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Russia / Strategy Media Update – 11 June 2017

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Russia’s internal meltdown continues, with expectations that next week’s planned protests will be larger than earlier ones. Good observations by Piontkovsky,  Artemyev, Ivanov, Shelin and HRW reports that the Soviet practice of harassing parents when children are seen to deviate from the party lines has been revived. The Russian leadership seems to be determined to tear their country apart from the inside out.

Ukrainian media traffic is split between two themes. In the Donbass, through the last week, the Russians launched an escalation in the Bahmut Track area, attempting to capture ground and smaller settlements of the Ukrainians, with artillery fire intensity higher than the peak of the attacks on Avdiivka earlier this year. The attempt to capture Zhelobok failed, and now attempts are under way to capture Krymskoye. So much for Minsk Agreements …. The other major theme is the start of visa-free travel to the EU today, and the major celebrations around this milestone. A curious report on the handover of new housing for Interior Ministry personnel – it appears ancient Scandinavian customs persist.

Russians threaten the US over the RPA kill last week. Iran and Qatar remain headline MSM themes.

DPRK bragging about upcoming ICBM tests, the intent appears to be to challenge US and PRC.

UK dominates MSM foreign policy traffic.

In the US debate, we finally see some commentators trying to steer the discussion back on the reality that Russia conducted a full-scale information attack on the US. Whether this changes the debate remains to be seen.


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Intercepts US Bomber Planes During Baltic Sea Exercises – YouTube The US military has released dramatic footage showing a Russian jet intercepting American bomber planes, during military exercises with allied partners over …

