Generally good climate for presidential election marred by public TV’s bias in favour of incumbent

first_img No constraints were placed on either the local or international media in the course of their coverage of the Maldivian president elections, but state-owned TV broadcaster MTV failed to observe the required balance in its coverage of the two candidates’ activities between the first and second round, which is taking place today, Reporters Without Borders said. September 12, 2018 Find out more Follow the news on Maldives Receive email alerts RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist MaldivesAsia – Pacific No constraints were placed on either the local or international media in the course of their coverage of the Maldivian president elections, but state-owned TV broadcaster MTV failed to observe the required balance in its coverage of the two candidates’ activities between the first and second round, which is taking place today, Reporters Without Borders said. The elections, in which President Abdul Gayoom of the ruling Maldivian People’s Party (DRP) is pitted against Mohamed “Anni” Nashed of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), are widely regarded as historic as the government has for the first time allowed opposition parties to take part.While MTV undeniably made consistent efforts to allow opposition representatives, including MDP leaders, to speak on the air, the government still got the lion’s share of air time, the press freedom organisation said.“We hail the government’s efforts to guarantee a satisfactory level of freedom and safety for both Maldivian and foreign journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We nonetheless regret that it did not go the whole way by ensuring the ruling party and the opposition got the same amount of time on the public TV station.” The organisation added: “We call on the winner of this historic election to work during the coming years to ensure that press freedom takes a lasting hold in the Maldives.”During yesterday’s 2 p.m. news programme on MTV, the opposition was given 5 minutes 35 seconds of air time, while the ruling party got nine minutes and the government got another five minutes. Similarly, during MTV’s news programmes on 24 October, the opposition candidate got 6 minutes and 40 seconds while the ruling part got 14 minutes 37 seconds and the government got 9 minutes 52 seconds.The day before, the bias in favour of the president and the ruling party was even greater. The DRP got 13 minutes 14 seconds of air time and the government got 5 minutes 25 seconds, while opposition candidate Nashed’s supporters only got 9 minutes 53 seconds. On 21 October, the DRP was accorded twice as much air time as the MDP.Reporters Without Borders measured MTV’s allocation of air time systematically during the 10 days prior to today’s polling.The organisation did learn of a few sporadic incidents during the election. A journalist employed by the pro-opposition newspaper Haama Daily was, for example, asked to leave a news conference held by the government. News RSF_en News to go further October 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Generally good climate for presidential election marred by public TV’s bias in favour of incumbent July 15, 2020 Find out more News News April 23, 2018 Find out more RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Location Nixed for New Fair Haven Borough Hall, Police Station

first_imgThat’s why the borough is now looking at building new structures in the Fisk Street parking lot, which the borough already owns, he said. Fisk Street is already home to the borough police department building, which is deteriorating in certain parts, has mold issues and is not ADA-compliant. “There’s many, many options other than taking a good person’s building and displacing several businesses. The neighbors next door don’t like it, the businesses don’t like it,” said resident Diane Mevorach at the session. “It’s just a minute down the street. We’re only 1.6 square miles. We don’t need 13,000 square feet.” By Allison Perrine FAIR HAVEN – A controversial plan to purchase property at 623 River Road for municipal use was nixed last week, as the borough council unanimously voted to drop the proposed ordinance. At a Feb. 24 council meeting, Jen Portman, owner of Synergy Hot Yoga, explained that her business and others in the building at 623 River Road have been committed to the town and were “outraged” when they learned of the plans, according to borough minutes. She said that businesses are being “forced out” of the building and likely out of town. Noting that Synergy has members who used the space, she said she hoped the borough would reconsider the plans. “That whole concept plan was viewed through a lens that was certainly different or shattered by COVID,” Lucarelli told The Two River Times. “It won’t be what we could have had or what might have been, but we’ll make it work.” Put forth at the July 13 meeting, council members voted to withdraw ordinance No. 2020-02 to purchase the property. The decision to do so was born out of the borough’s facilities committee, according to Mayor Ben Lucarelli. Despite not moving forward with the purchase of 623 River Road, Lucarelli said work is still needed for the police station and community center. Necessary upgrades have been discussed by the council for the past two years; other sites have been considered, like the former Sunoco station, but were not deemed suitable. “We looked at renovating it and that was a large number, and you still had an old building that really didn’t work – the same old wiring, the same plumbing,” said Lucarelli. The borough is now doing design studies to judge the square footage and see if everything will fit, he added. The borough council officially scrapped plans to purchase the property at 623 River Road for a new police station and borough hall. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Wulfhorst The article originally appeared in the July 23 – 29, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. But residents publicly took issue with the idea at multiple meetings about the plans. At a March 5 Q&A session presented by borough administrator Theresa Casagrande, nearly 100 residents turned out and argued that the estimated $20 million project was too expensive and said the council was not transparent about its intentions. The plan was to relocate the police station, borough hall and council chambers to the property, a 13,484-square-foot brick building on a 1.44-acre parcel. It is owned by Reiss Manufacturing, Inc. and has an assessed valuation of $2,788,500. It is occupied by several businesses, including Synergy Hot Yoga, Steve Scanlon Photography, Live Well Physical Therapy, Rosenberg and Fecci and more. The existing borough hall would then be converted into a library and community center.last_img read more

Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Jeremie Miller is a revered figure among developers, best known for building XMPP, the open source protocol that powers most of the Instant Messaging apps in the world. Now Miller has raised funds and is building a team that will develop software aimed directly at the future of the web. Called The Locker Project, the open source service will capture what’s called exhaust data from users’ activities around the web and offline via sensors, put it firmly in their own possesion and then allow them to run local apps that are built to leverage their data. Miller’s three person company, Singly, will provide the corporate support that the open source project needs in order to remain viable. I’m very excited about this project; Miller’s backgrounds, humble brilliance and vision for app-enabling my personal data history is very exciting to me.Here’s how The Locker Project will work. Users will be able to download the data capture and storage code and run it on their own server, or sign up for hosted service – like WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Then the service will pull in and archive all kinds of data that the user has permission to access and store into the user’s personal Locker: Tweets, photos, videos, click-stream, check-ins, data from real-world sensors like heart monitors, health records and financial records like transaction histories. Where data extraction is made easy already by APIs or feeds, Lockers will pull it that way. Where the data is appealing and the Locker community is motivated to do so, data connectors will be built.Searching those data archives has been a technical challenge for many other startups, but the Locker team says it is trivial for them – because they only have to build search to scale across your personal data and the data you’ve been given permission to access by members of your network.Seach and sharing across a user’s network will be powered by Miller’s eagerly-anticipated open source P2P project called Telehash, described as “a new wire protocol for exchanging JSON in a real-time and fully decentralized manner, enabling applications to connect directly and participate as servers on the edge of the network.”The team was not yet willing to disclose the identities of its investors on the record.Apps on Your PlatformBuilding a developer ecosystem is going to be the team’s biggest priority. What will apps look like in the Locker ecosystem? They’ll be pieces of software run locally on top of your personal locker and across any of your network connections that give them permission. The app model is a compelling one and provides a logical source of revenue for Locker and Singly. Presumably they will monetize sales of apps.The team is collecting video testimonials from industry luminaries about what kinds of apps they’d like to see built on top of their data. Singly won first prize in the startup competition at the O’Reilly Strata conference and Tim O’Reilly himself later gave the project a shout-out in a panel on data ownership.The team behind the project say they fantasize about apps like:food recommendations in neighborhoods they’ve visited from restaurants their friends have checked in at a newsfeed filtering out what their click-stream history shows they’ve already readpre-diagnosis of possible medical conditions based on personal medical and other history.Your personal data will likely be of interest on its own, as a type of diary, but it’s probably going to be much more interesting and useful when cross-referenced with other sets of data. Those other sets of data will provide context, surfacing correlations and patterns that would otherwise be invisible. Recommendations, personalization, alerts, benchmarks, social and self assessment: the types of value adds that can be built on top of a good data set are just beginning to be explored. And there are few data sets as interesting, to you, than you.Part of a Big PictureSee also: The Coming Data ExplosionExhaust data, data created as a matter of course by our various activities on and offline but to date under-utilized, is believed by many to be the next big frontier in the creation of apps, services and value in many forms. That’s presuming that things like privacy, permissions, data transmission, storage and more can be done right. The Locker Project aims to do that by doing everything on a personal scale.Kaliya Hamlin, long-time online identity expert and now Executive Director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Collaborative Consortium, is enthusiastic. Hamlin says Miller’s project is “a great development from the perspective of this emerging market/ecosystem happening. Others are looking at getting into the personal data store market as well, personal.com is coming to market for example, services businesses too – this is really happening.”In a blog post on the sector in general earlier this week, Hamlin put it this way:“A nascent but growing industry of personal data storage services is emerging. These strive to allow individuals to collect their own personal data to manage it and then give permissioned access to their digital footprint to the business and services they choose–businesses they trust to provide better customization, more relevant search results, and real value for the user from their data.”She also expects the personal data market to become subject to extensive regulation soon.Miller says that some ad industry people he’s spoken with hope that an independent system for data stores under the control of consumers themselves will help create an atmosphere concerning liability more amenable to innovation on top of that data than exists today. Advertisers are interested of course, but far more app developers will likely seek to build on top of that data once it’s accessible and properly permissioned.The people behind The Locker Project will have no shortage of issues to tackle trying to take a distributed, open-source, app-centric approach to leadership in an emerging era of data. It wouldn’t be the first time that Jeremie Miller has managed to change the world though. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Data Portability#Data Services#web last_img read more

