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Russia / Strategy Media Update – 30 May 2017

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Russia’s internal crackdown / meltdown continues, but the major MSM theme is Pres Macron’s ritual humiliation of Pres Putin in Paris – not Vlad’s best day in recent times, moreso given multiple expulsions of Russian diplomats for good cause. Full text of SECDEF interview, while Sen McCain’s comments on Russia vs. ISIS are treated by MSM as both unusual and unexpected – obviously nail bombs in backpacks are a far more potent strategic capability than SS-18 SATAN MIRVs in the eyes of many MSM commentators.

Multiple IO/IW/cyber reports, most curious possibly is Putin’s public appropriation of a famous 11th century Kyivan princess as “Russian Anna”, a brazen falsehood criticised by Russian and Ukrainian observers alike.

While Donbass fires continue, Yandex theft of personal data for GRU/FSB use is leading MSM in Ukraine. US offer to negotiate Russian withdrawal producing comment. NATO NSPA invites Ukraine to bid on member state tenders for equipment.

MidEast – Ukrainians provide NATO with a dossier on Russian intel ties to ISIS and Hamas. Roblin essay on US operations from Iran against the Soviets is an excellent backfill.

DPRK SAM test may have been NK-06 – attached MSM images. Gantry on TEL looks much like Russian 5P85S/D. ROK THAAD debate again.

Macron vs. Putin swamping MSM, with Merkel vs. POTUS running close behind.

US domestic debate continues, with intercepts indicating Russians were actively working on finding kompromat vs. Trump – evidently they had none if reports were correct.

Russia / Russophone Reports

Transcript: Defense Secretary James Mattis on “Face the Nation,” May 28, 2017 – CBS News &quot;Face the Nation&quot; sat down with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis for his first television interview since he assumed his Cabinet position


U.S. Senator McCain Says Putin Is Greater Global ‘Threat’ Than Islamic State U.S. Senator John McCain said Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to global security than the Islamic State group, and called for increased sanctions on Moscow for allegedl…

John McCain believes Russia is bigger threat than ISIS – NY Daily News John McCain thinks the biggest threat to America is Russian President Vladimir Putin, not ISIS.

McCain says Russia is a bigger threat than ISIS | New York Post Sen. John McCain said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government interfered in the 2016 presidential election, is more of a threat to America…

Europe, Russia, And Quantum Mechanics What happens when Georgian, Ukrainian, and Russian officials talk about Europe? Parallel universes, that’s what. When does a conversation resemble an experiment in quantum mechanics? When that conversation involves Russian, Ukrainian, and Georgian officials and the topic is European integration. Because sooner or later, the participants are going to be inhabiting parallel universes. This past weekend, I was honored to lead a discussion at the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum on The European Neighborhood 2017: Times Of Turmoil Ahead. The panelists included Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili; Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics; Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin; Andrea Thompson, national security adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence; and (this is where it gets interesting) Russian State Duma Deputy Vyacheslav Nikonov. You can probably imagine what happened. But you don’t have to because here’s the video. As one would expect, two radically different visions emerged about what Georgia and Ukraine’s efforts to integrate with the European Union means. For Nikonov, the grandson of Josef Stalin’s Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and one of the more articulate surrogates of Vladimir Putin’s regime, this is part of a Western geopolitical gambit to exclude, isolate, and encircle Russia. “For Russia, the definition of success in dealing with the neighbors is to make them as friendly to Russia as possible. The definition of success for many people in this room is how to distance these countries from Russia,” Nikonov said. And everything that has happened in recent years — the Russian invasion of Georgia, the establishment of de facto protectorates in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the annexation of Crimea, and the military intervention in the Donbas — was a result of the West’s actions. In this vision, the Georgians and Ukrainians have no agency of their own. They are pawns in a grand chess match between great powers. What they want and aspire to doesn’t matter. For myself and for the other four panelists, the aspirations of Georgia and Ukraine represent the free choices of sovereign nations. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin stressed that, “for us, joining Europe, going back to Europe, is about how we understand our history and how we understand our vocation.” Georgian Prime Minister Kvirikashvili added that “Georgia is committed to building a value-based partnership with Europe. This is something we aspire to…This depends on us.” Welcome to the parallel universe.