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Norway′s prime minister says Russia ′has become more unpredictable′ | Europe | DW | 11.06.2017 In an interview with DW’s Zhanna Nemtsova, Erna Solberg said that she doesn’t consider Russia to be a threat to Norway’s security. The prime minister also fully backed the European Union’s sanctions against Moscow.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Elites Deeply Divided on How to Respond to Mass Protests Tomorrow, Piontkovsky Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 11 – Russian elites are deeply divided on how they should respond to what promises to be an even larger protest tomorrow than the one of March 26, with some among the powers that be supportive of “playing with” the opposition and others favoring harsh repression, according to Andrey Piontkovsky. That division, the Russian commentator says, highlighted by the very different reactions to Aleksey Navalny’s requests for approval of these demonstrations, is now coming to a head (—andrey-piontkovskiy/12843). Some have approved the requests calculating that they can make use of the demonstrations for their own purposes, Piontkovsky says, while others have rejected them, an indication that there is no one view among the powers that be and thus showing that there is a serious division among those typically viewed as a monolithic whole. These divisions reflect “a very serious conflict within the powers that be,” Piontkovsky says, something he argues is inevitable and means that “the question of power will not be resolved in March 2018,” when the presidential elections are slated to be held, “but precisely today.” A major part of the “so-called” elite is extremely dissatisfied with Putin and especially with the rising number of “foreign policy failures which have led to a sharp deterioration of relations with the West,” the Russian analyst says. They fear that their holdings abroad may now be threatened, and they blame Putin for that. They want “normalization” now. “There is of course a narrow group, ‘the Bunker,’ around Putin which with his replacement would lose absolutely everything [and] they will defend him to the last.” This group includes businessmen close to Putin, “the friends of his childhood, Dresden, KGB, [Viktor] Zolotov and his National Guard, whose members are personally devoted to Putin.” According to Piontkovsky, “’the Bunker’ understands that if it allows things to go as they are going and continues to play with Navalny and the opposition … then the fate of the entire ‘Bunker’ and Putin is predetermined.” And that means that this group is seeking a way out of their current difficulties without conceding anything to the rest of the elite. The decision to schedule Putin’s “direct line” with the population three days after the Navalny protests is part of this, the Russian analyst says. But more is required after Putin’s defeat in France and his embarrassment in St. Petersburg. “’The Bunker’ cannot allow Putin to suffer a third public humiliation in a row.” And consequently, Putin and his inner circle may be planning what Piontkovsky calls a Russian variant of “’the Reichstag fire,’” staging provocations during the demonstrations tomorrow and using them as an excuse to use massive force to crush them. Then, on June 15, he can present himself as the unquestioned leader of the besieged Russian world. But that will only be possible, Piontkovsky continues, if this tactic is successful. But if it is, the way would be open to declare martial law and put off the elections or take other equally dramatic steps. That makes the next few days potentially about the most fateful in Russia’s recent history.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Five Reasons Why the Day of Russia isn’t Russia’s Independence Day Paul Goble Staunton, June 11 – There are five reasons why the Day of Russia that country’s population will mark tomorrow without fully understanding what it means has not and is unlikely to become an equivalent of Independence Day in the United States or Bastille Day in France, according to Maksim Artemyev. A scholar at the Russian State Humanities University, Artemyev says that in order to understand why that is so, one must consider how and why the holiday came into existence and why defining it more broadly would raise questions that the Kremlin would much prefer not get asked ( The formal occasion for the Day of Russia holiday, the historian points out, was the adoption on June 12, 1990, of a declaration of state sovereignty by the RSFSR Supreme Soviet. First, that declaration was entirely unexpected by Russians and understood first and foremost as part of BorisYeltsin’s effort to weaken Mikhail Gorbachev rather than something more. Second, this proclamation of sovereignty, which by the way until 2002, was commemorated by a Day of the Adoption of State Sovereignty by the RSFSR), then became yet another step toward the disintegration of the USSR, which “today is recognized as ‘the most serious geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’” Third, Artemyev says, “the declaration on its face was absurd: the USSR was historical Russia.” Its demise cost the country half of its population and left 25 million ethnic Russians in foreign countries whose borders represented “a legitimation” of the discredited policies of Lenin and Stalin. Fourth, the vote in 1990 showed a fundamental confusion: even the communists voted for it, given that the results of the voting were 907 for, 13 against with nine abstentions. And fifth, the Russian government has approached all holidays in an ad hoc and highly politicized way, simultaneously preserving Soviet holidays and marking what are anti-Soviet ones and changing the names and supposed content so often that no one can take any of them seriously or as anything more than a day off. Holidays emerge for the population over a long period of time, during conditions of stability and as the people get used to and integrate them and their meaning into their own lives, the historian says. But in Russia “on the other hand,” given its atomized population, rapid changes, declining standard of living, there is as yet no basis for such real holidays. That is why the Day of Russia hasn’t become a real holiday for Russians, one like the national days of the United States or France. And as long as that is the case, Russians will relate to June 12 – and other official holidays as well – either “ironically” or “fatalistically,” and view them as little more than a day off.

Plan to relocate 1.6 million Muscovites turns middle-class Russians into protesters – The Washington Post Angry apartment owners in the capital are the latest to join Russia’s discontent.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Long-Haul Drivers’ Strike Contributing to Rise in Protest Activity in Moscow, Expert Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 10 – The long-haul drivers’ strike against the Plato fee system has been playing “a significant role” in the growth of protest attitudes among Muscovites, adding to their anger about the city’s renovation plans and about the corruption highlighted by Aleksey Navalny’s film, according to Oleg Ivanov. Ivanov, head of the Center for Resolution of Social Conflicts, said that Muscovite anger had increased primarily because of the city government’s plans to tear down the five-storey khrushchoby apartment blocks but that the drivers’ strike and the Navalny film made the city’s residents more ready to take to the streets ( Meanwhile, the drivers suffered a setback in Tatarstan. There, a committee of the republic’s State Council refused to take up a draft measure calling for the cancellation of the Plato system. Its advocate, Artem Prokofyev, argued that the Council should act because the people and business wanted them to. But the committee chair refused to hold a hearing on it ( That may not be the end of the story in Kazan, however. The chairman told Prokofyev that he could rework his proposal and submit it again.

