Українські військові готові «неухильно дотримуватися» нового перемир’я на Донбасі, повідомив штаб української воєнної Операції об’єднаних сил.

«У зв’язку із прийняттям рішення Тристоронньою контактною групою у Мінську про оголошення режиму тиші по всій лінії фронту довжиною 426 кілометрів на два літніх місяці, починаючи з 1 липня, Об’єднані сили заявляють, що підпорядковані підрозділи неухильно дотримуватимуться прийнятого рішення», – заявили військові.

Нове перемир’я оголосили з 1 липня, цього разу з нагоди жнив. Попередній режим припинення вогню, який називали «великоднім», розпочався з 30 березня. Сторони практично щодня звинувачували одна одну в його порушенні.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської анексії Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати лише російські «добровольці». За даними ООН, за час конфлікту загинули понад 10 тисяч людей.

June 30 marks Asteroid Day, a U.N.-sanctioned campaign to promote awareness around the world of what’s up in the sky. In Milan, scientists are assembling a new telescope that uses “insect vision” to spot risky celestial objects. Faith Lapidus explains.

A personal assistant to Paul Manafort granted the FBI access to a storage locker, allowing the government to secure evidence that President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager is trying to suppress, according to testimony on Friday in a federal court hearing in Virginia.

FBI special agent Jeff Pfeiffer made the disclosure at a hearing to consider whether evidence from the locker and a separate search of Manafort’s home, both in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Alexandria, could be used in a Manafort trial set for July.

Manafort’s lawyers have sought to suppress the searches as part of a broader attempt to discredit the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing whether Trump’s campaign worked with Russia to sway the election. Manafort, who is now in jail, has been charged mainly for financial crimes not related to the campaign.

Pfeiffer testified that the FBI initially learned about the storage locker from reporters for the Associated Press who met with FBI and Justice Department officials in April 2017 to discuss their reporting on Manafort’s business activities.

Lauren Easton, director of media relations at the Associated Press, confirmed that the agency’s journalists met with Justice Department officials “in an effort to get information on stories they were reporting, as reporters do.” She said they asked the officials about a locker but never identified its location.

Pfeiffer said that Manafort’s personal assistant, Alex Trusko, had signed papers leasing the storage unit so had the authority to let the FBI view inside the locker on May 26, 2017 without a search warrant.

Pfeiffer said the FBI did not look at the contents of boxes in the locker until getting a search warrant on May 27, 2017.

Manafort’s lawyers have argued that Trusko was not authorized to open the locker for the FBI because Manafort effectively controlled the unit.

Friday’s hearing came three days after Judge T.S. Ellis denied Manafort’s motion to dismiss the case outright in the U.S. District of the Eastern District of Virginia. The judge rejected Manafort’s argument that Mueller lacked authority to prosecute him.

Trump denies any collusion with Russian meddling in the election, and the president has repeatedly called the probe a politically motivated witch hunt.

Ellis adjourned Friday’s hearing without ruling on any of the motions but suggested that he was leaning towards rejecting one made by Manafort’s lawyers to hold a hearing to look into alleged leaks from the grand jury that indicted Manafort.

Kevin Downing, one of Manafort’s attorneys, said he did not believe his client could get a fair trial because the media had “satiated” the public with lies and biased reports about Manafort’s alleged wrongdoing. He said the situation may lead Manafort’s team to apply for a change of venue.

“I’m not going to have a hearing on the leaks,” Ellis said in a testy exchange with Downing, urging him to file a brief to show why one was warranted. “You used the word satiated many times. Prove it. Show it.”

The case before Ellis is one of two involving Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiring to launder money, bank and tax fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent for a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party.

The case in Virginia is scheduled to start in July while the other case in Washington begins in September.

Manafort was jailed earlier this month after Mueller filed fresh charges against him over alleged witness tampering while he was under house arrest. He waived his right to attend Friday’s hearing and did not appear.

U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the coming U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, his chief of staff, the upcoming summit with Russia, tariffs and NATO on Friday while aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to his private golf club in New Jersey.

Trump said he plans to announce his nominee for the high court on July 9 and that he has identified five finalists, including two women.

He also said he may interview two contenders for the nomination this weekend.