Russia’s History of Destabilization Campaigns – To Inform is to Influence As I read this article I could not help but draw parallels and similarities between what the Soviets tried during the Cold War and what the Democrats, the Liberals, and the Left are doing today inside the United States.  </end editorial> May 29, 2017 The strategy assumed that the greater the dissension in a country,…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Long-Haul Truckers Strike Hit Southern Russia Hard – and That’s Why Governors are Talking to the Drivers Paul Goble Staunton, May 30 – Now that the long-haul truckers have suspended their strike against the Plato fee system, Moscow media are playing up what they say is the failure of this Russian labor action. But their reports unintentionally show why it was anything but a failure and why regional governments at least have tried to find a common language with the drivers. An article in today’s Vedomosti is typical. It says only one one-hundredth of the long-haul truckers went on the strike, a figure that appears to be drawn from Dmitry Medvedev’s discredited claim(; cf. But beneath that long-discredited claim, one based on undercounts of drivers parked inn strike locations and no counting of drivers who simply refused to drive at all, the Moscow newspaper provides evidence that the strike hit many parts of the Russian Federation and especially the south extremely hard. The paper notes that it led to an increase in the cost of long-haul deliveries, to shortages in many stores, and even to increases in prices for certain items. But it repeats that except in the south, these were minimal and in fact no more than the seasonal declines in shipping that Russia has regularly experienced in the winter and spring. The impact of the strike on southern regions of the country helps to explain why the leaders of many of the regions there have been more willing to meet with striking drivers and their union representatives and even willing to make what concessions they can to the workers, although these regional leaders cannot unilaterally cancel the despised Plato system. The latest example of such cooperation by regions is from Astrakhan where the governor met with striking drivers yesterday and promised to take steps to meet their demands where he could ( and южнаяволна.рф/news/astrahanskie-novosti/v-nashem-regione-oboruduyut-esche-tri-stoyanki-dly-2151.html).

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Russian Trumpism’ Includes Two Very Different, Even Contradictory, Strains, Smagin Says Paul Goble Staunton, May 29 – There are two very different strains in “Russian Trumpism” today which sometimes coincide and appear to be formally the same but sometimes are based on ideas that contradict one another, according to Stanislav Smagin; and this is one of the key reasos why the phenomenon appears so inconsistent and changeable. In a lengthy post on the APN portal today, the conservative Rostov-based commentator says that the first are the “sincere” Trumpists who were attracted to the US figure long before anyone thought he had a chance to win and the second are members of the political elite who see in the new US president someone they can take advantage of ( The first group includes Russian political analysts and commentators of the conservative-patriotic direction who were attracted to Trump from the outset because of his commitment in foreign affairs it pull back from US unilateralism and liberalism and because of his promises on domestic issues that they believed would ensure he lived up to his foreign policy promises. These Russian “Trumpists,” Smagin continues, “calculated that the national-conservative domestic American perestroika Trump promised would have a positive impact on international (and consequently also on Russia)” and lead other countries to follow the same course as Trump himself has called for. Their views, the Rostov analyst argues, were in this respect at least quite similar to those of the European socialists ca. 1900 who “calculated that the world communist revolution must arise in the leading industrial-capitalist countries” and then spread to others even though things didn’t work out as they expected. The other group of “Russian Trumpists,” which drew its members of the Russian ruling class and its agitprop arms, arose only near the end of the US presidential campaign and focused on the ways in which Trump would be less likely to behave as Hillary Clinton might and thus would be more willing to make deals on a pragmatic basis. The key fact here, Smagin says, is that “the basic aspriations of [Russia’s] political beau monde were almost completely opposed to the aspirations let us say of the sincere Trumpists” because the political class wanted to interact and make deals while the sincere Trumpists wanted Russia to be left alone to its own devices. For the “sincere Russian Trumpists,” the overly enthusiastic reaction of the latter-day Trumpists right after the election looked anything but justified because it was clearly “not the joy of ‘Hurrah, Now we are Stalin and can look forward to a new Yalta like with Roosevelt’ but rather that of ‘Hurrah, now we are not Saddam Slobodanovich Qaddafi.” To be sure, Smagin says, both groups of Russian Trumpists understood to varying degrees that no American president is an entirely free actor but instead is part of a government and political system that imposes severe constraints on his activities; but the sincere Trumpists were less surprised by what that meant than were the official ones. The US attack on the Shairat airbase in Syria in early April showed Trump’s “final capitulation between the liberal-globalist” elite or represented his own unpredictable approach to foreign affairs. Neither works to Russia’s advantage and both Russian Trumpists need to stop living with the illusions that he could be a puppet. In the wake of the Shairat attack, Smagin says, “the ‘sincere’ Trumpists” were disappointed but less in the American president than in the American system. The official “Trumpists” simply recognized that they would have to toughen their positions and interact with Trump as they would with any leader of a powerful foreign country.

Muscovites Accuse Authorities Of Failing To Warn About Deadly Storm Muscovites have reacted with outrage over authorities' preparations for a deadly storm that tore through the Russian capital on May 29, claiming a system of mobile-phone alerts failed them as th…

Moscow Court Hears Oligarch’s Defamation Suit Against Navalny A Moscow court has begun hearings in the case of a defamation lawsuit filed by Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny. …

The Morning Vertical, May 30, 2017 ON MY MIND Moldova and Estonia have expelled Russian diplomats for espionage. Ukraine is investigating the Russian Internet giant Yandex for illegally collecting data on local citizens. The Czech Republic and Finland have set up centers to combat Russian disinformation. It may not look like much yet, but we are in fact seeing the early stages of an emerging policy of nonkinetic containment taking shape. For years, Russia has been waging a nonkinetic war against its neighbors and against the West, weaponizing everything from information to finance to corruption. The goal has been to destabilize potential foes and establish local networks of influence. It was spectacularly successful for a time because Moscow was able to operate stealthily. Methods road-tested in Russia’s neighbors were later deployed in points farther West. But the mask came off, first with Russia’s war on Ukraine and later with its brazen efforts to interfere in a series of Western elections. And as a result, the need for a new 21st-century form of containment is becoming evident. And Russia’s neighbors, who were the first victims of Moscow’s nonkinetic war tactics, are leading the way.

