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A very busy week for media covering Ukraine, and increasing evidence the political centre of gravity for Ukraine in the West has shifted from Brussels to Washington, DC – the price the EU is paying for allowing Russian penetration of EU nation politics to persist.
- Ukrainian politicians flock to DC, literally, crippling legislature in Kyiv with absences;
- Predictions of further Russian escalation in Donbass, but arguments not sound for a very probable outcome;
- US to aid Ukraine’s cybersecurity;
- Donbass fires continue, footprint narrowed but intensity increased;
- Multiple arrests of Russian operatives in Ukraine;
- UPR’s 1918 “Glory to Ukraine” to become official military greeting;
- Russians suspected in fatal attack on family of Georgian volunteer;
- Kidnapped Ukrainian teen held in Russia denied medical support from Ukraine;
- Ukrainians penetrate Russian MoD personnel system extracting data on salaries paid to troops in Syria and Donbass;
- Kyiv MoD states AFU 90% compliant with NATO now;
- Dr Anthony Tether formerly of DARPA now on UkrOboronProm board;
- US defence media on Ukrainian armed robots;
- Leaked legacy documents show Ukraine manufactured post Cold War the 5V55 / SA-10, 48N6 / SA-20, R-27 / AA-10, and importantly, the R-77 / AA-12 ADDER Amraamski, confirming earlier anecdotal claims;
- Russia’s RosOboronExport launches large scale smear and FUD campaign against Ukrainian defence industry to protect its global market for support of Soviet military tech, indicating that Ukraine is now considered a genuine competitive threat;
- Hungary continues its political and media campaign against Ukraine, acting as Moscow’s proxy;
- Miscellaneous political news, Saakashvilli denied protection against deportation, while he continues political agitation against Poroshenko;
- Yanukovich trial continues, evidence showing who collaborated or defected to the Russians in 2014, while Russian proxies in Ukrainian media continue to spread disinformation;
- Azov militia in the media again;
- Vox indulges in proxy delivery of Russian propaganda, likely due to cluelessness;
- Beevor controversy continues;
As many as 50 Ukrainian lawmakers are believed to have attended a religious event in Washington, meaning they were not in Kyiv to tackle crucial legislation.
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.02.2018 Ukraine is holding the line against Russia’s invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas. Stalled by the stubborn resistance of Ukrainians, Putin has expanded his war elsewhere. What started as a regional war with Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea has already expanded to a global hybrid war, with Russia bombing Syrian civilians and with…
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who is on a visit to Washington, said Wednesday that the United States has a clear view on Ukraine joining NATO.
Volker meets Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in Washington. View news feed from Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN – news about politics for 06 February
The president’s Putin-friendly noises don’t drown out the sounds of military aid and intelligence cooperation.
The document will help to reduce Ukraine’s dependence on Russian information and communication technologies
Russia says recent agreement threatens to provoke an increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine. KIEV, Ukraine – As the stalemate of fighting in eastern Ukraine approaches four years, analysts say a recent U.S. decision to provide Kiev with lethal arms may pose a familiar question to Washington: How far will America go to assist Ukraine? Both Ukrainian and Russian officials label the U.S. assistance, approved by the Trump administration at the Pentagon’s suggestion in late December, as a significant increase in collaboration between Washington and Kiev. But American officials have repeatedly tamped down the significance, saying the arms are merely defensive measures.
President Petro Poroshenko has put into effect the decision by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) on approving the bill on national security.
OSCE reports 240 Grad rocket explosions in Donetsk region within one day. View news feed in war news for 10 February from UNIAN Information Agency
Decree of the President of Ukraine comes into force from the day of its publication
Double agent: Ukraine intelligence operative sentenced for collaboration with “DPR”. Current news and events for 07 February from UNIAN Information Agency
Ukraine says Russia attacks its border guards in Luhansk region across the border. Current news and events for 08 February from UNIAN Information Agency
08.02.18 10:07 – Escalation in Ukraine’s east: one soldier traumatized as Russian proxies committed 17 attacks in past day using mortars, tanks, cannons, – ATO HQ Combined Russian and terrorist troops intensified attacks on government forces over the past 24-hour period using heavy mortars, tank weapons, and artillery in flagrant violation of Minsk accords. The number of provocations increased after dark. View news.