He said he will not ask candidates whether they would overturn a 1973 ruling in the Roe v. Wade case, which established a woman’s right to an abortion, nor would he discuss gay rights with them.

The president’s nominee must win confirmation by the Senate.

Republicans control the chamber but only by a slim majority, making the views of moderates, including some Democrats, important.

Trump met Thursday with senators from both parties at the White House to discuss the court vacancy created by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy, which was announced Wednesday.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday he hoped the confirmation process would be done “in time for the new justice to begin the fall term of the Supreme Court … the first Monday in October.”

Chief of staff

Trump said he is not looking for a new chief of staff to replace John Kelly, but at some point “things happen.”

Kelly, a retired general, is nearing a year in the job and could be leaving soon, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday.

Among possible choices for Trump are Mick Mulvaney, who is the White House budget director and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Nick Ayers, who is Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, the source said.

Trump has occasionally chafed at the restrictions Kelly has placed on who gets access to see him and has wondered aloud whether he needs someone with more political experience for the job as congressional elections approach, two sources said.

But he frequently praises Kelly publicly and has expressed admiration of him.

Kelly was picked as chief of staff last summer to bring order to the West Wing in place of Reince Priebus, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee who presided over the chaotic early months of the Trump presidency.

Russia summit

Trump said he would raise the issue of alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections during his planned meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next month.

He also said he would discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and other international issues during the July 16 summit.

“I’ll talk to him about everything,” Trump said.

“We’re going to talk about Ukraine, we’re going to be talking about Syria. We’ll be talking about elections … we don’t want anybody tampering with elections.”

Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump’s prospects of becoming president.

After Trump and Putin met briefly in Vietnam in November 2017, Trump was criticized in the United States for saying he believed Putin when he denied Russian meddling.

Trump denies wrongdoing and calls an investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia a “witch hunt.”

Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States in response, and Russia’s military intervention in the war in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad are major causes of strain in the two countries’ relations.

Asked if the United States would recognize Crimea as part of Russia, Trump said: “We’re going to have to see.”

He gave a similar answer when he was asked if he would lift the sanctions on Russia. “We’ll see what Russia does,” Trump said.


Trump said his administration’s investigation into whether to increase tariffs on cars from the European Union and other trading partners would be completed in three to four weeks.

He also said the United States has been treated very badly by the World Trade Organization, but he is not considering withdrawing from it at this point.

Asked when the probe would be concluded, he said: “Very soon. It’ll be done in three, four weeks.”

Trump ordered the “Section 232” national security probe into autos on May 23, and his unusually fast timeline calls for it to be possibly completed in just over two months. Similar national security probes ordered last year that led to import tariffs of 25 percent steel and 10 percent on aluminum took about 10 months to complete.


Trump said that Germany and other European nations need to spend more on NATO, reiterating a complaint that U.S. allies are not pulling their weight on defense spending.

“Germany has to spend more money. Spain, France. It’s not fair what they’ve done to the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Somali officials say the United States has deported 84 Somalis, including four women, back to their home country.

Two planes carrying the Somalis arrived at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport on Friday.

A spokesman for Somalia’s Security Ministry, Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim, told VOA’s Somali service the deportees had “been taken to the headquarters of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency for further questioning.”

He said the detainees would be released after the security agencies complete their questions and paperwork. It was not clear whether all the deportees would be freed.

Ibrahim said if the returnees wanted to stay in Mogadishu, they would be able to do so, and if they wanted to return to other parts of Somalia, the government would help them with their travels.

Ibrahim did not say why the Somalis were deported, but U.S. and Somali officials have previously said that Somalis returned from the United States either had their asylum applications rejected or committed crimes.

Around 275 Somalis were deported from the United States last year.

A Somali who was deported in May last year, Samir Abdirahman Arab, told VOA’s Somali service that he was deported because his asylum case failed after he entered the country through Mexico.

“The judge ordered our deportation and has issued the removal order,” he said.

Заступник голови Служби безпеки України Олег Фролов заявляє, що пропаганда створила сприятливе підґрунтя для розгортання цілого арсеналу різних методів ведення війни проти України. 