Moscow Vows To Retaliate After Moldova Expels Five Russian Diplomats Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin promised a &quot;tough&quot; response after Moldova ordered five of Moscow's diplomats in Chisinau to leave the country. &quot;The response wil…

Moldova Expels Five Russians – But Wait… – To Inform is to Influence Moldova took the unexpected step of declaring five Russian diplomats Persona Non Grata, including the Deputy Military Attache – a fairly significant move. But wait, all is not as it seems. First, it was the decision of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry and the step was opposed by the Moldovan President. Moldova president ‘outraged’ at decision to…

Montenegro Protests ‘Inappropriate’ Treatment Of Lawmaker In Russia Montenegro has protested the &quot;inappropriate&quot; treatment of a lawmaker who was prevented from changing airplanes at a Moscow airport.&nbsp; Miodrag Vukovic, a prominent deputy from th…

Detention Of Bard-Loving Boy In Moscow Sparks Outrage MOSCOW — It's the latest viral sensation sweeping the Russian web: a video of police dragging a Shakespeare-admiring boy away screaming after reciting poetry in public. &nbsp; The video, whic…

Russia: Inside the private bank backed by the state Using loans from the central bank, Otkritie doubled its assets overnight

Should Russia’s new Armata T-14 tanks worry Nato? – BBC News Russia’s new tanks have active protection systems that could make Nato’s weapons far less effective.

Navigating the Complexities of Doing Business in Russia A guide for multinationals.

IW/IO/Cyber Reports

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s ‘Appropriation’ of Medieval Ukrainian Princess Reflects More than Historical Arrogance Paul Goble Staunton, May 30 – In Paris, Vladimir Putin said that “the enlightened French public knows about the Russian Anna, queen of France, the younger daughter of our Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise who was the wife of Henry I and who made a significant contribution to the development of France being one of the founders of a minimum of two European dynasties.” Dmitry Shimkiv, the deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, responded on Facebook by pointing out the “my dear French friends, the Russian president has tried to confuse you: Anna of Kyiv, the queen of France, was from Kyiv and not from Moscow.” Indeed, “at that time, Moscow didn’t even exist” ( A Ukrainian writer, Oksana Zabuzhko, went further and explained what Putin was about. He “knows his intended audience perfectly well,” she wrote. The French don’t connect Anna with ancient Kyiv or Rus: they connect her with Russia, the result of long efforts by Moscow to “appropriate” someone who doesn’t belong to it ( Now is the time, she continued, for the Ukrainian government and its foreign ministry to call Putin on this, to point out to the French and everyone else that Putin is prepared to lie and to “cynically” seize a historical personage just as he seized Crimea. “I hope that our diplomats will find an elegant way to do this, she concluded. But a Russian commentator, Dmitry Shagiakhmetov, may have come closest to explaining why Putin said what he did. Putin, the Moscow writer said, “feels himself up to now to be the Communist Party general secretary and the leader of the USSR.” For him, everything that was part of that empire is part of his ( expansion: how Putin annexes history, not only territories -Euromaidan Press |Volodymyr Yermolenko On May 29th, in Versailles, during a joint press conference with French president Emmanuel Macron, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that relations between France and Russia have deep historical roots, referring to Anna of Kyiv, a French queen, and calling her “Russian Anna.” He also said that she was a “daughter of our grand prince Yaroslav the Wise.” Yet, neither Anna nor Yaroslav have any direct links to today’s Russia. Both of them have relation to Kyiv, the capital of today’s Ukraine. In the 11th century Kyiv was a capital of a medieval state that gave birth to at least three contemporary Eastern European countries, and on which Russia now tries to impose its historical “ownership.” Annа of Kyiv, a French queen who married King Henri I of France, mother of Philippe I of France, was born and raised in Kyiv in the early 11th century. She, indeed, was the daughter of grand prince Yaroslav the Wise, one of the key leaders of medieval Kyivan Rus, a state comprising parts of today’s Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Kyivan Rus was at its most glorious times during the rule of Yaroslav, son of grand prince Volodymyr who brought Christianity to this part of Eastern Europe. Putin’s reference to Anne and Yaroslav as “Russian” matches his earlier attempts to interpret Eastern European medieval history in exclusively Russian terms. This has clear geopolitical implications, as earlier Putin “justified” the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 with Prince Volodymyr’s “baptism” in Chersoneses, the ancient Greek city whose ruins you can still find in Crimea, in Sevastopol. (Volodymyr too, was a grand prince of Kyiv, and his actual name, Volodymer, is closer to today’s Ukrainian (Volodymyr) than Russian (Vladimir) pronunciation).

Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is Expanding – To Inform is to Influence Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is Expanding  NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence based in Estonia, celebrated today the accession of two new members – Belgium and Sweden. According to Mr. Sven Sakkov, the Director of NATO CCD COE, the joining of Bulgaria and Portugal with the community of nations at…

Washington Post Accused Of Peddling Palestinian Propaganda – To Inform is to Influence I must say, if all else, this article makes one wonder at the inherent bias of the Washington Post. I took a look through the stories the blogger mentions and I can understand his perspective. I cannot disagree.  I then reviewed various reports from the Washington Post, through the years, and again, the overall bias…

Czech Court To Open Hearing On Russian Hacker Extradition A Russian man who faces charges in the United States of hacking computers at U.S. companies is facing an extradition hearing at a prison in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Russia is als…

Cyber Officials Need Help, But Are Experts Up to the Task? The Trump administration is confronting a series of cybersecurity crises ranging from a global ransomware epidemic to a new wave of Russian cyber-attacks a

Israel a model of innovation, readiness in military, academic cyber – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

Profiles in cyber: Understanding the US’s major adversaries in cyberspace – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

Ukraine Reports

Trump’s surprise bid to broker Ukraine peace | New York Post In their Oval Office meeting in March, President Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Ukraine crisis was Europe’s responsibility and the United…

Russia’s Foreign Ministry ready for talks with U.S. on Ukraine – Russian media Moscow claims it is ready to enter bilateral talks with Washington on the Ukrainian issue, according to the online version of the Russian daily newspaper Izvestia. News 30 May from UNIAN.

Russia’s Yandex Exports Ukrainian’s Data From Ukraine – To Inform is to Influence The best way to destroy a country is by targeting their leadership.  In this case, Russia has the help of a Russian company with offices within Ukraine.  Operatives revealed that among the affected citizens, whose data were illegally transferred to Russia, were law enforcers and operatives of national security agencies, military of the Armed Forces of…

Yandex.Ukraine transferred Ukrainians’ personal data to Russian intel, SBU says The SBU Security Service of Ukraine on Monday, May 29, raided the Kyiv and Odesa offices of Russia&rsquo;s Yandex subsidiary, to conduct authorized searches, the agency&rsquo;s press service reports. News 29 May from UNIAN.

Yandex illegally collected Ukrainians’ personal data, transferred them to Russia The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is conducting searches on Monday at Kyiv and Odesa offices of Yandex.Ukraine, which is suspected of high treason.

VKontakte to close Kyiv’s office – media – News about social life | UNIAN Russia's VKontakte social network will close its office in the Ukrainian capital, according to the Russian online publication about startups, innovations and Internet projects News 30 May from UNIAN.

Ukraine’s envoy in Minsk: All “DPR”/”LPR” sites need to be blocked Ukraine's humanitarian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk for the peaceful settlement in Donbas, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko says it is necessary to block all websites of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (&quot;DPR&quot;) and Luhansk People's Republic (&quot;LPR&quot;). News 30 May from UNIAN.

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has signed the law banning St. George ribbon – To Inform is to Influence Should Ukraine allow a symbol of Russia to be openly worn? – Russia illegally annexed Crimea. – Russia illegally invaded Donbass. – Russia is waging an insurgency inside of Ukraine. – Russia is supporting neo-Nazi groups inside Ukraine. – Russia is waging an information war against Ukraine. – Russia is waging lawfare against Ukraine. -…

Before Voronenkov’s murder FSB abducted, interrogated his driver in Belarus – widow Before the former deputy of the Russian State Duma, Denis&nbsp;Voronenkov,&nbsp;was assassinated downtown Kyiv, his personal driver was abducted in the neighboring country of Belarus by the operatives of the Russian FSB security service,&nbsp;Voronenkov&rsquo;s&nbsp;widow, Maria Maksakova, has told ZIK TV channel. “The driver crosses the border of Belarus on the eve [of Voronenkov’s murder], drives up to Gomel. A roadblock in Gomel. The driver is stopped, and those at the roadblock call for border guards, or so they said. In fact, two vans with the FSB operatives arrive, and our driver is being abducted,” she told ZIK. According to Maksakova, the driver was interrogated for some 12 hours. He was refused telephone calls, he was not allowed to sleep, and he was not fed. The widow claims she knows who the people were, involved in the abduction. “After that, they’re going to tell me that our Russian security forces or the FSB have nothing to do with everything that has happened? Given how deep they infiltrated everything?,” Maksakova said. At the same time, Maksakova says she cannot be certain whether “they” had committed the murder. As UNIAN reported earlier, Denis Voronenkov, who in 2016 fled from Russia to Ukraine along with this wife Maria Maksakova, later obtaining Ukrainian citizenship, was killed on March 23 in the center of Kyiv. In a shootout, his security guard was wounded as well as the killer. The latter died of wounds in the hospital shortly.