Russia: Children, Students Targeted after Protests | Human Rights Watch [[nid:304756 field_ne_alignment=center]] (Moscow) – The authorities in numerous cities across Russia have harassed and intimidated schoolchildren and university students who participated in anti-corruption demonstrations on March 26, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials also harassed and intimidated parents for allowing children to take part in protests.

Alexey Navalny and Russia’s YouTube insurgency – Russian dissident Alexey Navalny’s YouTube revolution rose from humble beginnings in 2013. Now it’s behind nationwide protests that are rattling the Kremlin.

Doctors ordered to perform ‘virginity tests’ on underage girls in Russia | The Independent Doctors in Russia have reportedly been instructed to perform virginity tests on underage girls.  The Russian Investigative Committee has instructed medical professionals to gain evidence of sexual activity in girls under the age of 16, according to the Mail Online. The order has sparked public outcry from gynaecologists and politicians alike who believe the checks will dissuade young girls from seeing the doctor when they need to. 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Regime’s Efforts to Reach Out to Young a Tragicomedy Doomed to Failure, Shelin Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 10 – After the March 26 demonstrations in which a large number of young people took part, the Putin regime decided it had to reach out to young people so that they would support it rather than the opposition, Sergey Shelin says. But its efforts so far, largely copied from the past, are a tragicomedy doomed to failure. The Rosbalt commentator says that when orders came down from above to construct a youth policy, the executors did not try to think up anything new but rather dusted off various projects that Russian and Soviet governments have used before without thinking very much whether they could work ( Like his Soviet predecessors, Putin decreed the coming ten years “A Decade of Childhood.” Then teachers were told to use threats to keep their pupils or students from attending opposition meetings. Next, the regime issued a new package of prohibitions, including about use of the Internet and set up a new Council of Bloggers. And finally, the regime “continued the militarization of society,” with much dressing up and the storming of a miniature Reichstag in Moscow. None of these steps made any sense; but this last was the least promising because the Russian defense ministry copied not the Reichstag of 1945 but that of 2017 – a symbol of German democracy rather than German Nazism! Because those behind this program do not understand the young and do not have anything to offer them that they could conceivably want, Shelin says, the whole enterprise is doomed to “complete collapse,” alienating those it is intended to attract still further from the Putin regime and its hangers on. That should not really surprise anyone, he continues. The current regime in Russia can by rights be called “anti-youth” in its essence. What young people typically want, those in power not only don’t want but see as a threat to themselves – and so they comfort themselves with the idea that restrictions and repression will be popular. “A regime which embodies the worst phantasies of the failures of the 1990s cannot and will not please those born in the 21st century,” Shelin continues. “What kind of love can there be between them? They are alien to one another.” Most Russian young people are “today far from the political opposition,” despite the “panic” among the Kremlin and its agents. But at least the opposition tries to speak in the language of the young and about their concerns, something the Putin regime at present appears incapable of doing. And that leads to a further thought, Shelin says: “A system which doesn’t consider the rising generation its own future had better not try to look too far ahead.”

Chain Of Russian Shops Brings Homophobia Into The Open ST. PETERSBURG — A small but growing chain of throwback shops in Russia recently gained notoriety because each of its dozen or so outlets prominently displayed a crudely homophobic sign in the windo…

U.S. ‘Concerned’ About Russian Detention Of Chechen Athlete Who Was Tortured The United States expressed concern on June 9 about a man whom Belarusian authorities sent back to Russia despite warnings that he could be tortured or killed by Chechen law-enforcement authorities. …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Helsinki Group Warns of Increasing Repression and Danger of Violence Paul Goble Staunton, June 10 – The Moscow Helsinki Group, the senior human rights group in Russia, warns that the Russian government is increasingly oppressing the population, refusing to enter into dialogue with protesters, and thus opening the way to violence, an outcome, the group says, rights activists must do everything they can to prevent. The group led by Lyudmila Alekseyeva makes a number of arguments and supports each of them with references to recent developments in Russian life under Vladimir Putin, in a public declaration entitled “Preventing the Development of Force in the Country is the Task of the Human Rights Movement” ( alleged to be behind online suicide game arrested in RussiaA Moscow postman alleged to have developed an online game which led to as many as 32 teenagers committing suicide has been arrested.