«Пропаганда як компонент гібридної агресії проти України має ключове значення, вона створила сприятливе підґрунтя для розгортання цілого арсеналу інших класичних та некласичних методів ведення війни, які включають використання нерегулярних збройних формувань, ініціювання внутрішніх заворушень, а також дипломатичні заходи, кібератаки та економічний тиск», – заявив Олег Фролов на 1-й конференції високого рівня керівників антитерористичних відомств держав-членів ООН.

При цьому, як зауважив заступник голови СБУ, інтернет використовується для поширення радикальної ідеології, вербування послідовників та фінансування незаконної діяльності, пов’язаної з тероризмом.

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Від 2014 року після російської анексії Криму на частині Донбасу триває збройний конфлікт. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати лише російські «добровольці». За даними ООН, за час конфлікту загинули понад 10 тисяч людей.

Крім того, останнім часом, зокрема у Києві, почастішали випадки вибухів, обстрілів, внаслідок яких гинуть журналісти, розвідники, добровольці. Київ звинувачує Москву у причетності до цих інцидентів, Росія ж ці звинувачення відкидає. 

Незабаром в Україні відкриють посольство Ірландії, повідомив міністр закордонних справ України Павло Клімкін у Facebook.

Він додав, що його візит до Ірландії «запам’ятається багатьма моментами та результатами».

«Перше – ми з ірландцями маємо справді історичний зв’язок. Цікаво, що найбільш важливі події в історії Ірландії та України відбувалися приблизно в один час. До прикладу, декларація про незалежність Ірландії 1916 року була одним з перших документів, які переклали в УНР. Творці української держави почерпнули з цього документа не тільки зміст, а й натхнення», – зазначив Клімкін.

Він додав, що Україну в Ірландії «завжди підтримували».

«Коли сталася Чорнобильська катастрофа, міністр закордонних справ Саймон Ковене займався збором коштів для допомоги Україні. Сьогодні українська громада Ірландії багато робить для захисту України, підтримуючи наших військових та допомагаючи ветеранам», – сказав Клімкін.

У МЗС зазначили, що востаннє міністр закордонних справ України відвідував Ірландію 12 років тому.

29 червня набув чинності безвізовий режим між Україною та Антигуа і Барбудою.

Департамент консульської служби МЗС України анонсував це 20 червня. У зовнішньополітичному відомстві тоді зазначали, що відповідна угода підписана 5 лютого 2018 року у Вашингтоні.

Згідно з документом, українці, які мають чинні проїзні документи, можуть прибути до Антигуа і Барбуди без віз за умови, що тривалість їх перебування не перевищує 90 днів протягом 180 днів.

Якщо тривалість поїздки перевищує цей термін, вони мають отримати візи в найближчому дипломатичному представництві або консульській установі Антигуа і Барбуди перед в’їздом на її територію.

У березні український паспорт посів 91 місце в рейтингу компанії Nomad Capitalist, яка оцінює «цінність» громадянства в 199 країнах і територіях світу. Згідно з ним, без віз або зі спрощеним порядком їх видачі власники українського паспорта можуть потрапити до 114 країн. Україну низивають серед п’яти держав, що значно поліпшили свої позиції порівняно з минулим роком.

A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday ordered the U.S. government to release a 9-year-old Brazilian boy who was separated from his mother at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying their continued separation “irreparably harms them both.”

Judge Manish Shah mulled his decision for just a few hours before finding that Lidia Karine Souza can have custody of her son, Diogo, who has spent four weeks at a government-contracted shelter in Chicago. Shah ordered that the child be released Thursday, but didn’t specify a time. Souza’s attorneys said she would pick up her son Thursday afternoon.

The mother, who has applied for asylum, was released from an immigrant detention facility in Texas on June 9 and is living with relatives outside Boston.

“Judge Shah has vindicated the rule of law and taken a definitive step to allow Lidia’s son to finally be with her again. We are hopeful that this outcome will benefit other families facing similar circumstances,” attorneys Jesse Bless and Britt Miller said in a written statement.

Four hours

Shah, the son of immigrants from India, took just four hours before posting his written ruling after a hearing Thursday morning.

“Continued separation of … (the) 9-year-old child, and Souza,” he wrote, “irreparably harms them both.”