From the annexation of Crimea to the war in Donbas: the GRU curator of the DPR terrorists was identified – To Inform is to Influence From A to Z, Putin’s war on Ukraine, his illegal annexation of Crimea, his invasion of East Ukraine, is unraveling.   The lies Putin and Russia have told to cover their illegal activities are coming back to haunt them.  There is no hiding from the objective truth, Vladimir.   Hat tip to Inform Napalm for…

Donbas war update: 3 WIA’s amid 50 attacks in last day, Luhansk sector sees escalation Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 50 times in the past 24 hours with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 30 May from UNIAN.

Five wounded fighters evacuated to Dnipro City, one in grave condition, – adviser to Dnipropetrovsk governor Huba 29.05.17 11:49 – Five wounded fighters evacuated to Dnipro City, one in grave condition, – adviser to Dnipropetrovsk governor Huba Five Ukrainian servicemen who received wounds in Donbas fighting have been evacuated to Dnipro City by a military helicopter. View news.

Three Ukrainian civilians injured in booby-trap blast in Luhansk region Three civilians have been injured in a booby-trap blast in a Ukrainian-controlled area in Luhansk region, according to Luhansk Regional State Administration's press service. News 30 May from UNIAN.

Russian terrorist Seregin: “I see current authorities of ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’ as criminals and have nothing to do with them”. PHOTOS 29.05.17 16:27 – Russian terrorist Seregin: I see current authorities of ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’ as criminals and have nothing to do with them. PHOTOS Russian militant Alexey Seregin, who had fought in the so-called Republican Army of ‘DPR’, has fallen into disenchantment with the ‘people’s republics,’ and said he was returning all awards he was given by them. View photo news.

Czech Republic and Ukraine Agree on Joint Military Training – YouTube Martin Stropnický, the Defense Minister of Czech Republic made an official visit to Kyiv. _ Follow UATV English: Facebook: Tw…

Ukraine is expected to unveil its upgraded T-84 tanks during celebration of the 26th anniversary of independence | Defence Blog Ukraine is expected to unveil its upgraded T-84 main battle tanks (MBTs) during a 24 August parade as part of the 26th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. SE “Malyshev Plant”, part of Ukrainian defence concern UkrOboronProm, to upgrade six T-84 main battle tanks. This tank is a predecessor of the latest vehicles Oplot. “T-84 is actually the same Oplot in its characteristics, at the same time, the cost of upgraded the T-84 tank is an order of magnitude lower than the production of the Oplot ” – said chief engineer at Kharkiv-based Malyshev Plant Oleksandr Sheiko. The first T-84 prototype vehicle rolled out in 1994, and in the same year it was decided to build several more vehicles. They were subjected to extensive company and army trials. After successful completion of the extensive trials programme in the late 1990s the T-84 MBT entered service with the Ukrainian Army in 1999. On 24 August 2000, 10 T-84 MBTs took part in the parade dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. The main armament comprises a stabilized 125-mm KBA3 smoothbore gun fed by a carousel-type automatic loader and fitted with a thermal sleeve and fume extractor (bore evacuator). The gun is stabilized in both elevation and traverse. The main gun has a quick-replacement barrel which can be changed under field conditions without the need to remove the gun from the tank. The specific feature of the tank is that it is fitted with a guided missile system to enable the main gun to fire a laser guided missile and engage targets out to 5,000 m. As of today, Malyshev Plant begins routine repair and modernization of the batch of tanks T-84 for Armed Forces of Ukraine. The T-84 tank is a further development of the T-80UD tank by means of installing, among other things, multiple protection explosive reactive armor modules, these being supplemented by passive armor array, and a more advanced fire control system similar to that installed on the modern Ukrainian Oplot tanks.

NATO allows Ukrainian arms producers to bid on defense contracts to member countries NATO’s agency for supporting and equipping member states (NSPA) has recommended including Ukrainian arms producers in the list of producers of military equipment used by NATO members and alliance partners, Ukraine’s state-owned defense concern Ukroboronprom announced on Tuesday. “Ukroboronprom received permission to take part in tenders to supply goods and services sought by NATO member states under the aegis of the non-system brokerage services,” the press release said. “Ukraine is the first of east European NATO partners which would be included in the list. This testifies to the fact that NATO recognizes the potential of our government’s military industrial complex and trusts it,” Ukroboronprom officials said. Ukraine’s NATO representative said preparations are already underway to make contractual and legal changes to become eligible for NSPA tenders. Ukraine and NATO accelerated dialogue and cooperation in 2014. At the start of 2015 Kyiv announced plans to join NATO’s procurement system. Ukraine plans by 2020 to switch production to NATO standards. Until recently, one of the key sectors in which Ukraine’s military industrial complex has cooperated with the alliance is import substitution. According to Ukroboronprom, 40 companies under its aegis have been given access to the NATO Catalogue of References for Logistics. Ukroboronprom in 2016 announced plans to conduct reforms of Ukraine’s military industrial base by corporatizing branches, conducting audits, creating military enterprise clusters, protecting technology, as well as launching platforms for military innovation. Ukraine pegs its successful implementation of reforms with broadening technological cooperation with the U.S. in the sphere of military industrial production.