Gunmen Who Killed Four In Russian Village Shot Dead By Officers: Reports A gunmen who killed at least four people in a village southeast of Moscow has been shot dead in a firefight with security personnel, Russian state media report.

Romanian President: Russia ties should combine dialogue, deterrence Relations with the Russian Federation should be a combination of &ldquo;strong deterrence and dialogue,&rdquo; President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis said during a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington June 9, the White House reports. News 10 June from UNIAN.

A U-Boat Strikes and Terror Follows on the High Seas – The New York Times The Mid-Week Pictorial of a century ago included dramatic photos of the last moments of a steamer that had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

IW/IO/Cyber Reports

Why Putin’s Half-Assed Lies Are An Insult To The Rest Of Us – To Inform is to Influence Okay, okay, okay.  Before you start reading this, it comes from, a humor/comedy site.  Some say that humor is the best way to reveal the truth.  In this case, it’s actually true.   Enjoy! </end editorial> By Aaron Kheifets· June 10, 2017 Hi. I’m really glad you took the time to check in, because…

Russian electronic warfare in Ukraine: Between the real and the imaginable | The Ukrainian Weekly The outbreak of war in the Donbas region (April 2014) turned Ukraine into one of the main targets of Russian information warfare, information-psychological operations, as well as cyberattacks and electronic warfare. Within the past three years, Ukraine has been subjected to no less than 7,000 cyberattacks. Ukrainian cyber expert Sergey Radkevych recently claimed that “Ukraine […]

Ukraine Reports

Ukrainians Wave ‘Final Goodbye To Russian Empire’ As Visa-Free Travel To EU Begins Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has welcomed the pending introduction of visa-free travel by Ukrainians to the European Union as &quot;a final ‘goodbye’ to the Russian Empire.&quot; …

Ukraine’s president celebrates first day of visa-free travel to EU – POLITICO Hundreds of Ukrainians entered the EU on Sunday, marking the first day of visa-free travel into the EU for Ukraine, according to Agence France-Presse. “The visa-free regime for Ukraine has started! Glory to Europe! Glory to Ukraine!” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted early Sunday. The move marks Ukraine’s desired rapprochement with the EU bloc in the wake of protests in 2014 which overthrew the pro-Russian government, followed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The measure “symbolises a final breakaway of our state from the Russian empire,” Poroshenko proclaimed to a group gathered in the European Square in Kiev Saturday, according to AFP.

Poroshenko, Kiska open symbolic “door” to EU at Ukrainian-Slovak border (Photo) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska took part in a symbolic ceremony at the Slovak-Ukrainian border on the occasion of the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the Schengen countries, according to an UNIAN correspondent. News 11 June from UNIAN.

First visa-free train departs from Kyiv to Przemysl (Photo) The first visa-free train with a group of more than 40 Ukrainian activists, experts, analysts, artists and journalists has departed from Kyiv to the Polish city of Przemysl, according to an UNIAN correspondent. News 11 June from UNIAN.

Ukraine marks start of visa-free regime with EU (PHOTOS) | KyivPost Ukraine on June 10 geared up for the start of visa-free travel to most EU countries with events and a concert in the capital Kyiv. In the afternoon, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli hosted a ceremony launching a symbolic “visa-free timer” on the square in front of the Presidential Administration in Kyiv. Later, as dusk fell, city authorities threw a concert on Kyiv’s European Square for thousands of Ukrainians to mark the entry into force of the visa-free regime at 12 0’clock midnight on June 11. President Poroshenko also gave a speech at the concert to congratulate his fellow citizens on the granting by the EU of visa-free travel – a key pledge of his election campaign. Ukrainians can now travel visa-free to the countries of the Schengen Area, if they have an EU-compliant biometric passport. While the visa-free regime does not apply to two EU countries – the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland – it does apply to some non-EU counties that are within the Schengen Area, such as Norway and Iceland.