New Startup Gives CIOs Some Cloud Control

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s hard to believe, but just 10 years ago open source was considered “communist,” an anti-American cancer and the terror of corporate legal departments everywhere. Now, as a recent Harvard Business Review article reports, it’s business as usual. Mundane, even. Developers are to blame. Getting projects done proved far easier with open-source software than protracted licensing negotiations for proprietary software.Now this same human desire to evade bureaucracy and foster productivity is driving broad adoption of cloud services, and this time it’s not just developers driving adoption. Lines of business executives are also encouraging Shadow IT to skirt enterprise policies. The catch is that it is also introducing all sorts of security and management quandaries. Skyhigh Networks, a new startup launching today and funded by Greylock, aims to give CIOs insight and some control over these cloud services without becoming a bottleneck on productivity.Data Security And Shadow ITToday, services like Dropbox, for storage, and Remember The Milk, for task tracking, are used by employees in most Global 2000 enterprises, but rarely with the approval, or even knowledge, of corporate IT departments. Indeed, the use of cloud-based services is by now so widespread that corporate IT really has little insight into the pervasiveness of these cloud services within their organizations, as cloud pundit Ben Kepes has blogged.Cloud services help achieve a goal which companies strive for, efficiency. However, cloud services can also be problematic, as they bypass the corporate infrastructure. No big deal, right? Wrong. For example, services may have user agreements that, clicked through quickly by impatient users, transfer IP-ownership over any data stored through their services. Cloud services may also store data in a way that allows information to be hacked by dangerous third parties.Like the enterprise IT reaction against open-source software 10 years ago, there is a reflexive urge to just say no to cloud services and try to shut down all but a short list of approved ones. Good luck with that. It’s too late to try and cap cloud service adoption. A better approach is to get visibility into all the services running today, put in policies for their safe use, and let employees choose the services that work best for them. Just as happened with open source. Once IT got open-source software blessed by the legal department, with the risks understood and managed safely, there was no looking back. It’s everywhere now. Giving The CIO (Some) Cloud ControlEnter Skyhigh Networks. Skyhigh lets IT say “yes” by giving an enterprise visibility into all the cloud services employees are already using (usually 10X what IT has already formally approved), and providing tools to manage any risks and enable adoption.  Skyhigh offers a cloud-based service that is frictionless to central IT and user experience. Give it 30 minutes and it will cleverly discover all third-party cloud services employees have running (e.g., Dropbox, Box, MindtheMilk, Salesforce.com, etc.), and show you a list of the most dangerous. Skyhigh already has risk profiles on more than 2,000 of the most popular enterprise services using risk metrics from the Cloud Security Alliance, which rates 50+ parameters for both security and legal risk. When IT sees everything running, it can put in place governance policies for employees to safely use all but the most dangerous cloud services. Instead of the CI”no” you have the CIO as guide, enabler, trusted adviser. Want a free pass to try Skyhigh? Here you go.Going forward the service will also analyze use of these services for anomalies, powered by a Hadoop cluster engine. If a service or user behaves outside their norm, Skyhigh can alert IT. Finally, Skyhigh can also meter usage to compare to one’s subscription agreements. One Skyhigh customer found that it was using 5,000 fewer Salesforce.com seats than it had purchased. That quickly translated into money in the customer’s bank.Skyhigh is currently being piloted by a handful of Fortune 20 companies, half-a-dozen Fortune 100 companies and another dozen ‘normal’ size companies like Netflix and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In each case, CIOs thought they had 25 to 70 cloud services running. An educated guess, but wrong. The fewest they found was 200+ and in two instances 2,000+, one of which includes a company known for its buttoned-down approach to security.There’s no going back on cloud computing. Like open source, it’s here to stay. But also like open source, the best way for enterprise IT to confront the cloud is to understand and enable its sensible use. Skyhigh may offer a serious step toward that goal.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Matt Asay Tags:#CIO#cloud#Open Source#security#Skyhigh Networks center_img Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