Indonesian Marines started to use Ukrainian-made BTR-4M amphibious wheeled armoured personnel carriers | Defence Blog Marine battalion of Indonesian Marine Corps has officially began using of five Ukrainian BTR-4M, which were delivered by “SpetsTechnoExport” in January this year. This was announced by director of “SpetsTechnoExport” Pavlo Barbul. “The handover of new Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers BTR-4M to military units of the Indonesian Marine Cops has been completed. So, from early May, among other machines, Indonesian Marines are serving on BTR-4M. Before that, our APCs have successfully passed the trials in Indonesia and proved their excellent amphibian capabilities, shooting accuracy from different types of weapons and very good driving performance in mountainous terrain”, – said Pavlo Barbul. Shall be recalled, that delivery of 5 armoured personnel carriers BTR 4-M, which are produced at Ukroboronprom’s Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, was successfully completed within the framework of the contract, signed between the SE SFTE Spetstechnoexport and the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia in 2014. Before accepting into operation, the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia conducted trial tests of the Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers in the territory of their country. Following the results of those tests, a Protocol was signed on performing functional tests. The special committee of the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia has confirmed, that Ukrainian made APCs comply with all 47 evaluation specifications of this Protocol

Ukrspyrt’s ex-head shot dead in Kyiv on Tuesday morning The man shot dead by an unidentified person in Kyiv on Tuesday morning was former Acting Director of state-run ethyl alcohol producer SE Ukrspyrt Viktor Pankov, according to the Ukrainian National News (UNN) outlet, which cited its own sources. News 30 May from UNIAN.

Yanukovych Case Stalling in Kyiv Court – YouTube The case against ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is still underway at the Obolon District Court in Kyiv. The third preparatory sitting has involved…

Dutch Senate Set To Back Key EU-Ukraine Pact The Dutch Senate is expected to vote in favor of the European Union's Association Agreement with Ukraine, paving the way for ratification of the pact strengthening ties between the EU and Kyiv. …

South African Coal Arrives in Ukraine – YouTube The first shipment of coal imported from the Republic of South Africa has arrived in Ukraine. _ Follow UATV English: Facebook:

Shortage of Skilled Engineers and Physical Laborers in Ukraine – YouTube Vadym Kostyliev, the owner of Tochka Opory in Odesa, spoke with UATV about the difficulties Ukrainian manufacturing companies are encountering. _ Follow UATV…

New Fighting in Ukraine’s Language War – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace If Kyiv draws new battle lines in the country’s language war, Moscow is ready to restart its side of this conflict.

‘Just Waiting Until It All Ends’: Ukrainian Pensioners Struggle to Survive RFE/RL asked elderly people in several Ukrainian cities whether they are satisfied with their pensions. Their answers ranged from “barely surviving” to “lock up the lawmakers.” (Current Time TV)

West Ukrainian Castle Sees Knightly Combat Once Again – YouTube Silver Tatosh is a two-day festival at Saint Miklosh Castle in Transcarpathia. Thousands of tourists came to look at knights fights, to participate in worksh…

Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Heavily Involved with ISIS and Other Terrorist Groups, Ukraine Tells NATO Paul Goble Staunton, May 30 – In the not so distant past, the United States government would have taken the lead in exposing Russian threats to the West; but now, with Washington pulling back from that role, other countries and particularly those most directly exposed are filling the vacuum in various ways. Poland and the Baltic countries, all of whom are in NATO, have come to play a leading role in this regard not only warning the West about what Putin is up to but hosting international conferences and preparing well-documented reports. But now countries even more exposed because they aren’t under the security umbrella of the Western alliance are doing the same. Now, Ukraine is joining this group having prepared and distributed to the alliance and its members at a meeting in Tbilisi last week an analytic study “about the links of the Russian Federation with terrorist organizations in the Middle East and in Central Asia”( The report details how Moscow communicates with these groups, provides support and coordinates their actions with those of the Russian government and security services. During the Cold War, the West relied upon and benefitted from studies prepared by those who had fled the communist regimes Moscow had imposed in the USSR and in Eastern Europe. Now, these countries are independent, but the expertise about Russian behavior found in them is no less valuable. They deserve the closest attention and where possible support.