The decision came two days after a different judge ordered the government to reunite more than 2,000 immigrant children with their families within 30 days, or 14 days for those younger than 5. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined to say Thursday whether the administration will be able to abide by the deadline. She said more than 500 children have been reunified with their families.

In Washington Thursday, police arrested nearly 600 people after hundreds of loudly chanting women demonstrated inside a Senate office building against Trump’s immigration policy. Among those arrested was Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Democrat from Washington state, she said on twitter.

Meanwhile, Melania Trump spent time with children at a complex in Phoenix where dozens of migrant children separated from their parents at the border are being held.

Weeks in quarantine

Souza’s son has spent four weeks at a government-contracted shelter in Chicago, much of it alone in a room, quarantined with chickenpox. He spent his ninth birthday on Monday without his mom. Even after Tuesday’s ruling in California, Souza’s attorneys nonetheless moved forward with an emergency hearing in their lawsuit against the Trump administration.

Shah wrote that he understood that volume of paperwork, filings and forms normally required before the government can release a child in its custody are intended to ensure the child’s well-being. But, he said, “the government’s interests in completing certain procedures to be sure that (Souza’s child) is placed in a safe environment and in managing the response to ongoing class litigation do not outweigh the family’s interest in reuniting.”

The fitness of the mother in this case isn’t questioned, he said, so dragging out processing “only serves to interfere in the family’s integrity with little to no benefit to the government’s interests.”

Souza has been allowed to phone her son for just 20 minutes per week. She has said he would beg her through tears to do everything in her power to get him back to her. The 27-year-old woman searched for weeks to find Diogo after the two were separated at the border in late May. When she was released, she filled out nearly 40 pages of documents that U.S. officials told her were required to regain custody.

‘This … is a nightmare’

Then they told her that the rules had changed and that she needed any family members living with her in the United States to be fingerprinted and still more documents.

Government attorney Craig Oswald told Shah that U.S. officials have been “raked over the coals … before” for not being thorough about such background checks, which he said are meant to ensure a child’s safety.

Souza was seeking safety by coming to the U.S., but it’s not the safety she sought for herself and her son. This was not the American dream.

“This … is a nightmare,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

For days and weeks now, some of the hundreds of parents separated from their children at the Mexican border by the Trump administration have been battling one of the world’s most complex immigration systems to find their youngsters and get them back.

For many, it has been a lopsided battle, and a frustrating and heartbreaking one. Most do not speak English. Many know nothing about their children’s whereabouts. And some say their calls to the government’s 1-800 information hotline have gone unanswered.

Children spread out

Huge logistical challenges remain, and whether the U.S. government can manage to clear away the red tape, confusion and seeming lack of coordination and make the deadline remains to be seen.

Among the complicating factors: Children have been sent to shelters all over the United States, thousands of miles from the border. And perhaps hundreds of parents have been deported from the U.S. without their children.

Jesse Bless, an attorney from Jeff Goldman Immigration in Boston, one of two firms representing Souza, said some parents who are trying to get their children placed with friends or relatives in the U.S. are being asked by the government to provide, along with fingerprints of relatives, utility bills and lease information, which many newly arrived immigrants don’t have.

Souza and her son were separated after she requested asylum, arguing her life was in danger in her native Brazil. 

“I came out of necessity,” she told the AP.

After her son was taken, she had no idea where he was until another detained mother said her child knew a boy named Diogo in a Chicago shelter. She had been told the soonest he could be released would be in late July.

Souza visited Diogo for the first time since May on Tuesday. They embraced, and she kissed him several times on the head and face, then grabbed his cheeks gently with her hands as they both cried.

“I missed you so much,” she said in Portuguese.

Asked how he was, Diogo said: “I am better now.”

Their visit lasted an hour. Then he returned to U.S. government custody.

“He cried a lot when the time came to say goodbye,” she said. “He thought we would be taking him home.”

The prosecution of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte for filing a false police report during the 2016 Olympics is back on after a Brazilian court decision this week.

During the games in Rio de Janeiro, the 12-time Olympic medalist told NBC that he and fellow swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with police badges as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party.

But prosecutors said Lochte invented the story to cover up the swimmers’ vandalism of a gas station and an ensuing confrontation with security guards. The confrontation was captured by surveillance cameras at the gas station.

Lochte later acknowledged he was intoxicated at the time and his behavior led to the confrontation. 