first_imgAT&T is telling its customers that the “recent hullaballoo” over unlocking consumer devices is all just a lot of needless hand waving, and that its customers were never affected by recent interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).According to AT&T, the issue of unlocking cell phones was never going to be a problem for its customers.Consumer concerns over prohibitions reached a fever pitch this year, after the Librarian of Congress performed a review of the DMCA back in October. In that review, the Librarian let the exemption that enabled consumers to unlock their phones without legal retribution expire on January 26.This led to many in the mobile phone sector, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, interpret the clause’s expiration as any attempt to unlock a phone would be deemed illegal to unlock a mobile device.“If a court rules in favor of the carriers, penalties can be stiff – up to $2,500 per unlocked phone in a civil suit, and $500,000 or five years in prison in a criminal case where the unlocking is done for ‘commercial advantage’,” the EFF wrote back in January.As part of a public response, a White House petition was created that called for making unlocked cell phones legal again. The petition garnered 14,000 more signatures than the required 100,000 needed to get an official response.(See also The White House Agrees: Unlocking Your Cellphone Should Be Legal.)This week, the issue came to a head again when the White House, instead of giving one of its carefully worded neutral responses, came out to blast the interpretation of the DMCA rule.David Edelmen, senior advisor for the Internet, innovation and privacy at the White House, wrote:“The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs.Today, however, AT&T is clouding the issue somewhat by saying that as it sees the Librarian’s October ruling, the question about unlocking cell phones was never a problem. Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory, wrote:“While we think the Librarian’s careful decision was reasonable, the fact is that it has very little impact on AT&T customers. As we make clear on our website, if we have the unlock code or can reasonably get it from the manufacturer, AT&T currently will unlock a device for any customer whose account has been active for at least sixty days; whose account is in good standing and has no unpaid balance; and who has fulfilled his or her service agreement commitment. If the conditions are met we will unlock up to five devices per account per year. We will not unlock devices that have been reported lost or stolen.”So, was all of the fuss about cell phone unlocking much ado about nothing? Perhaps. For its part, AT&T doesn’t seem to have a problem with the unlocking policy.“We believe this policy is fully consistent with the White House statement from earlier this week – namely that if a customer has paid for his or her device and is no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation, the customer should be able to use the device on another network. We hope this clears up any confusion,” Marsh added.When reached for additional comment, an AT&T spokesperson simply replied, “The blog post simply reiterates our standing policy.”It may not clear up the confusion, because one has to wonder what would happen if a carrier decided to not let its customers unlock their phones. Would the DMCA, then, have the teeth that the EFF and others have warned us about?For now, we have AT&T’s word that it will allow phone unlocking for its customers, and one should expect clarifying statements from the other carriers soon. The DMCA could still be a problem in other ways, but as long as carriers don’t care, the ruling from the Librarian will not affect the status quo.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. With thanks to Dan Rowinski for reporting help. brian proffitt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#AT&T#Cell phones#DMCA last_img read more