Friz gave the NATO PA a report on the ties of the Russian Federation with the terrorists of the Middle East and Central Asia The People’s Deputy of Ukraine faction “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” Irina Friz handed to the vice-president of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO Rasa Yukneviciene and members of the national delegations information about the links of the Russian Federation with terrorist organizations, in particular, ISIS, Hamas and others. “During the meeting of the spring session, the NATO PA in Tbilisi handed the analytical report on the links of the Russian Federation with terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Central Asia to the vice-president of the organization, Mr. Rasa Yukneviciene and members of the national delegations.” The document contains facts and analysis of ways of communication, support And coordination of the Russian Federation’s actions with IGIL, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah and the like, “- wrote I. Freese on her Facebook page on Facebook on Sunday. According to her, R.Yukniavichene made a “solid presentation on the Russian Federation”, which contains proposals to strengthen NATO capabilities on the southeastern flank of the Alliance, strengthen the missile defense system and presence in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, strengthen cyber defense and efforts to counter Russian propaganda . “She noted that she understands the position of Ukraine that banned the broadcasting of Russian channels, and she also expressed a very fair opinion comparing Russian television in Europe with cigarettes: they can be bought, but there is a warning on the packet.” Russian TV channels can also mark ” . I.Freez thanked the vice-president of NATO for the support of Ukraine. “Thank you for your report, which fully covers the methods used by Russia in the information war, not only against Ukraine, but also against other countries of the world,” she noted.

Egypt Calls On Russia For Help Fighting Islamic Militants In Libya, Sinai Egypt called on Russia to help it fight Islamist militants that have staged a series of devastating attacks in the Arab country as senior officials of the two countries met in Cairo on May 29. …

Russia’s Putin to Meet Influential Saudi Prince in Moscow | World News | US News US News is a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. Track elected officials, research health conditions, and find news you can use in politics, business, health, and education.

Bulldozers have become more crucial — and more vulnerable — in the fight against the Islamic State – The Washington Post Despite the presence of drones, GPS-guided artillery and U.S. jets, the best way forward is still behind a mobile wall of steel.

Sebastien Roblin | Why Iran’s Air Force Is Still Flying American Planes | The National Interest Blog There used to be a time when U.S. and Iranian pilots would fly on joint missions.

DPRK / PRC Reports

Donald Trump says North Korea missile launch a ‘great disrespect’ to China – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) US President Donald Trump says North Korea disrespected its neighbour China by shooting off yet another ballistic missile – but adds that Beijing is trying hard.

North Korea issued chilling nuclear threat by US | World | News | THE United States could launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, the former US head of Pacific Command has warned, as World War 3 fears grow in the region.

North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for US after latest test North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system, KCNA news reported.

North Korea reportedly tests domestically built air defence systems | Defence Blog North Korean state media claims the country has tested a “a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon.” State-run media KCNA said on Saturday that Kim Jong Un watched the test and said that defects in the system have been fixed. The South Korean military said they detected a firing in the North, but was not sure if the instances were connected. The news came just hours after U.S, South Korean, and Japanese leaders came together to take a pledge to work together to stop North Korea from advancing its nuclear missile program. The report said the Academy of National Defense Science had organized the test. It said that the mass production of the new anti-aircraft weapon was underway. North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test a week ago. The country has been making efforts to upgrade its weapon systems amid threats of military action against it by Washington. It has recently developed a long-range missile capable of striking the United States’ mainland and has in recent weeks tested its intermediate-range ballistic missile.

U.S., South Korea Say North Conducts New Missile Test North Korea has once again ratcheted up tensions on the Korean Peninsula, test launching what is believed to be a short-range ballistic missile. The U.S., South Korean, and Japanese militaries o…

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile | Q13 FOX News North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness.

Korea: Why The Korean Empire Matters Ever since the North Korean economic collapse in the 1990s (and a famine that killed over five percent of the population) China has been trying to avoid a collapse of the North Korean government, something that suddenly became a possibility in the 1990s

China isn’t the only country propping up North Korea Weak regulations in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia are contributing to North Korea’s revenue streams, recent research shows.

John McCain’s China Sea call to US allies US Republican senator John McCain has urged Australia and other allies in Asia to join America in challenging Chinese claims to islands in the South China Sea.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program poses serious threat to Australia, Julie Bishop warns – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warns North Korea’s nuclear weapons program poses a serious threat to Australia unless it is stopped by the international community.

North Korea’s ‘fake’ missiles should not lull world into false sense of security, defence experts say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Some missiles paraded in North Korea on the weekend may have been fake or empty, but the world’s intelligence communities are justifiably taking the weapons on display very seriously, experts say.

Pentagon to test new anti-missile system in wake of North Korea threat – The Pentagon on Tuesday will for the first time test its ability to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile using its own upgraded long-range interceptor missile in what is being widely seen as a test of US ability to counter a North Korean missile launch.

Cheong Wa Dae says no briefing from defense ministry on THAAD launchers South Korea’s presidential office made it clear Tuesday that it has not received any formal briefing from the defense ministry on the presence of additional THAAD rocket launchers here.The ministry said it has already briefed Cheong Wa Dae on the issue, responding to President Moon Jae-in’s call for a probe into the matter related to the allies’ missile defense system.Moon said it’s “very shocking” that the ministry …

‘Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into U.S. THAAD additions | Reuters min Park

South Korea’s Moon Orders Probe After Missile Shield Surprise – Bloomberg South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, ordered an investigation into how the final components of a controversial U.S. missile shield had arrived in the country without his knowledge.

