satellite states which provide defense in depth and natural defensive perimeters of their own. This is elaborated extensively on in Statfor ...


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Richard Nixon was the last president to record his phone calls, and they were used against him in his impeachment. Between 1974 and 2017, presidents have not recorded their phone calls, instead relying on written transcripts by those intelligence officials listening in on the call. In 2017, President Trump further restricted who was allowed to listen in on ...


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A US president is trying to pressure a foreign nation into attacking his electoral competition by withholding aid. With a concrete record of this happening. It is a clear case of someone twisting foreign policy for his personal gain. Foreign policy is supposed to be decided in the interests of the nation, not to benefit the guy put in charge of the nation. ...


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Economic migration (temporary or more permanent) is considered the main factor. This is quite apparent in the Eastern EU countries. Note that the official EU terminology is "mobility" not migration, inside the Single Market. (Source.) Bruegel has roughly the same info as a graph over time. Something a bit similar happens to Ukraine's workforce, even ...


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NBC has this rebuttal from Yovanovitch's lawyers: Yovanovitch's lawyers rate Trump's embassy portrait claim Pinocchio worthy Lawyers for former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch say President Donald Trump’s claim that she refused to hang his picture in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine is false. “The Embassy in Kyiv hung the official photographs ...


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The US's only interest in Ukraine is to keep Russia out of Ukraine. The US maintains a containment strategy on Russia, meaning that it tries to keep Russia from expanding and becoming a powerful empire and military adversary. It does not want Russia to expand into its former USSR territories. NATO exists for this express purpose to defend nations against the ...


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False First let's clarify what the comment is about. The most relevant figure to the "a contraction of the GDP by a half" seems to refer to Ukraine's GDP in US$, of which there is some data 2013: US$183.31 billion. 2014: US$133.503 billion. 2015: US$91.031 billion. 2016: US$93.27 billion. Between 2013 and 2015 the GDP was, effectively, halved. But the ...


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According to justsecurity.org which provides a timeline which starts with: September 28, 2018 – Congress enacts a Department of Defense spending bill that includes $250 million in Ukrainian military assistance funding. Later appropriations bills provided additional funding for Ukraine. That date links to H.R.6157 - Department of Defense and Labor, Health ...


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By some metrics, Ukraine's GDP was divided by two between 2013 and 2015. However, this is misleading. As a consequence of war, annexation of Crimea, and a 70%-devaluation of Ukrainian currency, a brut series of Ukrainian GDP labelled in US$ shows that it contracted by a half between 2013 and 2015. But if we consider real activity (corrected from currency ...


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Ambassador Sondland is a hotel magnate who Donald Trump elevated to Ambassador to the EU as a reward for large campaign contributions during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The actual Ambassador to Ukraine, Maria Yovanovitch, was a career diplomat and a longtime member of the US Foreign Service with a degree in Russian Studies from Princeton. While ...


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I would summarize it the following way. Basically, Prometheism. Prometheism is an anti-Russian ideology invented in Poland during the 1910s aimed to disintegration of the Russian Empire and later, the Soviet Union. The Poles put an aim to help any separatist movements inside Russia and to support anti-Russian attitude among Russian neighbours. Prometheism ...


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Same reason why everyone allowed Hitler to gobble up part of Czechoslovakia back in 1938. Nobody wants to start a war with Russia over this. The West bluffed. Putin, accurately reading Obama, called their bluff. For a more expanded treatment (leading to the same conclusion but from a bit more of an expert), see Niall Ferguson's article in Wall Street ...


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It's honestly still too early to tell, but all indications are that the publication of the call memorandum has not stopped calls for impeachment. Democrats have found the memo itself troubling enough. Elizabeth Warren tweeted this in response to the release: This "transcript" itself is a smoking gun. If this is the version of events the president's team ...


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Yes, it's "irregular" (but "not as outlandish as it could be") Ambassador Taylor, in the opening statement of his public testimony before congress referred to the diplomatic channel of which Sondland was a part as the irregular channel (quoting from the transcription by rev.com): At the same time, however, I encountered an irregular, informal channel of ...


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According to the rules of both the Senate and House of Representatives, committee hearings may be held behind closed doors when they involve matters that could endanger national security, harm an ongoing investigation, cause a deep invasion of an individual's privacy, and a variety of other situations along those lines. Presumably, the hearings on Ukraine ...


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The most accurate answer would be: they do, despite they are not obliged to. The text of Budapest Memorandum says: The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a ...


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One word: MRDA, short for: Mandy Rice-Davies Applies. MRDA, an abbreviation for Mandy Rice-Davies Applies, is Internet slang meaning "well he would say that, wouldn't he?" It is used to indicate scepticism of a claim due to the obvious bias of the person making the claim. Wikipedia / MRDA (slang) While giving evidence at Ward's trial, Rice-Davies made ...


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When the Russian soldiers first deployed in the Crimea, Turchynov feared that any provocation would lead to a full scale war, a war he'd have very little chance of winning. He compared the situation with the Russian deployment in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (which started under the same general pretense of protecting the Russian citizens there): "Russia ...


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Legal Usage of Force Under the UN charter, military force can only be used for self-defense or when deployed be the international community for collective security. 'Collective security' is to be determined by the UN Security Council. Source: Article 42 of the United Nations Charter The Problems with Crimea The central problem is that Russia used ...


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I'll preface this answer by saying that Initially I intended to gather data in support of my initial speculation: that population decline is due to economic migration. After gathering data I have decided however to keep this answer as pure data and let others provide answers based on any specific country's situation. This might be considered a "support" ...


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This is news from a month ago with respect to what the Ukrainians might have in terms of records on that conversation: Ukraine’s political opposition is calling on President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office to release its version of a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that has led to impeachment hearings in the United States. Opposition MP ...


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Yes, many would see the visa-free travel to the EU as an important thing, and the key words here are: reputation, acknowledgement, and recognition. The EU officials make a clear link between the Ukraine's elimination the corruption and organized crime and, on the other hand, receiving the visa-free travel. Visa-free travel is often perceived as an ability ...


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As far as I knew, Russia invaded Ukraine because Ukraine wanted to join the West. The situation wasn't quite so simple. Western Ukraine wanted to join the West, Eastern Ukraine wanted stronger ties with Russia, and the political balance was razor thin. In 2007 parliamentary elections, the breakdown was as follows: Orange Parties (Pro-Western) Yulia ...


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Republicans, seeking to defend the July 25 telephone conversation have been frustrated because the White House that has actively blocked or refused to cooperate in their own defense. If the verbatim transcription would provide the administration with an effective defense, the refusal, or neglect to provide exculpatory evidence gives the appearance that the ...


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There can be multiple answers on this question. Official position of Ukraine is: "Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America". Other official entities follow the same pattern. Here's how "The Telegraph" puts it: 7. It’s not The Ukraine The English-speaking world commonly referred to the country as The Ukraine. That is, until independence in ...


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