The Antidote to Hope is Action

first_imgHope. The very word suggests that one believes what they want is out of their control. Something unavailable to them without divine intervention. It suggests passivity and waiting. Hope and waiting are the twin diseases of the disempowered, those who believe they lack agency.Of all the strategies one might choose to produce better results, hope should not be one of them, least of all the reliance on a luck, or chance, or circumstances to unfold in a way that is favorable to you. Any strategy that requires that one do nothing but wish for what they want is to believe that reality in some way resembles a fairy tale.The antidote for the infection or the disease called hope is massive action. Hope indicates that you know what you want, and that is an excellent place to start – something many people haven’t yet figured out. Hope suggests that you have a goal of some sort, some sort of future state that finds you in a better position than the one in which you find yourself now. In the long history of success, hope’s role has been to disappoint those who rely on it for help.If there is something that you want, it is certain someone already has it. And because someone already has what you want, the strategies, tactics, and actions necessary to create it are well-known (and with equal certainty, books and courses are available to you). To hope is to ignore the strategies and tactics, and refuse to take the actions necessary to bring what you want in life. The energy you expel hoping, and being disappointed, is better spent doing what is necessary to have whatever it is you want.Good things don’t happen to you. They happen because of you. If you want to increase the chances that Fortune occasionally smiles on you, let her see you working like you don’t need her help. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorra

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has signed the son of Tito Vilanova for FC Andorra.Adria Vilanova is already training with Andorra, reports Sport.Adria came through Barcelona’s academy and was a highly-rated centre-back as a teenager. While with Barça B he joined Hercules on loan before moving to Mallorca B this season. His switch to FC Andorra is a step up to an ambitious club with the aim of re-finding his best football. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

IRClass Wins ERS Contract for 33 SCI Ships

first_imgzoomHead of Technical for IRClass, C. R. Venugopal. Image Courtesy: IRClass Ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), to undertake emergency response service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The contract, effective from the end of February 2019, will cover oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships.According to IRClass, the ERS is aimed at providing technical support by way of an assessment of the damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident such as grounding, collision or fire.Issues potentially arising from such incidents include excessive trim/heel, loss of stability, progressive flooding, structural impairment, etc.On alerting the relevant communication channel, IRClass team starts to recreate the status of the vessel, by using a pre-developed 3D hull model and applying the data received from the vessel.As explained by the classification society, the reliability of the service is established by way of mock drills conducted periodically.SCI currently has a fleet of 63 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, boxships and offshore supply vessels, according to the company’s website. The fleet has a total market value of more than USD 1 billion, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi Capitals to 1298

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs. Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsman on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw’s (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings. After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen were to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterStar batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi as the score read 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn’t find much support from the other end. Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball. Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Ukraines prezelect offers passports to Russians

first_imgKiev: President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kiev has been fighting Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed 13,000. Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook late on Saturday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”We know perfectly well what a Russian passport provides,” he said, listing “the right to be arrested for a peaceful protest” and “the right not to have free and competitive elections.” He pledged instead to “give citizenship to representatives of all nations that suffer from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. “But first and foremost to the Russian people who suffer most of all”. He said that one of the differences between Ukraine and Russia is that “we Ukrainians have freedom of speech, freedom of the media and the internet in our country.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA political novice, Zelensky has pledged to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists that also involve Russia and the West. Putin has not congratulated Zelensky on his election, but said he is ready to talk with a new Ukrainian leadership and wants to “understand” the actor’s position on the conflict. In his Facebook post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine “in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.” He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east. The EU also condemned Moscow’s passport scheme, calling it a fresh assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia sought to “destabilise” Ukraine after its presidential election. Putin’s decree last week allows people living in Ukraine’s unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.last_img read more