The initial claim appeared to confirm widespread fears before the Olympics that the event would be marred by rising crime rates in Rio de Janeiro, which has long struggled with violence.

As Lochte’s version of events began to shift, many Brazilians became annoyed that a false story about crime drew so much attention, when the city had hosted the games without major problems.

The scandal drew international headlines and grew to overshadow the final days of the games. Lochte ended up serving a 10-month suspension from the U.S. national swim team for his behavior.

Last year, a court dismissed the case against Lochte, but the Superior Court of Justice reversed that decision Tuesday. Prosecutor Rodrigo de Almeida Maia said Thursday that the next step is for Lochte’s lawyers to present their defense. Lochte does not have to appear in person to defend himself, de Almeida Maia said.

Steve Lochte, the swimmer’s father, said by telephone that he had no comment and directed questions to his son or his son’s lawyers.

Jeff Ostrow, a lawyer who has represented Lochte in the past, did not immediately respond to an email and a voicemail message seeking comment. It was not clear if he would represent Lochte in this case. 

Hundreds of protesters were arrested Thursday after staging a sit-in at a U.S. Senate office building in Washington to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested 575 activists, mostly women, decrying President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on admission of undocumented immigrants.

They chanted “What do we want? Free families!” and “This is what democracy looks like,” as they sat in the Hart Senate Office Building’s atrium.

Protesters wrapped themselves in Mylar blankets, like the ones given to children separated from their families at the southern U.S. border and detained. 

Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Maizi Hirono of Hawaii and Ed Markey of Massachusetts were among those who visited the protesters to lend their support. 

Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, herself an immigrant, tweeted that she was among those arrested.

Under the zero-tolerance policy, the government has begun prosecuting all migrants caught entering the country without authorization. Trump has halted his policy of taking children from their detained parents under public pressure, but an estimated 2,000 of them are still being held, with many families saying they don’t know how to locate them.

Similar protests also took place elsewhere around the country. Hundreds gathered at a rally outside a federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Dozens of people shut down a government meeting in Michigan to protest a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house detainees at a local jail.

Eight others were arrested outside an ICE building in Portland, Oregon, that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration.

Hailing “great economic success” during the first 18 months of his administration, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for more companies to be like Taiwan’s electronics component manufacturer Foxconn and invest in the United States. 

At a groundbreaking event for the foreign company’s latest and largest investment in the upper Midwestern state of Wisconsin, Trump described the planned $10 billion manufacturing facility “as the eighth wonder of the world.” 

That may be a generous exaggeration, but the plant is one of the largest foreign direct investment projects ever in the United States. 

“We are demanding from foreign countries, friend and foe, fair and reciprocal trade,” Trump said, as he defended his confrontational trade policies and hailed further direct investment in the United States by manufacturers from other countries. 

Trump hailed Foxconn’s decision to increase its investment in Wisconsin, while criticizing a plan by an iconic American company in the same state to move some production overseas in response to retaliatory tariffs planned by European companies in response to the president’s punitive import taxes. 

“Harley-Davidson, please build those beautiful motorcycles in the USA,” Trump said. “Don’t get cute with us.” 

The president added: “Your customers won’t be happy if you don’t.”

Trump defended tariffs he has imposed on foreign steel and aluminum, proclaiming that “business is through the roof” in the United States as a result. 

The primary focus of Trump’s remarks on Thursday was Foxconn’s decision to build flat-screen, liquid crystal display panels in Racine County, Wisconsin. 

The maker of components for and assembler of Apple iPhones was offered what is described as the largest financial incentive ever for a foreign company by a U.S. state. 

Wisconsin is giving Foxconn $3 billion in tax credits and other incentives. In exchange, the state expects to see the facility create thousands of jobs. 

Trump spoke in front of a giant video display that said “USA Open for Business” after touring an existing Foxconn facility at the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park. 

Foxconn’s founder and chairman Terry Gou told the audience that during each of his several previous meetings with the president, Trump always emphasized “jobs, jobs, jobs.” 

Added Gou, “He truly cares about improving the lives of the American people.” 

The new plant, which will take two years to build and employ 10,000 construction workers, will include a 1.8 million square meter campus situated on 1,200 hectares. Foxconn has promised that the LCD facility will eventually employ up to 13,000 people. 