In the latest move to shed its communist past, Ukraine’s prime minister backs a plan to replace Soviet-era military greetings with a call-and-response popularized during Euromaidan. But its roots a…
Ukrainian government initiates use of ‘Slava Ukrayini’ as official greeting in the army. Current news and events for 07 February from UNIAN Information Agency
Today, the Pechersk district court is to choose the preventive measure for him, – 112
Georgian Colonel that trained Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas attacked in Tbilisi, her son murdered, – 112 – Georgian Colonel that trained Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas attacked in Tbilisi, her son murdered – 112.international
As a result of the assault, Dodo Gugeshashvili was wounded and her son was killed, – 112
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry decisively condemns Russia’s denial to let Ukrainian doctors visit Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian citizen illegally held in Russia
Over the course of two years, Ukrainian volunteers have exploited a vulnerability in the Russian Defense Ministry’s website to collect …
Ukraine is intending to finish the reform of the Armed Forces by 2020, – 112
Robot soldiers from cinematic nightmares are glistening silver automatons, with rictus skulls or towering automaton bodies. Robot soldiers in real life? Not so much.
On the initiative of UKROBORONPROM (UOP), Anthony Tether – former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – was appointed as member of UOP Supervisory Board. This was reported by the press service of the SC”UkrOboronProm”. Anthony Tether has been in charge of UKROBORONPROM long-term development for over a year and a half. He assists in implementing UOP development strategy, implementation of reforms, corporatization, and international audit. The former head of DARPA contributed to strengthening UKRBORONPROM’s export potential and investment development. Under his chairmanship, the State General Advanced Research and Development Agency (GARDA, the prototype of the American DARPA) was created. “Almost two years ago, Anthony Tether strengthened our team and introduced American experience of long-term innovation development and management. He is a world-class specialist with international military and management experience. Together, we implemented many large-scale innovation projects and began to actively implement reforms. As a member of the Supervisory Board, Anthony Tether will help UKROBORONPROM to even more effectively implement the reform strategy and international audit,” said Roman Romanov, UKROBORONPROM Director General. Earlier, Mykhaylo Zhurovs’kyy – the rector of the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after I. Sikorsky” – was elected as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Lieutenant General Yaroslav Skal’ko, former commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Air Force, was elected as Vice-Chairman. On January 31, the UKROBORONPROM Supervisory Board – after a long-term meeting -took key decisions on the activities of the Concern. During the meeting, UOP management report was heard; strategic directions for UOP development, corporatization process of UOP enterprises-participants, the international audit, the system of effective anti-corruption measures, creation of an advisory body and other issues were discussed.
The first flying tests of the new Ukrainian ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM), which can accurately hit ground and naval targets, are carried out successfully. Flight characteristics and operation of the missile systems were checked. “Ukrainian ground-launched cruise missile successfully passed its first test. It can accurately hit both ground and naval targets. The SC “UkrOboronProm” continues to reinforce defense potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” – said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. A new development completed by designers of UKROBORONPROM enterprise “State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch” is developed in cooperation with other state and private defense enterprises of Ukraine.