Ukraine-EU Visa Free Travel Countdown Is On – YouTube Just several hours remain before Ukrainians will be able to enjoy visa-free travel to the EU and several other countries. It’s one of the most symbolic, sign…

EU visa-free travel for Ukraine comes into force June 11 On June 11, the decision of the Council of the European Union to introduce a visa-free regime for short trips of Ukrainian citizens to 30 countries of the European Union and the Schengen zone came into force. News 11 June from UNIAN.

Poroshenko: I believe Ukraine will be in NATO and EU – 10.06.2017 14:55 — Ukrinform News 10.06.2017 14:55. President Petro Poroshenko is confident that Ukraine will become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance and will join the European Union.

Ukraine, EU to be “in one family soon” – Mingarelli | UNIAN Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli congratulated Ukrainians on the launch of the visa-free travel across the European Union, the Ukrainian president&rsquo;s press service reports. News 10 June from UNIAN.

Ukraine parliament restores NATO membership as strategic target The Ukrainian parliament has voted to restore NATO membership as the country’s strategic foreign policy objective.

Ukraine and NATO -Euromaidan Press | The majority of Ukrainians now support Euro-Atlantic integration, accession to NATO, and thus the chance to secure the future for their descendants.

“Moscow’s appropriation of Ukrainian history not limited to Queen Anna Yaroslavivna” and other neglected Russian stories | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | A Ukrainian commentator argues that Russia has blatantly stolen from Ukraine far more of its past than it has done from any other country and that Ukrainians share some of the blame because they have not consistently resisted this theft (

The Eurovision in Ukraine was an exercise in soft power – LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS / UNITED KINGDOM – Eurovision 2017, held in Kyiv, may have lacked overt politicisation when it came to the performances showcased on stage, especially in comparison to previous years. But as Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz argues, the contest nevertheless delivered a carefully constructed ideological message about Ukraine’s European aspirations and its pride in…

Ukraine Says Botched Killing Has Moscow’s Fingerprints – WSJ A botched assassination attempt in Kiev is providing a glimpse into what local officials say is a string of killings orchestrated by the Kremlin, exposing a deadly underside of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

The militants launched a powerful attack on the AFU near Krymskoye and brought armored vehicles and tanks In Krymsky, there was a most powerful shelling in the entire Lugansk direction over the past day. The invaders are pulling up armored vehicles and tanks to the area of the Krynskoe village of Novoaydarsky district of the Lugansk region, where a powerful bombardment of Ukrainian positions occurred over the past day, and plans to continue aggressive actions. As the correspondent of UNIAN reports, the press-secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on ATO Alexander Motuzyanik informed about this at a briefing. “The most powerful bombardment in the entire Lugansk direction occurred in the Crimean region over the past day. The shelling lasted 25 minutes, and the militants fired two mines or two artillery shells with a caliber of 122 mm every minute. Read also Avdeevka the fifth day remains without gas supply According to available information, the invaders will continue their aggressive actions in the area and pull up reinforcements to the advanced, in particular armored vehicles and tanks, “Motuzyanik said. He noted that the Ukrainian side reserves the right to adequate actions in the event of a threat to the life and health of servicemen or attempts to attack the enemy on the position of the ATU forces. According to the spokesman, out of 73 enemy shootings recorded during the past day, 34 occurred with the use of heavy weapons, which must be withdrawn from the line of demarcation in accordance with the Minsk accords. At the same time, the most tense situation remains in the Crimean region on the Lugansk route, the most tranquil one – not far from the Donetsk airport. As UNIAN reported, June 10 in the Donbass as a result of enemy mortar shelling killed four servicemen of the APU . Four more soldiers received gunshot wounds of varying severity, three were injured.

Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 4 KIAs, 7 WIAs in last day Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 73 times in the past 24 hours with four Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and seven as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 11 June from UNIAN.

