Tag: Ukraine

Thanks to Sanctions, Russia Is Cushioned From Coronavirus’ Economic Shocks

MOSCOW — Six years ago, the United States and the European Union slammed the door on Western bank loans for Russian companies, starving the country’s oil and banking industries of financing. The harsh measures were intended to punish Russia for military interventions in Ukraine and Syria and for meddling in the 2016 American election to […]

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Not Just a Crisis: Coronavirus Is a Test for Putin’s Security State

MOSCOW — For Vladimir V. Putin’s budding police state, the coronavirus is an unexpected dress rehearsal. As the Russian president has consolidated power, the police and security services have spent years upgrading their capabilities, from facial-recognition tools to crowd-control methods. Now, the spread of the virus provides a sudden test for those capabilities — and […]

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Ukrainian ‘Railroad Ladies’

Ukraine has long been consumed by turmoil: political prosecutions, a stalemated war in the east and the loss of its territory to an aggressive Russian neighbor, not to mention rampant corruption and a troubled economy. It’s easy to understand, then, why people here pay little attention to the women they see from their train windows, […]

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Republicans, Egged On by Trump, Scrutinize Hunter Biden as His Father Surges

WASHINGTON — Republicans are wielding the power of their Senate majority to intensify an election-year investigation of Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian energy firm, putting new scrutiny on the son of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the former vice president re-emerges as President Trump’s chief rival for the presidency. In elevating questions about the […]

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Ukraine’s Zelensky Fires His Cabinet

MOSCOW — Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, fired his cabinet of ministers on Wednesday after suggesting in a speech that they had become overly solicitous of Western nations that financially support Ukraine by appointing foreigners to the boards of state companies. “With all respect to our international partners and with all appreciation for their help, the […]

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Trump, Returning to Retribution, Withdraws Pentagon Nomination

WASHINGTON — President Trump returned on Monday to his post-impeachment score-settling, withdrawing the nomination of Elaine McCusker to a top Defense Department post. Ms. McCusker had questioned the suspension of assistance to Ukraine, a central line of inquiry in the president’s impeachment. White House aides had forecast the punishment for Ms. McCusker last month, around […]

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Ukraine Is Threatening to Arrest Its Former President

MOSCOW — The Ukrainian police on Friday questioned Ukraine’s former president, Petro O. Poroshenko, after threatening to arrest him if he failed to appear, in what a growing chorus of critics including the European Union say is a politically motivated vendetta. They say the failure of the United States to discourage the new Ukrainian government’s […]

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Uniting Trumpers, Never Trumpers and Democrats With a New Deputy at the State Dept.

WASHINGTON — When Stephen E. Biegun was sworn in as deputy secretary of state, it was in front of an unusual crowd at the State Department — one that included loyalists to President Trump, but also a mix of Never Trumpers and Democrats. Denis R. McDonough, President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff and […]

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Pessimistic Outlook in Russia Slows Investment, and the Economy

MOSCOW — Last year, Russia set a goal to quicken its economic expansion — to grow faster than the world as a whole — as a way to secure the country’s position as a dominant global power. So far, the plan is off to a sputtering start. President Vladimir V. Putin’s proposal, which struck some […]

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Bolton Hints at Further Revelations if He Overcomes White House ‘Censorship’

DURHAM, N.C. — John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Trump, suggested on Monday that his unpublished book contained far more revelations than just the campaign to pressure Ukraine for help with domestic politics but said he was fighting “censorship” by the White House. In his first public appearance since the Senate […]

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Trump Forgot He Lied, Now Admits He Sent Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to Dig Up Dirt on Bidens

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Trump is out here like a black father who just got his tax returns: You really can’t tell him shit now! Since his impeachment acquittal, Trump’s so hopped up on Adderall, baby calf blood and Russian whore urine that he’s now telling on himself and he doesn’t even give a […]

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Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Envoy, Offers Sober Appraisal of U.S. Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who became a central witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, delivered a candid and at times stark assessment Wednesday of the declining health of American diplomacy. In her first public remarks since her testimony in November in the impeachment proceedings, Ms. Yovanovitch appeared […]

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Trump’s Mob-Boss Mentality Has Only Strengthened Since His Impeachment Acquittal

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) During Trump’s impeachment trial, a rumor began circulating that the president of the United States had threatened GOP senators that their heads would be on a “pike” if they didn’t support Trump. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) noted that the president was mob-bossing from the White House, but South Carolina […]

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Justice Dept. Reviewing Information From Giuliani on the Bidens, Graham Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has begun receiving information obtained by Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, from Ukraine about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday. Mr. Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a vocal Trump […]

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Republican Senators Tried to Stop Trump From Firing Impeachment Witness

WASHINGTON — A handful of Republican senators tried to stop President Trump from firing Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified in the House impeachment hearings, but the president relieved the diplomat of his post anyway, according to people briefed on the discussions. The senators were concerned that it would look […]

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Trump Defends Firing Alexander Vindman

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the national security aide who was marched out of the White House on Friday by security officers, calling the decorated Army officer who testified at a House impeachment hearing “very insubordinate.” Mr. Trump denigrated Colonel Vindman, a veteran of […]

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Republicans in Senate Press On With Investigation Into Hunter Biden

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Senate acquitting President Trump in an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Republican senators are pressing ahead with their probes into the finances of Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Last year, the top […]

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Trump to Offer Formal Response to Acquittal in Senate Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to make a formal response at noon on Thursday to his acquittal in a Senate impeachment trial during a statement from the White House after making clear at a prayer breakfast earlier in the day that he remains deeply angry and aggrieved. The president stayed out of public view on […]

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At National Prayer Breakfast, Trump Lashes Out at Impeachment Foes

WASHINGTON — President Trump, a day after being acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial, used a national prayer breakfast on Thursday to lash out at his political opponents, accusing them of being “very dishonest and corrupt people” who are trying to destroy him and the country. Explicitly rejecting the message of tolerance offered at the […]

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It’s Over: Trump Acquitted of Impeachment Charges by the Senate

WASHINGTON — So much for the impeachment of President Trump. The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to acquit Trump for asking a foreign country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, closing a four-month political drama with a stunning display of Trump’s dominance over congressional Republicans. Only one Republican senator broke from Trump: Utah’s Mitt Romney, […]

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President Trump’s Defenders Are Wrong. He May Have Broken the Law.

I am a Republican and former federal prosecutor who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. But I was deeply dismayed by the way his lawyers defended his misbegotten dealings with Ukraine during the Senate impeachment trial. Unlike Mr. Trump’s supporters, I believe the president might well be guilty of breaking the law. Even without the […]

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Beyond the Partisan Fight, a Wealth of Evidence About Trump and Ukraine

WASHINGTON — When all the partisan posturing, parliamentary wrangling and legalistic arguing are stripped away, the impeachment process that dominated Washington for months produced a set of facts that is largely beyond dispute: The president of the United States pressured a foreign government to take actions aimed at his political opponents. As the Senate moved […]

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Audio Captured Iran Plane Downing: ‘That Surely Is the Light From a Missile’

MOSCOW — Moments after an Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit mistakenly launched a missile at a Ukrainian passenger jet, the pilot of a nearby airliner radioed air traffic controllers to report an alarming streak of light in the sky and then a midair explosion. “Flares on route, as if from a missile,” the pilot reported to […]

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