UKROBORONPROM State Enterprise “Zhytomyr Armored Plant” adapted German Deutz engine for use in infantry fighting vehicles. Modernized infantry vehicle received its official name BMP-1UMD. The first public demonstration of BMP-1UMD took place at the exhibition “Arms and Security”, October 11 at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev. Works on Russian UTD-20 replacement by Deutz TCD2013 L64V took only three months. This 4-stroke, 6-cylinder turbosupercharged engine with electronic control unit has 330 hp power, with the possibility of increasing power up to 390 hp, while UTD-20 engine has only 300 hp. In addition, the German engine has significantly more resources it quieter and more economical. “Infantry fighting vehicle adaptation for German Deutz engines use is another step in UOP import substitution program fulfillment. Other Ukrainian armored vehicles such as BTR-4 – produced by SE “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau” – are equipped with engines of this manufacturer,” – said the head of the SC” UkrOboronProm” Roman Romanov. Works on improvement of firepower, fire control, ergonomic and functional characteristics of the vehicle were carried out when working on BMP-1UMD. Special attention Ukrainian specialists paid to camouflage in visible and IR band.
About a hundred pieces of weapons and military equipment have been purchased for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces of Ukraine since the beginning of this year, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has said.
LLC Telekart-Pribor, which is part of the League of Defense Enterprises, in 2017 developed and delivered a serial production of a broadband R-402 radio relay station.Such information was reported at the enterprise on February 1, 2018.In addition, as noted in LLC Telekart-Pribor, the company delivered more than 200 sets of R-402 to its customers and developed 3 CMS (command-and-head machines) on various types of armored equipment.Specialists of “Telekart-Pribor” also developed and delivered about 50 sets of RN-10TK (voltage regulators) for armored vehicles.
Croatia demands from Ukraine to change four faulty MiG-21, – source
Ukrspetsexport refutes the information that appeared in the media that the Croatian Ministry of Defense has brought claims against them because …
Smear campaigns typical Russian tool to shove Ukraine from various markets. View news feed in news about economy for 08 February from UNIAN Information Agency
08.02.18 12:50 – British defense expert Grant earlier commended by Ukraine’s defense minister for contribution to reform accused by MoD of being biased Ukraine’s Defense Ministry lambasted the article by Glen Grant on the current condition of the Ukrainian army. View news.
Hungarian MFA demands to deploy an OSCE mission in Uzhhorod due to incident with Hungarian organization, – 112 – Hungarian MFA demands to deploy an OSCE mission in Uzhhorod due to incident with Hungarian organization – 112.international
A Molotov cocktail was thrown into the building of the Transcarpathian Union of Hungarian culture organization, – 112
Hungarian Foreign Ministry denied reaching any agreement regarding the education law passed by the Ukrainian Parliament last autumn
Hungary blocks meeting of Ukraine-NATO commission
Hungary’s Foreign Ministry: No agreement on language provisions of Ukraine education law. Current news and events for 09 February from UNIAN Information Agency
Ukraine’s return to autocracy “impossible” – EU envoy. View news feed in news about politics for 06 February from UNIAN Information Agency
The former Soviet state’s National Academy of Sciences is too focused on its own survival to improve its research performance, says Ararat Osipian
Over the course of the eighth session of the eighth convocation, the Ukrainian Parliament will focus on solving certain employment issues
Ukrainian Ambassador in Germany: voyage of German politicians to occupied Crimea may have unfortunate consequences, – 112 – Ukrainian Ambassador in Germany: voyage of German politicians to occupied Crimea may have unfortunate consequences – 112.international
A delegation of German politicians from a right-wing populistic party arrived in occupied Crimea yesterday – 112
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has addressed Ukrainians on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Kruty Heroes.
Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and chairman of the Austrian Parliament Wolfgang Sobotka discussed a wide range of political issues, including the situation in Donbas and the importance of anti-Russian sanctions
FT: Ukraine’s investment shortage puts rebound at risk. View news feed in news about economy for 06 February from UNIAN Information Agency
The Japanese government will grant Ukraine $300,000 to repair schools and hospitals through its Kusanone human rights project. The grant, which was given to four Ukrainian nonprofits and local communities on Feb. 8, will cover educational and healthcare projects in three of the country’s oblasts – Rivne, Sumy, and Chernihiv – as well as the city of Kharkiv. The money will cover the modernization of a school in Chernihiv Oblast. The modernization will involve installing 100 windows, 15 doors, making the premises habitable in winter. Money will also be spent on purchasing equipment for hospitals in Rivne and Sumy oblasts, and an overhaul of Kharkiv’s Hospis palliative care center. “Japan gives money to fund fast solutions that significantly change people’s lives,” said Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi, describing the aim of providing the funds. The $300,000 grant is just the first stage of Japan’s Kusanone program, which funds human rights initiatives by Ukrainian nonprofit organizations or local communities. Other regional NGOs will be selected to receive funding during the second stage, in March. Volodymyr Kosenko, the head of nonprofit Shid-Zahid Foundation based in Kharkiv, about 500 kilometers easternwards from Kyiv, is in charge of overseeing the overhaul of the Hospis palliative care center. He can’t believe that Japan, so far away geographically, is helping his country so much. “I’m sure the lives of our patient will improve significantly,” Kosenko said, speaking to Sumi on Feb. 8. “We ought to look after our seniors, especially those at death’s door.” Three other grantees, in turn, thanked Sumi for helping hospitals; and children thanked him for the mending of their school.
Ukrainian law enforcers detained a 24-year-old Azerbaijani citizen who attempted to send three Ukrainians to Turkey, eventually turning them into sex slaves, – Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine
Ukrainian sentenced to life for racist and homophobic attacks. View news feed in news about social life for 08 February from UNIAN Information Agency
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08.02.18 11:17 – Ukraine’s top prosecutor: court to hear case against those who ordered to gun down Maidan activists when Yanukovych treason trial completed Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko says that following completion of proceedings into Yanukovych’s high treason there will be another trial against those who gave the criminal order to fire upon the Maidan activists. View news.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is being tried in absentia on high-treason charges in this court
Ex-SBU chief’s testimony: Russian FSB officers visited Ukraine three times amid Maidan protests. Current news and events for 07 February from UNIAN Information Agency
The decision was taken at the meeting of National Security Council on initiatives of current Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak (ex-head of the National Guard) and ex-head of the Presidential Administration Serhiy Pashynsky
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, who in March 2014 was National Guard of Ukraine commander, has said he took no decisions at the March 23, 2014 National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) meeting regarding the withdrawal of forces from Crimea. Poltorak said at the time he was not even a member of the council.
Ukrainian Navy commanders flipped sides in first days of Crimea seizure – top Navy witness in Yanukovych case. Current news and events for 08 February from UNIAN Information Agency
Ex-U.S. envoy to Russia tells why Crimea annexation must not be recognized. View news feed in news about politics for 09 February from UNIAN Information Agency
Ukrainian court rejected Mikheil Saakashvili’s appeal for protection against extradition
Appeal court does not recognize Saakashvili in need of additional protection
A Kyiv court has rejected opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili’s appeal for protection against possible extradition, a ruling his lawyer says increases the chances he will be deported or hande…
Ukraine’s top prosecutor has said he will not seek to renew a nightly curfew on opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili.
Thousands of protesters marched through the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on February 4 to call for President Petro Poroshenko’s resignation. The event was organized by opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili’s Movement of New Forces party. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service)
Several thousand people have marched through the center of the Ukrainian capital to call for President Petro Poroshenko’s resignation.
They swore to protect Ukraine from criminals, but rights groups warn that 600 right-wingers on patrol could fuel intimidation and violence in Kyiv.
Members of the ‘National Squad’ have shed the trappings of neo-Nazis. No straight-arm salutes, no offensive insignia. But their roots and their objectives have Ukrainians worried.
Both sides ignore the ceasefire.[RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA]
After the Ukraine government condemned his book Stalingrad, Antony Beevor reflects on governments’ desire to alter the past and warns of the dangers of censorship
Antony Beevor: why did Ukraine ban my book?