The aggravation of the situation in the ATO zone: four soldiers were killed, seven were wounded In total for the past day illegal armed formations 73 times were beaten on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Подробности читайте на УНИАН:

Militants launched 71 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 10.06.2017 11:30 — Ukrinform News 10.06.2017 11:30. Militants launched 71 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day.

One Ukrainian soldier wounded in ATO zone in past day – 10.06.2017 13:36 — Ukrinform News 10.06.2017 13:36. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine over the last day.

South Donbas water pipeline is again stopped because of shelling: repairs will take long At present, specialists have left for the pumping station for a more detailed inspection of the equipment.

The Ukrainian military summed up the results of the battle of Zhelobok and showed the trophy flag of the militants (video) According to intelligence, 25 fighters were killed during the battle, one soldier perished from the Ukrainian side.The Ukrainian fighters keep the village of Zhelobok and its surroundings under fire control, the militants did not return there. As a result of the counterattack, the front line did not change, TSN reports. Read also “Fragments have reached the middle of the brain”: in the Dnieper fight for the lives of three seriously wounded military (video) The military says that the battle was very dense – one small section had about 80 hits. “There was a dugout – there is no dugout.” The people were not well off, “states one of the infantrymen. The fighters say that the enemy made an emphasis on artillery preparation and used various types of heavy weapons. As a consequence, there is one dead from the side of the Supreme Armed Forces, but the losses of militants are greater. The exact number of dead and wounded is difficult to figure out, but the total number of casualties that the scouts learned is 25 terrorists. The officers explain the fire activity by the importance of the gutter. “More than half of the Bakhmut route is controlled by the APU.The gutter is a road junction where the road goes to Lugansk.Our task was to disrupt the plans of illegal armed formations to expand the bridgehead and further offensive.This is a tank-dangerous direction, the 29th checkpoint, their plans were thwarted, – explain the fighters.

In the battle for Zhelobok the military man from Dnepropetrovsk died (photo) On June 7, in the battle of Zhelobok, the 93rd OMBR military soldier Vladimir Laikov died. “During the battle with the pro-Putin terrorists who tried to expand the bridgehead in the Zhelobok village of the Lugansk region and broke through to the position of one of the units of the brigade, the machine gunner, the senior soldier Vladimir Mikhailovich Laykov, along with his brothers kept the defense at the platoon stronghold,” the team said in a statement. Facebook. Read also The journalist told details about the battles for Zhelobok, clarified the losses among the APU Disappointed in their unsuccessful attacks, the terrorists opened fire on positions from artillery, tanks and mortars. Due to prolonged and intensive bombardment, the Lajks were killed.

The condition of the victims as a result of the night bombardment of Maryinka is consistently serious – Abroskin Two local residents, who were injured during the night shelling by militants in the residential areas of Maryinka, with leg injuries are in a medium serious condition in the hospital. This was reported by the head of police of the Donetsk region Vyacheslav Abroskin on Facebook page Read also “Fragments have reached the middle of the brain”: in the Dnieper fight for the lives of three seriously wounded military (video) 09.06.17, during the night mortar shelling by the militants of the city’s housing estate, between 23:00 and 00:00, two local residents were injured: a woman, born in 1962 and a man, 1964 , Who live in Oktyabrskaya Street, are currently hospitalized in the trauma department of the Kurakhovskaya hospital, a medium-heavy condition, “he wrote.

Security Service of Ukraine restricts freedom of movement in Donetsk Oblast | KyivPost The “anti-terror center” of the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, has introduced new, tighter restrictions on freedom of civilian movement and transportation in the Donetsk Oblast, the oblast’s state administration reported on June 8. A posting on the center’s website says the newly restrictions are intended to “protect Ukraine’s national security and the public’s rights and freedoms” amid the recent military escalation in the region, in particular, due to an increased risk of infiltration by Russian-backed military subversive units. The SBU has also decided to boost security checks all over the oblast in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of a decree on Feb. 18 to recognize identification documents issued by the pseudo-authorities in the Russian-occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the center’s posting reads.