Pres. Moon’s team says “grand social accord” requires “reflection from the chaebol” : National : News : The Hankyoreh

Foreign Policy Reports

The Daily Vertical: Putin Meets The World He Created (Transcript) Vladimir Putin just got a little taste of the world he created. He got pomp and circumstance amid the opulent splendor of Versailles. And he got a public dressing down from French President Emmanuel Macron. The 39-year-old French leader berated the 64-year-old KGB veteran about election meddling, the conflict in Syria, and LGBT rights in Russia. He even used an exhibition of Peter the Great, the ostensible reason for Putin’s visit, to take a jab at the Kremlin leader. Tsar Peter I, Macron slyly noted, was a “symbol of a Russia that wanted to open up to Europe.” The implication was clear: You, Mr. Putin, are no Peter the Great. As Christopher Dickey wrote in The Daily Beast, “the wily KGB veteran, the intruder into the West’s democratic elections, the smug defender of dictators…looked like he wanted to hide behind the curtains in the Hall of Battles at Versailles.” But the big takeaway from yesterday’s meeting wasn’t just that Macron appeared to own Putin, and it wasn’t just that a man who campaigned as an unapologetic Europhile essentially read the riot act to the patron of Europe’s xenophobes. The thing we need to remember is that this is France! This is the country that has long been Russia’s best friend in Europe. This is the country that Moscow has long counted on to fight in its corner. And Putin has turned it into a fierce critic. Welcome, Mr. Putin, to the world you’ve created.

Macron and Putin’s awkward first date – POLITICO Russian president didn’t want to talk to the press. His French counterpart was happy to speak out.

Macron Gets Under Putin’s Skin, Shows Up Trump Like Donald Trump, if Vladimir Putin thought the new boyish French president would roll over, he was in for a big surprise when they met for the first time at Versailles on Sunday.

Emmanuel Macron Challenges Putin on Syria and Gay Rights – The New York Times France’s newly elected president said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a “red line,” and that the punishment of gay men in Chechnya would be monitored.

Macron Accuses Russian State Media Of ‘Propaganda’ French President Emmanuel Macron accused Russian state news outlets of spreading “fake news” and “propaganda” against him during May’s presidential election campaign. Macron’s comments came during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 29 following a meeting at the Versailles Palace outside Paris. It was the first encounter between the two men since Macron’s decisive May 7 victory over right-wing rival Marine Le Pen, a Putin admirer whom the Kremlin and its surrogates appeared to favor. (Reuters)

French President Macron blasts Russian state-owned media as ‘propaganda’ – The Washington Post He met with Putin for a reset of relations after a tense electoral campaign in which the Russian leader openly supported Macron’s opponent.

After talks, France’s Macron hits out at Russian media, Putin denies hacking | Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron rolled out the red carpet for Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, but past suspicions of Russian meddling in the French election resurfaced with Macron denouncing Russian media and Putin denying hacking allegations.

After Talks With Putin, Macron Accuses Russian State Media Of Spreading ‘Propaganda’ French President Emmanuel Macron accused Russian state news outlets of spreading “fake news” and “propaganda” against him during May’s presidential election, after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Versailles Palace outside Paris.

Emmanuel Macron, standing near Putin, attacks Russia outlets – CBS News France President Emmanuel Macron makes extraordinary attack on Russia Today, Sputnik, at news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia Interfered in Montenegro Internal Affairs – YouTube Russia actively interfered in the internal affairs of Montenegro and tried to thwart its plans to join NATO. _ Follow UATV English: Facebook: https://www.fac

With Italy No Longer in U.S. Focus, Russia Swoops to Fill the Void – The New York Times Russia has made a concerted effort to build ties with Italy, which many officials believe is creating a slow but certain tilt toward Moscow.

Angela Merkel’s European wake-up call is being answered in the Nordics Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway leaders started a two-day summit in Bergen to ensure good cooperation.

Joan Walsh: Angela Merkel Is Leader of the Free World – Trump ‘Has Abdicated’ – Breitbart Joan Walsh: Angela Merkel Is Leader of the Free World – Trump ‘Has Abdicated’

Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump – The Washington Post Martin Schulz suggests Trump’s treatment of the German leader was “unacceptable. “

Eine deutsche Atombombe: Germans are debating getting their own nuclear weapon | The Economist IT BEGAN in November, soon after the election of Donald Trump as America’s president.

US Domestic Policy Reports

Sources: Russians discussed ‘derogatory’ information about Trump and associates during campaign – Russian government officials discussed having potentially “derogatory” information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

Russia claimed it had ‘defamatory’ intelligence on Trump – NY Daily News Russian officials told one another they had “defamatory” information about then-candidate Donald Trump.

Democrats, IC, Media most at risk in Russia investigation Be careful what you wish for.

Sec. John Kelly: Intelligence Leaks Are ‘Darn Close To Treason’ – NBC News Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly condemned intelligence leaks after the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester as “totally unacceptable.”

Rep. Devin Nunes says Democrats are using Russia investigation to justify Clinton’s loss – LA Times Nunes talked about the mysterious trip to the White House at the root of the ethics investigation into his conduct and stepping away from the investigation to protect Republicans

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