Not everyone in the state is overjoyed about what is being billed as a transformational project for Wisconsin’s economy, better known for dairy products than high technology. 

The state’s legislative bureau predicts it will be a quarter of a century before Wisconsin receives enough tax revenue to match its initial investment. And others are raising concern about its environmental impact. 

“Building the Foxconn factory complex on prime farmland in rural Wisconsin constitutes a textbook example of unsustainable development,” said David Petering, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Petering told VOA News the facility will be a “major source of a variety of harmful air pollutants that will put nearby residents at risk and contribute to climate change. In addition, it will need to break the Great Lakes Compact law to get millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan.” 

Melting glaciers and rising seas in Greenland; raging fires in Northern California; a relentless drought in Somalia and the disappearing Amazon forests. Famine, Feast, Fire and Ice are the four installments in a virtual reality (VR) documentary on climate change by filmmakers Eric Strauss and Danfung Dennis.  

The series, showcased at AFI Docs, the American Film Institute’s Documentary festival in Washington, D.C., offers a 360-degree view of destructive phenomena brought by climate change on our planet. It immerses viewers into the extremes of Earth’s changing climate.  

Eric Strauss told VOA he hopes that when someone watches the series as it drives home this idea that there is no hiding from global warming. “This is coming for all of us, regardless of where we live or what our income is; it’s going to affect everyone.”

Ken Jacobson, AFI’s Virtual Reality Programmer, says viewers – who watch the film wearing virtual reality headsets – react in many different ways to this all immersive experience.

“Some people have a very visceral reaction where they jump, where they kind of yelp because they are very surprised by what they see, while other people, I think, are very reflective and can even be sad, depending on the content,” he said.

One of these viewers is James Willard, a film and TV production student at George Mason University.  He describes his experience of watching the installment Feast, about the deforestation of the Amazon rainforests to make space for industrial-sized cattle ranches to satisfy the global appetite for beef.

“You are completely immersed in this whole situation,” he says, “You are facing these animals eye-to-eye and watching as they are marching towards their death.”

The film needs no dialogue.  A few sentences set up the topic. “It is actually stripping away a lot of the information, putting you in environments that you then experience for yourself,” says Eric Strauss, “You are much more of a protagonist in some way in this type of stories than you would be in a traditional form of cinema.”

Another viewer, Patricia, has just watched Famine, the episode that looks at the extreme drought in Somalia. “It makes it even more powerful because you feel like you are there. I think, it’s a great medium to spread the word on critical subjects,” she says.  

That’s what Strauss wants to hear. “That is the goal; to effect change, to effect positive change.”

VR films are becoming more accessible as the technology evolves, and are often viewed on smart phone applications.  But VR Programmer Ken Jacobson says watching them through a virtual reality headset is the best way to experience them.

But can VR films ever replace traditional 2D or even 3D films?

“I think it is going to add another aspect on how we are going to watch movies,” says student James Willard.  “Virtual reality can be very dangerous because you are completely immersing yourself within the story to the point where you don’t see anything else.  At least in the movie theater you are fully aware that this is a screen in front of you, but if you look to your sides you don’t have another screen there completely immersing you within that story.  And with virtual reality that’s exactly what it does.  For some people, it will be okay to take off the goggles and go on with their lives, but for others it may be too much.  I don’t think it will completely take over.”

Eric Strauss agrees that VR will not overtake traditional cinema, but he says virtual reality can allow viewers to relate deeply with socially conscious stories.

“The technology creates a situation where you truly feel transported to that location because you are not just witnessing something or watching it on a screen.  You are occupying the space.  And that creates an emotional connection where you can’t really turn away.  I mean, there is no getting away from what you’ve allowed yourself to be teleported to and hopefully that will create a visceral, emotional response in viewers and what they are seeing will prompt them to want to get involved.”


Апеляційний суд округа Свеа у Швеції вирішив переглянути своє попереднє рішення про припинення виконавчих дій щодо рішення Стокгольмського арбітражу стосовно транзитного контракту між НАК «Нафтогаз України» та російським «Газпромом», повідомив голова української компанії Андрій Коболєв у Facebook.