SBU nabs 2 enemy agents in Donbas counterintel raid | UNIAN Ukraine&rsquo;s SBU Security Service operatives exposed an agent network in Ukraine-controlled Donbas set up by Russian military intelligence, the SBU press center reports. News 10 June from UNIAN.

Arsen Avakov – Izmail today .. New apartments for border guards. Izmail today .. New apartments for border guards. They were asked to release kittens first. And we just like the kittens are simple shocked ..  And if seriously .. About 170 orders for the apartment, we handed over the last 4-5 days for guardsmen, policemen, border guards, experts and service centers .. In Kharkov, Dnipro, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Odessa, Izmail .. Since the beginning of the year – About 600. And … is monstrously insufficient !! The system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs employs about 320 thousand people !!! (Police, National Guard, Border Service, Emergency Service, Service Centers, Expert Centers, Migration Service, universities ..) here and consider .. Housing for military guardsmen, border guards, police, rescuers – systematically and adequately in personnel – a strategic line of motivation in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This is part of the social package that we are building, so that Ukraine is weakly capable, motivated and honest law enforcement. We are increasing each year allocations for housing .. but the pace is not sufficient. For the next budget year, I need and will firmly insist on allocating not less than 1 billion UAH for housing to our officers and employees! And the same amount is needed for the Armed Forces! This is true and this is the right investment in a safe future!

Ukraine to file appeal in “Yanukovych debt” case | UNIAN Ukraine will lodge an appeal in the case of a $3 billion debt Russia demands be repaid two weeks later than expected, thanks to the permission granted by the London High Court, according to the press service of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. News 10 June from UNIAN.

Difficult journey awaits Ukraine despite visa-free travel to EU | Europe | DW | 10.06.2017 The EU ambassador to Ukraine is preparing to party with friends on Sunday when visa-free travel between the bloc and Ukraine begins. DW’s Christian Trippe spoke with the EU’s Ukraine envoy about what comes next.

Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports

Russia warns US about another strike against pro-government forces in Syria

Russia says tells U.S. not to strike Syrian pro-government forces again | Reuters Russia said on Saturday it had told the United States it was unacceptable for Washington to strike pro-government forces in Syria after the U.S. military carried out an air strike on pro-Assad militia last month.

Iran: Mastermind behind Tehran attacks killed | Iran News | Al Jazeera Intelligence minister claims security forces have killed the mastermind behind Wednesday’s deadly attacks in Tehran.

Iran Kills Mastermind Behind Tehran Attacks, Arrests More | 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.

ISIL attack in Iran: Why now and what will happen next? | ISIS | Al Jazeera The ISIL attack that left 16 people dead in Tehran may have grave implications at home and abroad.

GOP lawmaker: Wasn’t ISIS terror attack in Iran ‘a good thing’ | TheHill

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says 1988 Executions of Thousands of Political Prisoners “Unfairly Judged” – Center for Human Rights in Iran The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in Iran. CHRI investigates and documents rights violations occurring throughout Iran, relying on first-hand accounts to expose abuses that would otherwise go unreported. We bring these violations to the attention of the international community through news articles, briefings, in-depth reports, podcasts, and videos, and work to build support for human rights inside Iran as well. CHRI engages in intensive outreach and international advocacy aimed at defending the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Iranian people and holding the Iranian government accountable to its human rights obligations.

Russia appears reluctant to choose sides over Qatar-GCC rift | Qatar News | Al Jazeera Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says dialogue will solve the diplomatic crisis dividing the Gulf Arab nations.

Qatar group to seek blockade damages from Gulf states | Qatar News | Al Jazeera Rights group to seek compensation from Saudi Arabia and allies for ‘collective punishment and international crimes’.

Al Jazeera At Center Of Dispute Between Qatar And Its Gulf Neighbors : NPR NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Richard Stengel, a former state department official and former editor-in-chief of TIME magazine, about this intersection of diplomacy and journalism.