За його словами, головний аргумент «Газпрому» в апеляційному суді Швеції – лінгвістичну експертизу – визнали безпідставним.

«Сьогоднішнє рішення означає, що, вивчивши аргументи, надані «Нафтогазом», суд відхилив безпідставне твердження «Газпрому» щодо того, що значні частини обґрунтування транзитного рішення були начебто написані адміністративним секретарем», – розповів Коболєв.

Водночас, за його словами, суд залишив чинним тимчасове припинення виконавчих дій за грошовими вимогами «Нафтогазу» «через інші причини». Коболєв їх не назвав.

«Сьогодні компанія не мала нагоди надати свої контраргументи щодо цих причин. «Нафтогаз» планує подати до суду додаткове звернення з викладенням цих фактів і сподівається на перегляд останнього рішення. Поточне рішення не є обов’язковим до виконання судами інших юрисдикцій. Відповідно, «Нафтогаз» продовжить свої дії щодо стягнення заборгованості «Газпрому» в інших юрисдикціях. Саме рішення трибуналу в транзитному провадженні як було, так і залишається чинним», – пише Коболєв.

28 червня «Газпром» заявив, що суд у Швеції ухвалив рішення залишити в силі свій наказ від 13 червня про зупинку виконання рішення Стокгольмського арбітражу від 28 лютого в суперечці про контракт на транзит газу через територію України.

«Нафтогаз України» намагався оскаржити цей судовий наказ, але суд визнав його аргументи непереконливими. Ця обставина посилює позицію «Газпрому» при оскарженні спроб «Нафтогазу України» примусово виконати згадане арбітражне рішення в різних країнах», – заявив «Газпром».

28 травня у російській компанії заявили, що рішення Стокгольмського арбітражу, який зобов’язав «Газпром» виплатити «Нафтогазу» 4,6 мільярда доларів, було написано за участю «сторонніх людей». За твердженням компанії, це показало «додаткове вивчення тексту рішення з залученням всесвітньо визнаного експерта-лінгвіста».

0 травня «Нафтогаз» повідомив, що почав процес стягнення з російського «Газпрому» боргу в близько 2,6 мільярда доларів відповідно до рішення Стокгольмського арбітражу в справах щодо постачання і транзиту газу.

5 червня «Нафтогаз» повідомив, що суд у Нідерландах заарештував тамтешні активи «Газпрому», а 18 червня Комерційний суд Лондона 18 червня дозволив заморозити активи на території Великої Британії.

Стокгольмський арбітраж у лютому повідомив, що присудив «Нафтогазу» 4,6 мільярда доларів. З урахуванням рішення за іншим спором «Газпром» має виплатити українській компанії 2,56 мільярда доларів, однак «Газпром» цього не робить.

Стокгольмський арбітраж розглядав спір «Нафтогазу» і «Газпрому» про умови контракту на поставку і транзит газу, укладеного в 2009 році на 10 років. Сторони висували одна до одної претензії на кілька мільярдів доларів.

Український активіст Ігор Мовенко 28 червня вийшов зі слідчого ізолятора Сімферополя, повідомляє кореспондент проекту Радіо Свобода Крим.Реалії.

Зустріти Мовенка приїхали дружина і місцеві активісти.

7 травня суд в анексованому Севастополі засудив Мовенка до двох років ув’язнення в колонії загального режиму. Його обвинуватили в екстремізмі через публікації в соцмережах. 

26 червня підконтрольний Кремлю Севастопольський міський суд змінив  активісту реальний термін покарання на умовний.

Жителя Севастополя Ігоря Мовенка затримали 16 грудня 2016 року й відвезли до управління ФСБ Росії.

До цього, у вересні 2016-го, з’явилося відео, зняте дружиною Мовенка. За словами жінки, її чоловіка побив невідомий через символіку українського батальйону «Азов», що була наклеєна на велосипед кримчанина. Лікарі діагностували в Мовенка відкриту черепно-мозкову травму, струс головного мозку, перелом основи черепа, перелом щелепи, закритий перелом кісток носа, контузію очного яблука й інші травми.

«РФ продовжує свої політичні ігри. Ціна – людське життя. Вимагаємо забезпечити безперешкодний допуск Денісової до українських політв’язнів»