Gulf leaders trade barbs as Qatar dispute shows no let-up | Reuters Gulf states traded public barbs on Saturday, showing little sign of resolving the region’s deepest rift in years, five days after Arab nations severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with the tiny Gulf kingdom of Qatar.

Turkey Says Iraq’s Kurdistan Independence Vote ‘Grave Mistake’ Turkey has criticized a plan by Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence, calling it a “grave mistake.”

There Have Been Anti-Muslim Marches — And Counter-Protests — Around The US Demonstrations were planned in 28 cities in 21 states across the country.

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Incredible moment Russian fighter jets intercept US B-52 bombers in dramatic incident over the Baltic Sea Russia said the SU-27 took off from its Baltic Fleet air defence unit,

Russian Jet Intercepts US Bomber Planes During Baltic Sea Exercises – YouTube The US military has released dramatic footage showing a Russian jet intercepting American bomber planes, during military exercises with allied partners over …

DPRK / PRC Reports

North Korea says it’s ‘not far away’ from ICBM test-firing, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times SEOUL (Bloomberg) – North Korea says it has moved closer to test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile with the potential of hitting the US mainland.. Read more at

Can North Korea conduct first ICBM test within this year? With North Korea successfully test-firing most of its advanced missiles revealed during the regime’s massive military parade on April 15, there is only one missile left for the regime to finish its ultimate goal: an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. Since the military parade, the North has launched a series of newly-introduced ballistic missiles with extended ranges, advanced …

Reporter’s notebook] Can “Moonshine” bring an improvement to inter-Korean relations? : North Korea : News : The Hankyoreh

The Opium Wars: The Bloody Conflicts That Destroyed Imperial China | The National Interest Blog And drives its anger over the South China Sea today. 

Foreign Policy Reports

Two Views From Brussels: How U.K. Election Changes Brexit Debate Snap elections in the United Kingdom have cost the Conservative government its majority and raised more questions than answers among Britain’s international counterparts. Whither Brexi…

The Conservative Party has NOT agreed a ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the DUP, despite an earlier statement | Business Insider LONDON — The Conservative government has not…

Scottish Tory leader: Brexit needs cross-party approach – POLITICO Ruth Davidson downplays talks of a split between Tories north and south of the border.

US Domestic Policy Reports

Forget Comey. The Real Story Is Russia’s War on America – POLITICO Magazine Why are we focusing on who leaked what to whom, when our democracy is under siege?

View from the Left: Russia was ‘coming for America’ and nobody told us

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’ – The New York Times Security experts worry that the focus on the battle between the president and the former F.B.I. director will divert attention from Russian intervention.

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’ – To Inform is to Influence By PETER BAKER and DAVID E. SANGERJUNE 10, 2017 WASHINGTON — Lost in the showdown between President Trump and James B. Comey that played out this past week was a chilling threat to the United States. Mr. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s…

Trump sees Comey’s testimony as ‘complete vindication’ — and his fans agree – The Washington Post Many Republicans adopt a sunny view even as Trump’s legal and political risks mount.

THE MEMO: Team Trump sees silver lining in Comey cloud | TheHill “I think everyone is glad that the Jim Comey circus has left town,” said one Trump ally.From Russia With Stupidity – Kurt SchlichterThat towering doofus James Comey crushed the spirits of millions of democracy-hating geebos when, trapped by his own prior testimony, he was forced to admit the truth on national television..06/11/2017 3:56:39AM EST.

‘Brilliant’ criminal law expert joins Mueller’s team on Russia probe – Chicago Tribune One of the federal government’s top criminal law specialists is joining the Russia investigation of the Trump campaign by special counsel Robert Mueller III.

U.S. Attorney General Agrees To Appear Before Panel Probing Russian Actions U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has agreed to appear on June 13 before a Senate committee investigating Russia&rsquo;s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a June 1…

Can U.S. Spies Reinvent Themselves After the Russia Hacks? The first step in taking corrective action is to admit that the Russians were successful in interfering in the 2016 election.



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